Topical Hangouts - Day 2

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Topical hangouts - Day 2

Wednesday 10 February 2021 | 12:30-13:30 hrs



Hangout 1 Thematic session 6 – Eco-Evolutionary Research
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Hangout 2 Thematic session 7 – Microbiome Research
Without microbes, there would be no life on Earth. Almost every environment harbors microbes, either free living or in a relationship with a host organism. The development of new techniques has boosted microbiome research and provided revolutionary new insights into our living world. In this session, young scientists share their research on environmental and host-associated microbiomes, using state-of-the-art technologies. We explore new understandings of environmental microbiomes in plant-soils interactions and agriculture, as well as the roles host-associated microbiomes play in conferring ecological traits to their host and providing evolutionary insights into host speciation.
Hangout 3 Thematic session 8 – Conservation Science 2
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 4 Thematic session 9 – Climate Change Research in aquatic ecosystems
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Hangout 5 Thematic session 10 – Nitrogen Cycling Research
Nitrogen, an important resource for plant growth, is increasingly abundant as result of anthropogenic influences and is currently seen an a major driver of ecosystem degradation. In this session we will follow nitrogen on its journey from the atmosphere to its cycling in pristine and impacted terrestrial ecosystems, pristine and degraded lakes, and finally back to the atmosphere. The session will start with state-of-the-art research on plant-microbe interactions as a result of nitrogen deposition. Along the way, timely and topical results will be presented, ranging from the use of machine learning to minimize agricultural N-losses, to potential climatic feedbacks in the nitrogen cycle.
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