We’re excited to announce that the Conservation Connection Oceania Community is now online! Conservation Connection is an online community platform designed for SCB members to collaborate, share and connect with one another. Oceania now has our own community to facilitate communication between SCB members in our region.
From our 2014 member survey, and feedback surveys following our Brisbane 2016 and Wellington 2018 conferences, we know that networking is a huge reason for joining the Society and participating in our events. 90% of people attending our conferences come for the networking opportunities – more than any other reason! Whilst SCB conferences are great, they only happen once a year, and not everyone is able to attend. And, whilst we have >800 followers on Facebook and >1400 on Twitter, we know that social media isn’t everyone’s favourite way to connect professionally.
We’re excited that the conservation connection platform will help us to connect with our members and provide networking opportunities between conferences. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to kickstart some discussions on mentorship, policy submissions, and bridging the gap between conservation scientists and practitioners.
But first, we’d like to know who we’re talking with! All members of the SCB Oceania section have been added to our Community. So please log in and introduce yourself!
Following the theme of networking and conservation connections, we’d like to know who you would like to connect with. Maybe you’d like to meet other people who are working in a similar research area or on the same species, using the same research methods, at a similar career stage, or working in an area that you’d like to move into. Or maybe you’re moving to a new region for study, work, or fieldwork, and want to meet others in that area? Are you looking for career advancement opportunities, peer mentors, or friendships with like-minded individuals? Let us know what (or who!) you’re looking for from the conservation community, and we’ll see how many connections we can make!
You can read the community FAQ here. Conservation Connection is only accessible to members of SCB. Initially, Oceania Section will receive a weekly e-mail digest of posts only. If you want to change the frequency of community emails, you can do so: Navigate to your profile and click on the “My Account” tab. Choose “Community Notifications” from the drop-down menu. On that page, there are subscription options: Real Time, Daily Digest, No Email.