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 March 13-19th in Raleigh, NC – 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!

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Registration is now open!

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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 this growing list of supporters!

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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.

Preliminary Program now available!

Download Simple Program    |    Download Detailed Program

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Keynotes and Plenary Presentations

Meet our keynote speakers!

Photo credits, clockwise from top left: © David Howells 2016; Rachael Polmanteer; noodlesthekuppy on Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; © Lauren Nichols

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Open Calls

The following opportunities are still open to share your work at the CitSci2019 Conference.

Call for Posters: Rolling submissions
Poster proposal submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis through early 2019. For more details view the call for poster abstracts.

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.

No abstracts are required to host an exhibit booth during the main conference. Hosting a booth is a great low-cost and low-stakes way to share your materials and host targeted conversations during all of the down-time of the event. Booths are prominently located in the promenade between presentation rooms, and give you great visibility and a home-base for your project to make connections throughout the event. Details here.

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Registration details

Earlybird (closes 31 Jan 2019) Regular (1 Feb – 29 Feb) On-site (1 March onward)
CSA Member* $400 $550 $650
Non-Member $550 $650 $750
Student** $250 $250 $250
One day only $175 $175 $175

*Current dues-paying members in CSA. It’s easy to join!
**Student registration includes a one-year membership in CSA.

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Travel support/scholarships

Travel support is available for CitSci2019 in three categories: community-based environmental science, K-12 educators, and university students.

For travel scholarships in support of community-based environmental science, click here for details and to apply.

For travel scholarships for K-12 classroom educators, apply by 15 January 2019. Details and the application are available here.

Limited travel support is available for registered university students. Recipients have been notified by emailApply by 20 December 2018. Details and the application are available here.

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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!

(Qualify for a federal per diem room? Contact

Overflow Housing
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
421 South Salisbury Street
exclusive rate, $165/night
Click here to book now!

(Qualify for a federal per diem room? Use this link.)

*WE NEED YOUR HELP! 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 (reasons and full details here). This is a make-or-break prospect for CSA’s financial future, all because we did what we believed was right with our 2017 event. Please show your support for the CSA by booking in our blocks of rooms.

We believe in you, and this community’s ability to pull together for shared values!  Some conferences charge extra for registering if you don’t book in official hotels – we would rather take a positive approach:

  1. If we can successfully MEET our basic commitments to the hotels, not only will CSA benefit in breaking even – CSA will also make a donation to the LGBT Center of Raleigh.
  2. If we can EXCEED the minimum commitments to the hotels, this will unlock additional support that we can reinvest into the conference and into future CSA services for the community.

Be part of a positive effort, and be proud of booking to support CSA and the LGBT Center of Raleigh. You know others will want to stay where you are staying! Let them know to join you, and us, as part of this movement! #CSAHotelChallenge #TeamMarriotCSA #TeamSheratonCSA #CSAsupportsEquality

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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