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2020 Virtual Science On a Sphere® Users Collaborative Network Workshop

Celebrating NOAA’s 50 years of science, service, and stewardship.
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2020 Virtual Workshop for Science On a Sphere® Users Collaborative Network
The 2020 Science On a Sphere® Users Collaborative Network will be virtual and celebrate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 50 years of science, service, and stewardship. (Credit: Stephen Zepecki, NOAA/IMSG)

Overview

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NOAA will host the Science On a Sphere® (SOS) Users Collaborative Network Workshop in a virtual platform from December 1-3, 2020. The pandemic has heightened awareness of the fact that we’re living in a globally connected society and how the actions of one place affect the well-being of another place. SOS is arguably, one of the best tools for promoting global perspectives. 

The workshop will showcase presentations submitted from participants with a focus on the use of visualizations for education as well as using spherical display systems for providing science educational messages. We're opening up the workshop to other groups that work with NOAA on related topics. The objectives of this workshop are to:

  • Advance awareness of NOAA's global visualizations that are useful for education
  • Share best practices in using visualizations for online learning
  • Support the needs of the user community of SOS

In recognition of NOAA’s 50th anniversary in 2020, the theme of the SOS workshop will be “Celebrating NOAA’s 50 years of science, service, and stewardship”. NOAA presentations will support this theme directly. We encourage presentation proposal submissions that address this theme by including the history of their organization, their organization’s role in providing science to society, and/or ideas about the future for how to build a scientifically and environmentally literate society. In particular, we are interested in presentations about how SOS institutions have been continuing the mission of their organizations during this time of restricted visitor access and institutional closures.

Participation in this workshop is limited to members of the NOAA Science On a Sphere® Users Collaborative Network, as well as invited groups who work on related topics. Invitations to participate in the workshop are sent to all members via the Science On a Sphere® Users Collaborative Network listserv. If you are interested in participation and/or are concerned that your contact information may not be up-to-date, please check out the “More information” section, below.

There is no registration fee. However, all who plan to participate in the workshop must register in advance. 

 

Deadlines

​(Send your questions to sos.workshop@noaa.gov)

 

Resources

  • SOS Workshop Program (coming in the fall of 2020)

The hours for the SOS Workshop will be:

  • Tuesday, December 1, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
  • Wednesday, December 2, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
  • Thursday, December 3, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST 

 

A note about presentation formats:

Since we are convening virtually this year, we encourage participants to submit presentation proposals using any of the 3 formats provided below:

Lightning talk  -  These presentations will be made to all participants, so they should appeal to the majority of workshop attendees. If you would like to present a lightning talk, you will need to record a video of your presentation that is no more than 5 minutes in length and provide it to NOAA by November 13.We anticipate grouping similar themed talks together in a cluster, followed by a live Q & A period. 

20 minute breakout session/small-group discussion  -  These sessions will be offered concurrently with other sessions, and are meant to accommodate smaller groups of people where there may be one brief presentation and interaction with the participants. We recommend presentations to be no longer than 10 mins to allow for ample group discussion. Please plan how your session will be interactive using virtual technologies, chat, polls, etc. If your session will have a slide-based presentation, you will have the option to pre-record it.

40 minute breakout session/small-group discussion  -  These sessions will be offered concurrently with other sessions, and are meant to accommodate smaller groups of people where there may be 1-2 brief presentations and interaction with the participants. We recommend presentations be no longer than 10 mins to allow for ample discussion. Please plan how your session will be interactive using virtual technologies, chat, polls, etc. If your session will have a slide-based presentation, you will have the option to pre-record it. 

More information 

If you have any questions about the workshop, or if you would like to be added to our Science On a Sphere® communications emails, and/or update your contact information, you may contact us at sos.workshop@noaa.gov.