2024 Ideas-to-Action Sessions

Monday, June 3

Monday, June 3

1:40 Concurrent Ideas-to-Action sessions

  1. Extended Q and A with Maui Hudson
  2. Biodiversity Beyond Boundaries: Setting the stage and making new connections with Austin Mast, FSU/iDigBio/iDigInfo
    This session will provide a roadmap for how to engage with the biodiversity strand at the conference and an opportunity to meet others doing similar research.  Bring a smile and a brief introduction!

  3. Exploring your data challenges and opportunities with the Data and Metadata Working Group, with Charmel Menzel, ESRI, and Hillary Burgess, NOAA
    Learn from and connect with other data wranglers in this interactive session! The Data and Metadata Working Group invites you to
    • learn from each other’s experiences with data management
    • discover resources to tackle challenges
    • build community connections
    • identify needs that AAPS and the working groups may be able to support
  4. TBD

Tuesday, June 4

1:40 Concurrent Ideas-to-Action sessions

      1. Extended Q and A with select presenters


      2. ArcGIS Capabilities from Analysis to Sharing Results with Charmel Menzel, ESRI
        Learn how to enhance analysis with location intelligence. Fuse your project data and authoritative demographic, equity (Justice40), imagery, air quality (OpenAQ), infrastructure and environmental data to discover trends and solve spatial problems. The authoritative data is accessed through the ArcGIS Living Atlas, a collection of geographic information from around the world.  Once results are ready, presenters provide options to visualize and share your analytical spatial and non-spatial data in a variety of data formats for staff, decision-makers and the public.

      3. Exploring opportunities for benefits to flow from global- to local-scale biodiversity projects and vice versa, with Austin Mast, FSU/iDigBio/iDigInfo and Dilek Fraisl, IIASA
        Join leaders from the Citizen Science Global Partnership to discuss   how global activities (e.g., Multilateral Environmental Agreements, data standards, data aggregators) can motivate and inform local-scale activities and how local activities can return value to the global-scale through strategic project design.

      4. Optimizing opportunities for learning at participatory science events, with AAPS Education Working Group

        Engage in a conversation about practices and protocols for integrating and prioritizing learning for any/all ages at participatory science events. We’ll discuss types of events, successful structures, promotion, outreach, activities, follow-up, etc. We’ll cover both local, small events and large, regional efforts.

Wednesday, June 5

1:40 Concurrent Ideas-to-Action sessions

      1. Extended Q and A with select presenters


      2. Building reciprocity via badges: an exploration of platforms and potential, with Sarah Kirn, GMRI, and Darlene Cavalier, SciStarter

        Citizen science projects can offer real-world context in which people of all ages develop new interests and skills. Project leaders are increasingly aware of – and looking for systems by which to implement – the idea of reciprocity. We invite you to join us in an exploratory conversation about how social media platforms like LinkedIn or digital badging systems like Mozilla Open Badges might be used to formalize volunteer/participant recognition at scale. What skills developed in projects have value in career advancement? How consistent across projects would skill assessment need to be? What kinds of systems exist that might serve as models of a verification scheme? We are also interested in discussing whether formal skill recognition could be a meaningful way to compensate and recognize volunteers.


      3. Digital tools for biodiversity documentation, with Austin Mast, FSU/iDigBio/iDigInfo
        Share your experience with both workhorse and leading-edge tools for biodiversity documentation via participatory sciences with others. What are the three tools or platforms that have most supercharged your research? 


      4. Participatory Sciences as Open Science, with Heather Fischer, Oregon State University, Peder Nelson, Oregon State University
        Undoubtedly, you have heard the term Open Science, and, in fact, 2023 was declared the year of open science. You may have also asked yourself what this term actually means and how it applies to participatory sciences. During this Ideas to Action session, we will host an open discussion about the implications of open science for participatory science programs. We invite you to actively participate in this session by sharing your experiences (good and bad) with implementing open science principles and practices in your program (through open data analysis tools, data ethics, data sharing policies, etc.). If you are new to the idea of open science, we invite you to bring your questions and curiosity. Through this session, we hope to expand and grow our understanding of the state of open science within participatory science and its future implications.

Thursday, June 6

1:45 Concurrent Ideas-to-Action Sessions

      1. Extended Q and A with select presenters


      2. Leveraging awe-inspiring events to connect with audiences, with Heather Fischer, Oregon State University, Holli Kohl, Globe Observer, Matt Nyman, Oregon State University

        The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse was a fantastic opportunity for participatory science programs to leverage excitement and curiosity to increase participation and interest in their science. Many programs were explicitly developed to collect data related to scientific questions about the eclipse. In contrast, others engaged in tremendous outreach and engagement efforts to market their programs to new audiences. During this Ideas to Action session, you will hear from participatory eclipse programs about how they used this awe-inspiring celestial event to connect with audiences. We hope this discussion will inspire participatory sciences programs to leverage the excitement around other phenomena and events to increase engagement and participation in their programs. 


      3. Libraries and Museums as Community Hubs for Participatory Sciences, with Laura Trouille, Adler Planetarium; Darlene Cavalier, SciStarter; Emma Giles, SciStarter
        Museums and libraries play pivotal roles in supporting communities, connecting people to resources, and facilitating engagement. An increasing number of libraries and museums are actively engaging the public in participatory science endeavors. Annually, over 170 million registered users visited public libraries over 1.35 billion times and a comparable number engaged in 850 million museum visits so the potential for collective impact is vast. This discussion aims to raise awareness of existing efforts, advance, support, and empower museums and libraries in engaging audiences in participatory sciences, surface potential new collaborations, and support the development of and continued refinement of best practices in these ‘third spaces’ and beyond.

      4. Publishing and Sharing Your Participatory Science Work, with Julia K. Parrish, Community Science Exchange (CSE), and additional members of the CSE Editorial team: Kate Semmens, Raj Pandya, Jean Schensul, and Matt Giampoala

        The Community Science Exchange (CSE) is a new platform launched to elevate, share, and expand the reach of science performed by, for, and with communities. CSE especially focuses on outcomes of the work, including new knowledge (discovery science) and solutions (actionable science), ranging across all forms of equitably performed participatory science. This session will feature editors from the Community Science Exchange, including the open access peer-reviewed journal Community Science as well as the online case studies and complementary materials portal, the Hub. Come find out how to publish, share, and promote your participatory science!