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Conference on Public Participation in Scientific Research

Announcement of a landmark conference on PPSR in Portland, Oregon, August 4th-5th, 2012.

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A few weeks ago I offered a cryptic "save the date" teaser about an upcoming conference this summer, and I am excited to now bring you the full details!

A Conference on Public Participation in Scientific Research (PPSR) will be held in Portland, Oregon on August 4th and 5th, 2012. This landmark event will convene science researchers, project leaders, educators, technology specialists, evaluators, and others from across many disciplines (including astronomy, molecular biology, human and environmental health, and ecology) to discuss advancing the field of PPSR.

This event is being held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, a venue that has long been supportive of both citizen science and cross-disciplinary discussions (see a reflection on citizen science sessions at ESA 2011). PPSR Conference attendees may be interested in staying in Portland to attend - or even give a talk or poster at - the ESA conference that runs August 6th -10th. ESA's call for abstracts is now open, with a February 23rd deadline (please note that this call is for ESA only, NOT for the PPSR Conference).

More details about the PPSR Conference are available at, including the agenda, information on the forthcoming call for posters, and a poll for an early headcount.

Hope to see you in Portland this summer! 


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