2016 – Featured Workshops

Workshop 1 – Ocean Networks Canada Research Derby 2016

ONC_Octopus_Logo_RGBData from Ocean Networks Canada’s (ONC) cabled observatories and connected sensors flow continuously and support studies of ocean change, growing hypoxia, fish abundance, acoustic pollution, plate tectonics and tsunamis, geochemistry of the ocean crust, deep-sea ecosystems, and ocean engineering. Scientists, policy-makers, educators, and the public can easily access these deep ocean, coastal, and surface data by registering for a free user account and logging in to the Oceans 2.0 data portal. The data portal provides general information about instruments and associated technology and allows users to view, search, and download data.

This year, at PEEC, in addition to learning how to access ONC observatory data and use online data tools for research purposes, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a “research derby.”

Participating PEEC attendees, either individually or in groups, will propose an hypothesis that can be investigated using ONC data in whole or in part. Themes include, but are not limited to: coastal, deep ocean, and open water environments, and marine-terrestrial interactions.

To participate in the PEEC 2016 Research Derby:

  1. You must be a student at a Canadian university and an attendee of PEEC 2016.
  2. Obtain your supervisor’s approval before participating in the research derby (very important!).
  3. Guide your hypothesis development by referring to these documents for:
    • research facilitated by ONC’s cabled observatories;
    • details of deep-sea species observed by ONC’s cameras;
    • information on installed observatory instruments and the parameters they measure;
    • guided exercises on accessing, plotting, and downloading data in Oceans 2.0.
  4. Email the conference organizers with your name, research theme, and indicate whether you’d like to participate as an individual or connect with other PEEC attendees to form a group. (If enough interested participants are co-located, we may be able to offer you an in-person data workshop at your university campus ahead of PEEC.)
  5. Come prepared to pitch your hypothesis (maximum 5 minutes) at PEEC to win a small prize.

Time will be allocated during PEEC for individuals and teams to further refine their hypotheses, download and analyze data, and ask questions of ONC staff in attendance. After the conference, assistance from ONC staff will be available (schedules permitting) to further facilitate research derby studies.

Cash awards of up to $1000 will be awarded to the student or students who are later (within 2 years) successful in publishing the results of their research derby study in a peer-reviewed journal or peer-reviewed conference proceedings. Further details of the awards will be made available during PEEC.


Workshop 2 – Introduction to Storytelling for Scientists


2514174At its heart, storytelling is about creating a personal connection with your audience. By its very nature, research has many elements of a great story – exotic settings, unusual characters, plot twists – but scientists are rarely taught narrative storytelling. Learning to go beyond the data, cut through jargon, and express your message clearly is a compelling way to share knowledge and affect change. Incorporating elements of storytelling in your communication can help you make more meaningful connections with funders, employers, policymakers, community members, and other scientists.

This interactive workshop created by Dr. Aerin Jacob and facilitated by Jenni Schine will help you learn skills to develop and tell a short, personal story about your research. It has a limited number of participants to ensure that everyone has the chance to practice and receive feedback. No previous experience in storytelling or science outreach is required – but you will have to do some prep work! Required resources (e.g., readings, podcast) will be provided in advance and participants will be expected to bring preliminary story ideas to develop further.

Questions? Email Jenni:  jenniferschine <at> gmail <dot> com


Workshop Facilitator

Jennifer Schine is a social scientist, artist, and broadcaster whose work explores the oral histories and soundscapes of coastal British Columbia. She teaches courses in both the city and the wilderness, including acoustic ethnography at Bamfield Marine Science Centre. Passionate about public engagement and collaborative projects, Jenni has extended her academic work into film, radio, and art installations. Her storytelling has appeared on CBC’s Living out Loud series, and she will be a part of the 2016 Royal BC Museum science and storytelling event.


Resources (not required)