Association for Advancing Participatory Sciences Annual Conferences

Our conferences and convenings bring attention to cutting-edge and evidence-based practices from many contexts, and connect people from across those contexts to highlight areas of innovation, share ideas and insights, and forge stronger relationships and practices across the field.

Images from 2019 CSA Conference. Photo copyrighted by and used with permission from Marilú Lopez-Fretts

Conversations across disciplines, roles, and perspectives

Join us for cross-cutting symposia, interactive workshops, engaging talks, and dynamic posters. We use traditional and innovative practices for powerful partnerships supporting discovery, learning, and action. Together, we seek and share the traditional and innovative practices that lead to powerful partnerships for discovery, learning, and action.

Upcoming Conference Opportunities


May 27-31, 2025
Mark your calendars! Join us in Portland, Oregon in May 2025. Check back soon for more information.


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Past conferences

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CAPS 2024

Our 2024 Conference for Advancing Participatory Sciences (June 3-6) brought together researchers, project leaders, facilitators, and community leaders for four exciting days of virtual collaboration.

C*Sci 2023

Hosted May 22-26 on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe/Phoenix, Arizona, C*Sci 2023 convened conversations across disciplines, roles, and perspectives. Together, we shared traditional and innovative practices that lead to powerful partnerships for discovery, learning, and action.

2022 Citizen Science Conference Stay Connected Where You Are

C—Sci 2022

The core virtual program took place in a single online space over the course of four half-days. Regional events brought conference themes 15 locations across North America.


CitSciVirtual 2021

Events throughout the month of May, 2021, engaged practitioners and researchers in this field (educators, community leaders, scientists, students, technologists, data managers and more), in sharing the ideas and innovations that make research partnerships thrive. Across this broad field, we know that we do science better, together.

Citizen Science Association 2019 Conference Logo CitSci2019

CitSci 2019

Citizen Science 2019 was held in Raleigh, NC, USA March 13th–17th, 2019. This was our largest conference to date, with 818 registered delegates from 28 countries presenting more than 350 talks, workshops, symposia, and posters representing many different topics and fields. 

Poster for the 2017 CSA conference celebrating citizen science

Citizen Science 2017

Citizen Science 2017 was held in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA May 17th–20th, 2017.

Citizen Science Association 2015 Flyer

Citizen Science 2015

Citizen Science 2015 was held in San Jose, California, USA February 11th–12th, 2015. Over 600 people from 25 countries gathered in San Jose for CSA’s inaugural conference.

2012 Conference Poster

Public Participation in Scientific Research 2012

Public Participation in Scientific Research 2012 was held in Portland Oregon, USA, August 4th–5th 2012. This landmark event launched, with overwhelming support, the idea of developing an Association to advance this global and cross-disciplinary community of practice.

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