We’re spearheading a series of projects to empower ecologists to better communicate the stories of our science (including stories about the people doing the science) in creative, compelling, and innovative ways.
Annual meeting: Each year, we host a range of workshops, special sessions, informal social activities, and a business meeting. We highlight SciComm activities hosted by others at annual ESA meetings, too. Follow the links for this year’s conference activities and past conference info.
#MySciComm blog series: This series on our blog highlights the diverse nature of science communication careers, opportunities, and pathways through an on-going series of guest posts. Contributors (top science communicators and sciommers in training from a wide range of fields) candidly share their personal and professional journeys. Each post ends with advice and resources for people looking to enter this vital, meaningful, and expanding field. We welcome unsolicited pitches – click here for contributor guidelines.
New partnerships: We are planning more collaborative activities with: Other ESA Sections (like Policy, Inclusive Ecology, Early Career, Student, and Education); ESA’s SEEDS, the ESA Committee on Diversity and Education, and ESA’s Public Affairs Committee; and external organizations such as AAAS, the Union of Concerned Scientists, Story Collider, and ComSciCon. You’ll notice our efforts here in our #ESA2018 sessions – they involve partnerships with Policy, Inclusive Ecology, Education and other sections, as well as AAAS, UCS, and CSC. We have also identified an official liaison between our section and the Student Section. And, we now sit on the ESA Committee on Diversity and Education. Please be in touch with us if you have collaboration ideas and/or want to be part of these collaborative efforts.
Activities outside of annual conferences: We’ve begun brainstorming ideas for how our section could support members year-round. See the volunteer opportunities above for some of these ideas. But, we know we’ve just scratched the surface. If you have ideas, please connect with us! We’d love to consider how they may fit into the long-range planning grant we plan to submit this fall.
Governance: Following a productive discussion during our annual business meeting at ESA 2017, the officers have followed up on several directives proposed and voted on by members at that meeting. These include:
1. Addressing language in the bylaws that complicates section governance to increase efficiency and inclusivity. These changes were submitted to/accepted by ESA in January 2018.
2. Extending the secretary’s term from 1 to 2 years to enhance continuity and increase section productivity. This change was submitted to/accepted by ESA in January 2018.
3. Establishing and strengthening collaborations with partners within and beyond ESA. See above.
4. Enhancing/expanding ESA members’ awareness of the Communication & Engagement Section to a) engage more people, b) provide resources to a broader swath of ESA, and c) recruit more members for our Section. We have begun this work by formally changing our name to the Communication and Engagement Section (formerly SciComm Section). This name is more inclusive of the range of C&E activities our members undertake, as well as being much easier to spot on the list of ESA sections you can join. We are also developing a SciComm Lit/Resource Review Series, which will launch on our blog in Spring 2018. And, we’d greatly appreciate your help with objectives a-c. So, please be in touch!