Wednesday, June 4th at 2:55 EDT (UTC -4)

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

Lessons from a journal on impacting the field
Logo for the 2024 Conference for Advancing Participatory Sciences

The journal Citizen Science: Theory and Practice has global relevance for researchers and practitioners working in the participatory sciences. This symposium will highlight specific examples of how the journal is impacting theory and practices in the field.

Professional Researcher,
Feminist Research Institute & Center for Community and Citizen Science, UC Davis
Senior Researcher,
The Alan Turing Institute
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

Panel Conveners and Moderators from the Editorial Leadership team of Citizen Science: Theory and Practice

Tenured research faculty,
University of Maryland
Center for Environmental Science
University College London, Professor

Field-wide impacts: a journal's role

The fields of participatory science are dynamic and inherently transdisciplinary. This can make it challenging to find the best way to share the things that you are learning through your own work. The peer-reviewed journal Citizen Science: Theory and Practice provides a way to share your work with others, and to learn from other practitioners around the globe. The journal is also a place to highlight important topics in our field and to catalyze conversation. This session will highlight some of the important conversations and topics, such as terminology surrounding participatory science and the role of participatory science in addressing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, that the journal has helped to bring to the forefront. It will also discuss the ways that you can contribute to these conversations. Sharing your work in outlets like Citizen Science: Theory and Practice ensure that we are all working to move the field forward as we iterate and improve best practices and find new applications for our work.

My focus is on participatory data science and modeling, often on conservation and natural resources topics involving the more-than-human world. I'm interested in doing modeling work with communities, and also learning about how we do that and what makes the work more beneficial and impactful.

Bastian is a Senior Researcher within the Tools, Practices, Systems programme of the Alan Turing Institute in London, where he and his team are working on how to enable the co-creation of citizen science projects. His research centers around how open source/science technologies can be used to empower individuals and communities to engage in their own knowledge production.

Dilek Fraisl is a research scholar in the Novel Data Ecosystems for Sustainability (NODES) Research Group of the IIASA Advancing Systems Analysis Program. She has a PhD in Sustainability Transitions from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU) in Austria. Fraisl's research interests are sustainable development, data and statistics, Earth Observation, and citizen science as theory, practice, and evidence-base for policy development. She has worked in the areas of data governance and data management, including research on citizen science data quality. She has led and contributed to projects related to marine litter, land use, and land cover, as well as other environmental issues funded by the European Commission, UN agencies, and other donors.

Cathlyn (Cat) Davis (Ph.D.) is a tenured researcher at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and Editor-in-Chief of the Citizen Science: Theory and Practice journal. She has extensive experience designing, studying, and evaluating public engagement with science including participatory science design and assessment, educator/scientist professional development, and integrating science practices and technology in learning environments.

I'm a professor in the department of Geography, University College London where I co-lead the Extreme Citizen Science group, and team lead of citizen science at the Learning Planet Institute, Paris. I've been on the editorial board of Citien Science: Theory and Practice from it's planning phase.