#MySciComm: taking a break for #ESA2017


We’re taking a break from the MySciComm series while we focus on the ESA annual meeting. If you’re in Portland, check out our awesome list of Section-sponsored and other SciComm happenings.

Whether you’re in Portland or following the conference from afar, we’ll be posting meeting-related updates and session live-tweets in several places:

MySciComm blog posting will resume in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, check out our #MySciComm archives, for posts from journalists, museum workers, illustrators, and all sorts of SciComm folks.

Reminder: SciComm Section biz meeting & meet-up


Please do join us for this meeting!

We’ll be discussing how to spend the section’s money (your membership dues), nominees for next year’s officers, how to engage members (you!) in section projects throughout the year, and more!

The business meeting is planned for Tuesday, August 8, 6:30-8:00 pm, in OCC room E142.

More details: Join us for a brief engaging (we promise!) business meeting where we’ll discuss how to allocate our budget, finalize plans for the next officer election (including accepting nominations for next year’s officers!), and start planning for #ESA2018. Afterward, let’s adjourn to a local watering hole to talk #scicomm, network, and catch up. Looking forward to hanging out with you and getting your input for the direction of the section!

Image: BGMerkle

Notes: 2016 SciComm section meeting


The ESA SciComm Section’s annual meeting took place during the ESA annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

You’ll see, as you read the meeting notes, that there are a number of initiatives and ideas in the works for #ESA2017 as well as programming throughout the year. 

Please contact us if you are interested in contributing, time, funding, expertise, or networking capacity to any of these activities.

#SciComm resource round-up

#ESA2016 is in full swing, and #ESASciComm is a big topic this year. Between our smashing success #upgoESA Ignite session….

…and our dynamic interactive scicomm workshop…

…inspiration and discussion about #scicomm is trending. And, there’s more scicomm to come throughout the week! Continue reading #SciComm resource round-up

Wanted: SciComm Section Officer Nominations

Looking for a way to enhance your scicomm skills while contributing to others?

Then, nominate yourself for an #ESASciComm officer position!

Officer nominations are now open and we’ll hold elections in October.

If you are interested in running for section chair, chair-elect or secretary, please review the section by-laws for information about officer duties.

Feel free to email current Section Chair, Dr. Holly Menninger, (hlmennin[at]ncsu.edu), connect with her on Twitter (@DrHolly) or catch her at the meeting with any questions you have.

#ESASciComm at #ESA2016

Connecting and communicating about the conference via social media? Here are our hashtag recommendations: #ESASciComm & #ESA2016.

Next, the following email newsletter was recently sent to all #ESASciComm Section members, along with non-members on our mailing list. If you’ll be/are at #ESA2016, please connect with us! Continue reading #ESASciComm at #ESA2016

Wanted: Ecologists Up for the Ultimate (Plain Language) SciComm Challenge


Can you interpret this graphic? What would make it more accessible? More interesting to look at? More reader-friendly? The same questions are key for how you plan communication efforts for audiences you want to engage with your science.

*Spoiler alert: we want you to sign up to do this at ESA 2016! Scroll to the bottom for details.

**NEW SPOILER ALERT: You all are awesome and we had an overwhelming response of volunteers (more than we have slots!)! Thanks for your continued support and interesting in sci comm!

Post by Holly Menninger

My family sat in the front row of the auditorium for my dissertation seminar. While I can barely recall the organization or content of the presentation, one memory that does stick with me is my dad furiously typing on his Blackberry. No, he wasn’t distracted by calls from work or being rude; he was googling my words, trying to grasp meaning in the jargon I used, words like ‘allochthonous’ and ‘autochthonous.’ Continue reading Wanted: Ecologists Up for the Ultimate (Plain Language) SciComm Challenge

#Sketchyourscience a hit at #ESA100…so what?

At ESA’s annual conference/meeting (#ESA100) our section had a booth at which we encouraged folks to sketch their science.

We were blown away by how many people enthusiastically did so.

Continue reading #Sketchyourscience a hit at #ESA100…so what?

Advancing Ecology SciComm: A Resource Guide from ESA’s SciComm Section

Bison ecologists, Saskatchewan; copyright 2011, Bethann G. Merkle

Looking to expand your toolbox? Curious to test the waters of science communication for the first time?

Either way, you’ll want to tap into the wide-ranging SciComm Resource Guide curated by ESA’s SciComm Section. Continue reading Advancing Ecology SciComm: A Resource Guide from ESA’s SciComm Section

#ESA100 SciComm Socializing

Next week’s theme: mmixxx, mix, mix, and mingle!

If you aim to connect with fellow SciComm buffs and advocates, you will have loads of opportunities at #ESA100. Of course, there’s the SciComm Section workshop, “Communicating Science Vividly.” We’re also curating a list of SciComm-related activities being held throughout the annual meeting. And on an informal note, there are a few SciComm-specific social sessions lined up.

Here are those socializing-specific highlights:

  • SciComm Section Business meeting: Monday, August 10, 2015: 6:30 PM; Stone, Hilton
  • Joint mixer with Policy Section: Mixer will follow business meeting and will be held at Alewife; 21 N Eutaw St; 410.545.5112. If you’re at the business meeting, we’ll all plan to walk over to the mixer location as a group.
  • Happy Hour with ESA Communications Team and DC Science Writers Association: The DC Science Writers Association and ESA Comm Team have invited us to join their happy hour. Tuesday, August 11, 2015; 6:00-8:00 PM at Peter’s Pour House; 111 Mercer Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 (Corner of Water & Grant Streets) MAP.

Details: ESA Communications Officer Liza Lester will heading over at about 5:45 and folks are welcome to gather at the press room and walk as a group. The press room is to the right (north side) of the exhibition hall entrance, off the ground floor Charles Street Lobby (which is also where the registration booths will be set up). The lobby entrance is at the corner of Pratt and Charles.