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OBFS 2019


OBFS 2019

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1 - Nagoya protocol

Max. number of people: 30

Room A

Wednesday 9 AM - 4 PM

Coordinator: Prof. dr. T. Artois and dr. P. Colson


Since October 2014, the Nagoya Protocol regulates all access to and benefit sharing of genetic resources worldwide. The protocol was designed to ensure a fair use of countries' genetic resources, including the use of traditional knowledge. However, as logical and fair such a legislation might seem, many concerns have been uttered. It is feared that the Nagoya Protocol will greatly slow down taxonomic and other biodivesity research. Moreover, for many researchers and institutes it is not entirely clear yet what procedures should be followed in practice. In this session, the Nagoya Protocol will discussed from different angles, including the presumed negative effects the protocol might have on fundamental as well as applied biodiversity research and teaching.

2 - Communicating Science as Field Station Leaders

Max. number of people: 30

Room B

Wednesday 9 AM - 4 PM

Coordinator: Jennifer Tisthammer and Vanessa Trujillo

Brief Description:

Field Station Managers, leaders and scientists communicate their scientific work with diverse stakeholders and audiences. This requires strong facilitation and communication skills. We as Field Station leaders need to recognize our own communication biases and the biases of others. The purpose of this session is to: 1) understand how learners learn, 2) how individuals learn around a community resource, 3) what we can do as Field Station managers to facilitate sharing of information across stakeholder groups and 4) what OBFS is doing to support station managers in their own efforts. The mission of the Organization of Biological Field Stations (OBFS) is to help member stations increase their effectiveness in supporting critical research, education, and outreach programs. As scientists our role is to understand natural processes at every scale, from the molecular to the global level. But as Field Station Leaders we need to learn to communicate our scientific work effectively to diverse stakeholders and audiences that will facilitate knowledge and awareness of the important role Field Stations perform in learning and discovery. This session will highlight many of OBFS’s and FSML’s Goals of 1: increasing the value to society of the science done at FMSLs, as well as the public understanding of that value, 2: Increasing the scientific value of FSMLs by increasing the flow of information, both between FSMLs and scientists and among FSMLs themselves. 3: Enhancing the synergies between research and education. 4: Promoting the flow of scientific information for environmental stewardship by ensuring appropriate access by scientists and students to terrestrial, aquatic, and marine systems and 5: Increasing the operational effectiveness of FSMLs. These goals can all be met with a greater understating of our communication biases and by increasing how we facilitate knowledge dissemination and by improving our communication skills.