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Conference, books, grants, workshops

A few of the exciting offerings in the field at the moment.

(From the e-list, 27 APRIL 2012. Interested in subscribing? Click here!)

So many great things to share in this field right now! Here's a quick run-down of a few, see below for details.

Reminder: PPSR Conference poster abstracts/scholarship apps due 4 MAY 2012 (NOW EXTENDED: 15 MAY)

Two new books on citizen science

Wisconsin DNR offers citizen science grants

Regional citizen science workshops for Informal Science Education professionals

Reminder! PPSR Conference call for abstracts and scholarship applications open - NOW EXTENDED - through 15 MAY, 5pm EDT. Posters are the real “currency” of this event, as a means to generating conversation about the breadth of work across this growing field. Showcase your work, submit an abstract! Some scholarship support is also available, see details here.

Two new books on citizen science provide a little bit of something for everyone. In Citizen Scientists: Be a Part of Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard, author Loree Griffin Burns and photographer Ellen Harasimowicz describe seasonal citizen science opportunities to inspire participation throughout the year. In the edited volume, Citizen Science: Public Participation in Environmental Research, Janis Dickinson and Rick Bonney (with an introduction by Richard Louv) have compiled contributions from authors across the field, covering topics including participant recruitment, data mining, environmental policy, engaging youth and diverse audiences, and evaluating impacts.

Wisconsin DNR offers citizen science grants. Wisconsin has long been a leader in supporting citizen science projects and networking professionals, through grants and conferences. If you're in the state, you may already know about the grants offered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources through their Citizen-Based Monitoring Partnership Program (up to $4,999; proposals due 25 MAY 2012). Those of us based outside the state could be inspired to think how similar support and networking might be garnered within our own regions! Perhaps a discussion point for the August 2012 PPSR Conference?

Regional citizen science workshops for Informal Science Education professionals. The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is supporting three free workshops for ISE professionals, geared towards integrating citizen science into programming to meet institutional goals. Workshops are presented by staff from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in conjunction with regional experts. Dates and locations: May 19th at the California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco, CA), June 16th at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (Denver, CO), and July 14th at the New York Hall of Science (Queens, NY). Click here for more details.

And, one quick note before signing off... the website has been undergoing some server upgrades of late, which has resulted in a few interruptions. Please bear with us as we improve the site infrastructure. To make sure we don't hold up timely transactions, the conference-related pages (including the call for poster abstracts) are also available on a separate server at

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