Via Ars Technica
"Part of the problem may be that we go on about the abilities of scientists a bit too much. "We extol the virtues of the genius too much," Seth told Ars, pointing to the fact that a third of those surveyed said you need to be a genius to go into science. Portraying it as more approachable and providing a range of opportunities for people might go a long way toward eliminating this intimidation factor, even if existing scientists would not receive as many "genius" accolades."
"Despite widespread efforts to improve the integration of marine science into policy and practice around the world, the practicalities of how to successfully achieve this remains elusive to many environmental scientists. This is particularly true for early career researchers (ECRs). Evidence indicates that while influencing policy is an important goal for many ECRs, they often lack the skills to understand the complexities of policy processes, or are inadequately trained in how engage with decision-makers.
To this end, the Network of Early Career Scientists of the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research (IMBeR) project, together with the EU project EKLIPSE, is holding a workshop to equip EU-based early career marine scientists with the practical knowledge, skills and tools that are needed to operate more effectively at the science-policy-society interface."
When: Monday, February 12, 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
We're convening a community town hall meeting on dynamic ocean management at the Ocean Science Meeting in Portland. We would love to have you join us at this meeting.
Via Oceans Deeply
"As scientists race to save coral reefs and tackle other crucial marine issues, access to expensive scientific journals has become a roadblock to sharing knowledge, especially for researchers in developing countries."
Via UN News Centre
"6 December 2017 – The United Nations today designated the years 2021 to 2030 as the ‘Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development’ to boost international coordination and cooperation in research and scientific programmes for better management of ocean and coastal zone resources and reducing maritime risks."
Via The Conversation
"Citizen science has contributed to major scientific breakthroughs, most notably in space. They represent a potential research team that could be drawn upon to help solve some of the challenges facing seagrass meadows today. Citizen science enables us to crowdsource data and engage people in conversations about why we need to protect biodiversity and other resources provided by nature."
"Research and marketing agency Mintel has announced key consumer trends that will affect Europe in 2018, with one trend focusing on recycling to maintain marine conservation."