2013 Vega Fellows in Communication and Leadership

Mon, 04/22/2013 to Fri, 04/26/2013

COMPASS coordinated and conducted a five-day communication and leadership training in Sweden for the second cohort of Vega Fellows – a prestigious new program and network of Scandinavian environmental scientists. 20 participants from seven universities and organizations across Scandinavia were hand-selected by organizers Daniel Conley and Johanna Stadmark of Lund University for the opportunity to participate.

Through the training, Fellows were given the skills, tips, and support that will allow them to be better communicators of their science and, subsequently, leaders.  The training consisted of two days of leadership and team-building exercises followed by three days of discussion and skill building around communication and engaging beyond their peers.

Nancy Baron, COMPASS’ Director of Science Outreach, led the workshop, which incorporated an international set of journalists as well as leadership trainers from the Barefoot Thinking Company. The training was held at the Kristineberg Marine Station in Fiskebäckskil, Sweden from April 22-26, and was supported with funding from Lund University’s Multistressors Project, Merge, and BECC, as well as external partners Mistra EviEM and Havsmiljöinstitutet.