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ESA 2016

2016 ESA Annual Meeting

Fort Lauderdale, USA | August 7-12th 2016

There will be many events in Baltimore of interest to early career members of ESA. Be sure to follow @ESA_EarlyCareer, #ESA2015, and #ESA100 during the meeting to get the scoop on early career events, meet-ups, and highlights! Also, the student section has a great list of student-focused events, which may have some cross-over appeal to early career folks. Please check back here for details prior to the meeting.

 Early career focused events

*Events organized or sponsored by the Early Career Ecologist Section

Rolling Events
– Early Career Ecologist booth | Come find us in the exhibit hall to learn more about the section, join, and give us your input*
– Cheers! A networking even sponsored by the Early Career Ecologist Section, 6:30-8:00 pm Monday-Thursday | Section members can draw a ticket at random to receive a free beverage from a more senior professional ecologist*
– Centennial Mentoring Program | 10 early career mentees will interact with mentors during the meeting*

Saturday, August 8
– Educating the Interdisciplinary Ecologist 8:00-11:30 am | Assessing educational ecosystems to help PhD students succeed, get hired, and push boundaries. A combination of presentations, discussion, and working on a paper $25
– Get the Job: Early career professional development in networking, accessing hidden career opportunities, managing your research reputation, and partnering with mentors 5:00-9:00 pm | A fun, enjoyable, and no-pressure environment to sharpen your networking abilities. Peale A, Hilton, $10

Sunday, August 9
– Exploring Diverse Career Pathways: Where can an education in ecology get you? 8am-5pm | sponsored by the ESA Student Section, 302 BCC * $25
– Opening Plenary, 5:30-6:30 pm | Ben Cardin Senator for Maryland,  Key Ballroom Hilton
– ESA Welcome Reception, 6:30-8:00 pm | Light food, drinks, and socializing.

Monday, August 10
– ESA Science Plenary, 8-11:30 am | Panel exploring the future of ecology and awards ceremony, Key Ball Room Hilton

Tuesday, August 11
– ESA Student Mentor/Mentee Breakfast, 7:00-8:00 am | Informal chat over bagels and coffee. Camden Lobby, BCC
– Science Speed Dating: Networking for the Early Career Ecologist, 11:30 am-1:15 pm | Fun networking event to practice professional introductions, Peale B Hilton*
-Hacking Ecology: The infiltration of coding in ecology for data integration, analysis, and visualization, 3:30-5:00 pm | Presentations and discussion on data skills for early career ecologists in the upcoming century. 345 Baltimore Convention Center
-Synthesis Center Reception, 5:30-7:30 pm | Network with the synthesis centers SESYNC, NIMBiOS, NCEAS, and John Wesley Powell Center for Earth System Science Analysis and Synthesis. All career stages welcome, but will be discussing funding opportunities for emerging scholars. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks at Family Meal Baltimore (restaurant)
Early Career Ecologist Business Meeting, 6:30-8:00 pm | Come help us plan how our new section will grow! Johnson A, Hilton*
-ESA Sections Joint Mixer, 6:30-8:00 pm | Agroecology, Applied Ecology, Asian Ecology, Disease, Early Career, Education, Environmental Justice, Human Ecology, International Affairs, Long-Term Studies, Rangeland, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Urban Ecosystems Ecology, Camden Lobby, Baltimore Convention Center
– An Evening of Art and Music, 8:00-10:00 pm | Art, open mic and ESA’s house band, 308 BCC

Wednesday, August 12
-Concerns and Challenges in Personal and Professional Development for Early Career Ecologists, 8:00-10:00 pm | Presentations and discussion on work-family, dual careers, employment strategies, teaching, research, and measures of success for early career ecologists, Organized by the ESA Early Career Section, 302 Baltimore Convention Center *

Thursday, August 13
-Federal Agency Networking 11:30 am-1:15 pm | Representatives from multiple federal agencies and organizations will share information about research funding, opportunities, & fellowships [DOD, DOE, EPA, NASA, NOAA, NSF, SESYNC, USDA, USFS, USGS, and the Smithsonian Institution]. 315 Baltimore Convention Center
– Building a broader community in ecology, 11:30 am – 1:15 pm | This workshop will discuss who’s currently in ecology—and who’s not—and what the future might hold, and present preliminary results from an INNGE survey to understand the experiences of early stage ecologists from underrepresented groups. 301 Baltimore Convention Center
– Where do we go from here? Early career perspectives on the challenges and opportunities facing Ecology in the 21st century, 4:20 pm | What perspectives can early career ecologists contribute to the ongoing efforts to re-tool higher education in light of environmental, political, and social change? 310 Baltimore Convention Center
– ESA 100 Birthday Bash, 7:00-9:00 pm | Celebrate 100 years of ESA! Union Craft Brewery

Friday, August 14
– Ecologists Go to Washington, 7:30 am – 9:30 pm |All day event on how ecologists engage with policy, Charles Street Entrance BCC

Please send any questions or suggestions about Early Career related events
[or let us know that an event should be added here!]
to or @ESA_EarlyCareer
and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!