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CitSciCon! A Tour of NASA Citizen Science

Updated on May 6, 2021 - 12:30 PM CDT
Posted on May 6, 2021 - 12:28 PM CDT

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Announcing CitSciCon!

May 21 and May 22, 2021 8:00am Pacific |11:00am Eastern - 4:00pm Pacific | 7:00pm Eastern

Free, open-door, series of online, interactive events for the public featuring 10 minute talks from most of NASA's citizen science projects, and exciting guest speakers like Phil Plait, Chis Lintott, Science Friday and more!   

Come to and preregister!  Please help us spead the word to your community!  

This first-of-its-kind online event series invites everyone, everywhere to discover fun and important ways to  help NASA do scientific research.

NASA scientists collaborate with citizen scientists - members of the public who volunteer their time for science - to conduct research they can’t do alone. Millions of “citizen scientists” already use their phones, computers or tablets to share local observations or analyze NASA data to help scientists find new planets, ground-truth satellite data, track changes in weather and climate, and more. There’s so much left to discover!

NASA CitSciCon is organized by SciStarter, a popular citizen science hub, and the Citizen Science Association. The free sessions are open to new, experienced, and aspiring citizen scientists seeking to discover, learn more about, or share experiences in NASA citizen science projects. Attendees will:

●      Engage in real-time activities guided by project scientists, science luminaries, and citizen scientists

●      Discover tips from NASA citizen science volunteers and learn how and why they participate

●      Share questions, ideas, and recommendations

●      Connect with others spanning diverse interests and experiences (there’s something for everyone!).

NASA CitSciCon’s organizers, and the Citizen Science Association, offer Professional Development and Service Learning digital certificates for engagement in one or more sessions. 

Sign up at to be notified when session registrations open!  More than 700 people have preregisttered so far.

Confirmed Speakers

Project Leaders participating in CitSciCon and the NASA citizen science projects they are representing.

Karl Battams (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory) Sungrazer Project

Jarrett Byrnes (UMASS Boston) Floating Forests

Alison Cusick (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) FjordPhyto

Marilé Colón Robles GLOBE Observer Clouds

Brian Day (NASA Ames) Fireballs in the Sky

Nora Eisner (Oxford) Planet Hunters TESS

Carson Fuls (U. Arizona) Catalina Outer Solar System Survey

Candice Hansen (Planetary Science Institute) JUNOCam

Carl Hergenrother (U. Arizona) Target NEOs

Chuck Higgins (MTSU) Radio Jove

Holli Kohl (NASA GSFC) GLOBE Observer

Veselin Kostov (NASA GSFC) Planet Patrol

Alan Li (NASA Ames) NEMO-Net

Dorian Janney (NASA GSFC) Mosquito Habitat Mapper

Elizabeth MacDonald (NASA HQ) Aurorasaurus

Patrick Miller (Hardin-Simmons University) International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC)

Amy Padolf (Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden) Growing Beyond Earth

Tamlin Pavelsky (U. North Carolina)

Adam Schneider (US Naval Obseervatory)

Steven Silverberg (MIT) Disk Detective

Thomas Stanley (NASA GSFC) Landslide Reporter

Andrew Westphal (U.C. Berkeley) Stardust@Home

Rob Zellem (NASA JPL) Exoplanet Watch



Additional Speakers and Hosts include:

Darlene Cavalier (Arizona State U.) SciStarter

Steven Crawford (NASA HQ) Senior Program Executive for Scientific Data and Computing at NASA

Stinger Guala (NASA HQ) NASA Earth Science Citizen Science Lead

Marc Kuchner (NASA HQ) NASA Citizen Science Officer

Chris Lintott (Oxford U.) Founder of Zooniverse

Derrick Pitts (Franklin Institute), Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium

Phil Plait,

Vivian White (Astronomical Society of the Pacific) NASA Night Sky Network