September 30, 2015

Dr. Sacoby Wilson, assistant professor in the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, was invited by the White House to participate in the  White House Citizen Science Forum and Workshop: “Open Science and Innovation: Of the People, By the People, For the People” on Wednesday, September 30.  The forum brings together citizen science professionals, researchers, and stakeholders from local, state, federal, and tribal governments; academia; non-profits; and the private sector to celebrate the contributions of crowdsourcing and citizen science to enhancing agencies’ missions, and scientific and societal outcomes.

Dr. Wilson is widely recognized for his leadership in environmental health and justice issues, both through his role as a researcher with expertise in exposure science, air pollution monitoring and the role of the built environment in health outcomes, and as an advocate for communities fighting for environmental, social and economic justice. His advocacy for environmental justice depends on the empowerment of affected communities to have a voice and to confront environmental injustices. Dr. Wilson utilizes community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods in his work to build community capacity to address environmental health and justice issues.  Through this approach, he is helping to cultivate “citizen scientists” who can participate in scientific discovery, education and policy changes to solve real world problems.

Convened by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Domestic Policy Council, the Sept. 30 Open Science and Innovation forum will include two parts: an open-press, live-streamed morning plenary session from 8:30 AM – 12 PM, and a series of closed breakout groups in the afternoon. The forum coincides with the launch of a Federal Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Toolkit. The kit contains information on best practices for setting up a citizen science project, a resource library, and links to relevant law and policy. The toolkit is publicly accessible at

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