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2019 Annual Meeting


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.

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

That being said, we maintained our commitment to centering inclusion and underrepresented voices in the programming the C&E Section contributes to at the 2019 meeting and always.


Communication & Engagement, Diversity and Equity & Inclusion Events at ESA 2019

Each year, we build a list of SciComm-related sessions being hosted during the conference. These were related #ESA2019 workshops and sessions. Scroll to the bottom for sessions specifically related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and career success.

* = indicates sessions being led, offered in collaboration with, or feature officers of the C&E Section and/or or Section members. If we should add/remove an *, please let us know!

*Communication & Engagement Section Booth:

All week in the Exhibit Hall (booth ID TBA). We had materials out all the time. And, Monday-Thursday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., attendees were able to:

Communication & Engagement-related Special Events

Communication & Engagement, Policy, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion-related Sessions (56 and counting!)

Note: due to the volume of talks and posters, we are unable to review the program for those types of sessions. If you know of a session that should be included here, please let us know. Additionally, best practices in science communication and engagement are closely related to best practices around diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. With that in mind, we also highlight related sessions.

Please let us know if you know of additional sessions that should be on this list.

  1. *Cultivating a Culture of Community Engagement at ESA Annual Meetings
  2. COS 22-2: How do students integrate social and ecological knowledge in a socio-ecological systems class?
  3. COS 22-7: Teaching ecology through field naturalist lessons – a course and a new book
  4. COS 64-7: Curating open scientific information on Wikipedia: A case study of WikiProject Limnology and Oceanography
  5. COS 83-9: 9: Visitors’ attachment to urban parks in Los Angeles, CA
  6. COS 84-8: Lessons learned: Recruiting stakeholder participants for water quality monitoring
  7. INS 1: Integrating Ecosystem Health and Livelihoods: Relationships Between Ecosystem Management, Ecology, and Economic Outcomes
  8. *FT 8: A Crosstown Walk along Oak Street
  9. INS 2: The Field Work Experience: Rite of Passage or Barrier to Entry?
  10. INS 3: Endless Possibilities: A Showcase of the Many Ecological Career Options
  11. INS 8: Plant Love Stories
  12. *INS 10: Inclusion Is an Imperative in U.S. National Parks
  13. *INS 13: Ecosystems for Engagement: Building Institutional Capacity to Support Public Engagement
  14. OOS 4: Transforming Ecology and Society: Lessons Learned from Boundary-Spanning Rangeland Partnerships
  15. *OOS 11: Ecologist-Community Partnerships in Action: Lessons, Reflections, and Implications
  16. *OOS 11-8: Fostering curricular and community partnerships in Dayton, Ohio and with sister Marianist Universities in Honolulu and San Antonio: An experiential learning lab model as a vehicle for community-based learning
  17. OOS 12: Ecological Education for All Students: Intersections of Inclusive Pedagogy and 4DEE Framework
    • 1 Teaching for meaning and purpose: Inclusive pedagogy in introductory biology
    • 2 Inclusive pedagogies and student emotions: Potential impacts on 4DEE framework implementation
    • 3 Authentic scientific inquiry experiences in large introductory ecology classes benefit the learning and interest of women and underrepresented minority students
    • 4 Impacts of course-based research on under-represented minorities: Perceptions of science practices and factors related to persistence in science
    • 5 Empowering diverse students with scientific and computational thinking tools to address local water challenges
    • 6 Using the crosstown walk to address the goals of the 4DEE model and increase engagement of students from underrepresented groups
    • 7 Implementing citizen science into the classroom to expose undergraduate students
    • 8 Long versus short? Intensive experiences in informal settings of national parks for URM students
    • 9 Integrating the design thinking approach into ecology education for engaging our communities as partners and professionals
    • 10 How environmental studies programs and the ESA 4DEE framework can help recruit diverse students into the environmental workforce
  18. OOS 14: Developing Effective Environmental Leaders Requires Diverse Perspectives, Innovative Approaches, and Transdisciplinary Exploration
  19. *OOS 28: A Day in the Life of an Ecologist in Science Policy
  20. OOS 29: Linking Landowner Practice and Preference with Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes: Perspectives from Residential Yards
  21. PS 20-22: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in ecology: Introducing the Environmental Data Science Inclusion Network (EDSIN)
  22. PS 28-109: The effect of legacy contamination and influence of observed soil amendment in an urban community garden Louisville, Kentucky USA
  23. PS 53-37: Ecological research promotes critical-thinking, science literacy, and data-driven eco-centrism among diverse STEM student-interns at a community college
  24. PS 55-57: Big Ideas: Curriculum helps faculty teach students to use citizen science data to answer real-world questions
  25. SS 3: Civic Engagement for Scientists: Getting Involved With Local Government
  26. SS 9: Stand Up and Step In: Active Bystander Intervention to End Harassment (1st of 2 sessions offered)
  27. SS 10: Local Science Policy Issues in Louisville: Linking Ecology, Decision-Making, and Community Health
  28. SYMP 2: The Ecology of Segregation: Ecological Relationships of Social Exclusion
  29. SYMP 10: Improving Environmental Decision-Making Through Integrated Governance, Public Engagement, and Translational Approaches
  30. SYMP 10-1: Resilience justice: The intersection of resilience science, social justice, policy analysis, and community capacities
  31. SYMP 11: Bridging Across Disciplines: Connecting Ecological and Social Sciences to Achieve Translational Outcomes
  32. TK 4: Diversity Forum
  33. WK 4: From Multi To Social: Sharing Your Science Via Different Media
  34. WK 5: The Field Experience: Exploring Issues of Culture and Inclusion in field settings
  35. WK 11: Collective Impact for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity: The “Voltron” Principle
  36. WK 12: Earth Stewardship Initiative Demonstration Project: Introductory Working Session for the Application of Ecological Science to Louisville, Kentucky
  37. WK 15: Backward Design for Teaching Ecology Courses
  38. *WK 16: Communicating Science, Increasing the Impact of Ecology, and #EngageESA: Tools for Ecologists
  39. WK 17: Frank and Open Discussion on Diverse Career Pathways in Ecology
  40. WK 18: Know Your Rights: Legal Issues for Scientists Interested in Advocacy and Activism
  41. WK 27: Science Communication on the Fly: Improv your Science
  42. WK 29: Stand Up and Step In: Active Bystander Intervention to End Harassment (2nd of 2 sessions offered)
  43. *WK 30: Applying Art, Design, and Interactivity Principles to Enhance Science Communication
  44. WK 32: Communicating Your Science With the Media
  45. WK 35: #MeToo In the Sciences: Your Rights and Options When You’re Being Harassed Because Of Your Race, Gender, Religion, Or Disability Status
  46. *WK 36: Science Policy 101: A Primer for Ecologists on Engaging in the Public Policy Process