Plenary + Happy Hour at North American Congress for Conservation Biology

Opening Plenary
Inspiring Hope and Action: Storytelling in Conservation Science 

Date/Time: Monday, June 24, 2024, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm PDT

Location: Convention Center, Room: R06-R07, Second Floor, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Town Hall Panelists

  • Kunu Bearchum | Multimedia Artist of Northern Cheyenne and Ho-chunk Nations
  • Ed Jahn | Executive Editor for Oregon Public Radio
  • Lesley Evans Ogden | Freelance Journalist
  • Dannielle Piper | Journalist at CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Steph Kwetásel’wet Wood | Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Journalist at The Narwhal

Stories have the power to connect us, to inspire us, and to change beliefs. Conservation scientists bear witness to scenes of change and discovery that most people will never experience. Yet the impact of these experiences is often left out when scientists talk and write about their work. Sharing stories that transport and immerse people into a narrative world can help them understand new perspectives, build trust and motivate them to take action.

During this plenary session, we’ll talk about how to find and share a compelling conservation science story. A panel of journalists and science communicators will share their insights on the role of building trust and the importance of ethical storytelling. Our hope is that you’ll leave this session motivated to tell your own stories; to bring people to a place of hope and action.


Happy Hour at Koerner’s Pub

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 25, 2024 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm PDT

Address: 1758 West Mall, Vancouver, BC

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Keep the plenary discussion going and connect with the panelists and COMPASS staff and friends at Koerner’s Pub, a go-to spot on UBC ‘s campus. We’ll have great conversation, food, drinks and raffle for all who attend!

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