Topical Hangouts - Day 1

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Topical hangouts - Day 1

Tuesday 9 February 2021 | 12:30-13:30 hrs



Hangout 1 Thematic session 1 – Biodiversity Research
Biodiversity is not only an intrinsic value of nature. Biodiversity is also considered to provide ecosystems with productivity and resilience. In this session we deal with above and below ground biodiversity, how can it be measured but far and foremost how biodiversity is important to support and restore ecosystem functions and services.
Hangout 2 Thematic session 2 – Conservation Science 1
Effectively conserving ecosystems and the variety of life forms these host is a major challenge of our time. Conservation science is committed to identifying effective conservation measures, and does so by acknowledging the crucial role of humans. It is thus an interdisciplinary field that recognizes the linkages between social and natural systems. In this session, young investigators share their studies in the field of conservation science across a wide variety of ecosystems and species.
Hangout 3 Thematic session 3 – Global Change Ecology
Humans continue to impact the natural world in a variety of ways, from altering the landscapes through agriculture and urbanization, to changing the air and water quality, noise, and even light levels. All these changes put pressure on species and communities. They can both create rapid species losses and alter the biology and ecology of those species that are able to persist. Understanding the many ways human activities influence other species is crucial if we are to begin to mitigate the damaged caused and predict the future of life on our planet.
Hangout 4 Thematic session 4 – Climate Change Research in terrestrial ecosystems
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Hangout 5 Thematic session 5 – Disease Ecology
Diseases are part of our everyday life. Although they are omnipresent, many questions remain on their ecological role in food webs, and how they will react to global change. In this session some of these questions will be answered, with studies ranging from controlled laboratory experiments to models to predict future disease incidence, from viruses to macroparasites, and from scenarios involving global warming to changes in nutrient stoichiometry.
Hangout 6 Popular science writing and science communication
Sietze Norder - Leiden University

Communicating about your research to a wider audience can be fun and rewarding. It helps you to think about the essence of your work, and reflect on what motivates you to do what you do. But science communication is also important: we are in the midst of a biodiversity crisis. One way in which we ecologists could make a contribution to halting this crisis, is by raising awareness and engaging with the wider public.
On the 27th of January, my popular science book ‘De wereld in het klein’ was published. The book is about human-nature relationships on islands and the (global) lessons we can draw from them. Although the book was largely based on my PhD dissertation, the audience and writing process was very different.
In this workshop I will share some of the experiences and insights I gained while writing my book. I will talk about organizing and structuring the writing phase, finding a publisher, choosing your audience, and about how popular science writing differs from scholarly writing. The session ends with an open Q&A session.
Hangout 7 Accessibility & Science: Where are we at?
Kim Ferguson - KBF Consulting

Accessibility is the practice of making your communication accessible and usable by as many people as possible. ‘Communication’ can mean websites, presentations, papers, posters, videos, tweets, lessons or teaching, or conferences like this one. This mostly applies to making it accessible to disabled peers or users but can be beneficial to others as well. So how accessible is your science? This hangout will be a free-flow discussion where you can ask questions, offer your experiences, and learn more about disability and accessibility in science and our institutions.
Hangout 8 Modern technology and science communication. How can science keep up with society?
Jeroen Alkema - Science Media

Scientific discovery and education are slow and laborious endeavours. In contrast, technology and society advance at a high pace. Ten years ago it would have been unimaginable to produce affordable production-value animations, photos, videos, and illustrations. Today, any teenager with a smartphone can produce these to an audience of millions. In this hangout I will demonstrate what you can create on a university computer for free. Let’s have a chat to see how everyone experiences science communication, and how we can improve it.
Hangout 9 Open discussion / Networking / Socialising