Day 2 of #AGU20: The Amazon, town halls and innovative sessions

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The second day of #AGU20 featured a plenary panel on the Amazon, town halls on everything from the 2020 election to the fifth National Climate Assessment, loads of science communication and science policy events, and two innovative sessions. This virtual meeting, sessions and event is becoming a showcase for the creativity and diversity of the AGU community.

Want to see some highlights across social media from folks about their thoughts? Check out our social media compilation! If you tag us and/or use #AGU20, you may see your post.

Here are a few sessions to be sure to revisit.

In the plenary panel, researchers and a representative of traditional communities discussed the urgent need for action in the Amazon, where unsustainable human activities have altered the region’s ecosystems. Despite the increase in deforestation, speakers shared that there are several valuable real-time lessons that provide hope and paths for a sustainable future.

One of the first sessions was a primer on handling scientific integrity issues at government (mostly) and academic institutions, with some integrated advice and sobering case studies. A follow up town hall from yesterday’s U.S. election plenary that emphasized some of the main themes regarding engagement and communication.

Part 1 of a 3-part innovative session featured workshops and a town hall aimed at increasing geoscience workforce diversity. Students gave live presentations that included virtual tours of different innovative infrastructure projects and discussed the diverse range of careers associated with them. In the town halls, practicing geoscientists, workforce leaders, college students and emerging young professionals talked about their career pathways and shared strategies to get internships and launch careers. If you missed part 1, check out parts 2 and 3 during the third week of #AGU20.

A full day of town halls included events discussing projects and programs at several U.S. government agencies as well as the Fifth National Climate Assessment. Another session at #AGU20 taught attendees how to sketch their science and rhyme their research. See the creativity on Twitter #SketchYourScience, #ArtAtScience and #FlourishingSalons.

Want to be inspired? See the 10-year anniversary [email protected] session. These featured some really powerful talks aimed at communicating our science and work, as well as several special messages from AGU members and current and past leaders in government and business, including Sally Jewel, Tim Gallaudet and Thomas Zurbuchen. Check out Dawn Wright’s (@deepseadawn) Twitter compilation.

The latest news from #AGU20 includes:

And, lastly, are you a student or early career scientist attending #AGU20? Get ready for a Twitter roll call coming up next week!

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