SAC Workshop

2017 – Integrating Science and Policy

Panelists: Bob Hueter, Sonja Fordham, and Nicholas Dulvy

Time and Location: The 2017 AES Student workshop will be held in the Wedgwood Ballroom on July 14th from 12pm-1:30pm. This is the same room where the AES Gruber talks will be. Lunch will be subsidized and students will only be required to give a $5 donation.

Topics To Be Covered: Important scientific achievements are sometimes not given the proper attention by policy officials and the non-scientific community. Perhaps now more than ever, integrating science and policy efforts is imperative to maximize the effect of important research. The 2017 AES Student Workshop will bring together a panel of experts to discuss the successful integration of science and policy. The panelists will begin the workshop by discussing what to consider while designing and conducting research that may have important policy implications. Secondly, they will address how to disseminate results to the proper authorities. The experts will then discuss personal experiences of implementing their own research into policy. Considering the close relationship between science and policy and communicating science to the general public, our panelists will also share their experience and advice on how to successfully interact with members of the non-scientific community. As a student, many situations arise when research methods, objectives, etc must be explained to the broader community. These situations can include submitting funding proposals or giving outreach presentations; the guidance of the panelists will allow students to make the most of these opportunities in the future. Collectively, the 2017 AES Student Workshop will provide students with the necessary knowledge to successfully integrate their research into policy efforts and to effectively communicate their findings to the non-scientific community.

2016 – The Ins and Outs of Securing Funding

Panelists: Dean Grubbs, Kyle Newton, Chris Lowe, Bryan Frazier

Topics To Be Covered:

Conducting research can be limited by many factors, such as technology or logistical issues, but perhaps the lack of funding is the most common element constraining science. Securing funding is often competitive, and the organizational format of a proposal could be a deciding factor in the selection process. In addition to writing technique, there are many other factors influencing the likelihood of gaining funding that are independent of the actual research presented, but more linked to proposal’s preparation, and these factors are best understood by those with extensive experience with the funding process. Additional challenges in the funding process include locating opportunities and building institutional collaborations. In this workshop, professionals in the field will explain how to successfully locate opportunities, prepare proposals and secure funding. These panelists are a diverse group of scientists whose experience includes success with small grants, state and federal grants, and institutional collaborations. The main objective of this meeting is to have students walk away with a better understanding on how to locate funding opportunities and create a competitive funding application in order to enable their research success.

Past Workshops

Year Workshop Title


Integrative Biology: What it is and how it can benefit your research (Reno, NV)

Getting a Job: Preparing in graduate school, applying and making the transition (Chattanooga, TN)

2013 Addressing the ‘who cares’ and broader impacts of your research (Albuquerque, NM)
2012 How and why to avoid being labeled a “Shark Scientist” (Vancouver, BC)
2011 Elasmobranch Conservation Research: Concepts and Principles (Minneapolis, MN)
2010 Tips on Becoming a Good Reviewer (Providence, RI)
2009 How Can You Be a Successful Scientist and Still Have a Life? (Portland, OR)
2008 Is Graduate School Enough? (Montreal, Canada)
2007 The Media & Shark Research (St.Louis, MO)
2006 Better Scientific Illustrations and Visual Aids (New Orleans, LA)
2005 The Role of Shark Biologists in Academic, Federal, and State Agencies (Tampa, FL)
2004 Preparing Effective Presentations (Norman, OK)
2003 Methods Used In Delineating Resources in Mississippi’s Coastal Waters:An Example in the Use of ArcView A Summary (Manaus, Brazil)
2002 GIS: An introduction to methods and applications (Kansas City, MO)
2001 Effective Grant Writing (State College, PA)
2000 How to get a post-doctoral or faculty position ( La Paz, Mexico)
1999 Reflections onthe Art and Science of Microscopy (State College, PA)
1998 How to prepare and present aposter (Ontario, Canada)
1997 How to publish apaper and Morrissey’s Guide to Talking Good and Writing Right (Seattle, WA)
1996 How to land a job (New Orleans, LA)
1995 How to write grants and obtain funds/Effective presentation techniques (Alberta, Canada)
1994 Using computer networks & how to present good talks. (Los Angeles, CA)