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Archive: Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California Symposium

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Anyone involved in environmental conservation-oriented citizen science* in Southern California is invited and encouraged to attend this symposium. Attendees will include volunteers currently participating in citizen science programs, students, educators, and anyone with an interest in becoming a citizen scientist or starting a citizen science program. They will represent diverse disciplines in the life sciences and conservation fields at varying levels of experience. The most important opportunities at the symposium will be those that allow participants to make connections, share their knowledge and information with others, and learn from experts and fellow citizen scientists.


Featuring Keynote Speaker, Dr. Caren Cooper, Assistant Director of the Biodiversity Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Symposium Format

The structure of the symposium was informed by citizen scientists! Based on surveys conducted earlier this year, attendees will be able to experience the following:

  • Share ideas with fellow citizen scientists from diverse programs throughout Southern California.
  • Interact with scientists and experts from California and the U.S.
  • Discover new programs and opportunities for citizen science in Southern California.
  • Learn more about citizen science in formal and informal settings.

Key Themes

  1. An Introduction to the Diverse Citizen Science Opportunities in Southern California.
  2. Citizen Science’s Role in the Scientific Process.
  3. Data Quality and Citizen Science.
  4. Engaging Community Members about Citizen Science Conservation Efforts.

Citizen Science Symposium Agenda (subject to change)

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Check in
9:00 a.m.-9:10 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker
10:00 a.m.-noon Lightning Rounds
Noon-1:00 p.m. Lunch**
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Panels
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Special Sessions
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet Poster Reception
5:30 p.m. End of Symposium

**Participants are responsible for providing their own lunch. Participants can dine at the Aquarium or visit a nearby restaurant. There is also a picnic area in front of the Aquarium for those who wish to bring their own lunch. A light breakfast and appetizers at the reception will be provided to the participants free of charge.

Citizen Science for Conservation in Southern California Symposium
Archived Event Information

Saturday, Feb 20, 2016 | 8:00 AM–6:00 PM

Cost $20; includes: Aquarium admission, parking, light breakfast and appetizers at the reception, and a copy of the report featuring abstracts and highlights from the Symposium. A cash bar will be available at the reception.