About C*Sci 2023

The annual conference of the Citizen Science Association will be physically held from 15 to 26 of May 2023 by Arizona State University, in partnership with SciStarter.

The 2023 Citizen Science Association conference, C*Sci 2023, begins with online engagement and program offerings May 16-19. The in-person event will be held from May 22-26 on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, Arizona (Phoenix metro area), with select streaming content available to virtual registrants.

This event convenes conversations across disciplines, roles, and perspectives. Together, we seek and share the traditional and innovative practices that lead to powerful partnerships for discovery, learning, and action. The conference will be interdisciplinary in scope, inviting abstracts for cross-cutting symposia, interactive workshops, engaging talks, and dynamic posters.

More about the Conference here.

Full programme here.

INCENTIVE in C*Sci 2023

In the framework of the Conference, a symposium will take place on Wednesday 24th May in the afternoon What transformation is needed for research institutes to support citizen science?

Institutional support and recognition of citizen and community science practices and researchers are important to underpin and ensure the success of these activities. However, in many research institutions, there are a variety of institutional barriers limiting the potential development, execution, and impact of such initiatives. At the same time, there are also opportunities. A symposium at the C*Sci 2023 conference will be an opportunity to share what we learned from understanding how Research Performing Organisations (RPOs), such as universities and research centres, can better support citizen and community science, and provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences and enhance our database of cases and activities.

The symposium is using insights from INCENTIVE and TIME4CS.

The symposium is using a mix of fishbowl and workshop format, so there are opportunities to talk and share allowing us to carry out three parts. In the first part (30 minutes), we will share the experience of the RPOs with established support – what can we learn from their success, when taking into account their unique trajectories? This will be structured by an opening statement of 2 min from the first circle of fishbowl participants (5 people, with the representation of Europe, the US, South America & Africa) and a set of questions to develop the conversation. That will allow about 3-4 cycles of questions

In the second part (40 minutes), our Community Exchange, we invite stakeholders working with and in research institutions to co-develop a resource to enable institutional change to support long-term acceptance and embedding of citizen and community science practices within research institutions (e.g., universities, governmental or charitable research institutions). Many practitioners face similar institutional barriers and in some instances, solutions have been found and can be shared. The finished resource will be freely available and shared widely, including on EU-citizen.science and through a free webinar.

In the third part (20 minutes), we will have a session with implementers – those RPOs that are currently establishing support activities. This should prompt participants who are in the early stages to share their experiences and current developments. We aim to help in the establishment of connections and mutual support that can enhance the integration of citizen and community science in RPOs. The session will follow a similar structure to part 1.

The INCENTIVE team is thrilled to be part of this international effort on Citizen Science!