May 17, 2021 at 2pm US Eastern Time
Best Practices for Visually Communicating Ecological Forecast Uncertainty

This presentation will share results from recent experiments assessing the efficacy of ecological forecast visualizations and the development of a teaching module for undergraduate students to learn about visualizing uncertainty in forecasts.

Register and find details HERE.
May 4, 2021 at 2pm US Eastern Time
Co-production & Actionable Science Panel

This panel discussed lessons learned and best practices for co-production of scientific products useful for stakeholders and decision-makers. A recording from the panel and the resources shared by the panelists can be found HERE.
Applications open for 2 EFI-RCN hosted meetings in June 2021. Applications for both events due May 1.
EFI is hosting two virtual meetings under this year’s RCN theme of education. The first will be a one-day workshop on inclusive pedagogy on June 7, 2021, with specific aims to 1) raise awareness of best practices for creating educational tools using inclusive pedagogy principles, 2) discuss major hurdles for inclusive instruction in ecological forecasting, and 3) prioritize specific problems that EFI can help reduce through its Working Groups.

The second will be a two-day meeting on June 28-29, 2021 focused on building a community around creating educational resources related to ecological forecasting, and where possible, utilizing the NEON Ecological Forecast Challenge forecasts, to address gaps in the existing curriculum. We will specifically focus on ways members of the EFI community can incorporate the production of educational resources into the forecasts they inform, produce, or use already.
Registration open for the EFI Student Association Early Career Meeting. Register by June 1. This two-day meeting will focus on enabling early career (undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs) scientists to participate in ecological forecasting. The meeting will center around developing collaborations and sharing skills amongst attendees. The meeting will specifically focus on highlighting student forecasts submitted to the EFI RCN NEON Ecological Forecast Challenge and providing skills-based workshops.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group is hosting a book club starting early- to mid-June 2021 to read and discuss Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Email to be sent the poll to find times to meet. There are funds available to purchase a small number of books for anyone needing help accessing the book.
The EFI-NEON Research Coordination Network is an NSF-funded grant to create a community of practice that builds capacity for ecological forecasting by leveraging NEON data products. The first round of the NEON Ecological Forecast Challenge begins in 2021. The Challenge revolves around five theme areas that span aquatic and terrestrial systems, and population, community, and ecosystem processes across a broad range of ecoregions that uses data collected by NEON.
About: Mission Statement, Shared Values & Principles, Member Profiles and Forecasting Projects
Working Groups Organized Around Six Cross-Cutting Themes: Theory, Decision Science, Tools and Methods, Cyberinfrastructure, Education and Knowledge Transfer
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Workshops: Upcoming and Past Opportunities To Learn and Collaborate
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