At UC Davis, scientists are working with communities to conduct
research from Knights Landing to Zanzibar. Volunteers are
investigating water quality on shores of Lake Tahoe, playing
online games to shape the future of medicine, and navigating
coastal waters to gather management-relevant fisheries data.
There are many more examples.
And there is huge interest among public and private funders in
the power of community and citizen science. At the NSF
alone, among currently active awards there are
more than 300 projects involving community and citizen science,
collectively bringing in more than $220 million.
All of this activity raises important questions for universities
about the nature of our engagement with society, and
opportunities for us to deepen those interactions. It points to
ways that we can make real progress on difficult scientific and
On May 7th we will gather at the Manetti Shrem Museum
for a full day of learning, discussion, and networking
activities with fellow faculty members and researchers, sponsored
by the UC Davis Office of Research. Learn about funding
opportunities, build collaborations, and explore how you can
incorporate citizen and community science into your research as a
powerful tool for science, outreach, and engagement.
This event will be hands-on: we look forward to hearing from you,
and working together on innovative proposals and initiatives. Our
steering committee is hard at work on the agenda, and it will be
released in the coming weeks.