Many students and researchers are interested in contributing their expertise to the science-policy interface. But they are often operating on conventional assumptions about the role of science in society that don’t hold up well when tackling complex social problems such as sustainability. In this skills session, we provide training tools that can help provide a more realistic and nuanced view of the role of science in policy. By encouraging students and researchers to be more reflective about their own assumptions and values, we aim to help sustainability leaders be more effective at navigating the complexity of the science-policy interface.
Designing a Meaningful Career - Kristi Kremers, University of Minnesota
We invest much of our time, talents and passion into our work. And, many students (and faculty) are looking for deeper meaning and purpose in this area of our lives. This session will help you identify ways you can encourage your students to prototype multiple career paths, identify what they want, and develop a plan so that they can have the kinds of impact that originally led them to pursue an advanced degree in the first place.
Facilitation 101: Strategies to Support Active & Collaborative Learning - David Syncox, McGill University
Leading interdisciplinary collaborations: What's "Team Science?" - Margaret Krebs, Leopold Leadership Program
Network mapping - Kate Knuth, University of Minnesota
Acting as a leader requires working with others, which makes understanding relationships and essential part of leadership and impact. This session will introduce the idea of network mapping and its use as a tool that allows you to see and think through how various actors are connected to an issue, context, organization, or person. Participants will have the chance to practice mapping a network important for their own work.
This session will focus on developing methods for creating presentations and figures that are impactful for academic communication and accessible to general audiences. I will first deconstruct the rules of design and note how these apply to slides and data visualizations and then develop specific guidelines for each of these different modes of communication. We will work on two separate hands-on activities that apply the discussed approaches. All participants will be provided resources to assist with the development of lessons to be taught to faculty and graduate students.