Linking your Science and Policy: Tips and Techniques for Delivering Your Message to Decision Makers.

Workshop Outline

Geoscience is fundamental to many issues that are serious concerns for society and for decision makers – natural hazards, climate change, energy security, water quantity and quality, the advancement of scientific knowledge, to name but a few. If you would like to explore ways to make a connection between your science and policy making, this is the workshop for you.

Through a series of short talks and hands-on exercises, we will help you to
• Define your goals and the message you want to convey.
• Figure out the most appropriate audience for your message.
• Develop communications that will resonate with your audience

Workshop Leaders:

Dr. Jess Franklin

Jess holds a B.Sc. in Geology from University College Cork. After graduating from UCC in 2011, she worked for Rainy River Gold in Ontario, Canada, as an exploration geologist before returning to Ireland. Jess completed her Ph.D. in 2019 with iCRAG at NUIG, where she studied the provenance of Triassic sandstones. Jess was involved with several science communication and outreach projects during her Ph.D., including Girls into Geoscience, in Cork and Galway, and Geology and Poetry at the Dingle Arts Festival. She recently began a post-doctoral position with iCRAG at NUIG where she is researching the public perception of geologists in Ireland.

Prof. Maeve Boland

Maeve holds B.A. and M.Sc. degrees in geology from Trinity College, Dublin. She worked in the minerals and petroleum sectors before joining the Industrial Minerals Section of the Geological Survey of Ireland. After completing her Ph.D. at Colorado School of Mines, Maeve joined the research faculty there. She was a Policy Fellow in the U.S. Senate (2009-10) and at the U.S. Geological Survey (2010-12). Maeve was Director of Geoscience Policy at the American Geosciences Institute from 2013 until 2018. She is now a Senior Geoscience and Policy Specialist in the School of Earth Sciences at UCD, co-funded by Geological Survey Ireland.

Dr. Anthea Lacchia

Anthea graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2011 with a B.A. in Geology. During her undergraduate studies, she developed a keen interest in thinking about the lives of ancient animals preserved in rocks – fossils – which led her to pursue a PhD in palaeontology, specifically looking at extinct relatives of squid and cuttlefish called ammonoids. In parallel with her research, she gained experience both in science writing and newspaper editing. Following completion of her PhD, she spent a year working as a press officer for Springer Nature in London. She then returned to Ireland to start postdoctoral research in iCRAG in University College Dublin, where she is studying public perception and understanding of geoscience. Her postdoc allows her to combine her passion for geology with that for science communication. Anthea also holds an M.Sc. in science communication from Imperial College London and works as a freelance science journalist and communicator.

Dr. Mark Coughlan

Mark holds a B.Sc. in Geology from University College Cork. He also holds a Ph.D. from UCC in Marine Geology, during which time he spent a years secondment at the MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences in Bremen, Germany. Following his Ph.D. in 2014, Mark joined Irish renewable energy project developers Gaelectric as Project Manager in their offshore wind section. In his three years with Gaelectric, Mark also worked on other renewable energy projects including Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES). in 2018, Mark joined iCRAG as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow where he works on the EASTWIND project, focused on de-risking offshore wind in Ireland. He also works as a consultant for Gavin and Doherty Geosolutions; an Irish geotechnical engineering company who co-fund his research alongside the Geological Survey of Ireland.