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MSE symposium Session 3: “Transforming your research for policy engagement”
Microbes and Social Equity Virtual Symposium 2022
Session 3: “Transforming your research for policy engagement

Wednesday, July 20, 12:30 ~ 16:00 EST

Scope: Microbiomes drive processes in all environments and are intimately intertwined with all aspects of our lives. Despite the central role of microbes in shaping systems, microbial researchers are often detached from shaping policies related to conservation, public health, land use, environmental justice, climate and other areas of intersection. Policy engagement is not typically included in the academic training of microbiome researchers, and there is a need for greater coordination between policy needs and microbial research. This session will explore integrated, collaborative approaches to research and policy making.

Learning Objectives of Session: Attendees will discuss 1) how to develop research in collaboration with policy needs, , 2) policy levels and types (government, private), 3) how to identify stakeholders, and 4) how to communicate your research to policymakers.

Format of talks: Three 30-min lecture-style talks will describe interdisciplinary research outcomes which transcend typical academic endpoints and engage in shaping policy.

Format of breakout rooms: Each room will create a policy brief outline around a particular topic area (e.g. environmental restoration) to help audience members group by discipline.

This symposium is hosted by the Microbes and Social Equity Working Group and the University of Maine Institute of Medicine.

You must register for each of the 5 sessions. The full speaker list and program can be found at:

Jul 20, 2022 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting is over, you can not register now. If you have any questions, please contact Meeting host: Sue Ishaq (she/her).