Sessions hosted by the ESA SciComm Section
workshops; live storytelling session & discussion; “Ask A Pro” mentoring meet-ups; #SketchYourScience; business meeting & meet-up — details below.
1. Workshop: Improv Your Science: building skills for effective communication
Monday, August 7, 10:15-11:30 am
OCC room C123
Start the Annual Meeting off right and join in on a fun and interactive session. We will focus on building and practicing skills to strengthen public speaking, adaptability, listening, and teamwork. Practicing improvisation can help scientists talk about their research spontaneously, become more open and direct in their communications, and build stronger connections with their audiences. We will practice how to adjust intonation and body language based on audience cues, and learn how to listen to understand. The session will provide tools to improve all forms of oral communication, from conference presentations and public lectures to meetings with policymakers and journalists.
Dr. Annaliese Hettinger, the ESA SciComm Section’s Secretary, will lead this workshop. Click to view in program.
2. Workshop: Branding is not a dirty word: marketing yourself and your science in a digital world
Monday, August 7, 11:30 am-1:15 pm
OCC room D131
Many scientists cringe at the notion of “branding” themselves or their science, but establishing a cohesive marketing strategy can help you achieve better collaborators, stronger grant applications, and more exciting professional opportunities. In this lively, interactive workshop, we will cover the fundamentals of identifying, developing, maintaining, and leveraging your personal brand (the things that make you, YOU) to expand your opportunities in research and beyond.
This workshop will be led by our new Chair, Dr. Kika Tuff, founder of Impact Media Lab, a science communication agency. Click to view in program.
3. SciComm Section Business Meeting
Tuesday, August 8, 6:30-8:00 pm
OCC room E142
Join us for a brief engaging (we promise!) business meeting where we’ll discuss how to allocate our budget, finalize plans for the next officer election (including accepting nominations for next year’s officers!), and start planning for #ESA2018. Afterward, let’s adjourn to a local watering hole to talk #scicomm, network, and catch up. Looking forward to hanging out with you and getting your input for the direction of the section!
4. Storytelling Social for Science Communication
Wednesday, August 9, 11:30 am-1:15 pm
5. Springer Nature Storytellers at ESA: Sips, Snacks, and Stories about Ecology
Wednesday, August 9, Doors open at 6:30PM and the show runs from 7:00-9:00 pm.
OCC room B116
RSVP here (required); each RSVP includes one free drink!
Join Springer Nature, our partners at The Story Collider and the ESA Science Communication Section for a fun evening of sips, snacks and true, personal ecology stories told by researchers themselves. Inspirational, captivating, enlightening and certainly entertaining, you will have the opportunity to hear about and connect with the experiences of those on the front lines of ecological discovery.
6. “Ask a Pro” Mixers during Happy Hours in Exhibit Hall: Volunteers Needed!
One of the main requests members made in the 2015 section planning survey was networking and mentorship support and opportunities.
We’re looking for volunteers willing to be at our booth to help us meet these objectives.
Volunteers will respond to career and career-transition questions and generally represent the diversity of possible SciComm careers already pursued by ESA members. Section officers will be present to answer questions about the section itself.
Please contact us directly if you are willing to volunteer for one or more of these sessions. And if you have ideas and suggestions, please let us know!
4-6 pm in the exhibit hall, during poster sessions & happy hour
Monday, 8/7: Ask a Visual SciComm Pro
Filmmakers, photographers, designers & illustrators
Tuesday, 8/8: Ask an Outreach/Ed SciComm Pro
Educators, nonprofit outreach pros & tenure-track faculty who do lots of SciComm
Wednesday, 8/9: Ask a Writing/Storytelling SciComm Pro
Journalists, press officers & PIOs, etc.
*If you have innovative SciComm experience (e.g., drama, dance, children’s books, etc.), we welcome you, too! Please volunteer for the happy hour that seems most relevant to you.
7. #SketchYourScience (booth volunteers needed)
This popular activity will be back for the third straight year! This activity will be available at our booth on an on-going basis throughout the conference.
Drop by our booth to share a visual explanation of your research, system, study organism, etc. Every year, we learn a ton about what ESA members are studying and the stories behind their research.
And importantly, there is a lot of research pointing to a host of benefits for using drawing to learn, assess, and communicate science. Don’t worry -your sketch doesn’t have to be fancy! The beauty is in the story it tells.
Please contact us if you’d like to volunteer at the SciComm Section booth this year. We’ll provide you everything you need to know to answer questions, connect people to member resources, etc.
Like usual, we’ll build a list of SciComm-related sessions being hosted during the 2017 conference. Please let us know what you’re up to so we can pass the word!
Image credits: Impact Media Lab (Improve; Branding; Sips, Snacks & Stories); Bethann Garramon Merkle (Storytelling Social; Business Meeting; Ask-A-Pro)