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Going Virtual (and a Bit Stir-Crazy): Lessons from and for Collaborative Science Amid a Pandemic

Wed, Mar 30 2022, 3 - 4pm

Speaker(s): Susi Moser

Location: Webinar

In 2020, Susanne Moser - with support from the NERRS Science Collaborative team - began a study to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted collaborative science projects. While initially focused on the shift to virtual engagement, the study eventually expanded to assess the broader implications of the ongoing pandemic, the conduct and outcomes of collaborative science, and stakeholder engagement under such unusual and strenuous circumstances.

Given the continually and rapidly changing conditions from the onset of the pandemic until now, all projects have had to adjust - but some more substantially than others. Drawing on project check-in notes and in-depth interviews with project and collaborative leads, this webinar reports back from this study to share insights on:

  • How projects adjusted;
  • Which techniques and technologies were used and proved useful;
  • What benefits and losses people experienced due to the shifts made during the pandemic;
  • Which successes and “failures” (or shortcomings in virtual engagement) projects experienced; as well as
  • Lessons learned and good advice interviewees offered to their colleagues.
MoserSusanne Moser's work focuses on adaptation to climate change, science-policy interactions, climate change communication, and psycho-social resilience in the face of the traumatic and transformative challenges associated with climate change. She is a geographer by training, and has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in multiple capacities. Over the past five years, Susi has partnered with different reserves to develop indicators of successful climate adaptation. In 2020, Susi worked with project teams to identify and understand challenges and opportunities of virtual engagement techniques and tools. Learn more about Susi and her Science Collaborative work.