Community Science

Wednesday 12:35 PT / 1:35 MT / 2:35 CT / 3:35 ET Online
Oral Session Part of Oral Session II


Kelly McCarthy, American Geophysical Union

This session is intended for scientists, science educators, graduate students and anyone who has the opportunity to integrate community voice into their practice of science. The goal of the session is to demonstrate, with concrete examples, local action plans that enable community science partnerships, result in tangible impacts that advance local priorities, skills and networks that attendees can take with them to include in their teaching and in their practice. Community science is an approach to 'doing science' by which communities and scientists work together to advance one or more local priorities by codesigning a project that builds on community knowledge and expertise. By including the idea and philosophy behind community science in our teaching practice and in our day-to-day work in the field, in the lab, and in the classroom we can model an approach that makes the power of the intersection of science and society exceedingly clear. It welcomes communities, particularly historically marginalized and oppressed communities, to guide, participate in, learn from, and benefit from science. Community Science is designed to make a tangible local impact. When done well, it can enhance community capacity, advance equity, enrich scientific practices, diversify the sciences, address global challenges, and build public trust and support for science. This session will introduce the concept of community science with concrete examples and will align with a series of companion proposed teaching demonstrations to integrate the community science approach into k-12 and undergraduate classrooms. This oral session will not only initiate a conversation around strategies to integrate this approach into Earth science education, but also help to enable a 'community of practice' around community science.

This session has already taken place.