Linking Science Communication to Municipal Planning to Improve and Transform Resilience

Join us as we improve resilience through bridging science communication to our local planning audience.  This workshop will bring engaged scientists together with planners, floodplain managers, and other local decision makers to explore resiliency issues and planning needs and identify how best to apply scientific research to improve local planning efforts by uniting and improving communication among the academic and planning communities.

When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Del Mar College Center for Economic Development-3209 S Staples St CC, Tx 78411

(Room 117)


Workshop Materials:

Workshop Flyer

Workshop Agenda

Presentation Slides

Check out our blog post!


Workshop goals

·         Social and natural scientists studying resilience, and local planners become a more cohesive community, empowered to communicate individually and collectively about the “so what” of their work.
·         Social and natural scientists have a better sense of the daily realities and information needs of planners, floodplain managers and other local decision makers. 
·         Developing a best practices pilot project model to share information based on sound science and communication techniques that enable scientists and planners to implement resilience and adaptation planning for Texas that can be modeled in other locations.

The primary outcome of our work will be better-informed implementation of restoration and resilience efforts in the Coastal Bend. By operating with the latest research in hand, planners and decision makers on the ground will be able to accelerate the recovery of species and habitat and build more resilient coastal systems. This project serves as a pilot that could be repeated in other coastal communities or scaled up to a Gulf-wide or larger regional effort. 

Participants will:

  • Identify how best to apply scientific research to improve local planning efforts
  • Identify key messages arising from their research and professional activities, with an emphasis on explaining “so what?”
  • Refine and reframe their messages for different audiences
  • Recognize and refine their use of technical jargon
  • Understand the day-to-day pressures, constraints, and needs of planners, floodplain managers and other local decision makers
  • Build relationships with scientists and members of the planning community


Thank you to our sponsors and contributors!

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