CCS Events and Trainings

Events and Trainings


We offer trainings for educators, and are developing programs for scientists, practitioners and others interested in community and citizen science. See below for more information, and to learn about upcoming opportunities.

Educator Workshops

Our workshops for in-school and out-of-school educators are grounded in research on what works in youth-focused community and citizen science. Participants learn about key practices for youth and educators, which can be applied in a wide range of existing citizen and community science projects, or in the development of new ones. They do hands-on citizen science work, and connect with Next Generation Science Standards.

We currently offer two programs: a half-day workshop, and 3-day (12-hour) institute, and are very open to collaborations that allow us to pilot additional training and support models.

See below for information about upcoming training opportunities, and contact us if you’re interested participating, or bringing a training to your area.

CCS Collabinar

Through the CCS Collabinar, we collaborate with others on exciting challenges and opportunities in community and citizen science. This occasional series invites researchers and practitioners to present their work, engage with each other, and get feedback. Our guests will give brief presentations on their work, but the focus of the Collabinar is on working through challenges and design opportunities, while exploring mutual learning and potential collaboration. 

To stay informed about upcoming Collabinars, sign up here.

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The UC Davis Center for Community and Citizen Science is excited to announce our speakers for the Fall quarter Collabinar series. The Collabinar invites our colleagues from across the globe to bring us their most exciting opportunities and challenges in community and citizen science. Each session fosters an environment of mutual learning while advancing projects and partnerships.


Collabinar: Teaching Citizen Science-Some Insights from the University College London

Teaching Citizen Science: Some Insights from the University College London 

Monday, May 2
from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST

View the recording here 
Muki Haklay, Professor of Geographic Information Science at the University College London, led a presentation addressing how training in citizen science is developed and considerations for developing citizen science focused graduate programs.

A few key questions that were discussed :

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How to teach an experiential field course online

This post was developed by Laci Gerhart-Barley, Christopher Jadallah, Sarah Angulo, and Greg Ira, who have recently published a paper about their work adapting an experiential field course (with significant citizen science components) to an online setting during Covid-19. You can access the paper, published in Ecology and Evolution, here


Collabinar: Data Quality and Citizen Science

February 18th, 11am

Join us for the first CCS Collabinar in 2020! Mark your calendar for —

Data Quality and Citizen Science:
Critically analyzing data stories and gaps

Tuesday, February 18th
from 11:00am-1:00pm PST
1460 Drew Avenue, Davis, CA, 95616

Please RSVP here to attend in-person or virtually via Zoom.


Global Collabinar: Building Connections – Citizen Science & the Ocean

December 4th, 2019

We are looking forward to our next Global CCS Collabinar! Please join us online or in-person for —

Building Connections:
Citizen Science and the Ocean

Wednesday, December 4th
from 3:00pm-5:00pm PST

Dr. Rachel Kelly from the Centre for Marine Socioecology, Tasmania will present new marine citizen science research, and we will discuss developing programs to support the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Please see below and event flyer for more details and RSVP.


Global Collabinar: Building Career Pathways & Networks for Underrepresented STEM Students

June 11th, 2019

We hope you can join us online or in-person next week for another CCS Collabinar—

Building Career Pathways and Networks for Underrepresented STEM Students

Tuesday, June 11th
From 1:00pm-3:00pm PST

At this Collabinar, we will be hearing from Melissa B. Wilson, who will share her experiences working in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Our discussion will focus on ways to engage underrepresented students in STEM careers.


Collabinar: CALeDNA, Next Steps

May 24th, 2019

Our CCS Collabinar Series featured another great presentation—

CALeDNA, Next Steps:
Creating a scalable roadmap for how a community science program involved in cutting edge research can build a strong feedback loop.

Friday, May 24th
from 11:00am-1:00pm PST

Launched in 2017, CALeDNA is a University of California community science program that uses environmental DNA to monitor California’s biodiversity. Creating an open data platform aimed at the public and researchers alike was a first step in engaging both parties in this research. Analyses thus far have demonstrated the effectiveness of marine protected areas, the relationship between fire and plant biodiversity, and the spread of invasive species. They have also shown which questions are well-suited to eDNA methods and which are not. CALeDNA wants to empower their broad community with genetics literacy and the ability to use eDNA for innovation and problem solving.


Collabinar: SciStarter Education

May 17th, 2019

We have enjoyed continuing our Collabinar series this spring! On Friday, May 17th we had the fascinating opportunity to learn more about—

Sci Starter Education: a new, pilot, Ed-Tech platform to integrate facilitator-led citizen science in schools through district- and school-wide approaches

Many may have heard of SciStarter, which helps people find, join, and contribute to citizen science through its database of thousands of citizen science projects taking place all over the world. In this event, we learned about a new SciStarter initiative that points to possibilities for scaled up integration of citizen science in the classroom.



April 26th 2019- April 29th 2019

The City Nature Challenge began as a nature-observation competition between the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County in 2016, organized around simple charge: “which city can find the most nature?” Since then, the competition has expanded rapidly, and this year more than 120 cities will participate worldwide!


Collabinar: Place-Based Citizen Science in Lake Tahoe

December 5th, 2018

The Center hosted another CCS Collabinar event from 9:00-11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 5th. The presentation focused on place-based citizen science in Lake Tahoe, and integrating multiple projects in a single framework.


Collabinar: Citizen Science for Biodiversity Education in South Africa

November 7th, 2018

The Center hosted another CCS Collabinar event on Wednesday, November 7th, from 9:00-11:00am— with Dr. Palesa Mothapo! 

Dr. Palesa Mothapo is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University, South Africa and a current Mandela Washington Fellow who researches the impacts of invasive species on natural and human environments. She presented her work, ”Tshotshi101, Ants in my Backyard: A case study of citizen science for biodiversity education in South Africa,” then we workshopped some of her questions about using citizen science to monitor invasive species distribution, abundance, and notable impacts.


Collabinar: Youth citizen science and appreciation for science and biodiversity in Brazil

October 24th, 2018

Our first CCS Collabinar was held on Wednesday, October 24, 9-10am. Caren Souza and Nayara Hachich presented their work on two new citizen science initiatives in Brazil, one in Conde and another in Mucugê, which will engage participants, including youth, in biodiversity science. The interdisciplinary team gave us an overview of the project, and then we worked together on a variety questions related to motivations, learning, and science and biodiversity.

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