Annual Meeting


Looking ahead to ESA 2019

Discussions around the 2019 annual meeting (#ESA2019) have brought numerous, important issues to the fore of ESA governance. Your C&E officers are participating in several ways, including 1) serving on an ad hoc committee convened immediately after ESA 2018 by 2019 Meeting Chair, Ryan McEwan (aims to use ESA 2019 to inform long-term policy recommendations for future meetings), 2) joining the ad hoc committee being established by ESA President Laura Huenneke, and 3) serving on the ESA governance-level Committee on Diversity and Education. In each venue, and in the discussions we’ve participated in online, we’re working to listen, center underrepresented perspectives, and hold firm on expectations that ESA prioritize member safety, integrity, and dignity. We’ve supported and directed people to all the travel support options we are aware of through ESA. We are happy to add to that list, too, if you know of funding.

Each of the C&E Section’s officers, as individuals, will make our own decision about whether to attend ESA 2019. Personal and professional considerations will factor into those decisions.

That being said, we are committing to work to center inclusion and underrepresented voices in the programming the C&E Section contributes to at the 2019 meeting and always. Please contact us directly (or anonymously through our website contact form) if you have anything you’d like us to consider as we move forward.


Communication & Engagement, Inclusion & Diverse Careers Events at ESA 2019

Each year, we build a list of SciComm-related sessions being hosted during the conference. Please let us know what you’re up to so we can pass the word!

Mark your #ESA2019 calendar for the following workshops and sessions. Scroll to the bottom for sessions specifically related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and career success. If you know of a session that should be added to the list, please let us know!

* = indicates sessions being led, offered in collaboration with, or feature officers of the C&E Section and/or or Section members

*Communication & Engagement Section Booth:

Find us all week in the Exhibit Hall (booth ID TBA). We’ll have materials out all the time. And, Monday-Thursday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., you’ll be able to:

Communication & Engagement-related Workshops

*Science Policy 101: A Primer for Ecologists on Engaging in the Public Policy Process: This workshop is designed for those just beginning to get involved in policy. It is co-hosted by the Policy Section and the Communication and Engagement Section.

*Applying Art, Design, and Interactivity Principles to Enhance Science Communication
Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 11:30 AM – 1:15 PM

Know Your Rights: Legal Issues for Scientists Interested in Advocacy and Activism: The Policy Section is co-hosting with the Climate Science Legal Defense Fund. Have a legal question about your research or funding? Come learn about your rights. They will also be setting up 30 min sessions with lawyers to help with your specific issues.

Communication & Engagement-related Sessions (INSPIRE, Special Sessions, Symposia, etc.)

Please let us know if you know of sessions to include in this section.

The Green Heart Louisville Project: Linking Ecology, Decision-making, and Community Health – Hear a panel from Green Heart Louisville, a unique, first of its kind study to rigorously and scientifically assess the impact of green space on air quality and health in urban communities. Hosted by the Policy Section.

Communication & Engagement-related Special Events

Please let us know if you know of sessions to include in this section.

*2nd Annual Communication, Engagement & Policy Happy Hour: This happy hour will be co-hosted by the C&E Section, Policy Section, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Communication & Engagement-related Presentations (OOS, Posters, etc.)

Note: due to the volume of talks and posters, we are unable to review the program for sessions to be included in this section of the list. If you know of a session that should be included here, please let us know.

*OOS: Communication & Engagement-related Workshops: Ecologist-Community Partnerships in Action: Lessons, Reflections, and Implications

Collaboration among natural and social scientists, community leaders, and the general public is vital to overcoming many environmental and public health challenges; this session showcases best practices, partnerships, challenges and future directions for ecologists working in diverse contexts with local communities to jointly create lasting positive environmental and social change.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion-related Sessions (some repeated from above)

Best practices in science communication and engagement are closely related to best practices around diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. With that in mind, we’re also highlighting related sessions. Please let us know if you know of additional sessions that should be on this list.

Career-related Sessions (some repeated from above)

Please let us know if you know of sessions to include in this section.