Environmental Justice at CitSci2019

Environmental Justice at CitSci2019

We chose environmental justice as a special track at CitSci2019 to highlight the unique lessons we can learn from community science methods employed by environmental justice groups since the 1980s. Environmental justice (EJ) advocates and activists have for decades used community science to raise awareness about EJ concerns, inpower residents, increase community capacity, and translate research to action. A special panel discussion with activists from across the US and Puerto Rico was held on this topic called, “Environmental Justice and Community Science: A Social Movement for Inpowerment, Compliance, and Action.” In addition the the special panel, there were workshops and…
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CitSci2019 Supports Teachers

CitSci2019 Supports Teachers

Rachael Polmanteer and her students on a camera trapping expedition. Photo courtesy of R. Polmanteer. The education track of the conference explored citizen science both in K-12, classrooms, higher education, and out-of-school settings, with an emphasis on scientific inquiry and civic action. There were three talk sessions devoted to K-12 Classroom educators, each with 6-8 presentations on varying topics. There were dozens of hands-on workshops before and after the main conference program will take educators on a journey of experiential learning, inspiring them to guide their students in designing their own investigations. Attendees learned about cutting edge citizen science happening…
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Build your network while building up citizen science–participate in the Citizen Science Association general meeting and working groups

Build your network while building up citizen science–participate in the Citizen Science Association general meeting and working groups

Successful citizen science, community-based monitoring, and other collaborative research efforts necessarily involve many different participants and stakeholders - and planning and running them effectivly does, too. The Citizen Science Association (CSA) aims to reflect this plurality in its membership, and invites all attending CitSci2019 to join the General Meeting, Thursday from 3:30PM-4:30PM. Learn about CSA's new strategic plan, progress towards towards goals, and ways to get involved to take advantage of member benefits and inform future directions for CSA. The meeting will also introduce CSA's working groups, a great way to go deeper with advancing citizen science and your connections…
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All Are Welcome at CitSci2019 in Raleigh, NC

All Are Welcome at CitSci2019 in Raleigh, NC

Welcome to Raleigh, Y’all! We are delighted to host the 2019 Citizen Science Association Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. Institutions like NC Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina State University (NCSU), and K-12 schools across the state have a long history of supporting citizen science efforts and we look forward to showcasing many of these initiatives at the conference. North Carolina is considered the birthplace of the environmental justice movement and we are excited to bring environment justice activists from across the state and nation to discuss the intersections of environmental justice with community science in a panel discussion on Friday…
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CitSci2019’s Environmental Justice Panel

CitSci2019’s Environmental Justice Panel

Special Panel on Environmental Justice and Community Science to be the Highlight of Friday Evening at CitSci2019 As previously mentioned, CitSci2019 will have three special tracks: Environmental Justice, Problem-driven citizen science, and citizen science in education. In addition to our keynote speakers who will provide insight and perspective on each of the special tracks, a special panel on Environmental Justice and Community Science will be held on Friday evening. Panel Title: Environmental Justice and Community Science: A Social Movement for Inpowerment, Compliance, and Action Date/Time: Friday, March 15, 2019 from 5:30PM-8:00PM Environmental justice (EJ) advocates and activists have for decades…
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Create a home-base for your collaborative endeavors at CitSci2019

Create a home-base for your collaborative endeavors at CitSci2019

Photo credit Marilú López Fretts 2017 Showcase your materials, resources, and tools through an exhibit booth at the 2019 Citizen Science Association Conference. This is a great opportunity for affinity groups to showcase the efforts of collaborative work across a topical area or geographic region. Our table-style exhibits offer a great "home-base" to talk with conference attendees one-on-one about what you offer, how your organizations serve the field, and ways you can build future connections. Exhibit booth fees start at $500 and the cost can be split among multiple organizations. Let us know you’re interested by completing a short form…
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Teaching science by doing science–Introducing the Friday Keynote speaker, Rachael Polmanteer (and students)

Teaching science by doing science–Introducing the Friday Keynote speaker, Rachael Polmanteer (and students)

As previously mentioned, there will be three special tracks at #CitSci2019. The keynote speaker for Thursday, Dr. Max Liboiron, is sure to deliver a compelling presentation that will amplify excitement for the first track on environmental justice and citizen science. Following that, the Friday keynote speaker, Rachael Polmanteer, will bring her and enthusiasm for science education and energize those interested in the special track on citizen science and science education. Once involved in different aspects of research and veterinary care, Rachel became the director of a non-profit animal rescue organization involved in the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of over 400…
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Everyday science with the public and CitSci2019 Saturday Keynote speaker, Rob Dunn

Everyday science with the public and CitSci2019 Saturday Keynote speaker, Rob Dunn

Science communication is an integral part of citizen science, and Dr. Robert R. Dunn, a professor of applied ecology at North Carolina State University, has been masterfully igniting public curiosity and interest in science for over fifteen years. Dr. Dunn is the author of 5 books, over a hundred articles in science news and natural history magazines like Scientific American, National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Smithsonian and more. Dr. Dunn's ability to engage members of the public enables his lab to undertake a wide array of projects spanning yeast diversity, shower head microbiomes, cat tracking, bee health, and more. Many of…
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Introducing the #CitSci2019 keynote speaker, Dr. Max Liboiron

Introducing the #CitSci2019 keynote speaker, Dr. Max Liboiron

In 2016, the CSA made the decision to move CitSci2017 from its planned location in Raleigh, North Carolina to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The move (which left the CSA with financial obligations to hold CitSci2019 in Raleigh), North Carolina was done after carefully considering the conflict presented by North Carolina's bathroom bill to the CSA's core values-- values of inclusivity, respect, and openness to all people regardless of race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, accessibility needs, or country of origin. In light of the CSA's core values and its special track on environmental justice and citizen science, the CSA…
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Introducing the CitSci2019 special tracks

Post by Tina Phillips  With a focus on environmental justice and a theme of “Growing our family tree,” the 2019 Citizen Science Association conference in Raleigh, North Carolina promises to bring many disciplines, practitioners, and perspectives together to inspire scholarship, commitment, and action. The conference, hosted by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences begins on March 13th with workshops, field trips, and an evening reception.  Hundreds of scientists, educators, community leaders, and scholars representing disciplines as varied as astronomy to public health, are expected to attend the five-day event. Registration for the conference is now open! Special tracks North…
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