Teaching in the rainforest, science communication and leadership

Group of professors ride boat across riverOn January 5-8, 2018, ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Founding Director Leah Gerber, along with Affiliated Faculty John Sabo and Tod Swanson, facilitated an intensive workshop titled Environmental Communication and Leadership in Iyarina Lodge, a rainforest lodge located in Tena, Ecuador. This event was co-sponsored by the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and tailored to USFQ faculty. Most global leaders have little professional background in science and remain inactive about the ramifications of critical societal challenges, such as climate change, environmental hazards and living sustainably. This course was designed to provide leadership training and important skills for faculty scientists to effectively communicate science to an increasingly global solution space. A full agenda can be seen here.
Faculty sitting by table during workshop
USFQ faculty review course materials during session
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Participating faculty and facilitators pose for group photo