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Putting Your Science "In the Room": Communicating Science to Inform Environmental Policy and Management Decisions

Workshop

Putting Your Science "In the Room": Communicating Science to Inform Environmental Policy and Management Decisions

Sunday, May 20, 1:00-5:00 pm; Limit: 10 participants

COBO Center - 330A

Environmental managers and policy-makers at all levels of government rely upon rigorous scientific research and analysis to inform their decisions on natural resource management. Their decisions, and thus the science, not only impact the natural resource itself, but often a wide range of stakeholders – the public, regulated and non-regulated industries. This combination workshop and special session focus on the transactions that occur between scientists and environmental managers and policy-makers "in the room" where natural resource management decisions are made. Scientists will have an opportunity to broker these transactions by communicating the scientific research they are presenting at the conference to a panel of state and federal water quality managers who operate in Clean Water Act implementation programs. Communication will occur through the preparation of a one-page briefing document that will be provided to the panelists and registered attendees prior to the conference. Scientists will be asked to deliver a five-minute brief to the panel in which they describe the environmental problem or issue, their scientific research, and the action they are seeking. A five-minute question and answer period will follow with additional feedback from a science communication specialist. A follow-up special session will repeat this exercise and give scientists an opportunity to hone their communication skills. This workshop/special session has three objectives:

  1. To mutually increase awareness of relevant science and the potential application of that science in environmental policy and management,
  2. To enhance science communication, and
  3. To connect science practitioners to specific environmental policy and management
Event Start Date: 
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 13:00
Event End Date: 
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:00
Location: 
cobo center