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2nd Annual NASA Citizen Science Community Workshop in Maine

8:00 am to 8:00 pm

NOTE: Along with the rest of the world, we are tracking the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are hoping that we will be able to safely gather in person in Portland, Maine July 22-24. If participant or host safety is uncertain, we will retool our program for an online workshop. We will make a final decision in mid-April. 

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is excited to partner with the Citizen Science Association and Maine Space Grant Consortium to host the Second Annual NASA Citizen Science Community Workshop, to be held July 22-24, 2020 in Portland, Maine. 

NASA has a strong record of engaging the interested public in research. Volunteer citizen scientists have helped make important scientific discoveries in disciplines from planetary science to mosquito habitat mapping. This workshop will convene the NASA scientists and administrators involved in NASA citizen science work; NASA grantees who are making use of citizen science in their research and outreach activities; and members of the Citizen Science Association who bring their own experience and expertise with citizen science in a variety of disciplines and applications. 

This year’s annual workshop will explore strategies for reaching NASA’s twin goals for citizen science projects: building a scientifically literate nation and high-quality scientific discoveries and breakthroughs. We will explore the interplay between broadening participation in citizen science and driving scientific discovery with and through citizen science, and work together to identify strategies that unlock the mutual reinforcement of these two goals. Attendees will leave the conference with new insights into NASA’s priorities, new ideas to strengthen ongoing work, and a network of professionals with shared interests and aspirations.

Complementing keynote speakers, the conference will feature participants’ voices in talks and panels and provide ample opportunity for networking and collaboration. 

Besides, who wouldn’t want to come to Maine in July?!


Registration will open April 1. If you are interested in presenting your work in a lightning talk, serving on a panel, or sharing your citizen science project with participants, please be prepared to share a 250-word abstract or summary of what you would share. Space is limited. 

Venue details

The workshop will be held at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Community Education Center. 

Dress Code 

Conference dress code will be casual, with an emphasis on layers and comfortable walking shoes. 

Even in late July, temperatures in Maine, particularly on the coast, can be surprisingly cool -- or surprisingly hot! In July in Portland, the average low is 58.6°F, and the average high is 78.8°F. Please come prepared.

Our venues and accommodations are just over a mile apart. Transportation options exist and ride plans are in the works. If you are able, your most flexible option may be to walk. 

Travel Recommendations

Please plan to arrive in time for a light reception on the 21st and be sure to stay through mid-afternoon on Friday. 

  • Air: Fly direct to the Portland International Jetport (PWM) or to Boston’s Logan International Airport and take the Concord Coach Lines bus. 
  • Bus: Concord Coach Lines offers daily service from Boston and New York City. Greyhound also offers service to Portland. 
  • Train: The Amtrak Downeaster runs between Boston and Portland. 


Room blocks have been reserved at three nearby hotels, two of which honor federal per diem rates. Details will be provided in Registration.