Symposium focus: Help shape the future for marine research collaboration in Small Island States

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By Edd Hind and Steve Alexander

If you work or conduct research in small island developing states (SIDS) you should make the attendance of a SIDS symposium in the Alsh Room, August 17, 3-5pm a priority at #IMCC3:

Foreign scientists in small island developing states: the challenges of performing relevant research, drawing valid conclusions, and impacting policy

It’s an important time for SIDS. This year has been recognised by the United Nations as the International Year of Small Island Developing States, and the future of their peoples, economies and environments will be discussed at several high profile conferences. As SIDS are even more dependent on marine ecosystems than other nations (think nutrition from seafood, livelihoods from beach tourism, hurricane protection from coral reefs!), we want #IMCC3 to be the forum where SCB members come together to decide how they can best conduct marine science to support future socio-ecological sustainability in SIDS.

In the symposium we will be specifically considering how international marine research collaborations are being conducted in SIDS, and to what extent they support priority science and management needs. It will kick off with a series of case studies and personal reflections representing a diversity of perspectives and experiences with contributions from Edd Hind (School for Field Studies), Stephanie Green (Oregon State University/ Smith Postdoctoral Fellow), Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (Waitt Institute), Michael Sweet (University of Derby), Jake Kritzer (Environmental Defense Fund), and Fabian Pina (Centro de Investigaciones de Ecosistemas Costeros, Cuba).

With significant time set aside for a discussion, we will also be asking participants to share their experiences of multinational research collaborations. We want to hear your thoughts on these and other questions:

  • What are the best groups for researchers to engage with before, during, and after research?
  • What should researchers do when there are no local outreach groups?
  • How can local institutions/individuals best engage foreign scientists and vice versa?
  • What is the best way to communicate to foreign scientists how their research can be most impactful locally in SIDS?

It’s time to expand and improve marine science collaborations in SIDS. Do please join us and help us let the wider research and policy communities know how this might be done!

If you can’t make the symposium do please follow along on Twitter during and after the symposium at #SIDSmarsci and by following @edd_hind, @salexander_11, @stepj_j_green,  @ayanaeliza and @jakeofish

A photo from Edd Hind of a fishing boat on South Caicos in the Turks and Caicos. Edd is an organizer for an IMCC3 symposium on marine research collaboration in small island developing states (SIDS).

A photo from Edd Hind of a fishing boat on South Caicos in the Turks and Caicos. Edd is an organizer for an IMCC3 symposium on marine research collaboration in small island developing states (SIDS).

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