Citizen Science 2015 Conference Attendance Plans

I can’t wait to get to San Jose and catch up with all of my citizen science colleagues at the Citizen Science Conference this week!

But if other attendees are anything like me, they’re torn in a dozen directions for every session. So much good content, so many people to catch up with, and so very little time…

To facilitate meeting planning, I’m publishing my conference attendance plan below. Feel free to contact me to set up a time to talk if you’re one of the many people who’s said “let’s meet up” but hasn’t nailed down a time yet. For any early risers (or anyone from the East Coast) I’m also available over breakfast every day.

2/10: Travel day, arriving late evening, with a possible late dinner

2/11: Conference Day 1

  • 7:30-8:30: Coffee/registration (arriving as early as I can manage)
  • 8:30 – 9:45: Welcome & Keynote
  • 9:55 – 11:15: Session 1E (Best Practices)
  • 11:15 – 11:45: Coffee. Yes, more will be needed by then.
  • 11:150 – 1:10: Session 2E (Best Practices)
  • 1:10 – 2:30: Lunch, still finalizing plans
  • 2:40 – 4:00: either Session 3F (eBird) or 3G (Grand Challenges)
  • 4:10 – 5:30: Session 4E (Digital)
  • 5:30 – 7:30: Posters, Reception, Hackfest
  • 7:30: Dinner, currently free for ad hoc plans

2/12: Conference Day 2

  • 7:10 – 8:10: Coffee & Meet/Greet CSA Board (arriving as early as I can manage)
  • 8:10 – 9:30: Session 5F (Digital)
  • 9:40 – 11:00: Session 6E (Digital) – come hear our awesome speakers!
  • 11:00 – 1:00: Open Space and lunch, no current plans
  • 1:00 – 4:00: Session 8B (Digital & Best Practices) – I’ll be talking about a human computation perspective on citizen science data quality
  • 4:10 – 5:30: Keynote & Closing
  • 5:30 – 7: FREE
  • 7:00: Dinner with Biocubes project partners

2/13: Travel day, departing in afternoon

  • AM is free through lunch. If left to my own devices, I’ll go birding and then do some work until around noon, have lunch, and head out to SJC. Also happy to have company or meetings in the AM or over a prompt 12-1 PM lunch.

Postdoc Plans

Those who follow me on Twitter (@AndreaWiggins) already heard the good news: I’ve accepted a postdoc offer with DataONE!

I’ll work with Bill Michener at the University of New Mexico (in Albuquerque, NM), but will be physically stationed at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (in Ithaca, NY – about an hour from my house), where I’ll be co-advised by Rick Bonney. The position will last for 2 years, assuming I do alright in year 1, and I’ll be starting in August 2012.

I’ll be working on issues related to data management in citizen science, technical writing for DataONE, and my own research – publishing from my dissertation and getting some new projects under way. A particularly brilliant aspect of this position is that my co-advisors are gold-star grantwriters, both with millions of dollars of grant awards to their names.

Now, let me disabuse you of the notion that I’m doing a postdoc because I couldn’t get a faculty job. Au contraire. I won’t go into any details, but suffice it to say, I had other options. Other very attractive options that I’m sad to pass up for the moment. Nonetheless, I expect the institutions that I’ve targeted for the next stage in my career (after the postdoc, that is) will still be there in two years, and I have it on good authority that several of them will still be hiring. I just hope they’ll be hiring for what I do.

This postdoc will provide a unique opportunity for skill development and practical impact, and it’s a one-time deal. I really enjoy the people I’ll be working with, and I’m excited about the contributions I can make to DataONE.