Priorities Survey

Each of the summer 2021 IMPACT workshops generated a list of key recommendations and priorities for next steps. We recognize there are synergies among these recommendations, such that working on one will positively impact the others. Nevertheless, we must prioritize our efforts to take strategic action in the short-term and the long-term. Therefore we ask for your help in this process as these findings will inform the focus on an in-person IMPACT workshop in June 2022.





In our Summer 2021 workshop on Engaging the Public in future SciOD activities, the following six major takeaways/principles were raised as pillars around which to build our future planning:

  • Importance of showcasing the relevance of our science
  • Critical need to capture imagination
  • As a community, need to become better storytellers
  • Centrality of getting more diversity IN THE ROOM
  • Need to work on developing authentic new partnerships based on trust
  • The need to work towards more resources to allow us to scale up existing programs that are working well

Please rank these priorities in order of importance, from your perspective. Note: Please choose a different priority for each item, so that you are putting all five into a ranked order. That is what will be most helpful to us as we plan the June workshop. Thank you.

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Here are the 5 key recommendations that emerged from the 2021 Informing Policymakers IMPACT workshop:

  • Develop a series of "Talking Points" – key messages that will help our community maintain consistency across any communication efforts;
  • Develop a list of key Committees (e.g., Commerce, Science and Transportation, Natural Resources, Education and Labor, Select Committee on Climate Crisis, Science, Space and Technology), Caucuses (e.g., Senate Oceans Caucus, Arctic Working Group, Career and Technical Education, STEM Education, Women in STEM, Youth Mentoring, Shipbuilding, Earth and Space Science [launched Jan 2022]), and representatives that we want to make contact with within the next 12 months;
  • Develop a clearinghouse of legislator contact information and background for the home area for each IODP scientist or ocean related partner organization;
  • Develop a series of media tactics and templates that can be used by scientists to raise the profile of their expedition / research within their local community so that the journalists can create a buzz around your participation which will reach the ears of the local representatives;
  • Begin to build partnerships with key organizations who could help amplify our voice and key messages (e.g., industry, philanthropic groups, ocean conservation groups, ocean research groups, aquariums, youth advisory groups, Consortium for Ocean Leadership......).

Please rank these priorities in order of importance, from your perspective. Note: Please choose a different priority for each item, so that you are putting all five into a ranked order. That is what will be most helpful to us as we plan the June workshop. Thank you.

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Here are the 5 key recommendations that emerged from the 2021 Preparing the Next Generation IMPACT workshop:

  • Develop a coherent and continuing online program for professional development, training, and materials development for the next generation of Scientific Ocean Drilling (SciOD) scientists, researchers, and educators.
  • Increase online network presence (social media, databases, asynchronous networking tools) to build an online community and increase accessibility of targeted workshop materials, pair mentors with mentees, and continue building awareness of SciOD activities, workshops, and educational content in support of the 2050 Science Framework.
  • Broadly expand participation in SciOD for those with historically excluded identities in STEM, and especially for those with minoritized identities, through programming, workshops, training, and other activities.
  • Elevate and increase the visibility of SciOD by developing and strengthening partnerships with other organizations and expanding programming for students, educators, scientists, and researchers.
  • Engage in periodic systemic evaluation of SciOD activities and impact on the community, mechanisms for community feedback, and ability to make adjustments as necessary.

Please rank these priorities in order of importance, from your perspective. Note: Please choose a different priority for each item, so that you are putting all five into a ranked order. That is what will be most helpful to us as we plan the June workshop. Thank you.

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We are interested to know whether this survey is reaching "new" audiences. Please let us know whether you attended any of the summer 2021 IMPACT virtual workshops by selecting all that you attended:






If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, in what context are you affiliated with IODP/SciOD? [Select all that apply]