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  • Strategies to Support Interdisciplinary, Applied Environmental Science Careers and Leadership for the Improvement of Global Environmental Policies and Practices Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation
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  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: Provides an understanding of the structure and functioning of natural systems Helps elucidate human interrelationships with and impacts on these systems Can provide critical guidance to resource managers, decision-makers, and the public to inform policy decisions and development of sustainable practices
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  • Just Doing Science, Even Excellent Interdisciplinary Science, is Not Enough! Conducting the best science and publishing in the best journals, although critically important, will not contribute to needed solutions, UNLESS It gets in the hands of the people who need it and can use it It is informed by policy considerations The public appreciates the problems and sciences contribution to the solutions
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  • The Challenges of Stepping up to the Plate It takes time, and needs to be timely Must learn how to interact and communicate with new audiences Need to place research in the context of real world problems Maintaining credibility: walking the fine line of informing the debate rather than be perceived as an advocate Often take heat from special interest groups, industry, and potentially some colleagues
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  • The Upside of Engaging Observation: Decisions will be made with or without input from the scientific community. Opinion: Only scientists can provide the objectivity and perspective on the problems and the science-based solutions. Reward: Scientists insight can be part of the solution. Scientists convey the messages they want to communicate.
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  • If science cannot lead us to wisdom, as well as power, it is surely no science at all. Aldo Leopold, Ecology and Politics, 1941 The Aldo Leopold Leadership Program provides leadership and communication training to academic environmental scientists and facilitates collaboration and networking among scientists and a broad range of non-scientific stakeholders to increase understanding of environmental issues for improved policies and practices that positively impact the environment and society. communicating environmental science for people and the planet
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  • Environmental scientists have valuable knowledge that should be available to citizens and policy makers as they make choices about the future of our planet and our communities. It is vitally important to all of us that scientists be able to provide accurate information in plain language and in the context of everyday life to those who are determining our environmental policies and practices. -- Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Zoology, Oregon State University, & Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Co-Founder and Steering Committee Co-Chair communicating environmental science for people and the planet
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  • The program helps build the capacity of scientists to conduct effective outreach and to better collaborate across disciplines and sectors to: advance scientific understanding as decision-makers confront increasingly complex environmental issues; enhance and solidify the links between research and policy, and between scientists and non-scientists; increase the involvement and visibility of academic scientists in public outreach; promote changes in academic culture so that scientists are encouraged and supported to share their scientific knowledge beyond the ivory tower. communicating environmental science for people and the planet
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  • Support individual and collective leadership and collaboration through: Training Fellowships: two weeks of intensive training in scientific leadership and outreach Networking & Resources: quarterly listserv, bi-annual on-line newsletter, Fellows-only resource page on website Promotion: website as experts directory, newsletter, press releases and annual media campaign on new Fellows, ongoing outreach on all Fellows Outreach Engagement Fund: smaller grants for Fellows to work on a scientific outreach projects Campaign Clearinghouse: database of NGO, government, industry and community campaigns that Fellows may wish to engage with communicating environmental science for people and the planet
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  • Aldo Leopold: The Man & His Legacy Scientific Leadership: The Social and Political Context Mental Models and Group Dynamics Building Consensus, Negotiating, & Resolving Conflict Making an Impression: Introductions, CVs & Bios Decision Analysis Personal & Organizational Visioning Leadership Styles & Opportunities Strategic Questioning & Decision-making Strategy Planning Facilitating Dialog and Leading for Change Becoming Involved in Outreach: Seizing the Moment Scientific Leadership
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  • Who are the Media & What Makes a Good Story? Focusing & Simplifying Your Message Message Box Exercise Playing the Interview Game Reader-responsive Writing Clips & Critiques: discussion with journalists about successful scientific media programs and campaigns Interviewing Technique & Critique Writing Technique & Critique Message Box Review & Critique Radio Reporting Publishing Books Internet Outreach Video Production Communications/Outreach
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  • Introduction to Congress 101 & 102 The Image You Project Giving Good Testimony Meeting Members of Congress Mock Congressional Hearings Hearing Critique & Discussion Sound Bites and Ambush Interviews Working with State & Local Officials: Case Study & Exercise Role of Federal Agencies: Where & How They Get Scientific Information Role of Scientific Societies: Getting the Science to the Policymakers Policy for Science: The Federal Budget Process Congressional & Agency Visits International Policy Making: Case Study & Exercise Expert Witness Testimony: Moot Court Exercise The Science-Policy Interface
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  • NGOs: An Introduction Case Study I: NGOs & Scientists Collaboration in a Crisis Situation Case Study II: A Successful Outreach Campaign Campaign Planning & Strategy The World of NGOs
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  • Science--Industry Collaborations: Successes & Challenges Case Study: Using Business Models to Value Nature Scientist--Industry Dialog The Corporate Sector
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  • Democracy demands the participation of scientists as both professionals with important information to share and as citizens who care about the future of the planet. The Aldo Leopold Leadership Program helps scientists learn to communicate, but it really helps all of us by making important scientific information more accessible as we consider courses of action that determine the future. -- Barry D. Gold, Ph.D., Program Officer for Sustainability Science and Conservation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation & Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Steering Committee member communicating environmental science for people and the planet
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  • the [Leopold Leadership] training has influenced every aspect of my work and how I allocate my time. It is interesting for me to speculate on why the program has such a big impact certainly the nuts and bolts of the training were essential, but the mentoring and networking were as influential if not more. Working alongside the group of premier scientists that were in the ALLP either as trainers or as participants not only taught me much, but was energizing and motivating. This did not stop with meI can see my students and postdocs responding to my shift in priorities and slowly shifting theirs. We are not giving up on our research but simply incorporating new perspectives that will ensure our science has a broader impact. -- Margaret Palmer, 2001 Leopold Leadership Fellow communicating environmental science for people and the planet
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  • www.leopoldleadership.org
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  • Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation Mission: To promote, protect, and preserve the global ocean environment through investment in outstanding leaders in marine conservation to focus their expertise on seeking applied solutions to critical challenges in the marine realm, and communicating science for conservation of the sea. For the sea, for the earth, for us
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  • Applied Conservation Outputs & Outcomes Revealing Problems Increasing Understanding Enhancing Awareness Developing New Frameworks & Models Influencing Improved Ocean Policies Implementing Strategic Initiatives Deploying New Technologies Building Capacity For the sea, for the earth, for us
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  • Pew Fellows Program in Marine Conservation Support individual and collective leadership and through: Fellowship Grants: $150,000 each over three to five years for innovative, interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral projects that seek solutions to problems and/or communicate about ocean challenges Networking: bi-monthly listserv SeaSpan, bi-annual newsletter MARITUENTAS, annual meeting Professional Development Training: communications/media relations, environmental negotiations, expert witness testimony, decision analysis, emerging science-policy issues workshops Promotion: website as experts directory, SeaSpan, MARITUENTAS, press releases and annual media campaign on new Fellows, ongoing publicity on all Fellows Collaborative Initiative Fund: smaller grants for two or more Fello

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