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Communicating research findings and uncertainties - session brief for Nantes

Posted By Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Our session "Communicating research findings and uncertainties: Strategies, tools, and new platforms for environmental sciences" at the SETAC Europe annual meeting 2016 in Nantes, France, received only minor contributions. However, we were assigned a poster corner, which is in my opinion the best format for presentation and discussion at conferences.

The seven posters provided a stage for our presenters that they extensively used to introduce their works. The more informal atmosphere with much less distance to the audience than at platform presentations fueled very interesting and lively discussions. Also, the weaker time restrictions allowed us to just let the disucussions going on, without the need to eventually cut them of.

Leonie Nüßer, Erica Brockmeier, Mattia Meli and I as the chairs of the session very much enjoyed this event, and we wrote a session brief for the SETAC Globe to let everyone participate in our excitement.

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Why we do not just talk about our science

Posted By Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Tuesday, November 29, 2016
It is not easy to communicate science, and it is especially difficult from environmental research. Most findings we make are rather directly connected to every day lifes, and thus human wellbeing. As a consequence, people tend to assess such research based on their personal feelings, desires, and - in particular - concerns. This can lead to misunderstandings that produce even stronger opinions and are hence even more difficult to solve.

We environmental researchers seem to react with avoidance: before we do something wrong, we do not do anything at all in terms of communicating our science. Thomas Backhaus and I wrote an Editorial in Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM) on "Communicating environmental science to the general public", where we shortly analyse this situation and the associated problems and try to encourage our colleagues to anyway take on the challenge.

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SETAC Europe's communication strategy revisited

Posted By Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Friday, April 29, 2016

The February Globe featured a text that reports on an ongoing discussion and decision process within the SETAC Europe Council regarding current and future communication strategies. As SCIRIC chair I was involved in this activity and helped shaping a document that nicely describes the motivation, the results of the discussion, and the final decisions made and action points agreed on. A summary of the most important content was then published in the Globe, and can be found here:

http://globe.setac.org/2016/march/science-communication.html

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SCIRIC introduced in the SETAC Globe 1/16

Posted By Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Thursday, February 4, 2016

In the January 2016 issue of SETAC Globe we introduced the SCIRIC advisory group to the SETAC community. The article presents the mission and vision, the working programme, and some background on the current situation regarding science communication within SETAC. Also, the achievements in 2015 are listed, based on the annual report. Read the full article here:

http://globe.setac.org/2016/january/setac-europe-advisory-group.html

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