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.

Speakers & Facilitators for this webinar: Ariel Zych, Education Director, Science Friday; Xochitl Garcia, K-12 education program manager, Science Friday; and Caroline Nickerson, Program Manager; SciStarter

Watch the recording, below. The follow-up survey can be found here.

About Science Friday

In addition to being a trusted public media source for science news, Science Friday has been livestreaming live interactive science demonstrations, fully online educator learning communities and workshops, place-based science events for general audiences, and more since 2015. Their livestream audiences reach in the millions across platforms such as Periscope, Facebook Live, and Zoom and have served kids, parents, educators, and lifelong learners around the country and world.

Science Friday recently published this blog post: “How To Participate In Citizen Science During A Pandemic.”

Resources from Science Friday from the Webinar and for Online Events

Feel free to download (one click) and share the below resources! Just use the CC-BY-SA-NC Creative Commons license.

And of course…you’re welcome to share the webinar recording via YouTube!

About Citizen Science Month

Thanks to support from the National Library of Medicine, SciStarter has partnered up with the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University to present Citizen Science Month. Citizen Science Month is an annual effort in April focusing on all things citizen science: amazing discoveries, incredible volunteers, hardworking practitioners, inspiring projects, and anything else citizen science-related!

Keeping yourself and others safe during the COVID-19 pandemic is the #1 priority. Fortunately, there are many opportunities for conducting safe citizen science to fight disease, track migratory birds, study animal behavior, and more…collaboratively. Learn more at CitizenScienceMonth.org.

Citizen Science Month Resources

Want more after you’ve watched this webinar? Ready to plan or join an online Citizen Science Month event?

Step One: Sign up to receive our updates for event facilitators and join one of SciStarter’s “Citizen Science Month Office Hours,” also known as our weekly calls. You can learn more here.

Step Two: Add your online event to SciStarter via this page.

Step Three: Think about how you can incorporate projects selected by the National Library of Medicine into your programming. Explore those projects here.

Step Four: Use SciStarter event materials to promote, enhance, and celebrate your online event! You can discover those here.


Categories: Citizen Science Month, Events, libraries, NNLM


About the Author

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson

Caroline Nickerson is an advisor at SciStarter, where she assists with the Citizen Science Month Program, SciStarter’s Corporate Volunteer Programs and other programmatic and outreach efforts. Caroline is a Master of Public Policy graduate from American University, where she was a Reilly Environmental Policy Scholar, and is a current PhD student at the University of Florida. She also works with the UF-VA Bioethics Unit, the Christensen Project, Florida Community Innovation and other organizations. She was the 2019 Cherry Blossom Princess representing the state of Florida and the grand prize scholarship winner at Miss Earth USA 2021 as Miss Louisiana Earth.