Join us on Tuesday, April 6 at 1:00pm ET for Panel 2: Historical Perspectives, part of the "The Promise and Pitfalls of Citizen Science,” hosted by the American Philosophical Society
Featuring presentations by:
“Citizen Observers in the Eighteenth-century Republic of Meteorological Letters”
Jin-Woo Choi (Princeton University)
“Traveling Across Citizen Science in Portugal through Old Publications and Museum Collections”
Cristina Luís (University of Lisbon)
“The Strathmore Meteorite Fall of December 1917”
Peter Davidson (National Museums Scotland)
Inspired by its 2021 exhibition “Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist,” the American Philosophical Society’s Library & Museum is hosting a symposium on “The Promise and Pitfalls of Citizen Science” that explores citizen science as a phenomenon. The symposium will begin on Monday, April 5, and continue through Friday, April 9, with sessions scheduled at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day. The event will be held online via Zoom.
The symposium’s theme reflects the work of Benjamin Franklin and others who lacked formal training and whose work sometimes went unacknowledged but whose contributions significantly added to the advancement of knowledge. It hopes to expand upon the theme of the exhibition by exploring understandings of citizen science over time, placing historical initiatives in conversation with present day projects as well as reflecting on the future needs and opportunities of the movement.
The symposium is free and open to all. Registration is required; please register here to attend. Registered attendees will receive a Zoom link for individual sessions prior to the event.