To more fully engage section members, and to increase our capacity as a Section, we have identified several projects, and we’d love to have your help with them. The 2017-2018 projects are Section Planning & Fundraising, Social Media, Blog Peer Reviewers & Contributors, and #ESA2018 Planning. See below for detailed descriptions of each project.
Each opportunity can operate as an individual or committee effort. We have lots of ideas for content and potential contributors, so you won’t have to start from scratch. And, Section officers will provide support and editorial oversight, so this could be a great opportunity to collaborate and/or build your skills (and CV!).
We’re working out our editorial calendar for summer and fall 2018 right now. So, please contact us right away if any of these opportunities sound appealing or if you have questions.
Detailed 2017-2018 Project Descriptions
Section Planning & Fundraising Committee
The Section will submit a long-range planning grant this fall. If you would like to join the Section officers in contributing to the direction of that proposal, contribute expertise, and/or get grant-writing experience, contact us about joining the Planning & Fundraising Committee.
Social Media Committee
The Social Media Committee will work to maintain and “feed” the social media channels through which we support and engage members and potential members. We envision a few individuals collaborating on the following: 1) maintain/feed relevant Twitter hashtags (ex: #scicommjob); 2) maintain and expand participation in the ESA SciComm Section Facebook Group.
Blog Peer Reviewers & Contributors
Peer Reviewers will work with the Editorial Team (Section officers) to maintain and expand the scope of our Section’s blog. Through the blog, we provide resources, networking opportunities, and Section updates. To reiterate, we have lots of ideas for content and potential contributors, so you won’t have to start from scratch. And, as noted above, the officers will provide support and editorial oversight, including scheduling, assigning posts to review, etc. So, this could be a great opportunity to collaborate and/or build your skills (and CV!).
We envision several individuals contributing, as Peer Reviewers and Contributors, to maintain, expand, and/or develop one or more of the following:
- Continue the #MySciComm Series, with special emphasis on recruiting Section members as contributors and expanding the diversity of contributors. This may involve recruiting and editing contributors as well as writing your own #scicomm backstory
- Contribute to our Lit Review Series, which will launch in February 2018. Books and other scicomm resources will be reviewed, in order to provide unique content about books that have direct or indirect relevance to the wide range of scicomm careers, approaches, and interests of Section members. You can contribute as a reviewer or as by helping recruit and edit contributed reviews.
- Collaborate with the Education Section and ESA’s education staff to identify potential opportunities where we can create and/or curate resources and stories of education as science communication. This may involve generating unique content and/or comments/aggregates existing content of use to Section members using education as a scicomm engagement approach. This may involve recruiting and editing contributors as well as writing original content.
- Develop a series about teaching scicomm skills that provides unique content and/or comments/aggregates existing content of use to Section members who are teaching scicomm skills in academic and non-academic settings. This may involve recruiting and editing contributors as well as writing original content.
- Develop a SciComm Skills Advice series (maybe in a “Dear Abby” format) that provides unique content and/or comments/aggregates existing content of use to Section members who are practicing scicomm professionals (within and beyond academia) and to Section members considering getting into scicomm (within and beyond academia). This may involve recruiting and editing contributors as well as writing original content.
- Develop, within the Section website, a Policy/Advocacy section that refers visitors to the ESA Policy Section and other relevant resources. This may involve research and connecting with representatives of various sections and organizations, as well as writing original content.
Planning for next year’s ESA annual meeting
Please follow this link for details about ways to propose sessions, get support on a proposal, and/or help with sessions and events the SciComm Section is planning.