An amazing end to an amazing four days.
One of the things I appreciate most about this training is how we learn from each other. We do peer editing, of course, but we each have our own expertise. Anna Johnson demonstrates how you can get non-tradional groups, from prisoners to community members to city officials, involved with research. This is no easy task, but she makes it look effortless. Stephen Murphy adds graphs to his presentations in such a beautiful/simple way that even the most science-fearing individual would understand and appreciate the meaning. Chelsie Romulo has such an impressive CV, but is so relatable and fun... I loved hearing about her work and how she is attempting to save a rainforest palm from extinction. Aurelie Jacquet is a FANTASTIC photographer and researcher, and she is a great teacher. Within seconds she can take a normal looking photo and turn it into a work of art. Amanda Joy led the weekend, and I always learn new outreach methods from her. Her enthusiasm and attitude is contagious, and every time I talk to her, I get 1,200 new ideas I want to try out.
It is so nice when you have an event that is forty hours long (in only four days), yet, after it, you feel energized and ready to change the world.