C&E Section at Past Annual ESA Meetings

We are working with C&E Section members and ESA more broadly to move from talking about why communicating our science is important to improving how we actually do that. That’s why, at each year’s annual meeting, we host at least one workshop or session focused on science communication professional development. The following links will connect you to information about current and past workshops at annual meetings.

2019: 50+ C&E Sessions for 2019

Discussions around the 2019 annual meeting (#ESA2019) brought numerous, important issues to the fore of ESA governance. Your C&E officers participated 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 worked 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.

2018: 10+ C&E Sessions for #ESA2018!

The 2018 ESA annual meeting (#ESA2018) in New Orleans provided a significant opportunity to plan scicomm-related sessions that took into account ethics, inclusivity, community and ecosystem resilience, the science of scicomm, and many more themes of critical importance to our Section, ESA, and society more broadly. The C&E Section was involved with 10+ sessions, out of a host of sessions focused on C&E, career success, and sessions specifically related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and career success. In preparation for ESA 2018, we coordinated with several other sections to ensure a wide range of scicomm and engagement sessions are on the program, while also avoiding time and topic conflicts. Folks shared session ideas in this ESA-wide coordinating doc, which informed many of the sessions that were ultimately developed and approved. Click here for complete details about #ESA2018 activities in which the C&E Section was involved.

2017: Loads (~7) of Sessions at #ESA2017

Experienced communicators will work with you to consider how you represent yourself (Branding is not a dirty word), and how to enhance your presentation skills (improv!). #SketchYourScience is back, and we’ll be doing “Ask a Pro” meet-ups at our booth. We’re also collaborating with Springer Nature Storytellers and The Story Collider on an evening mixer event! Click here for complete details.

ESA annual meeting logo for 20162016: 2 Sessions at #ESA2016

Experienced communicators will will work with you one-on-one in our portfolio/project review workshop, and then get you jazzed up during our IGNITE session! Click here for complete details.


2015: Communicating Science Vividly

Experienced science communicators will lead visual communication and writing activities to help participants build skills in conveying complex scientific concepts to broad audiences through storytelling and other creative narrative pathways. Click here for complete details on SciComm at #ESA100.

ESA 2014 logo2014: Beyond the Written Word: Advancing Ecology Communication Through Multimedia


  • Hands-on micro-workshops in audio, illustration, photography, video and writing
  • Experience with basic (free) tools and apps; exposure to multimedia communication
  • Series of blog posts from workshop participants