February 1, 2013 | Scientists, team leaders, and program directors from across NCAR and UCP presented their latest results and plans to key leaders from across the organization on December 19 as part of the first “UCAR & NCAR Science Discovery Day.”
The inauguration of what will become regularly occurring meetings provided the assembled UCAR and NCAR leadership team with insights on the science, engineering, education, and other efforts going on around the institution. It also provided scientists, team leaders, and program managers with an opportunity to raise the profile of work they and their teams are doing.
“So much is going on here, and some work doesn’t get the recognition it deserves,” says Scott Rayder, senior advisor to UCAR president Tom Bogdan. “If we understand what you do and why you do it, we’ll be better at getting resources so you can keep doing it—or do even more.”
At the meeting, UCP directors and NCAR researchers showcased some of the programs' and labs' current and potential “hits.” The sharing of this work will aid the development work headed by Scott, providing a better idea of the projects in the pipeline that might be a match for new or additional funding opportunities. In addition, showcasing the research and program insights can help identify areas of overlap and potential collaboration within and beyond UCAR and NCAR walls.
The meeting format allowed researchers to provide a brief overview of their work, with NCAR, UCAR, and laboratory leadership asking follow-up questions related to what presenters perceived as: (1) a project’s most exciting aspects, (2) any impediments to growth and/or success, (3) funding requirements, and (4) anticipated research outcomes. Questions also included identifying existing and potential scientific collaborations.
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Participants in the first Science Discovery Day shared some tips for future presenters on what to keep in mind for this show-and-talk opportunity. Among these:
From these meetings, Scott will work with colleagues in the Office of Communications to build out descriptive material for use in sharing our organization's capabilities more effectively.
Vanda Grubišić and Brant Foote will organize the next Science Discovery Day talks, which are scheduled for March 1. Organized by theme, the March talks will focus on next-generation instrumentation, seasonal and interannual forecasting, education, and hazards related to air quality, health, and water.
Participants are recommended by their program, division, or lab director, so let yours know if you'd like to be in the running for future sessions.
“The first round of Discovery Day talks provided a wealth of new information,” says Scott. “I look forward to these as ongoing events that will shed light across the entire NCAR and UCAR research portfolio and also suggest possible development opportunities."