Congratulations to the newly elected Directors

Congratulations to our new Board members who were elected by NESSE members. They will formally start their roles on the 1st September joining four continuing Board members – Jennie, Natalie, Cristiano and Norman

Chian Chan – Director of Sustainable Science Groups 2016-2018

Daniel Pleissner – Vice Director of Research 2016-17

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Tabitha Petchey – Executive Board Support 2016-18

Alexandra Hicken

Alexandra Hicken – Director of Marketing & Communications 2016-18

Executive Elections!

As members of our mailing list have heard, 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 Executive Director, Jennie Dodson, about setting up NESSE, the experience of being involved over the past year, and what’s in store for the Executive Board in 2016-2017.

Apply to stand for one of the NESSE Board positions by 25th June. Voting will be open for all early-career NESSE  members from 28th June – 8th July.

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Why did you set up NESSE?

NESSE started from a spark of an idea at a Green Chemistry & Engineering Summer School in 2013. All of us attending shared a similar ethos and aim, developing green science & technology, but we were dispersed across the world. We wanted to stay in touch and continue to learn from each other and exchange ideas. NESSE formed and expanded from that initial vision to be an early-career movement for sustainable science. What drives me is the desire to see the rapid move towards a prosperous, sustainable future for all. By spreading positive examples, enabling early-career scientists to develop new ideas and connections across disciplines and gain the knowledge and skills to build sustainable science into their research and careers I hope that NESSE will play a role in getting to that future.

What have you gained from being involved with NESSE over the past two years?

Building a global organisation from scratch has been a challenging but incredible experience. I work with a wonderful, diverse group of young scientists from across the world developing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. Through NESSE, I’ve developed skills in budgeting, marketing, events co-ordination, writing and organisation management. It’s also been a great way to network and make connections in professional societies and companies. Two years ago I couldn’t imagine I would be co-ordinating with other organisations to influence how the International Council for Science supports early-career scientists. These connections, skills and knowledge will be useful whatever my future career.

What would you say to people interested in standing for the NESSE Board?

Do it! We have a critical but exciting couple of years ahead. Over the past couple of years we’ve laid the foundations (see our year in photos from 2015), but the next year will be vital for getting more funding, promoting the organisation and engaging new partners. If you have a passion for building a sustainable future and for connecting early-career scientists this is an ideal opportunity to have an impact. NESSE is entirely dependent on the energy and vision of the volunteers involved, so if you have an idea you can make that happen through NESSE. We want to get a wider mix of people on the Board from different disciplines, countries and backgrounds so if you’re interested get in touch, find out more and apply!

If a Board level commitment is a bit too much but someone wants to get more involved with NESSE what can they do?

There are many ways to be involved with NESSE. Sharing information, jobs and ideas on our Facebook group, Facebook page and LinkedIn group is a great way to connect with other members. Each of the Board members also co-ordinates a team of people who help to make NESSE vibrant and successful, from writing for the blog to helping run events. These are much more flexible in terms of time and length of commitment so if you want to get involved with NESSE and develop your skills, this is a great opportunity. Check out the volunteers page for more details. You could also set-up your own local NESSE group, you can join our online course later in the year to share ideas with other people starting groups.

Apply to stand for one of the NESSE Board positions by 25th June. Voting will be open for all early-career NESSE  members from 28th June – 5th July.

If you have any questions email Jennie – jennie.dodson@sustainablescientists.org

Electing Director of Marketing & Communications

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 2015-2016 Communications and Marketing  Director, Natalie O’Neil, about her experience in being involved with NESSE.

Apply to stand for one of the NESSE Board positions by 25th June. Voting will be open for all early-career NESSE members from 28th June – 5th July.

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What does the role of Communications Director involve?

I am responsible for all of NESSE’s online communications, this includes the blog, website and social media (facebook & twitter). I update our social media sites with events and content at least 3-4 times a week, daily when time and demand requires. During our #sustainablesuperhero campaign I was actively marketing NESSE to the wider world, with the goal of expanding our network on social media and beyond. Recruiting and editing for the blog is also a major component of this position, currently we have volunteers who are keen to help with these duties.

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

Having to read and share content outside of my current research field has been really interesting and rewarding. As well as getting to watch our social media followers grow over the past year and learning how to fit vital information in a limited number of characters. I’ve also gotten to meet a lot of really cool people as well as be apart of an international focused on sustainable science! Being a NESSE board member is a great experience and will give you connections throughout the world.

How much time does this role take?

The Communications Director role is great because it’s extremely flexible. I generally need to put in between 2 and 10 hours a week to keep everything running smoothly, but I get to decide when to do that—a little bit in the evenings after dinner, or all at once on a Sunday afternoon, or any other time that suits me.

What are the most useful skills for a Communications Director?

Writing and editing are crucial as well as time management. Savvy social media skills would be helpful but this can also be learned on the go.  If you have the desire to share the great information that NESSE has to offer with as many early career scientists and engineers as possible and the community at large then this position is for you!

Apply to stand for one of the NESSE Board positions by 25th June. Voting will be open for all early-career NESSE members from 28th June – 8th July.

Questions about the Communications Director role? Feel free to e-mail communication@sustainablescientists.org.