IMPACT Workshops, summer 2021

Advancing Scientific Ocean Drilling Impact

During the summer of 2021, we are running a series of workshops engaging three communities in envisioning broadening the impact of scientific ocean drilling in the coming decades. These workshops will strive to chart the future course of science communication and outreach for scientific ocean drilling. The series of workshops will explore STEM education and science communication, engaging workshop participants as collaborators, while paying special attention to issues related to diversity and inclusion. This effort is in direct support of the 2050 Framework for Scientific Ocean Drilling and its call to "communicate far-reaching scientific ocean drilling knowledge to the broader community."

IMPACT's goal is to build relationships and collect information from an array of different voices. This workshop series is designed to be a conversation that involves your active participation. Please come ready to share your expertise and listen to others. The information gathered in these workshops will inform the design of a larger workshop to be held in person when it is safe to do so (hopefully in Fall 2021).

We are seeking a diverse group of participants across many demographics, experience/levels, geographic locations and career areas. Please feel free to apply for one, two or all three workshops.

June 2021: Engaging the Public

June 22 and 24

Great knowledge comes from the deep. People around the world recognize the wonders and ponder the mysteries that beneath on the ocean floor. As an expert in your community, we encourage you to apply to participate in a two-day virtual workshop. Join us in discussions that will help shape the future of ocean discovery and scientific outreach. It is important that people with a wide range of perspectives and from many different communities participate in these discussions. We will all emerge with a better understanding of how knowledge and discovery of the ocean floor (as well as what lies below the ocean floor!) affects different communities, directions we need to move in for future exploration, and potential exciting partnerships between seafloor scientific exploration and organizations in your part of the world. No matter where you live, discover the ocean in you!

Is this workshop right for you? Are you involved in public outreach or educational programs for your community? Perhaps you are connected to a museum, science center, library, community, after-school program, federal agency, non-profit science/environmental group, Girls and Boys Club, newspaper, or local media. Perhaps you are a cultural practitioner who interacts with organizations such as these in your community. The IMPACT workshops would love to have you join us! We are seeking a diverse group of participants in all of the IMPACT workshops, and our goal is to include people across many demographics (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, geography). We welcome those who are familiar with current scientific ocean drilling programs and those who are not, people from all career and experience levels, and perhaps most of all, people who can help to expand the program's perspective.

July 2021: Informing Policymakers

July 19 and 21

Join us for two days of panels and discussion as we explore how Scientific Ocean Drilling (SOD) can build, strengthen and expand our connections to policy, as well as better understand what SOD can and should be doing to facilitate and support current and future policies relating to the oceans and Earth sciences. We will hear from policymakers and public activists alongside researchers with experience relating SOD to their local leadership, and listen to what is needed by key federal-level stakeholders as well as the scientific community. We will collect your insights and the key points arising from the discussions and collaboratively produce a guide for members and friends of the SOD community to comfortably engage with public policy, in addition to developing key informational materials to support future interactions. We will also explore how policymakers can help foster collaborations with other science-mission agencies within the federal system as well as international collaborations.

Is this workshop right for you? Do you design, write, or promote public policy or government regulations? Would you like to learn more about what SOD offers that could support your efforts? Do you rely on SOD for your research and yearn to share your work more closely with policymakers? Are you the leader or powerhouse of your local advocacy organization that needs to consult on geologic hazards?  This IMPACT workshop would love to have you join us! We are seeking a diverse group of participants in all of the IMPACT workshops, and our goal is to include people across many demographics (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, geography).  We welcome those who are familiar with current scientific ocean drilling programs and those who are not, people from all career and experience levels, and perhaps most of all, people who can help to expand the program's perspective.

August 2021: Preparing the Next Generation

August 2 and 4

To address the future research goals of scientific ocean drilling (SOD), particular attention needs to be given to preparing and broadening the next generation of the scientific workforce. This will involve: (1) building greater awareness of SOD-related career opportunities; (2) developing and compiling SOD-science-related educational resources; (3) creating opportunities for undergraduate research that involves SOD data and samples;(4) providing professional development for college and university STEM faculty and K-12 teachers; (5) identifying and adopting effective mentoring strategies for graduate students, postdocs, and tenure-track faculty; and (6) expanding training programs (e.g., short courses and workshops) to further develop critical scientific and transdisciplinary skills.

Is this workshop right for you? Do you work with educators or are you an educator looking for new and exciting ways to link into ongoing research? Are you passionate about preparing the next generation of Earth scientists? Do you want to help plan for the future of how we use scientific ocean drilling research in education, and support those who wish to become earth scientists? This IMPACT workshop would love to have you join us! We are seeking a diverse group of participants in all of the IMPACT workshops, and our goal is to include people across many demographics (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, geography).  We welcome those who are familiar with current scientific ocean drilling programs and those who are not, people from all career and experience levels, and perhaps most of all, people who can help to expand the program's perspective.


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