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.

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Social Media 

ESA SciComm on Facebook: We have a public Facebook group, where we post updates, links to new blog posts, and lots of other information of value to section members and other SciComm folks. Please join us, the discussion, and the fun!

Other social media accounts: You can follow the hashtags above, subscribe to our blog (scroll down to footer) and newsletter, or connect with our officers via their individual social media platforms.

Current Activities

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.

Long-range Planning

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.

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 will be following up with you, our members, 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.

2. Extending the secretary’s term from 1 to 2 years to enhance continuity and increase section productivity.

3. Establishing and strengthening collaborations with partners within and beyond ESA.

4. Enhancing/expanding ESA members’ awareness of the SciComm Section to a) engage more people, b) provide resources to a broader swath of ESA, and c) recruit more members for our Section.

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