N-Gen convened a science communications workshop in the city of Ensenada, Baja California, from December 7-9, 2016. The workshop brought together researchers from natural and social sciences as well as science communicators to engage in interdisciplinary discussion to strengthen the outreach capacity of researchers in the Sonoran Desert and the Gulf of California. Participants created a resolution about the role of scientists today and developed a series of key points to increase dialogue and connectivity between science and society.

The profile of modern scientists should include the communication of our work, taking into account the following:

  • The challenges of social and environmental change require a new approach and a role for scientists in society. Scientists must leave our comfort zone and actively connect the processes and results of our research with the rest of society.
  • Scientists are not alone in the implementation of communicating our work. The scientific process must include working in teams to collaborate with experts in science communication
  • Science communication is the translation of science for different audiences into narratives and clear messages that balance scientific rigor and broad interest.
  • By communicating science we are sharing our passion.
  • Broad success in science communication requires open access and resource sharing (videos, infographics, photos, databases, etc.)
  • This work is not free, and requires both monetary and human capital investments.
  • Creativity and ethics are essential.
  • The communication of science implies the inclusion of an inter- or trans-disciplinary perspective, recognizing the limits of the scientific facts and speculation.

Written by the participants of the 2016 N-Gen workshop “Communicating Science Up and Down in the Gulf of California”

If you support these views please follow this link to endorse the Manifiesto to be listed as supporting this new profile of scientist. If you want to be actively involved in transforming the way scientists in the Sonoran Desert region communicate their results please also fill out the additional field with your email and a brief description of your interest and we will be in contact with you with further information about upcoming N-Gen activities, workshops, training, curriculum development, etc. related to Science Communication in the region.

Those who endorse this statement include:

Ben Wilder, University of Arizona

Taylor Edwards, University of Arizona

Enriquena Bustamante

Ana Luisa Figueroa

Michelle María Early Capistrán, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Isai Domínguez Guerrero, KualiComunicación

Xchel Aurora P. Palafox, CICIMAR – IPN

Ileana Espejel, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California

Ana Claudia Nepote, ENES Unidad Morelia, UNAM

Jose L. Abella Gutiérrez, Comunidad y Biodiversidad A.C.

Oscar Vélez Ruiz Gaitán

Pablo Hernández Morales, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur

Martha Patricia Alcaraz Flores, Universidad Autónoma de Baja Californiaa

Aída Otálora-Ardila

Charlie de la Rosa, University of California Los Angeles

Sula Vanderplank

Scott Bennett, U.S. Geological Survey

Kate Boersma, University of San Diego

Juan Manuel Pérez Guzmán

Aurora Palafox Leon, UJAT

Jesús Israel Baxin Martínez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Arnulfo Moreno

Lyn Loveless, The College of Wooster

Christopher Scott, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona

Christopher Cokinos, University of Arizona

Olivia Miller, University of Arizona Museum of Art

Shipherd Reed, Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

Marco Linné Unzueta Bustamante, Instituto de Acuacultura del Estado de Sonora, OPD

Sandra Gallo-Corona, EcoSound Education

Arturo Ramírez-Valdez, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego