2015 Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (MGLS)
The 2015 Marine Geoscience Leadership Symposium (MGLS) took place from 16-20 March 2015 in Washington, DC. The goals of the 2015 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.
The MGLS topics included:
- Communications. Activities included short research presentations and feedback from peers and communications professionals and media training.
- Leadership and Interdisciplinary Science. Activities included presentations from leaders in the academic community, training on team leadership, and discussion on collaboration.
- Proposal Writing. Activities included visiting the National Science Foundation to learn about proposal writing and to meet with program officers.
- Science Funding and Policy. Activities included discussions about the federal budget process and current events in science policy, and visits to Congressional offices.
Throughout the meeting, participants worked together in small breakout groups on a one pager on the importance of the marine geosciences, which they presented to congressional offices on Capitol Hill, and also on a small group presentation focused on pitching a new and innovative science program to alternative funders. On the final day, each group presented their ideas to a panel of individuals from alternative funding agencies in mock scenarios.
Meeting mentors, who are recognized academic leaders in the marine geosciences, attended the symposium to provide advice throughout the week on leadership, career development, funding opportunities, and science policy.