Citizen Cyberscience Summit 2014: Call for Workshops, Papers and Participation

This is an announcement from the Citizen Cyberscience Summit.   Following the successful Citizen Cyberscience Summits in 2010 and 2012, we are pleased to announce a third meeting in London on 20-22 February 2014. By citizen cyberscience, we refer to the wide range of activities that enable people from all walks of life to join … Read more “Citizen Cyberscience Summit 2014: Call for Workshops, Papers and Participation”

Categories: Events, In the News

Project MERCCURI Goes to the Bay Area Science Festival!

If you’re in the Bay Area this weekend, come down to the Bay Area Science Festival at AT&T Park! This event is FREE and hosts a plethora of interactive exhibits, experiments, games, and shows. Unleash your inner scientist! Event Details: Bay Area Science FestivalAT&T Park 24 Willie Mays Plaza San Francisco, CA 94107 Saturday, November … Read more “Project MERCCURI Goes to the Bay Area Science Festival!”

Categories: Citizen Science, Events

SciStarter’s founder to speak about citizen science: NPR’s Weekend in Washington

If you’re planning to attend NPR’s “Weekend in Washington” conference on November 2, let’s meet up! SciStarter’s founder, Darlene Cavalier, will be speaking about the rise of citizen science (regular people doing real science). From National Public Radio: “NPR’s Weekend in Washington is our annual, multi-day convergence of award-winning journalists, innovative leaders from Member Stations and … Read more “SciStarter’s founder to speak about citizen science: NPR’s Weekend in Washington”

Categories: Events, In the News

Defining the Future of Research: The Science & Tech Forum in Los Angeles

If you’re on the west coast, you won’t want to miss the Science and Tech Forum: Los Angeles. It takes place this weekend from 9/28 to 9/29 and features a robust lineup of speakers from various science backgrounds. What’s unique about this conference is that it allows the attendees to set the agenda and organize sessions. … Read more “Defining the Future of Research: The Science & Tech Forum in Los Angeles”

Categories: Events

Stop, Collaborate and…Vote! Help solve climate change with MIT’s Climate CoLab Project

Do you have an idea about how to approach climate change?  You’re not alone.  Thousands of other people around the world are coming up with potential solutions to one of the world’s most challenging problems, but until now they have not been able to easily connect. MIT’s Climate CoLab is attempting to change this by bringing … Read more “Stop, Collaborate and…Vote! Help solve climate change with MIT’s Climate CoLab Project”

Categories: Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Contest

Final Four citizen science projects!

This post originally appeared on the PLOS Blog Network. We’re down to the Final Four in this year’s NCAA tournament, and chances are your bracket isn’t looking too good. Welcome to the club. Worry not! We’ve got four citizen science projects that will help you make the most of Final Four weekend. MICHIGAN WOLVERINES fans… … Read more “Final Four citizen science projects!”

Categories: Animals, Astronomy & Space, Biology, Birds, CitSci Research, Climate & Weather, Contest, Insects

AAAS Webinar on April 5: “How to recruit citizen scientists for discovery.”

From the AAAS website: Have a research project that requires large data collection and analysis? Working on a tight budget and an even tighter timeline? Ever thought about outsourcing some of this work to the public? Using the power of the crowd, via the Internet and social media, citizens scientists can help get the job … Read more “AAAS Webinar on April 5: “How to recruit citizen scientists for discovery.””

Categories: Events

Citizen Science Academy: Bunny Slippers Optional

  When I first became involved in online professional development (PD) courses about 10 years ago, the casual approach to participation in terms of time and attire were often noted as desirable features. An often-touted advantage to online PD was that individuals could participate at 3 a.m. wearing pajamas and bunny slippers. Over the years, … Read more “Citizen Science Academy: Bunny Slippers Optional”

Categories: Citizen Science, Guest Contributor, Workshops

What would you do with this technology?

Scientific research aims to answer questions, progress disciplinary knowledge, and ultimately better society by providing new applications of technology and ideas toward common problems. But, over time, the products of our countless research projects, while potentially still useful, go unutilized, and can be forgotten in the basements of University libraries or the dusty archives of … Read more “What would you do with this technology?”

Categories: Citizen Science, Contest, Do-It-Yourself, Gaming

On this, National Squirrel Day, we feature Craig Newmark and squirrelly citizen science.

SciStarter asked Craig Newmark (of Craigslist fame) why he likes squirrels. He told us that it all started with a simple desire to feed birds. But the suet palaces he was using to dispense the raw, fat-based bird food were constantly getting hacked by squirrels. He tried everything; he even upgraded to “squirrel-resistant” models, to … Read more “On this, National Squirrel Day, we feature Craig Newmark and squirrelly citizen science.”

Categories: Animals, Citizen Science, Climate & Weather, Contest, Ecology & Environment, Guest Contributor, Nature & Outdoors