ASLO 2018 Summer Meeting

Workshops and Town Halls

The organizers of the meeting encourage the submission of requests for town hall meetings, workshops or other auxiliary meetings. All applications should be submitted using the online application form. These events should be planned during lunch or possibly in the evening. Meeting room space will be complimentary as long as there are rooms available. All other costs will not be covered. Even if space is not available at the convention center, you may still organize your own meeting or activity at an alternative location. If you have questions about the application or an event that you are planning, please contact Lynda West at lyndaw@sgmeet.com

Scheduled workshops and meetings are listed below:

International Federation of Boreal Aquatic Research

Day:  Sunday, 10 June 2018

Time: 08:00 to 17:00

Room: Sidney

The integration of aquatic biogeochemistry is key to our understanding of the boreal biome, and involves combining information from a large diversity of systems, and in turn scaling this in space and time, and both steps represent major challenges. The objective is this workshop is to pursue this integration through the enhancement of research collaborations among the research groups that are operating across the boreal biome.  This workshop will be directly associated to the special session SS026: Integrative Research on the Biogeochemistry of Inland Waters in Northern High Latitudes, and will be part of the ongoing effort to develop the International Federation of Boreal Aquatic Research (IFBAR), an initiative that was launched over 7 years ago to facilitate exchange between groups working across the boreal biome. This is also a follow up of an extremely successful workshop that was carried out during the ASLO in Puerto Rico along similar lines. In the proposed workshop participants will discuss the problems and possible solutions associated to scaling up of boreal biogeochemical processes at the watershed and regional levels, and the extrapolation of these processes in time. They will also explore concrete actions that the IFBAR can take in the future to enhance and catalyze collaborations, including funding opportunities, and the possibility of developing special thematic issues in ASLO journal among others. We envisage a maximum of 10 to 15 participants, all already attending the ASLO meeting. The workshop will be organized and led by the 4 co-chairs of Special Session SS026. Participants will include a core group of researchers who have already been involved in the development of the IFBAR, plus invited colleagues who will be selected on the basis of 1) geographical location of their research, so as to have representation of the major boreal regions, 2) expertise on specific aquatic components, so as to cover the major aquatic components of the boreal landscape (streams, rivers, wetlands, lakes), and 3) expertise in modeling, landscape analysis and remote sensing. We will ensure a mix of graduate students, early career and more senior scientists, as well as the participation of graduate students. Although we are not thinking of this as an open event, just for purely logistic reasons, we are of course open to welcoming colleagues who might be interested in taking part. It is very likely that the group will continue to meet informally throughout the course of the ASLO meeting.

Attendance to this event is by invitation only. For more information about this event, please contact: Paul del Giorgio, del_giorgio.paul@uqam.ca

Broadening the Impacts of Your Aquatic Science

Day:  Sunday, 10 June 2018

Time: 13:00 to 16:00

Room: Colwood 1 & 2

This workshop will focus on helping participants develop ideas for effective education and outreach activities. Featuring active, hands-on learning, small group discussions, and guided inquiry, this workshop will include short presentations on exemplary projects in formal and informal education designed for K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and public audiences to stimulate ideas.  Discussions of how people learn, how to assess the effectiveness of outreach activities, and how to develop projects that meet specific goals will help support project development. Participants are welcome to bring ideas that they would like to develop and share, and for which they would like to receive feedback.

Attendance is open. For more information about this event, please contact: Robert Chen, bob.chen@umb.edu

Coaching Science

Day:  Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Room: Esquimalt

Coaching Science: Improving your teaching by observing how kids learn to play sports:       In order to build new knowledge in a diversity of learner, scientists need to understand how people learn.  Millions of kids learn to play youth sports, and some simple but powerful coaching techniques can be applied to your teaching of science.  Do science. Practice science. Have fun.  Allow students to make mistakes and learn from each other.  Adopt a slanty line for assessment of learning gains. This workshop will examine the similarities between teaching science and coaching sports.

Attendance is open. For more information about this event, please contact: Cynthia Hagley, chagley@d.umn.edu

Wikiproject Lakes Workshop

Day:  Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Room: Sidney

People are increasingly looking towards the internet for information about specific natural areas such as lakes. However, basic information about these areas is often only available to non-professional scientists via scattered state-based web portals. One of the few general public-facing sources of this information that includes lake locations, types, and other characteristics is Wikipedia (https://wikipedia.org). However, because only a small fraction of lakes in the world have a dedicated page on Wikipedia, people are not able to easily find basic information about their local lake or lakes they might like to visit. During this workshop, Participants will learn about the underlying structure of Wikipedia pages, recommended practices, and reasonable workflows for editing existing lake pages as well as creating new ones. Workshop materials will be archived at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.6157226

Attendance is open. For more information about this event, please contact: Joseph Stachelek, stachel2@msu.edu

Publishing Methods in Aquatic Science Education

Day: Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Room: Esquimalt

New methods for teaching ocean science, environmental science, and limnology have been recently developed and evaluated in both formal and informal settings. However, scientists and informal educators rarely share their methods widely through peer-reviewed literature, especially in the aquatic sciences. This workshop invites anyone that is interested in publishing their formal or informal educational methods in limnology and oceanography. "Limnology and Oceanography: Methods will consider any manuscript whose primary focus is methodological and that deals with problems in the aquatic sciences."  A Special Issue of Limnology and Oceanography Methods focused on methods in education is currently being considered. Come meet the editor, discuss the possible rewards of publishing educational research methods, and receive pointers on how to gather data, present findings, and write your paper.

Attendance is open. For more information about this event, please contact: Paul Kemp, webeditor@aslo.org

Strategies for Cross-jurisdictional HABs Prevention

Day: Thursday, 14 June 2018

Time: 12:30 to 14:00

Room: Sidney

Strategies for cross-jurisdictional HABs prevention, preparedness, and response -- All ASLO participants are invited to participate in a town-hall style gathering to share strategies for cross-jurisdictional HABs prevention, preparedness, and response.  Many waters suffering from Harmful Algal Blooms are shared by multiple political jurisdictions. This geo-political reality presents unique challenges and opportunities for HABS research and management. Facilitators will share perspectives from the binational Great Lakes region which covers two countries, multiple tribes/first nations, eight states, two provinces and hundreds of local units of government.  Most of the time will be spent asking participants to share their perspectives about strategies experience or observed or that have been successful or show promise for preventing, preparing, and responding to HABS prevention in a cross-jurisdictional setting. They will also be asked to share lessons learned about what hasn’t worked and how we can we use those lessons to improve future activities. Finally, participants will document (for their keeping), and have the opportunity share with others, the strategies from this town hall discussion they plan to take back to their work.

Attendance is open. For more information about this event, please contact: Victoria Pebbles, vpebbles@glc.org