Workshop 1: How do we best plan an expedition to a foreign country: Dealing with troubles, collection of animals, and getting your story to be heard!!

Speakers: Thomas Heran1,2 and Santiago E.A. Pineda-Metz1,2

1. Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Am Alten Hafen 26, 27568 Bremerhaven, Germany.

2. University of Bremen, Bibliothekstraße 1, 28359 Bremen, Germany.

Format: Online

Participants: no limit

One of the greatest motivations to choose to walk the path of science is the idea of taking part in “expeditions”. Depending on your field, this is a reality that can sometimes happen very often. However, every light casts a shadow. Going on expeditions is plagued with problematic situations which one can’t always foresee. Additionally, planning an expedition comes hand-in-hand with extensive administrative tasks, which can be twice as much when planning on traveling abroad. To top it off, imagine you have to deal with collecting animals or plants, and getting them back home. The combination of the normal problems that might occur during expeditions and these additional tasks can turn going on expeditions into an overwhelming experience. Though the greatest motivation is being out there in the field, getting your data, making a story out of it and share it with your scientific peers is an extra motivation to many. Who doesn’t like to tell about the new stuff they found? A big help is to have good audiovisual data at the moment of preparing your conference presentation/poster. Without the proper audiovisual data, your story will end up being good enough only as family entertainment. Thus, the objective of the workshop is to help you set milestones for planning an expedition to a foreign country, be ready to deal with problems, and how to deal with transporting animal samples under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Additionally, you will be able to acquire the basics of photography, video, and storytelling knowledge, with the aim of getting audiovisual data which helps your science and to bring it to both scientific and non-scientific diverse audiences. prompted great progress in medicine, industry, and research. 

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