Citizen Science Month: April 2020
Global Citizen Science Month (April 2020) is coordinated by SciStarter and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University with support from the National Library of Medicine and in collaboration with the Citizen Science Association, National Geographic, and Science Friday.
Citizen Science projects can be done from virtually anywhere, making these fun activities easy to join while maintaining safe social distancing. Although many people and institutions from around the world were planning to host in-person events, due to COVID-19 these events have either been cancelled or changed to virtual events.
We urge you to plan a virtual event!
Please invite your communities to do citizen science from home. It’s a great way to focus on something positive, help advance research, and make a collective impact…as you well know.
Here are four ideas for online engagement:
- Invite your community to find projects to do projects to advance research on human and environmental health: SciStarter.org/NLM.
- Share Discover Magazine’s blog post, “Cooped up at Home? Here Are 7 Ways to Take Part in Online Science Projects and Activities,” or share SciStarter’s “Citizen Science-ing Where You Are” blog post.
- Share CitSciMonth graphics on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Feel free to use them or modify them for your own programs.
- Find more projects and resources, organized by grade-level, at SciStarter.org/Education
Find free resources, support, and an event calendar at CitizenScienceMonth.org on SciStarter.
Add Your Event
Once you add your online event to SciStarter’s event database, participants can find you and get started with citizen science! Adding an event will also give you access to the people finder, which allows you to message SciStarter users in your area and invite them to your online event.
Planning Your Event
Step One: Sign up to receive our updates for event facilitators.
Step Two: Join one of SciStarter’s “Citizen Science Month Office Hours,” also known as our weekly calls.
Step Three: Think about how you can incorporate projects selected by the National Library of Medicine into your online programming.
Step Four: Use Citizen Science Month event materials to promote, enhance, and have a successful online event!
- Get Started in Citizen Science with SciStarter (two-minute video)
- Self-Guided Introduction to Citizen Science (thirty-minute module)
- PowerPoint Version of Thirty-Minute Module
- How To Videos for Citizen Science (playlist of videos)
- Library and Community Guide to Citizen Science
- Book List
- Skills Building Guidelines
- Library Resources Page
- Library Kits Page
- Citizen Science Press Photos (ZIP)
- Citizen Science Month Logos (ZIP)
- Citizen Science Month Social Media Tiles (ZIP)
- Citizen Science Month Social Media Images (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to Encourage Participation from Home (ZIP)
- Citizen Science Month Microsoft Word Templates (ZIP)
- Citizen Science Month: Flier (PDF)
- Citizen Science Month: What is Citizen Science Bookmark – 2.5 x 8.5 (PDF)
- Citizen Science Month: Get Started with Citizen Science Month Bookmark – 2.5 x 8.5 (PDF)
- Citizen Science Month: Featured Project Bookmarks – 2.5 x 8.5 (PDF)
- Citizen Science Month: Yard Sign
- Citizen Science Month: Stickers
- Citizen Science Month: Posters – 22 x 28 (PDF)
- Citizen Science Month: Get Started Comic (PDF)
- Citizen Science Month: Buttons – 3 x 4 (PDF)
- Citizen Science Month: Certificate (PDF)
- Citizen Science Month: Press Release (PDF)
- Citizen Science Month: Sandwich Board (PDF)
- 2020 Webinar Presentation to Libraries (slides and recording)
- 2019 Webinar Presentation to the Citizen Science Association (slides and recording)
- 2019 Webinar Presentation to Verizon corporate volunteers (slides and recording)
- 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, interest groups, and more. Email CarolineN@SciStarter.org about your idea.
Webinar Recording: Host or Facilitate Remote, Live-Streamed Citizen Science Events in a Pinch
Making the most out of social distancing: live-streamed citizen science to the rescue! Are you planning an in-person Citizen Science Month event in April? Looking to host a virtual event, or transition your previously in-person event to a virtual format? Then this is the virtual training for you!
The Science Friday and SciStarter teams share tips to facilitate citizen science virtual events for schools and general audiences in April via this recorded webinar that was presented on March 25, 2020.
Watch the recording, below. The follow-up survey can be found here.
Resources from Science Friday from the Webinar and for Online Events
Science Friday published this blog post: “How To Participate In Citizen Science During A Pandemic.”
Feel free to download (one click) and share the below resources! Just use the CC-BY-SA-NC Creative Commons license.
- Webinar recording (audio only)
- Webinar transcript
- Webinar slides
- Event planning template (simple)
- Event script template (simple)
- Talk outline
And of course…you’re welcome to share the webinar recording via YouTube!
Please follow social distancing and public health advice while planning your event. Consider adapting these guidelines for a virtual format — over zoom or other resources.
Online resources from the Citizen Science Association:
- 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 — over zoom! (#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 — online!
- 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!