Next Step for Citizen Science: Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Oral Presentation

Prepared by A. Chrystal
California State University, Fullerton, 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA, 92831, United States

Contact Information:; 951-505-3120


Innovative technology and citizen science have contributed to the rise public participation and collaboration in scientific research. In fact, technology has played a major role in the prevalence of citizen science, as scientific organizations have moved online to help spread the word and recruit for their programs and research opportunities. With 85% of the U.S. population using the internet, online media may be the best means of engaging the general public in science. However, powerful technology is not a substitute for powerful messaging. In this presentation, I will address the current communicative deficiencies in citizen science and propose the need for interdisciplinary collaboration—specifically among the fields of science, communications, and public policy—as a means of strengthening citizen science and creating new opportunities for scientific advancement.