Citizen Science Month
Thank you for your interest in Global Citizen Science Month (April 2020) supported by the Citizen Science Association, SciStarter, Arizona State University, and many other collaborators from around the world. Global Citizen Science Month is an annual event to celebrate and promote all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related! We will provide you with free resources, support, and an event calendar to help you promote your activities and/or bring citizen science to your communities.
Citizen Science Month will run through April 2020.
Events will be held around throughout April.
In 2016, the first year of Citizen Science Day celebrations and activities kicked off with a major celebration at the USA National Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC. A series of citizen science “open houses” and activities followed, organized locally by science centers, museums, libraries, universities and schools, and federal agencies around the US and beyond. The celebrations culminated with the U.S. National Parks Bioblitz, May 20-21, 2016. Citizen Science Day continued in 2017, 2018, and 2019 to encourage celebrations of public engagement in research.
For 2020, we’re building on Citizen Science Day in 2019 and taking it up a notch with a whole month to support libraries, institutions, community groups, museums, galleries, archives, and individuals all around the world. Let’s introduce millions to citizen science: real scientific research.
Interested in hosting a Citizen Science Month event?
See the sections below for resources, ideas, and examples for Citizen Science Month events! There are thousands of ways to celebrate citizen science from tweets to festivals, from showing videos to hosting data collecting events, from hosting a webinar to holding a workshop, and so many things in between!
Once you decide on a date for your event, please add it to SciStarter’s calendar. You can sign up for Citizen Science Month organizer updates here and access promotional resources from SciStarter here.
Weekly calls – open to anyone interested in hosting an event or program – are every Thursday. Multiple options are available to accommodate people in various time zones: 8 AM EST, 11 AM EST, and 8 PM EST, each Thursday, for thirty minutes each. You can join one, you can join them all, or you can just read the email updates! These open calls are a resource for you to share ideas, ask questions, and get feedback about the citizen science event you may be helping plan for your community. Running Agendas, Notes, and the zoom dial-in will be in this document through the end of April 2020 (feel free to add comments or ideas you have!).
SciStarter is also creating a working calendar to suggest themed days and related citsci activities, events, and projects, during CitSciMonth–particularly those that will appeal to underrepresented and underserved communities. Feel free to add your ideas!
- Downloadable Logos (Creative Commons licensed for use by all)
- Calendar and Map (Provided by SciStarter)
- On social media, please use #CitSciMonth or #CitizenScienceMonth.
- We now have the @CitSciMonth accounts on Instagram and Twitter, as well as a new group on Facebook! People are signing up to “take over” and share their citizen science stories on these accounts. Follow, join, and let us know if you’d like to be featured on these accounts. Apply for the takeover and learn more here.
- 2017 Citizen Science Day webinar: provides an overview of Citizen Science Day, a discussion of ideas and resources for events, and wraps up with a tutorial on how to run a BioBlitz, by Alison Young from California Academy of Sciences and Lila Higgins of the LA Natural History Museum
- 2018 Citizen Science Day webinar: provides an overview of Citizen Science Day, highlights available resources, provides examples of events held for past Citizen Science Days, and ends with a deep dive into innovative online events by Libby Ellwood from WeDigBio and Pietro Michelucci from Stall Catchers
- 2019 Citizen Science Day Webinar hosted by NNLM PSR (The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region): focused on citizen science in libraries and provides information about how to host a Stall Catchers Megathon on Citizen Science Day, which is a gamified way to contribute to Alzheimer’s research.
- Citizen Science Month (And Beyond!) in Your Library: Ideas, Tips, and Resources from SciStarter and STAR Net focused on how libraries could become hubs for citizen science and activate their communities in April 2020, Citizen Science Month.
Want to host a webinar about Citizen Science Month for your community? We hope to activate different sectors, geographic communities, and more. Email CarolineN@SciStarter.org about your idea and the SciStarter team may be able to provide support.
Citizen Science Month Event Ideas
There are endless possibilities for doing something that celebrates and promotes citizen science on Citizen Science Month! From showing videos about citizen science to holding a discussion group about a recent citizen science journal article to hosting a data-gathering event for a citizen science project, see the list below for ideas, resources, and examples you can use to do something fun and educational for Citizen Science Month.
- Hold a talk/presentation about citizen science
- Host a training
- Hold a science festival
- Engage people in a data collection event (bioblitz, water monitoring, birding, etc.)
- HOW-TO: iNaturalist’s Bioblitz Guide
- EXAMPLE: McLaren Park Bioblitz (held for 2016 Citizen Science Day)
- Host a happy hour meet-up for citizen science (#CitSciDrinks)
- EXAMPLE: Green Drinks
- Organize a meeting or professional development workshop
- Construct or install citizen science materials
- Host a citizen science book or journal article discussion
- For adults:
- For kids:
- Host a viewing party of some great citizen science-related videos
- MEDIA: The Crowd and The Cloud
- MEDIA: SciGirls
- MEDIA: Inspirational citizen science TEDx talks
- MEDIA: SciShow – The Awesome Power of Citizen Science
- Hold a recognition event for your stellar citizen science volunteers
- Host a citizen science webinar
- Host an online chat or Q&A about a specific project or citizen science in general on a social media platform, like:
- Google Hangouts
- Zooniverse or other talk boards
- Hold an online project event (classification-a-thon, special options or components for the day, competition or tournament)
- Host a hackathon
- Update Wikipedia pages via an edit-a-thon
- HOW-TO: Run a Wikipedia edit-a-thon
- Host a citizen science book or journal article discussion online: see the list in the in-person events and combine it with an online chat!
Check out a list of past FAQs that sites – such as museums, libraries, parks, and nature centers – can use to plan locally-relevant activities that bring attention to citizen science impacts and opportunities.
If you are hosting Citizen Science Month celebrations, please add your details to SciStarter’s calendar and map so that we can help promote your event and demonstrate the reach and diversity of activities.
Citizen Science Month is supported by the Citizen Science Association and SciStarter. We are grateful to all of our partners and supporters. If you would like to join them in advancing or sponsoring Citizen Science Month, please contact us.