NESSE News: Electing Director of Sustainable Science Groups

NESSE is electing a new executive board! The NESSE Executive Board is responsible for setting out the vision and priorities of the organization, developing new projects, and working closely with our partners to help all of our members. With the NESSE Board elections coming up, we asked the current Director of Sustainable Science Groups, Laura Hoch, about her experience in being involved with NESSE over the past year.

Apply to stand for one of the NESSE Board positions by 10th July. Voting will be open for all early-career NESSE members from 7th-14th August.

What does the role of Director of Sustainable Science Groups involve?

My job is to help NESSE members engage with their local communities about sustainable science through starting local groups. I’ve helped put together resources on how to get started and will be running a focused short course on that topic at the beginning of August (sign up here if you are interested!).

Laura Hoch, our current Director of Sustainable Science Groups, is an American loving living in Toronto while she gets her Ph.D.

Laura Hoch, our current Director of Sustainable Science Groups, is an American loving living in Toronto while she gets her Ph.D.

What’s been the most rewarding part of your involvement with NESSE?

I love getting to meet all of the really awesome people in the sustainable science community. I feel like being a part of NESSE helps keep me engaged and aware of what is happening. I’ve gotten to do some pretty cool things because of NESSE like present in my first webinar, run a few networking events, and go to conferences like the ISCG in France…

How much time does this role take?

Being the Director of Sustainable Science Groups can take as much time as you want it to. There is no shortage of things to do. It really depends on how involved you want to be. I’d say maybe a few hours a week at most, though things tend to get a bit busier before big events like the ISGC conference.

What are the most useful skills for a Director of Sustainable Science Groups?

Organization and enthusiasm. I think one the most important things is to remember that the whole point of this role is to help NESSE members to engage with their communities. Because every school and location is different, no two NESSE groups are the same. Trying to keep involved and engaged with such a diverse set of people definitely requires organization! I am constantly inspired by all of the great initiatives started by NESSE members, so it’s easy to want to stay engaged and help them out as best I can.

Apply to stand for one of the NESSE Board positions by 10th July. Voting will be open for all early-career NESSE members from 7th-14th August.