Edge Citizen Science: An Online Symposium

Saturday, 23 April 2022 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

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Saturday, 23 April 2022 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

Come celebrate Citizen Science Month with us as we celebrate public participation and collaboration in science! Topics at the edges of our scientific understanding abound with opportunities for amateur scientists and cross-disciplinary teams. In this online symposium, career scientists will discuss the successes and challenges of inviting public participation in their work and aim to inspire future participatory teams and citizen scientists.

Please plan to attend this highly interactive event with your microphone and camera so that you may engage with the speakers and fellow attendees. We will start the day with a speed networking session. At the midday break, students and professors will be invited to join an Aspiring Explorers meeting. Throughout the day, SSE members will be offered extended Q&A options, and all attendees will have opportunities to network and converse in the virtual social lounge.

This event is being held at Airmeet, a highly interactive conference platform. Airmeet is best experienced on a desktop or laptop computer using Chrome.

Society for Scientific Exploration


Since 1982, the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has provided a professional forum for presentations, criticism, and debate concerning topics, which for various reasons, are ignored or studied inadequately within mainstream science. The SSE also promotes improved understanding of those factors that unnecessarily limit the scope of scientific inquiry, such as sociological constraints, restrictive world views, hidden theoretical assumptions, and the temptation to convert prevailing theory into prevailing dogma.

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James Houran
Journal of Scientific Exploration

Houran has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Springfield (USA) and a Doctorate in Medicine (Psychology) from the University of Adelaide (Australia). He serves as Research Director at Integrated Knowledge Systems (IKS) in the USA, Research Professor at the Instituto Politecnico de Gestao e Tecnologia (ISLA) in Portugal, as well as is an editorial board member of the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, special consultant for the Australian Journal of Parapsychology, and the new EiC of JSE.

About James Houran

Journal of Scientific Exploration
Beatriz Villarroel
Postdoctoral fellow
Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics (Stockholm)

Dr. Villarroel is the project leader of the ”Vanishing & Appearing Sources during a Century of Observations ”(VASCO) project where she is searching for vanishing stars and other anomalies in the sky. She received her PhD in astronomy from Uppsala University in 2017. She is currently an international postdoctoral researcher sharing her time between Nordita and IAC Tenerife (Spain). In March 2021, she received the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science prize in Sweden for her search for vanishing stars.

About Beatriz Villarroel

Postdoctoral fellow
Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics (Stockholm)
Brian Laythe
Institute for the Study of Religious and Anomalous Experience

Dr. Laythe obtained both his master’s and a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of New Hampshire. He serves as Director of the Institute for the Study of Religious and Anomalous Experience, Associate Editor of the JSE, and works as a forensic psychologist specializing in Veterans with his company, Iudicium.

About Brian Laythe

Institute for the Study of Religious and Anomalous Experience
Annalisa Ventola
Public Parapsychology

Annalisa is an educator, researcher, and administrator supporting edge science fields with a particular interest in public scholarship, science communication, and exceptional experiences. She is a Professional Member and Executive Director of the Parapsychological Association, Community Manager and Full Member of the Society for Scientific Exploration, and the Founder of Public Parapsychology.

About Annalisa Ventola

Public Parapsychology
Ramsés D'León
Chief Researcher
Unidad Parapsicológica de Investigación, Difusión y Enseñanza - UPIDE

Ramsés is a researcher, administrator, and educator in the field of parapsychology. He is the Chief Researcher of the “Parapsychological Unit of Research, Dissemination and Education” (Unidad Parapsicológica de Investigación, Difusión y Enseñanza - UPIDE), founding member of the “Research Center of Sintergy and Consciousness”, and the Office Manager of the Parapsychological Association.

About Ramsés D'León

Chief Researcher
Unidad Parapsicológica de Investigación, Difusión y Enseñanza - UPIDE
Irina Rogozhina
Associate Professor
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Irina is an Associate Professor in Earth Sciences at the largest university in Norway (NTNU), with a MSc degree in Applied Mathematics and a PhD degree in Geophysics. She is an educator in the fields of climatology, glaciology, and natural hazards, a (co-)leader of international projects on the climate evolution and glaciations in Greenland, Antarctica, Central Asia, Patagonia, and Northern Europe and an editor on the European Geosciences Union journal “Climate of the Past”.

About Irina Rogozhina

Associate Professor
Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Sessions on Apr 23, 2022

11:00 AM

Speed Networking Session

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:30 AM

Team Science: A New Editorial Focus for Journal of Scientific Exploration

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • James Houran


12:20 PM

Why Search for Astronomical Anomalies?

12:20 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Beatriz Villarroel

    Postdoctoral fellow

01:10 PM

Preparing the Citizen Science Project: Pitfalls and Successes

01:10 PM - 01:55 PM
  • Brian Laythe


02:00 PM

Social Lounge Conversation & Aspiring Explorers Meeting

02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
03:00 PM

Transdisciplinary Methods to Combat Disastrous Consequences Of Climate Change

03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
  • Irina Rogozhina

    Associate Professor

03:45 PM

Sprinting Toward Consciousness-Based Climate Action

03:45 PM - 04:30 PM
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  • Annalisa Ventola


04:30 PM

Social Lounge Discussion

04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
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