**This blog entry orginally appeared on the website oceanspaces.org.**/p>

The Aquarium of the Pacific and its Marine Conservation Research Institute (MCRI) are hosting a one day symposium on February 20, 2016 to highlight the efforts of citizen scientists like you! This symposium is designed for you to lead the conversation. Outside of the expert panel sessions, all presentations will be conducted by citizen science volunteers.  We encourage you to apply to present at the Symposium to share with your peers about your program and the important data you are collecting. 

This is an excellent opportunity for students and volunteers looking for presentation and public speaking experience as well as anyone who is passionate about their work and wants to share it with their peers. Presentations will be delivered in the following formats:  

Lightning Rounds
Lightning rounds will take place in the Marine Life Theater. Presenters will have five minutes and be allowed three Powerpoint slides max to give a synopsis about their citizen science program.
Concurrent Sessions
Concurrent sessions will take place in one of two classrooms. Presenters will have 10 minutes to share about a specific aspect of their program as it relates to one of the suggested topics listed on the presentation application page.
Poster Session
Poster session presentations enable presenters to tell their story on a printed format that will be displayed during the cocktail poster reception where the poster authors will informally discuss their work with fellow citizen scientists and citizen science enthusiasts. See the  presentation application page for suggested topics.

The summaries/abstracts for all accepted presentations and posters will be featured in a summary report that will be provided to all Symposium presenters, participants, and available on the Aquarium’s website. 

More information about presentation formatting is available at: http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/conservation/cscscs_apply_to_present

Apply now! Applications must be submitted by January 4, 2015. All presenters are required to pay their own registration ($20) which includes: Aquarium admission, parking, light breakfast and appetizers, and a copy of the Symposium summary report.

Apply to present OR Register for the Symposium