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.
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! Find free resources, support, and an event calendar at CitizenScienceMonth.org on SciStarter.
Citizen Science Month has experienced tremendous growth. In 2016, Citizen Science Day was marked by celebrations and activities at a major celebration at the USA National Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC and City Nature Challenge! 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 grew in popularity in 2017, 2018, and 2019 to encourage celebrations of public engagement in research.
Too good for one day, Citizen Science Day is now Citizen Science Month! Libraries, museums, universities, agencies, community groups, and individuals around the world are invited to celebrate with us!
In addition to all the tips and resources listed below, discover how to plan or attend “virtual” events!
There are many opportunities to participate in Citizen Science Month. This letter provides a few ideas to help you get started. The Library and Community Guide to Citizen Science is another great resource to find tips and resources. There are several webinars, videos, Introduction to Citizen Science tutorials, and presentations to guide you, too.
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” — our weekly calls.
Step Three: Think about how you can incorporate projects selected by the National Library of Medicine into your library programming.
Step Four: Once you have an event, add your event to SciStarter’s event database so participants can find your event 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 event
Step Five: Use the free event materials to promote, enhance, and celebrate your event!
- 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 Association Event Resources
- 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!