You’re Invited! Co-organizers needed for #ESA2018 comm & engagement sessions, contribute to this blog, and more!

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As we mentioned in our #ESA2017 recap post a couple of weeks ago, a wealth of opportunities sprung up and/or were identified at this year’s annual meeting.

Here’s a complete list of all our current volunteer opportunities. We’ll keep that updated, so do check that page when you have time to commit.

Meanwhile, we want to highlight some particularly exciting and time-sensitive opportunities relating to a) our website and blog, and b) planning for #ESA2018. Specifically, please see the final point for a Google Form where we can all share communication and engagement-related planning for next year’s annual meeting.

Please see below, and do get in touch if you want to contribute!

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Website & Blog Contributors Wanted!

1. If you’re an ESA member (and better yet a SciComm Section member) who has done some kind of communication and engagement work, we want to hear from you.

Please pitch us a piece for our increasingly popular #MySciComm Series. We’d love to highlight your work! Complete contributor guidelines are available here.

2. Got opinions? We’re looking for them for a Lit Review series we will launch in 2018!

The idea is to review/feature books and other types of resources that can be useful for professional development, teaching of scicomm, and planning and assessing engagement activities. Section Secretary Jennifer Purrenhage will be the series editor. Please connect with her if you have suggestions for what we should review. Most especially, please connect with her if you want to pitch/write a review of a resource you recommend! Jennifer can be reached at jennifer.purrenhage[at]

3. Are you a member of the Education Section who is also engaged with scicomm/engagement and/or teaching scicomm skills?

If so, please connect with us! We’re already in touch with the ESA Ed staff through our role on the Committee on Diversity and Education, but we’d like to connect directly with the Ed Section, too. And, we’d love your help making the connection and pursuing collaboration. We’d like to collaborate with the Ed Section & ESA Ed staff to identify areas where we can create and/or curate complementary resources and content.

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Planning for #ESA2018: Session organizers/co-organizers wanted!

1. Attn: Students! Want to co-organize a ComSciCon* workshop for #ESA2018?

We’re coordinating with the Student Section and Rose Hendricks, ComSciCon’s national director, to host a ComSciCon workshop at next year’s meeting. These workshops are a big lift, but also a fantastic way to gain skills in scicomm and event planning. Please contact Student Section officers Kelsey Fischer (kefisher[at] and Rob Crystal-Ornelas (rjp266[at] if you’d like to be involved as a co-organizer. *Note that ComSciCon is by and for students.

2. Are you organizing an #ESA2018 session related to communication and/or engagement?

We’re spearheading a coordination effort to help ensure great attendance and wide-ranging coverage of comm & engagement topics at #ESA2018. So we’d love to know – are you planning a session that in some way relates to themes of policy/public affairs, skill-building, science of scicomm, education, outreach, translational ecology (and the list goes on!), etc.?

If so, please contribute your session information here.

The link leads to a Google Form with publicly visible results. The idea is to help everyone in the comm & enagagement community within ESA to identify opportunities for collaboration, reduce potential redundancies, and identify gaps in topical/thematic coverage.

Thanks in advance for your contributions to the coordinating doc!