We opened the meeting with a brief recap of our purpose and organizational structure for new people. We then outlined the areas of interest that emerged from our brainstorming the previous week (listed below). We then acknowledged that there are many worthy existing initiatives in these areas, and that we could potentially be effective by joining these efforts, learning from their expertise, and offering our help in whatever capacity they need. We agreed that part of our goal is to identify these initiatives have interested people from sciencefor2020 get in touch with them and report back to the group. We then spent the rest of the meeting in smaller working groups focused on the areas of interest, focusing on defining concrete steps that can be taken in those areas. Detailed notes from these working groups are posted on our internal slack channel.
INTEREST AREAS/WORKING GROUPS
Actions related to effectively conveying science to the public, including disseminating accurate science, crafting clear, relatable messages, fighting fake news, and addressing the public image of science and scientists.
Actions related to building sciencefor2020 and making it as effective and efficient as possible; also actions related to connecting sciencefor2020 with other allied groups.
Education – local and outreach
Actions related to improving science education in our local community (Boston, MA) and nationally.
Actions related to protecting the environment, including climate change.
Politics – local and national
Actions related to lobbying local and national legislatures on specific issues.
Actions related to organizing and advertising peaceful protests.
Actions to improve scientific culture including advocacy for gender/cultural diversity, improved civic engagement for scientists, and support for open science.
Actions related to training scientists to effectively participate in government, communicate/persuade on scientific issues, and how to educate and inform legislators.