Scientific Communication Workshop
Monday 28th November, 1.00 - 5.00pm
As scientists we are often frustrated that the results of our research are not considered when water-related environmental issues are being discussed in public forums, in the media, and by policy-makers. Much has been made of the tendency of useful, factual information to fail to negotiate the bridge between researcher and public/policy maker, falling instead into the "Chasm of Doom". Yet, at the same time, there is an ever increasing demand for better information by a public struggling to understand why their water is changing or their activities need to change, by communities expected to reach a consensus on the value of their waterways, by media trying to convey accurate information, and by policy makers attempting to manage the effects of change.
If we want to have a greater and more constructive input to NZ's changing approach to freshwater management, we need to identify and remove the current obstacles to open and effective communication of scientific information in a public forum.
This will be a 4 hour workshop, using working groups to;
i) identify obstacles to free exchange of useful information (both personal and institutional)
ii) design strategies to overcome obstacles and communicate technical information more effectively
iii) scope out a technical report from the two workshops (at the 2016 NZ Hydrological Society and NZ Freshwater Sciences Society meetings) with recommendations to encourage and promote effective water science communication.