There are many sections in the meeting on science communication and how to to transition from science to policy. One of my presentations at the meeting deals with one way to do this, but recruiting activist allies. For many scientists the terms advocacy and activism are dirty words, because they don't really know what they mean. They often associate activists with crazy anger people (what we call whacktivists) rather than the dedicated, impassioned people that make up the vast majority of the advocacy and activism community.
This presentation seeks to encourage scientists to form partnerships with activists to help better spread their conservation message.
Update: This presentation has now been published as an article in the IMCC4 proceedings:
(2016 ). “Advocacy” and “activism” are not dirty words – how activists can better help conservation scientists . Front. Mar. Sci. :229 . doi: 10.3389/fmars.2016.00229