March 2023 Gathering
On March 1, CitSci Alberta hosted its sixth gathering – Wading Through Aquatic Citizen Science Projects! The gathering highlighted Alberta's water-based citizen science projects, with a focus on what is involved in the planning and designing a citizen science project. Projects featured include Stream Temperature Monitoring with Trout Unlimited Canada, LakeObserver with the Pigeon Lake Watershed Association, LakeWatch with the Alberta Lake Management Society, X-Stream Science with the Battle River Watershed Alliance and DataStream. The event included ‘Ask an Expert’ breakout sessions to discuss questions and concerns ahead of the summer field season.
The recording of the panel presentations is available below:
October 2022 Gathering
On October 12, CitSci Alberta hosted its fifth gathering - Tales of Snow and Ice: Citizen Science in Alberta's Winter! The gathering featured a panel of citizen science researchers and practitioners highlighting winter projects and the challenges of winter citizen science in Alberta. Projects featured include Calgary Captured, IceWatch, Winter LakeKeepers, and the Christmas Bird Count. Following the panel presentations there was a facilitated discussion led by members of the CitSci Alberta Steering Committee.
The recording of the panel presentations and discussion is available below:
May 2022 Gathering
On May 26, 2022 CitSci Alberta hosted a Watch Party as part of the 2022 C*Sci Conference! This event featured a viewing of C*Sci Conference keynote speaker Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta. Dr. Ramírez-Andreotta is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona. Using an environmental justice framework and participatory research methods, she investigates exposure pathways and communication strategies to translate environmental health research to action and achieve structural change.
The recording of Dr. Ramírez-Andreotta’s presentation is below.
March 2022 Gathering
On March 2, 2022, CitSci Alberta hosted its third gathering, 'Building Community-Based Water Research Projects'. The event featured a presentation by Dr. Patrick Hanington, an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. In this presentation, Patrick highlighted examples of projects that touch on ways in which community-partnered and school-partnered research is undertaken by his team.
The recording of Dr. Hanington’s presentation is available below.
September 2021 Gathering
On September 21, 2021 CitSci Alberta hosted its second gathering, 'Expanding the Impact of Citizen Science.' The event featured a presentation by Rick Bonney, from Cornell University. The event focused on the challenges facing citizen science and what’s next for the field. The presentation was followed by a series of breakout sessions led by members of the CitSci Alberta Steering Committee. The themes for the breakout sessions were based on topics discussed in Rick Bonney's recent publication - Expanding the Impact of Citizen Science.
April 2021 Gathering
To celebrate Global Citizen Science Month, CitSci Alberta hosted its first gathering on April 21, 2021! The meeting answered the questions, 'What is a Community of Practice?' and 'Why a Community of Practice in Alberta?' The meeting featured a series of presentations by citizen science practitioners who explained why they want a Citizen Science Community of Practice in Alberta. Opportunity was additionally provided to give feedback on the draft purpose, objectives, activities and topics of interest for an Alberta Citizen Science Community of Practice.