Ocean Sciences 2012: Must-Attend Events!

30 January 2012
AGU Science Policy Alert 12-7

Will you be attending the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Salt Lake City this year? Check out the exciting events happening that offer you opportunities to expand your communication, policy, and media experience.

Communicating Your Science: Challenges and Opportunities with Ocean Acidification Workshop
Monday, 20 February, 6:00-7:30 p.m., Room 151 A, B, C, G

AGU and COMPASS invite you to join us at the Communicating Your Science: Challenges and Opportunities with Ocean Acidification Workshop. As the impacts of acidification begin to be understood and felt by ocean users, the need for researchers to communicate the substance and meaning of the science will grow. Drawing on past experiences and presenting recent data on public perception of the issue, our panelists will lead us into a discussion of what works, what doesn’t, and how and when scientists should consider sharing their science in this rapidly evolving field. Speakers include: Sarah Simpson, Contributing Editor, Scientific American; Scott Doney, Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; and Lisa Dropkin, Principal, Edge Research. Participants are encouraged to register.

National Ocean Policy Town Hall
Monday, 20 February, 12:30-2:00 p.m., Room 151 A, B, C, G,

AGU and the National Academy of Sciences Ocean Studies Board in collaboration with the National Ocean Council’s Ocean Science and Technology Interagency Policy Committee (OST-IPC) and Ocean Resource Management Interagency Policy Committee (ORM-IPC) are excited to present the National Ocean Policy (NOP) Town Hall, showcasing leading policymakers, scientists, and managers to create a dialogue on the importance of science in the NOP. Join us for a panel discussion with: Bob Gagosian, President, Consortium for Ocean Leadership; Margaret Leinen, Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute and ORAP Chair; David Conover, Co-chairNational Ocean Council OST-IPC; Alan ThornhillNational Ocean Council ORM-IPC; Jerry Miller, Co-Chair, National Ocean Council OST-IPC. The NOP draft Implementation Plan is currently accepting public comments.

Need to broaden the impact of your research? Visit the Outreach Docs!
Monday – Friday, Exhibit Hall Booths 14-16

The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and ASLO have partnered to provide outreach consultations in the Exhibit Hall each day of the Ocean Sciences meeting. Outreach professionals will be at the booth all week to discuss ways to broaden your audience and outreach impacts. Additionally,featured outreach gurus will be available for one-on-one consultations throughout this week. This is your opportunity to strategize with professionals who work with the media, policymakers, and K-12 educators and students. Stop by booths 14-16 on Monday to view the schedule of outreach gurus and sign up for a consultation slot. Students with an interest in science communication careers are welcome as well!

S-Factor 2 – Ocean Sciences Film Analysis Workshop
Sunday, 19 February, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ballroom I

FILM IS A LANGUAGE.  In this workshop, three veteran Hollywood filmmakers will work with science filmmakers analyzing their short films to help them “speak” the language of film more fluently. Randy Olson (writer/director of “Flock of Dodos,” author of “Don’t Be Such a Scientist”), actress/script consultant Dorie Barton (who appeared in such movies as “Meet the Fockers,” “Bewitched”), and actor/improv instructor Brian Palermo (seen in “The Social Network,” “Thank You for Smoking”) will present, analyze, and discuss 10 videos selected from submissions. The organizers encourage you to submit your videos for consideration by 3 February. Videos may not exceed 5 minutes, must be in YouTube format, and be aimed at a level that is understandable and interesting to the general public. Videos will be posted on a blog site to allow interactive discussion. This workshop is supported by a grant from the Ocean Sciences Division of NSF.

Special Event: Overcoming the Cultural Gap between Scientists and the Public
Tuesday, 21 February, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., Ballroom I

When over 95% of the scientific community is in agreement on the severity and cause of climate change, does it make sense that over 50% of the public is confused, unsure, or convinced that there is no problem? Is it possible that we in the scientific community fail to communicate because we do not really understand who the public is and how they think? NPR reporter Richard Harris will moderate a discussion with social scientistsDan Kahan from Yale Law School and Max Boykoff from University of Colorado Center about how a cultural gap is preventing effective communication on climate change during a special evening panel discussion.  By viewing environmental science communication through the eyes of experts outside of the ocean sciences community, attendees will have a better understanding of why previous and existing communication strategies have faltered and how to engage in more productive discussions about science with non-technical audiences. This event is supported by a grant from the Ocean Sciences Division of the US National Science Foundation.  For more information: http://www.aquaticsci.net/?p=676.