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2015 Annual Meeting

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The SciComm Section is hosting a workshop: Communicating Science Vividly.

If you’re looking for even more SciComm at the conference, though, here are some sessions that caught our attention.

This list is in development. If you are aware of an activity or session taking place which relates to SciComm, feel free to suggest we add it to the list by emailing or by using the comments section below. Our webmaster will update this page as often as possible.

Sessions are listed below according to type: Social (3), Workshops (10), Talks, etc. (7)


  • SciComm Section Business meeting: Monday, August 10, 2015: 6:30 PM; Stone, Hilton
  • Joint mixer with Policy Section: Mixer will follow business meeting and will be held at Alewife; 21 N Eutaw St; 410.545.5112.
  • Happy Hour with ESA Communications Team and DC Science Writers Association: The DC Science Writers Association organized a happy hour with us during the meeting and the Science Communication Section is invited. Click here for complete details.


  1. Engaging K-12 Educators in Teaching and Learning about Urban Ecosystems: Saturday, August 8, 2015: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM; 303, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)
  2. Connecting with Community Groups: Clear and Compelling Public Communication: Sunday, August 9, 2015: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM; 312, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)
  3. Exploring Diverse Career Pathways in Ecology: Sunday, August 9, 2015: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM;
    302, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)
  4. Communicating Science Vividly (SciComm Section workshop): Sunday, August 9, 2015; 12:00-5:00 p.m. See ESA2015 conference website to register. Click here for details, or view workshop description via conference online program.
  5. Tips and Tools for Entrepreneurial Ecologists: Sunday, August 9, 2015: 12:00 PM-5:00 PM;
    Peale B, Hilton (click here for details)
  6. How to Participate in Public Policy and Communicate with Congress: Monday, August 10, 2015: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM; 311, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)
  7. Breaking the Ice with STEAM: Synthesis, Innovation, and Improving Scientific Outreach through Artistic Collaboration (FREE but must register): Monday, August 10, 2015: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM; 315, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)
  8. Observational Nature Sketching: Wednesday, August 12, 2015: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.; Natural History Section Booth in Poster Hall; Informal sketching basics “workshop” at the Natural History Section’s booth, with Bethann G. Merkle, who led the sketching section of the “Communicating Science Vividly” workshop.
  9. Relationships and Interactions: An Eco-Fiction Writing Workshop: Wednesday, August 12, 2015: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM; 311, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)
  10. Building a Broader Community in Ecology and the Related Sciences: Thursday, August 13, 2015: 11:30 AM-1:15 PM; 301, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)

Annual Meeting Sessions related to SciComm

1. OPS 1-4: Science communication lessons from developing a stakeholder-based conservation planning tool; Monday, August 10, 2015; Exhibit Hall, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)

2. SYMP 6: Science Under Scrutiny: Insulating Scientists from Harassment and Political and Ideological Interference in Their Work; Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 8:00 AM-11:30 AM; 309, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)

  • SYMP 6-1: Open access to your emails: Defending against the latest weapon used to attack scientists
  • SYMP 6-2: Recent trends in censorship through oversight by public information officers and other authorities
  • SYMP 6-3: Scientific Integrity at the U.S. EPA
  • SYMP 6-4: Creating a culture of scientific integrity at the Department of Interior
  • SYMP 6-5: Pinched from both sides: Challenges in the NGO sector to applying best available science for conservation of imperiled species
  • SYMP 6-6: Break
  • SYMP 6-7: Panel Discussion

3. COS 28-3: Merging science communication and service learning to advance transdisciplinary undergraduate education; Tuesday, August 11, 2015: 8:40 AM; 326, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)

4. SS 24: A Game Show for Ecological Science: The Shark Tank of Societal Relevance; Wednesday, August 12, 2015: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM; 301, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)

5. SS 26 Using Science-Policy Integration to Improve Ecosystem Science and Inform Decision-Making: Lessons from U.S. LTERs; Wednesday, August 12, 2015; 8:00-10:00 PM; 314, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)

6. IGN 12: Dare We Prepare Students for Non-Academic Careers in Ecology? Thursday, August 13, 2015: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM; 345, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)

  • IGN 12-1: Ecologists as consultants: Biostitutes, or the front line as ecological protectors and educators?
  • IGN 12-2:  Integrating conservation practice into ecology education for students seeking non-academic careers
  • IGN 12-3:  Land trust conservation organizations and the growing business of managing privately owned natural areas
  • IGN 12-4: An ecologist goes to Washington: Exploring career pathways in policy
  • IGN 12-5:  Hybrid vigor: Linking ecological restoration, academia, faith-based organizations and policymakers for a sustainable future
  • IGN 12-6:  A professional preparation course and internship experience in an undergraduate environmental science program
  • IGN 12-7: Ecology students should taste and savor the joys of teaching
  • IGN 12-8: Communicating science to the public: Careers in science writing
  • IGN 12-9: Alternative ecology: Interpreting ecological science for stakeholders in need
  • IGN 12-10: Sowing SEEDS for growing ecologists in a diversity of careers
  • IGN 12-11: Discussion (until session ends)

7. PS 107-271: Science storytelling: Soil lead, community, place, and the power of transdisciplinary collaboration; Friday, August 14, 2015; Exhibit Hall, Baltimore Convention Center (click here for details)