CitSci2019 Conference Information

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In 2019, we celebrate and explore the deep roots and broad branches that form the strong core of this field.

Join us in the City of Oaks to connect with other leaders and learners from many backgrounds. We deepen our own work as we share our diverse perspectives and practices – no matter what we investigate or what we call our efforts.  Bring your ideas and your questions to CitSci2019, and be a part of our growing Family Tree!

Image courtesy of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Our Local Hosts


Raleigh, North Carolina, is a hotspot for citizen science, home of the Environmental Justice movement, and a city that proudly proclaims its theme of All Are Welcome Here. We are pleased to be planning events in partnership with a local host committee including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS), North Carolina State University, NC environmental justice organizations, and others.

More about Raleigh in a welcome letter from our local host committee, and from CSA Board members regarding our return to the state.


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Sponsors, Supporters, and Partners

We are grateful for financial and in-kind support from the following early sponsors and partners. You can join them!



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Important Dates

The timeline is still tentative and subject to change.

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Conference Schedule


Within this schedule, we will weave together three special tracks.


Problem-driven Citizen Science – confronting challenges to collecting the data, and building the trust, needed to address specific management questions.

Environmental Justice – data collection to improve human and environmental health, discussed by community-based organizations and engaged partners.

Education – planned for educators, by educators, exploring citizen science both in classrooms and out-of-school.


Explore a preliminary list of accepted Symposia here.

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Open Calls

Researchers, practitioners, and members of the broader citizen science community are invited by the Citizen Science Association to submit proposals for workshops, symposia, and individual presentations, to be held at the CSA 2019 conference March 13-17, 2019, in Raleigh, NC. See below for more details.

Call for Individual Presentations and Posters: Due September 21 EXTENDED until 5 October.
We are currently accepting proposal submissions for individual presentations and posters. For more details and available individual presentation formats, view the call for individual presentation and poster abstracts.

Call for Project Slam! proposals: Due 19 October.
New projects and initiatives are invited to pitch their work in short, compelling talks in front of a welcoming audience at the opening reception. Introduce yourself, “sell” your project, and get great feedback along with a video of your pitch! Details.

Call for Citizen Science Festival exhibitors: open until filled.
If North Carolina residents can participate in your project, you can reach 10,000 of them during this full-day, high-profile family event at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Free for conference registrants, but must commit to staffing the booth all day on Saturday. Details here.

Now closed (as of 24 August): Call for Symposia and Call for Workshops.

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Planning your Trip

The conference will primarily take place at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Conference Hotels

The best part of conferencing is networking and connecting. Book in our block at the official conference hotels to be central to the action AND the success of this event.

BEST VALUE: Conference Headquarters
Marriott Raleigh City Center
500 Fayetteville Street
exclusive rate, $174/night
Click here to book now!
Overflow Housing
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
421 South Salisbury Street
exclusive rate, $165/night
Click here to book now!

Booking one of these hotels (vs. using other booking sites or lodging options) helps the Citizen Science Association meet the 2019 contractual commitments that allowed us to move the 2017 conference to St. Paul (backstory here). Please show your support for the CSA by booking in our blocks of rooms.

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Interested in Sponsoring CitSci2019?

Join us as a supporter of CitSci2019! Get your name in front of 5000+ people involved in the innovative field of citizen science! We have many opportunities for support and a variety of benefits for sponsors of CitSci2019. Visit our sponsorship page to find out more.

Questions? Email us