Join us, April 18, 2024!

Kentuckiana Meeting for Advancing Participatory Sciences: Integrating Health, Environment, and Community Resilience

Formal registration is closed. For more information on late registration options, please email 


Students assessing water quality at Thomas Moore University Biology Field Station
About Kentuckiana MAPS 2024

As the intersection of environmental sustainability, health, and community development gains significance, it is imperative to foster collaboration among organizations leading efforts in these domains. Recognizing the shared commitment to fostering resilient communities, this meeting aims to explore synergies between climate change, health, outdoor recreation, and community resilience, fostering a holistic approach to address common challenges through a New Vision of Health.

The meeting will be held at the Urban Design Studio at the Envirome Institute in downtown Louisville, KY.

(left: photo courtesy of Thomas More University Biology Field Station )

Program elements

Join for a day of recognizing opportunities, showcasing excellence and envisioning new partnerships in support of high-impact participatory sciences—variously called citizen science, community science, volunteer monitoring, and other things—in the Kentuckiana region. Through plenaries, posters, and facilitated discussions participants will work towards developing actionable strategies that address climate change, health, and community resilience in an integrated manner.

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Dr. Huntington-Moskos will share about the intricate connections between lifestyle behaviors and contaminant exposures, offering insights into the challenges posed by the coexistence of agriculture and industry in the region. She will also explore the pivotal role of community engagement in addressing environmental health concerns and the importance of commitment to making science universally accessible and usable.
The poster session will allow participants to advance their big ideas, share lessons learned, and invite feedback from others working in this field.
Learn about the research and outreach programs at Thomas More’s Biology Field Station and hear about how it is engaging the community through research efforts focused on the Ohio River ecosystem. Dr. Chris Lorentz will share about how the Field Station is addressing threats like sewage contamination and habitat destruction, the plan aims to restore water resources and prevent pollution while prioritizing investments in impacted communities.
Facilitated discussions are touchstones to start a conversation – to share ideas, invite and ask questions, and learn from others. These themed discussions will be open to all registrants.

Elevate attention to your work in this field:

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Presentation opportunities:

We are committed to providing an opportunity for everyone at this event to share about their work through facilitated discussions and posters. Facilitated discussions and posters are touchstones to start a conversation – to share ideas, invite and ask questions, and learn more together by talking with others in this community about our work.

All registrants are encouraged to join a facilitated discussion. Discussion sessions will be one hour and group on the following topics: Climate, Health, and Community Resilience in Cities; Balancing Recreation and Remediation on the Ohio River; Community-Led Approaches towards Environmental Justice; or an emergent theme. You will have an opportunity to opt into a discussion session in the registration form.

Want to propose a poster? To be considered, prepare a short, 150-word summary of what you’d like to share and submit it as part of your registration. Details of the summary are below. Please generally follow the format suggested below when drafting your summary, which could also be used to structure the talk itself.

  • Background: Why your work matters – the challenge, need, or opportunity that you addressed.
  • Activities: How you addressed (or plan to address) the challenge, need, or opportunity.
  • Take-aways: What did you accomplish (or expect to accomplish)? What have you discovered about the world? What lessons did you learn?


Formal registration is closed. For more information on late registration options, please email 


Registration fees for this event are being sponsored by the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville. Registration includes seats for the morning plenary session, lunch, seats for facilitated, themed breakout discussions, and light refreshments during an afternoon networking hour. 

Please register by April 7, 2024 to ensure we have sufficient food. A small surcharge will be added for registrations received after April 1st. 

The regular ticket rate is available the the following groups:

    • Professional Researchers – Faculty members, researchers, or professionals affiliated with universities or research institutions who do not qualify for reduced tickets as students or retirees.
    • Government Officials – Individuals working for local and/or state government agencies.
    • Private Sector Professionals – Individuals working in the private sector.

Reduced ticket rates are available to the following groups:

  • AAPS Members- members receive registration discounts to this and other events* in addition to many other benefits of connecting across this community throughout the year. Registrants are encouraged to bundle a membership with registration to access the discounted ticket rates. Full membership details here.
  • Students-High school to graduate level students are welcome. To qualify, students will be required to upload verification of current enrollment.
  • K-12 Formal classroom teachers and educators in afterschool programs- educators will be asked to indicate school district and/or afterschool organization to qualify.
  • Retirees – those who advanced or continue to work in this field in an emeritus/retiree capacity.

Community Ticket prices are available to the following groups:

  • Non-Profit – Employees of non-profit organizations working in areas related to environmental justice, indigenous rights, or similar fields.
  • Project Volunteers – for anyone whose sole role in this field is as a project volunteer basis.

Event supported by these planning partners:

Many thanks to planning team members Lauren Anderson (University of Louisville), Ted Smith (University of Louisville), Ciason Black (University of Louisville), Reanna Putnam (AAPS), and Jennifer Shirk (AAPS)

Lunch is provided with support from the University of Louisville Center for Integrative Environmental Health Science.

Lunch sponsor: Center for Integrative Environmental Health Science
Envirome Institute street view
Event Location:

This event will be held at the Urban Design Studio at the Envirome Institute, University of Louisville, 429 W Muhammad Ali Blvd, Louisville, KY 40202

Enter the building on Muhammad Ali Blvd. A security guard will greet you and direct you towards the first floor plenary (morning only) or to the elevators or the stairwell to reach the second floor (noon-hour and afternoon).

Parking available at:
Seelbach Parking garage (fees apply), 523 S. 5th St., Louisville, KY 40202
4th Street Live Parking Garage (fees apply), 425S S. 5th St., Louisville, KY 40202

Lodging available at:
The historic Seelbach Hotel is the closest lodging to the venue (across the street, 2 minute walk)
Embassy Suites by Hilton Louisville Downtown (3 minute walk)
Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Downtown (6 minute walk)
Hyatt Regency Louisville (6 minute walk)


AAPS  is committed to providing an equitable and inclusive meeting and celebrating the diverse voices in our space. AAPS strives to ensure that all our members and participants feel welcome and comfortable sharing their insights and contributions with the larger participatory sciences community and that all our participants can meaningfully engage in our events. 

If you are interested in shaping how equity is woven into our events, please consider joining the planning team. Contact for more information.

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