TH35E:
Making your Science Matter: Lessons for the Future from Twenty Years of Science Communication and Engagement

Session ID#: 92278

Session Description:
Do you think your science is useful to the wider world but don’t know how to get it “out there”? Could your work inform public policy or sway public opinion and help influence the direction of society? These are the kinds of questions COMPASS has supported scientists to answer for almost two decades. We’ve worked with incredible scientists who have contributed to solutions for some of society’s greatest environmental issues. At the same time, we have seen the challenges scientists face change and intensify – increasing calls for scientists to engage in discussions with decision makers, to answer journalists’ questions and help inform issues of societal urgency, yet scientists also meet skepticism and politicization when they do engage.

Join us for an interactive session exploring these issues. We’ll share practical advice for being a successful scientist communicator from our twenty years of experience. Natural and social scientists from across the country with deep experience in science communication and engagement will share their stories of what has worked and what didn’t, jumpstarting a spirited discussion on challenges and opportunities for scientists to inspire solutions to our greatest environmental and social challenges.

Moderator:  Lori Arguelles, COMPASS, Washington, D.C., DC, United States
Primary Contact:  Heather Mannix, COMPASS, Washington, DC, United States
Presenters:  Francis Chan, Oregon State University, Department of Integrative Biology, Corvallis, OR, United States, Sarah R Cooley, Ocean Conservancy Inc., Washington, DC, United States, Natalya Gallo, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, Marine Biology Research Division, La Jolla, CA, United States, Dawn J Wright, Environmental Systems Research Institute, Redlands, CA, United States, Lauren B Linsmayer, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Washington, United States, Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, United States and Heather Mannix, COMPASS, Washington, DC, United States

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