Gearing up for Professional Development Opportunities at the CSA Conference 2017

Gearing up for Professional Development Opportunities at the CSA Conference 2017

Guest post by Marie Studer, Encyclopedia of Life Learning + Education Projects Manager, Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology - - - The countdown is on to the start of the Citizen Science Association (CSA) Conference in St. Paul, MN!  This year, the conference opens and closes with several professional development opportunities and is jammed-packed with all sorts of engaging learning, networking and socializing opportunities. There won’t be a minute to spare! As members of the CSA Professional Development Working Group (PDWG) we want to make sure you know about this year’s PD events so you can take advantage of…
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Collaboration challenge: thematic exhibits at CitSci2017

Collaboration challenge: thematic exhibits at CitSci2017

Coming to CitSci2017? Wouldn’t it be fantastic to share your program’s materials with others focused on the same issues, or to know there’s a place you and others can swing by throughout the conference to learn from others in your specific field or focus of citizen science about how they have their methods set up, or how they have addressed a certain conundrum common to your programs? CSA Board member Kris Stepenuck has inspired a challenge to thematic types of citizen science to pool funds (it’s only $500 total for non-profits) to co-sponsor a themed exhibit booth. Kris is herself…
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A Night in the Cloud

A Night in the Cloud

A CitSci2017 Event, Open to All! Friday, May 19th 2017, 4:30pm – 7:00pm | Bar open at 4:30pm, screening at 6pm Registration details below This capstone event of the CitSci2017 Conference brings together project leaders and the public to celebrate citizen science, in a mix of festival, exhibit hall, Café Scientifique, and major media event featuring the new citizen science TV series, The Crowd & The Cloud. Featured: The Crowd & The Cloud The evening's featured event is a screening of The Crowd & The Cloud, a 4-part public television series exploring the new frontier of citizen science in the…
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Opening Reception

Opening Reception

A CitSci2017 Event: Wednesday, May 17th 2017 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm Registered for CitSci2017? Join us at the Science Museum of Minnesota for the Opening Reception. Heavy hors d'ouevres will be served, and the setting will provide a casual opportunity to meet and connect with friends old and new in the citizen science community.   The Science Museum of Minnesota is a 110 year old institution and its current location, which opened in December 1999, is across the street from the St. Paul RiverCentre conference venue. The museum is on the banks of the Mississippi River and the offers a…
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Project Slam!

Project Slam!

A CitSci2017 Event: Thursday, May 18th 2017 at 5:30pm – 7:00pm Join us at 5:30pm in the Ballroom for a fun and fast-paced way to learn about and welcome some of the "new kids" in the citizen science world. Listen to quick - and competitive! - five-minute presentations about these new projects and project approaches - the audience will help determine the "Peoples' Choice Award" help choose the top presentations to be shared with the public during Friday evening's reception. Come ready to celebrate these new initiatives, and to cheer for your favorites! Cash bar on site.    
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Create Together Day

Create Together Day

A CitSci2017 Event: Wednesday, May 17th 2017 at 8:45am – 4:30pm Fee: $45.00/$25 with valid student ID | Capacity: 100 Already coming to CitSci2017? Click here to add this event to your ticket Want to sign up just for this one-day activity? Click here to register! The vision for Create Together Day (formerly referred to as a hackathon)  has expanded to an inclusive event for any citizen science practitioners with a desire to share great ideas. Collaborate with other conference goers to create products, interfaces, or data visualizations to further your citizen science projects. Options available include creating a Zooniverse…
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Citizen Science Festival

Citizen Science Festival

A CitSci2017 Event: Saturday, May 20th 2017 at 12:00pm – 4:00pm Event open to all and free with admission to the museum*. Immerse yourself in a public engagement experience - join peers and the public at the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Citizen Science Festival! At the Citizen Science Festival, 25 project leaders will share their current projects with the public and engage in hands-on activities. Observe how museum visitors discover how to monitor animals and insects, explore the impacts of light pollution, map precipitation, and record water quality. Engaging the public in science is never a simple task; see it…
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Citizen SciGirls Happy Hour and PBS Screening Event

Citizen SciGirls Happy Hour and PBS Screening Event

A CitSci2017 Event: Enjoy a quick walk along the lovely Mississippi from the RiverCentre to Twin Cities PBS studios, where we’re gathering for cold drinks and HOT citizen science with SciGirls! You’ll enjoy innovative, engaging and fun media from SciGirls’ recent citizen science-themed season. From their own backyards to a NASA research center and beyond, the real and relatable SciGirls tracked toads, counted clouds, monitored monarchs’ metamorphoses and much more, all in the name of citizen science!   WHAT: Screening of Citizen SciGirls media, with comments by Executive Producer, Dr. Richard Hudson WHEN: Thursday, May 18th, from 5pm-7pm WHERE: Twin…
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Meet the Authors: Book Discussion Panel

Meet the Authors: Book Discussion Panel

A CitSci2017 Event: Wednesday, May 17th 2017 at 5:30pm - 6:30pm Just before the opening reception on 5/17, MN Public Radio’s Heather McElhatton will moderate a one-hour book panel discussion in the Grand Ballroom at the RiverCentre. The event, sponsored by Arizona State University’s Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society, will start promptly at 5:30 pm.   Bring your questions (and book jackets!) for the following authors/panelists: SciStarter’s Darlene Cavalier (ASU): The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science Dr. Caren Cooper (NCSU): Citizen Science: Changing the Face of Discovery Mary Ellen Hannibal: Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes…
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Celebrating Citizen Science Day 2017

Celebrating Citizen Science Day 2017

CSA is excited to once again partner with SciStarter to present Citizen Science Day 2017! This month-long series of regional events is a chance to celebrate and bring attention to the ways that everyone can engage with science to make a difference in the world – whether that is helping find a cure for disease, using data to address sources of air pollution, or making discoveries of new phenomena in our backyards or in space. #CitSciDay activities will commence on Saturday, April 15th and will continue into May. Celebrations will culminate with activities held at the Citizen Science Association Conference,…
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