Sister SRPs Organize Symposium on Community Engagement and Public Participation at the 2017 Soil Science Society of America Annual Meeting

UA SRP Research Translation Core PI, Dr. Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, and Michigan State SRP investigator Dr. Hui Li, organized and moderated a session entitled “Community Engagement and Public Participation in Environmental Research” for the Soils and Environmental Quality Division of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Annual Meeting (Tampa, Florida, October 22-25, 2017). The session centered on the idea that the next generation of environmental research and action will include citizen science and stakeholder-oriented approaches to experimental design.

Ramirez-Andreotta also gave a presentation entitled “Citizen Science and Partnering for Action: Environmental Health Research in Underserved Communities”. Furthermore, she was an invited speaker for the Special Session Symposium called “Citizen Science, on Farm Trials and Future of Agricultural Research”. Her talk was titled: “The Next Generation of Environmental Research and Action: Citizen Science and a Stakeholder-Oriented Approach to Experimental Design”. This last talk was featured as part of a cover story in the Feb 2018 CSA News magazine. Ramirez-Andreotta says: “When a researcher works directly with stakeholders, there is an opportunity to determine the challenges and concerns of the local community as well as their research questions based on their lived experiences in the area”.

Keep up the great work Dr. Ramirez-Andreotta!