Strategies for Engaging Outside the Ivory Tower and How To Find the Time To Do It

Saturday, February 16, 2013
Room 308 (Hynes Convention Center)
Jessica Hellmann , University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Our world is rapidly changing, and society needs scientific insights to build a better world for ourselves and our children. Most people agrees that in principle, scientists at the cutting-edge of discovery and innovation can and should seek to engage beyond their classroom and lab. Yet, in practice, the demands on scientists' time can be endless; simply staying at the frontier of our research is a full-time job. We will discuss this challenge: how best can I engage, given my expertise, talents, and time? There are many answers to this question including campus and community leadership, science communicator, network-builder, informal consultant, and others. We will share experiences drawn from our lives as mid-career scientists and from other Leopold Fellows, all centered on the broader theme of strategic engagement in a time-effective way. Participants are invited to share their own experiences and dialog about this topics on Twitter.