Lessons learned: Sustaining participation over decades and avoiding potential pitfalls

April 12, 2023 / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Venue/Location: Virtual


Sergio Ruiz-Cordova
Global Water Watch and Alabama Water Watch, Auburn University
Jeff Davids
Smartphone4water and CSU Chico

This webinar is taking place at 12:00pm ET. Please be mindful of time zones as daylight savings will occur at different times for different countries during the course of this series!

The series of eight interactive online webinars will include sessions on the logistics and organizational requirements to manage successful citizen science projects, methods-focused sessions to share best practices in water resources data collection and citizen science data use in decision-making, and sessions on integrating citizen science projects in educational settings.

Are you involved in citizen science? There are a limited number of spaces for 2-minute “pop-up” talks available within this series. View the call for presenters here!

This series is convened by: Dr. Ilja van Meerveld, University of Zurich, Switzerland; Dr. Thom Bogaard, TU Delft, Netherlands; Dr. Kris Stepenuck, University of Vermont, United States; Dr. Jan Seibert, University of Zurich, Switzerland


  • To create an informal international network of scientists and practitioners focused on water resources research who can implement and sustain citizen science projects that generate data to inform research and management decisions.

  • To share best practices and lessons learned about engaging members of the public in water resources monitoring.

  • To introduce a suite of water quantity and quality monitoring methodologies that have been evaluated for their effectiveness and are successfully used by members of the public to collect data that can inform research and management decisions.

  • To evaluate the effectiveness of educational activities using citizen science initiatives.