Geology and Public Policy Events

Communicating and Shaping Policy: From Grassroots to Capitol Hill

Tues., 11 Oct., 12:15–1:15 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 101FG

Geologist Allyson Anderson of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will explore techniques for communicating with policy makers and shaping public policy at all levels of government and from grassroots to Capitol Hill. This workshop will cover what to do and — just as important — what not to do. Beverages provided.

Geology and Society Division Distinguished Lecture

Tues., 11 Oct. 5:30–6:30 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 101DE

Improving the effectiveness of communication about climate science: A communication scientist’s perspectives

Speaker: Edward Maibach
That the climate science community has not been entirely effective in sharing what it knows about climate change with the broader public – and with policy makers and organizations that should be considering climate change when making decisions – is obvious. Less obvious is what the climate science community – and individual scientists – can do to become more effective in sharing what is known. In this talk, I will use evidence from the rapidly growing climate communication research literature to suggest some potentially useful strategies.

Congressional Science Fellows Panel Discussion and Reception

Tues., 11 Oct., 6:30–8:00 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 101DE

You are invited to meet Congressional Science Fellows and discuss their experience working at the interface between geoscience and public policy on Capitol Hill. Refreshments provided.

Geology and Society Division Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation

Tues., 11 Oct., 8:00-9:00 p.m., Minneapolis Convention Center, Room 101 DE

Geology & Public Policy Committee — Geology & Society Division Exhibition Booths

Minneapolis Convention Center, Exhibit Hall B, Booths 120-122

Members of GSA’s Geology & Public Policy Committee and Geology & Society Division will be on hand to discuss how you can help implement GSA Position Statements on such topics as climate change, natural hazards, water resources, teaching evolution, and diversity in the geosciences.