Citizen Science Symposium 2020

Citizen Science & Higher Education Symposium

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are postponing the 2020 NC Citizen Science & Higher Education Symposium to Saturday, September 12. This event will still be held at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

Join us on March 28th September 12th at the JC Raulston Arboretum for a one-day symposium focused on exploring the intersection of citizen science and institutions of higher education.

Can citizen science improve higher education? Can higher education improve citizen science? What roles can community colleges, private colleges, land-grant universities, historically black colleges and universities, and other institutions of higher education play in introducing students to citizen science? How can local communities partner with students and faculty in higher education in carrying out citizen science for environmental justice and actionable solutions? How can science centers, museums, and environmental educators partner with institutions of higher education for best practices in citizen science? How might K-12 teachers, government agencies, and industry partner with institutions of higher education for innovations in citizen science? Explore these questions and many, many more.

This academic event is open to any citizen science practitioners, students, researchers, educators, organizers, and participants. Take part to learn from other citizen science programs, share findings, and discuss ideas while networking with a community of citizen science professionals. Attendees can look forward to flash talks, workshops, posters, and a networking lunch.

This event, which includes snacks and lunch, requires registration and a small fee of $25 for faculty and $5 for anyone else (use the following discount code CS5). If you need a complete fee waiver, contact Register Today!

Call for Proposals

Those interested in presenting in a session should prepare a 150-word proposal for a talk, poster, or workshop. You can submit a proposal during the registration process.

Who Should Submit?

Proposals are open to anyone, which includes undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty associated with an institution of higher education, those who collaborate with academics, and more…

  • instructors at community colleges, colleges, and universities who include citizen science activities in their classes and labs
  • education scholars who study learning and engagement in citizen science
  • scientists who carry out research via citizen science methods
  • university extension faculty or staff engaged in citizen science programming

Each proposal requires a lead author. You can only apply as the lead author once, and proposals can have coauthors.


We accepted over 20 proposals and will put out a call to invite a more later this summer. Those with accepted proposals will not need to resubmit.

Session Formats
  • Networking lunch: each attendee is invited to share one slide introducing them and their work. Slides will be a rotating slide show during lunch.
  • Workshops: we accept proposals for 45-minute workshops. We encourage practical, hands-on, and/or round table proposals.
  • Speed talks: we accept proposals for 5-minute speed-talks which will be grouped into thematic sessions with time for Q&A with the audience.

Schedule (Coming Soon)



NC State’s Leadership in Public Science cluster

Community-Campus Partnership for Health

Citizen Science Association

Duke Energy


EcoExplore – an initiative of the NC Arboretum

The Science House

Steering Committee

Caren Cooper, NCSU, Leadership in Public Science cluster

Valerie Johnson, Shaw University, Dean of School of Arts, Sciences, and Humanities

Al Richmond, Executive Director of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health

Kwesi Craig Brookins, NCSU, Director of Community-University Partnership


Questions about the event and/or the Citizen Science Campus at NC State? Contact us at