Community and Citizen Science, collectively, are a set of practices in which members of the public collaborate with professional scientists to conduct scientific investigations, engage in monitoring activities, collect data and/or interpret results, producing new knowledge used for natural resource management or basic research. This includes community science, which is community-driven research or monitoring in partnership with scientists.
This project arose from the realization that projects involving public participation in science vary widely, and often work in isolation from each other. These range from ‘citizen science’ projects for which people submit data about birds or plants online, to environmental justice-oriented community-based participatory research, and everything in between. These projects all revolve around members of the public collaborating in some form with scientists to answer environmental science questions.
Over two days, February 22nd and 23rd, UC Davis was the site of a regional workshop for nearly 50 leaders of Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR) projects that address conservation, environmental stewardship, and education. The workshop was designed to allow attendees to share experiences, create connections between programs, and generate strategies for best practices that will move the rapidly expanding field of citizen science and our efforts forward, individually and collectively.