Event Type
Webinars and Virtual Events

Community Science in Arctic Research and Observing: Past, Present, and Future

Arctic Research Seminar Series with Elena Sparrow, Marilyn Sigman, Michael Køie Poulsen, and Ted Cheeseman
Event Dates
University of Alaska Fairbanks or Online: 8:00-9:00am AKDT, 12:00-1:00pm EDT

The Arctic Research Consortium of the U.S. (ARCUS) announces the next Arctic Research Seminar Series event featuring Elena Sparrow (UAF), Marilyn Sigman (Alaska Sea Grant), Michael Køie Poulsen (Nordic Foundation for Development and Ecology), and Ted Cheeseman (Polar Citizen Science Collective). The event will be co-hosted with the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and held on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. This seminar will also be available as a webinar live-stream for those unable to attend in person.

Registration is required for this event.

Please note, the in-person seminar will convene in room 501 of the Akasofu Building (2160 Koyukuk Drive) on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus in Fairbanks, Alaska.


This seminar will feature four speakers. Each presenter will discuss how they have engaged Arctic residents or visitors in the process of data collection to enhance our understanding of northern environments and how they are changing today. There will be a discussion period following the presentations, centered on how insights gained from current projects can help envision the role of civic participation in the future of Arctic research and observing.

Presenters will include:

  • Elena Sparrow (University of Alaska Fairbanks, Winterberry Project): Engaging Youth and Community Members in Scientific Investigations and Civic Action Through Citizen Science
  • Marilyn Sigman (Alaska Sea Grant): Alaska CoastWatch Project – Using Citizen Science to Engage Alaskan Youth in Strengthening Community Resilience
  • Michael Køie Poulsen (Nordic Foundation for Development and Ecology, Integrated Arctic Observation System): Enhancing Community-Based Observing Programs in the Arctic
  • Ted Cheeseman (Polar Citizen Science Collective, Happywhale Project): Creating Polar Ambassadors through Citizen Science

The ARCUS Arctic Research Seminar Series invites leading Arctic researchers and community leaders to share their latest findings and what they mean for decision-making. These seminars will be of interest to the international Arctic research community, federal agency officials, congressional staff, non-governmental organizations, Arctic educators, and the public.

A live webinar is available to those unable to attend in person. Instructions for accessing the event online will be sent to webinar registrants prior to the event.