There’s still a few days left to register at a reduced rate to CitSci Virtual 2021, the conference organised by the Citizen Science Association that will take place in May. Early bird registration rates will be available until April 25 (see the event’s website for more details).

With panels and workshops spanning through the entire month of May, this year the Citizen Science Association conference is taking advantage of all the perks of online events to offer a unique opportunity to exchange ideas, learn and meet other people working in the field of citizen science. The programme is rich and includes plenary sessions, workshops, posters and networking events. Rosa Arias and other members of the NEWSERA team will give more details about the project and how citizen science and science communication connect during one of the workshops of Bundle B.11, on Wednesday 19.

 NEWSERA, the science of communication in citizen science projects
Rosa Arias (Science for Change), Cristina Luís (CIUHCT, Ciências.ULisboa), Blanca Guasch (Science for Change), Esther Marín (cE3c, Ciências.ULisboa), Inês Navalhas (CIUHCT, Ciências.ULisboa)
One live session: Wednesday, 19 May, 12-1:30pm ET

Most citizen science projects want to primarily reach citizens, however, many are also aimed at different stakeholders. But do the communication actions used in citizen science projects correctly address their target(s)? Do citizen science practitioners understand and use the appropriate channels to get to the different stakeholders? Can citizen science be a way to build a more active and critical scientific communication? In this workshop you will experience and discover what a NEWSERA #CitSciComm Lab is! Through these labs, run under NEWSERA project, communication strategies are co-designed to obtain a greater impact and reach more effectively the target audiences of citizen science projects.

NEWSERA’s own Cristina Luis will also be part of another workshop, “A Collaborative Endeavour to Develop Criteria for Citizen Science Platforms”, taking place Wednesday, 12 May, 12-1:30pm ET.

Read the full list of workshops


Keynotes presentations will regularly take place on Mondays throughout the month, with extra sessions on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 for CitSciCon – an event celebrating the volunteer experience in contributions to science, organised in partnership with SciStarter and NASA. The opening keynote will feature Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali, talking “The Power of Policy, Science, Race, and Community” on May 3.

Read the full list of keynote and plenary sessions


Over 250 poster presenters and presenter teams will be sharing their thoughts and ideas throughout the entire event. In these collaborative poster sessions there will be “Rich visual content, text and videos, and a full month of opportunity to connect directly with poster authors through one-on-one chatting or group poster comments. Each week in May there will also be hosted, thematic collaboration sessions highlighting different topics, and allowing presenters to engage with each other and with CitSciVirtual participants“. There will also be many options for asynchronous conversations with presenters during the course of the month.

Read the full list of poster sessions




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