The 2011 Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (MGLS) was held on April 18-22, 2011 in Washington, DC. The goals of the 2011 MGLS were to (1) grow and develop effective leadership qualities; (2) improve skills in communicating scientific research and results; (3) identify and discuss areas of research that benefit from an interdisciplinary approach; (4) provide training in writing effective grant proposals; (5) provide a broader perspective on science policy and science funding, and (6) develop long-lasting collaborative relationships among a cohort of early career scientists.
Meeting topics included:
- Communications. Activities included short research presentations and feedback from peers and communications professionals; media training.
- Interdisciplinary Science. Activities included presentations from leaders in the academic community; collaboration discussions.
- Proposal Writing. Activities included visiting the National Science Foundation to learn about proposal writing and meet with program officers.
- Science Funding and Policy. Activities included panel discussions with topics such as the congressional budget and current events in science policy.
Throughout the meeting, participants worked together in small breakout groups to discuss new innovative marine geoscience research projects. On the final day, each group presented their ideas to a panel of individuals in a mock scenario which required the group to persuade a foundation to fund their project.
Meeting mentors who are recognized academic leaders in the marine geosciences also attended the symposium to provide advice throughout the week on leadership, career development, funding opportunities, and science policy.
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