Communities and Scientists Working Together: Co-Designing Decision-Relevant Science

Symposium C12


Community science is when scientists and members of local communities work together to use science to advance one or more community priorities. It’s a way of doing science that prioritizes community impact over publishable results. Successful community science requires skills and approaches that are not often emphasized or rewarded in traditional  science research or education. This session will introduce the AGU Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX) and the community science projects we support to address local climate change, natural hazards and natural resources challenges. It will feature insights and lessons learned from successful projects that attendees could use to advance community science in their own work.


Melissa Goodwin, Project Manager, Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union
Raj Pandya, Director, Thriving Earth Exchange, American Geophysical Union
Laura Allen, Town Administrator, Town of Berlin, MD (Berlin, MD TEX Project)
Akua Asa-Awuku, Associate Professor, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, University of Maryland – College Park (Brandywine, MD TEX Project)
Juan Declet-Barreto, Climate Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists (Washington, DC TEX Project)
Kamita Gray, President, BTB Coalition (Brandywine, MD TEX Project)

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