ASLO to host Public Discussion in San Juan, PR

As part of the 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the public is invited to lend their voices to the meeting toward helping develop constructive and ongoing conversations about science. A panel of aquatic scientists and science communicators will respond to suggestions, comments, and questions from the public audience and community stakeholders on Wednesday, 27 February from 18:00 to 19:30 in Ballroom A. Translators will be available that evening to help facilitate discussion among the audience and the panelists. More information is below. 

PUBLIC DISCUSSION – WHAT CAN AQUATIC SCIENTISTS DO FOR YOU?

Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Time: 18:00 to 19:30
Location: Ballroom A (PRCC)

A panel of aquatic scientists and science communicators will respond to suggestions, comments, and questions from the public audience and community stakeholders. While the aquatic science research community has had limited success in communicating scientific results to the general public, the goal of this discussion is to seek advice and input from the public.  There are many environmental problems that diminish the value of the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. Aquatic scientists would like the greater Puerto Rican community to help improve science communication, so we can all understand and improve the use of these valuable resources. Translators will be available that evening to help facilitate discussion among the audience and the panelists.

Moderator: Bob Chen

Panelists and Area of Expertise:

Jon Sharp, Professor Emeritus, University of Delaware: Estuarine Biogeochemistry
Brian Palermo, Actor, Comedian: Improvisation, Science Communication
Mike Pace, President of ASLO, University of Virginia: Aquatic Ecology
Marie Thoms, Minnesota SeaGrant: Communications and Public Relations Manager
Maritza Barreto, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras: Marine Geology and Coastal Processes
Jorge Ortiz, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras: Limnology, Water Management

We ask the audience to consider the following questions:

  1. What can aquatic scientists do for you?
  2. What knowledge, in what form, and at what time would be useful to you?  
  3. How can we help open a continuing dialog for a better future of Puerto Ricans thriving with the environment?

Financial support for this event has been received from the Ocean Sciences Division of the U.S. National Science Foundation.

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