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Inaugural cross-disciplinary Public Participation in Scientific Research conference
Date:7/20/2012

in Ecology and the Environment, "Citizen Science new pathways to public involvement in research," timed to coincide with the conference.

Other invited speakers hail from public health, biochemistry, education, geography, and atmospheric sciences, at universities, government agencies, and indigenous organizations. Organizers expect over 150 poster presentations.

Many participatory science initiatives started with a researcher's need for additional hands, eyes, and boots on the ground. With the help of dedicated hobbyists, enthusiastic school kids and teachers, and curious on-lookers, they could multiply data collection and analysis by orders of magnitude, essentially creating thousands of lab and field assistants.

Educators and scientific organizations soon saw the potential for learning-through-doing, drawing the practice of science back into public life from which it has grown increasingly estranged.

Though projects are diverse in style and application, they overlap in their need for large data repositories, attractive user interfaces, sustainable funding and management, connectivity with their volunteers, recruitment, and quality control. The conference offers a chance to cross-pollinate, and share ideas.

"The conference comes at a time when citizen science is gaining significant momentum in advancing scientific knowledge and enhancing science education," said Sandra Henderson, director of NEON's Project BudBurst, guest editor for Frontiers' "Citizen Science" special issue, and an advisor for the Public Participation in Scientific Research conference. "This conference will bring diverse stakeholders together to form new communities that will help citizen science reach its full potential in addressing the needs of science and society."


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Contact: Liza Lester
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202-833-8773 x211
Ecological Society of America
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