Are you a singer, painter, dancer, poet, sculptor, puppeteer, creative writer, actor or other type of creative artist? Do you meld your scientific interests with your artistic pursuits in work or play? Do you use the creative arts to make science more accessible to your students? Have you collaborated with creative artists in order to broaden the impact of your scientific work?
If these questions resonate with you, we hope you will consider submitting an abstract for our CERF 2015 session, “Artistic Pathways to Scientific Understanding”. We are pleased to inform you that this session is exempt from the one-presentation rule, so you can deliver your scientific presentation at another session, and then dance (or sing or rhyme or act…) in ours as well! We have tentatively planned both oral and poster sessions. You are also encouraged to contribute works to the CERF Silent Auction, where they will be prominently displayed throughout the meeting and used to raise funds for students. Read on and imagine your own presentation!
One “Grand Challenge in Coastal and Estuarine Science” is to motivate people from a wide variety of backgrounds to understand and care about scientific research. Engaging the public in this way could help promote coastal policies based on scientific evidence. We must make our work relevant and accessible to non-scientists, many of whom thrive in other realms, including the arts. Thus, creative presentations that meld science and the arts, and additional opportunities for individuals to explore scientific concepts via the arts, may promote deeper understanding of key scientific ideas.
This session examines links between the arts and sciences and allows for creative expression by artistically inclined coastal and estuarine scientists. Just as kilt-clad Joe Germano inspired a standing ovation at CERF 2013 with his well-sung presentation, we invite researchers in any field of coastal and estuarine science to present their work artistically. Participants may use music, creative writing, visual art, dance, puppetry or other creative means to convey their key concepts, methods and results. In addition, we invite presentations on successful teaching practices that incorporate the arts to help students learn about coastal and estuarine science. We also solicit presentations of creative works that are inspired by and provide insight into ongoing research. Presenters in the latter two categories need not utilize a creative format to present their work, but should provide samples of their art (e.g. photos of visual art, poetry, video of dance performances, et al.) as part of their presentations.
Please include your artistic mode of presentation in your abstract. Performance-based presentations will be accommodated in the oral session only.
The meeting site and call for abstracts can be found at http://www.erf.org/cerf2015 . The submission deadline is May 1, 2015. If you have logistical questions related to this session, please contact Karen Haberman (email@example.com). If you are interested in donating works to the CERF Silent Auction (to benefit student travel funds), please contact Autumn Oczkowski, Oczkowski.Autumn@epa.gov .
We hope you’ll join us in all the creativity and camaraderie!
Karen Haberman, Joe Germano, Ayesha Gray, and Sarah Kolesar