Bill Dennison speech to Latornell conference, Ontario, Canada: Part 7 - O Canada!

Bill Dennison ·
31 December 2010
Science Communication | 

PART 7; O Canada!

Canadian flag

So my conclusions are that conservation deals with complex problems. I think of it as simple problems are like following a recipe. Complicated problems are like building a rocket to the moon. It's complicated, but you can do it over and over again if you do the equations and follow them. Complex problems are like raising a child. You don't always have complete control. It's not easy, and no two are alike. Conservation is a complex problem, incredibly difficult, but like raising a child, incredibly rewarding. Engaging the broader community with good scientific communication is really important, and that environmental report cards in Ontario can be a really important communication tool for the conservation authorities.

I realize it's early in the morning. I'm impressed that you're here. I'm impressed that you came. I thought what we should try to get you guys really roused up for this great day that we're going to have here at the Latornell conference. And if you could stand and sing with me, my version of "O Canada."

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
Turn data into report cards as our stakeholders command.
With glowing powerpoint we see thee rise,
The True Science strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada,
we communicate science for thee.
God keep our symbols glorious and free!
O Canada,
we communicate science for thee.
O Canada,
we communicate science for thee.

This is the seventh post in a series about Bill Dennison's keynote address at the Latornell conference in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Other posts in this series:
1. Part 1 – Science Communication
2. Part 2 - Incorporating visual elements
3. Part 3 - History of Science Communication
4. Part 4 - Environmental Report Cards
5. Part 5 - Report card examples
6. Part 6 - Five step program for environmental report cards
8. Part 8 - Communicating Science Effectively poster

About the author

Bill Dennison

Dr. Bill Dennison is a Professor of Marine Science and Vice President for Science Application at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES). Dr. Dennison’s primary mission within UMCES is to coordinate the Integration and Application Network.



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