If public health conditions allow, the 2021 Life Discovery - Doing Science Education Conference will be an in-person event at Estes Park, CO. If in-person elements are not possible, the meeting will be virtual (with all sessions online). Proposal submitters will be asked to indicate their preference for an in person or virtual session at the time of submission. At this time, we do not have plans for a hybrid event but we will explore our options.
2021 Conference Theme
Pushing Past Barriers: Ecological Science for All.
In recent years, we have seen a significant change in public attitudes in support of climate science and sustainability. At the same time, whether it is about food safety, endangered species or protection of waterways, we continue to see the latest science being pushed aside in public discourse. As we embark into a new decade, ensuring that ecology is relevant to all students is vital so that we can prepare all students to be ecologically literate.
How do we transform ecological teaching in order to maintain a connection with a vast student population that is not interested in science and retain those who are to become science researchers and professionals?
How do we encourage nonscience majors to take away important messages that will inform their personal and professional decisions?
What does a science-based, culturally relevant and inclusive curriculum that connects student learning to current events look like?
How can educators activate the appropriate levers of change to overcome systemic barriers to organismal biology education?
Submit your teaching idea to the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library!
All presenters are highly encouraged to submit their final products for formal publication in the digital library. Authors retain copyright. Presenters will choose to submit through one of the three portals of the LifeDiscoveryEd Digital Library(LDDL), managed by LDDL partner societies.
Vision and Change
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Call to Action of Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education.
Four Dimensional Ecology Education
ESA launches the Four Dimensional Ecology Education Framework, endorsed by the ESA Governing Board in the fall of 2018.
What participants say about the 2020 virtual conference