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What's Happening in Citizen Science?

In this month’s newsletter, we highlight multiple upcoming citizen science events, a citizen science-based podcast, call for manuscripts and funding opportunities.

On November 22nd, the Citizen Science Association Law and Policy Working Group is hosting the webinar: Approaching Informed Consent in Citizen Science: Legal and Ethical Issues. The webinar aims to address questions about citizen science contributors’ consent to participation and privacy and security risks of contributors and owners. Federal laws and regulations will be reviewed as well as ethical and moral principles guiding federal regulation. The presenters include Dr. Lea Shanley (Moderator), Dr. Lisa Rasmussen, Christi Guerrini, Dr. Camille Nebeker, and Dr. John Willbanks. The webinar will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM EST. Register here.

The Citizen Science Association also announced that the CitSci2021 Conference will be held on May 25-29, 2021 in Phoenix Arizona. This conference is held in conjunction with Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS). Topics featured at the event include low-cost tools, public policy, public health, rural and native communities, libraries and science centers, and space exploration. CSA will be recruiting volunteers later this fall to assist in CitSci2021. For more information, click here.

A new tool for citizen scientists was just launched by the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School. The online tool allows people from the citizen scientist community to ask questions and receive answers about citizen science laws and policies. This online tool connects citizen scientists directly to law students. Students will review questions approximately one month after the question is submitted (during the academic year). The clinic hopes that this online tool provides an educational experience for both the citizen scientist and the law student. The information provided should not be construed as legal advice. For more information, click here.

Another citizen science educational tool is SciStarter’s Citizen Science podcast. This online show spotlights different citizen science projects in each episode. There are currently eight episodes that feature projects ranging from NASA-funded snow collection projects to biodiversity-tracking apps. Some episodes feature guest speakers like the Appalachian Mountain Club and Dr. Jessica Wardlaw, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab. The Citizen Science podcast is a great outlet for educational conversations based on citizen science and its up-and-coming projects. To listen to any of these podcasts, click here.

Want your citizen science project to be featured in a highly acclaimed journal? The British Ecological Science (BES) Journal has issued a call for manuscripts that highlight the achievements of citizen science. Citizen science has revolutionized ecological projects by generating large datasets that can address new ecological questions. BES has issued this call for papers across six journals: Functional ecology, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Animal Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, and People and Nature. The selected papers will be featured in a Special Feature in any of the above journals. The deadline for submission is Monday January 27, 2020. For more information, click here.

Another round of funding is available through the American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB). Starting in 2020, ASCB will open applications for the ASCB Public Engagement Grants. These grants provide a funding opportunity for public engagement programs. The grants range between $10,000-$35,000 to pay for project materials and supplies, marketing, and salaries. The ASCB Public Engagement Grants also provide mentor access, funding to travel to the ASCB/EMBO Meeting and science communication meetings or training, networking opportunities and research evaluation tools. The application for grants open in January 18, 2020 and are due March 31, 2020. More information is available on the ASCB website.



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