Moving to the "new normal"

Meetings and workshops are essential for scientists and resource managers to share information and knowledge, achieve consensus, and co-create material. We at IAN have been facilitating in-person workshops around the world to engage with diverse stakeholders and co-create science communication products. The current pandemic has made in-person meetings impossible, and such meetings are likely to become less frequent well into the future. The IAN team is pushing forward by holding virtual workshops, employing our videoconferencing and facilitation experience and skills. This strategy has the additional benefits of a) reducing the IAN carbon footprint, b) reducing time lost in long and difficult travel, and c) being able to increase the global dissemination and impact of IAN efforts. We plan to use our experience in video conferencing and facilitation to facilitate virtual workshops. Read Bill Dennison's blog about IAN's facilitation experience here.