Forum 2017

Saturday, February 4th – ODWC’s Lake Arcadia Conservation Education Building

As last year, participation is open to anyone working on biodiversity and conservation issues in Oklahoma.  The day’s format will be similar to last year, with discussions to engage all participants throughout the day.  The agenda will focus this year on building collaborative projects that help to fill knowledge gaps regarding conservation issues in the state.  We want to work on developing projects that will utilize the varied expertise of network members.  We will have Big Truck Tacos for lunch and plenty of snacks to fuel us through a full day of discussion and deliberation.  We will start at 9:00 a.m. and wrap up around 5:00 p.m.
Last year the posters and Biology Bites were well received and promoted a lot of additional discussion, so we are happy to keep those on the agenda!
Also, for those of you who attended last year, we will be asking project leaders to give a short report on the progress of their project – including complications and successes.  Look at the website for a list of the projects.
As part of one of the network projects, members are asked to fill out a survey so that we may build a database of expertise in the network.  Please take a few minutes to fill out the short questionnaire.
Please forward this information to anyone you think might be interested in joining the Network and discussion.  Please add yourself to the official mailing list.

Tentative Plan for the Day:

8:30 – Arrive, check-in – Bagels and hot beverages
9:00 – Introductions
9:15 – What are the most pressing biological conservations issues in Oklahoma? – small group discussions
10:15 – Biology Bites
10:30 – Break
10:45 – Biology Bites
11:00 – What are the most pressing biological conservations issues in Oklahoma? – large group discussion and summary
11:45 – What are the knowledge gaps regarding these issues? – small group discussions
12:30 – Lunch – Tacos!
1:15 – Reports from last year’s project groups
1:45 – What knowledge gaps can be tackled as a collaborative network project? – small group discussions
2:15 – What knowledge gaps can be tackled as a collaborative network project? – large group discussion and summary
2:45 – Biology Bites
3:00 – Break – Cookies
3:15 – Develop a draft plan for a potential project that utilizes the network resources to address these knowledge gap – small group planning
4:14 – Present draft plans for large group discussion
5:00 – Wrap up

More information about the “Biology Bites” Session

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_talk
http://bytesizebio.net/2013/05/17/on-lightning-talks/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWS-7P96n4g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anRVzXFvGeo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBhFE4AazZo


Accommodations on the basis of disability are available by contacting Priscilla Crawford at the Oklahoma Biological Survey (405-325-7658; prill@ou.edu) by 1 February 2017.