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Business Meeting 2018

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018


  1. Introductions—popcorn style we will go around the call and see who is on


  1. Elections
    1. Elections will be for for Chair-Elect and Secretary.
    2. Nominations open will be open through October 5th, 2018
    3. Voting will be open for 1 week: October 7th through October 13th
    4. Send nominations to Sarah Anderson (
      1. Please include contact information for the nominee
      2. Self-nominations are welcomed as well as nominating others
      3. Candidates for each position will be asked to write a short response to why they want to serve in the position and provide a short bio
    5. Job descriptions for the By-laws:
      1. The Chairperson-Elect shall arrange the program for all meetings and activities of the Section, and shall assume the duties of the Chairperson whenever that person is unable to act. The Chairperson-Elect is to assume the position of the Chairperson after one year’s duty unless the active Chairperson is reelected. The Chairperson-Elect shall serve for a term of one year and shall be eligible for reelection.
      2. The Secretary shall keep the records of the Section, including a current membership and mailing list. The Secretary will communicate Section activities through an electronic newsletter. The Secretary shall serve for a term of one year, and shall be eligible for reelection.
    6. The Chair will be the current Chairperson-Elect, Anjali Kumar and Past-Chairperson will be Sarah Anderson


  1. Recap of events held at the Annual Meeting-What went well? What do we want to repeat next year (and any potential tweaks)?
    1. Policy Section Booth in the Exhibit Hall!
    2. Special Session: Local science policy issues in Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Barataria Preserve, New Orleans
    3. Workshop: Federal register notices: How to engage in policy and decision making at the Federal level
    4. Joint mixer between the Policy Section, Communication and Engagement Section, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, The Courtyard Brewery
    5. Inspire Session: Expanding your ecology: Your ESA sections and chapters focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion
    6. Workshop: The 1-pager: A practical tool for translating research into action
    7. Inspire Session: Fellowships and awards to jump start your career in science policy and beyond
    8. Workshop: How to participate in public policy and communicate with Congress 11:30 AM-1:00 PM


  1. Brainstorming for 2019 ESA Annual Meeting
    1. Louisville, KY
    2. August 11th to 16th, 2018
    3. Theme: Bridging Communities and Ecosystems: Inclusion as an Ecological Imperative
      1. The community of people engaged in the science of ecology is transforming, bringing important new perspectives into the field. Inclusive approaches to ecology can build bridges between theory and practice, connect those working in disparate landscapes and subdisciplines, and incorporate diverse perspectives. Such approaches support ecologists and the ecological community as a whole as they articulate socio-environmental connections, address widespread ecosystem change, take advantage of technological advancements that provide unprecedented access to data and new analytical techniques, and engage in interdisciplinary collaborations.
    4. What types of sessions or workshops would you like to see? Any repeats from last year? What are you willing to help organize?


  1. Brainstorming for the Policy Section
    1. Website—ESA has hired a new director of membership to provide support and help guide sections and their members towards staff and resources such as the ESA webmaster who can help redesign our website
      1. Are there resources you would like to see the website link to?
      2. Is there more content the website could contain?
    2. Activities
      1. In what ways could the Policy Section better serve you?
    3. GoLightly Platform—this is a new platform ESA has purchased to help facilitate communication within the membership. It contains discussion boards, allows us to have a private library of records (closed to folks who are not members), and links directly to the membership database so we always have an update to-date list of section members
      1. What do you think is the best way to use this platform?
    4. Newsletter
      1. Would it be helpful for the Policy Section to have more regular communication with you?
    5. Other ideas