Science Communication

Science communication is an important component of our work as ecologists. The application of ecology to real‐world problems requires effective communication of ecological principles and research findings to a broad audience. But how do we connect with the diversity of groups outside academia in an engaging and effective way? And how do we communicate calmly and clearly when agitated voices and vested interests are increasingly prevalent in public discourse?

The Science Communication Research Chapter of the ESA is for all ecologists interested in science communication. With a formal launch planned for the EcoTAS meeting in November 2017, the chapter will support the practice of conventional and novel approaches to science communication for a range of audiences including policy makers, industry bodies, school children, educators and the general public. The chapter will facilitate collaboration between members, provide fabulous networking opportunities and support the next generation of science communicators through the following activities:

  • An organised symposium and/or other themed session at the annual ESA conference 
  • A social event at the annual ESA conference 
  • Workshops on various aspects of science communication 
  • A student prize for the best spoken presentation on science communication at the annual ESA conference

Research Chapter Lead Convenor: Kirsten Parris, k.parris@unimelb.edu.au
Research Chapter Co‐Convenors: Ayesha Tulloch, a.tulloch@uq.edu.au