Sharing the FjordPhyto project through conference presentations

Part of a scientists job is to communicate their work. We do that in multiple ways: through conversations with friends and family,  talking to colleagues at school, posting to online social media platforms, creating outreach educational materials, submitting peer-reviewed publications, writing books, and of course, by attending conferences.

Conferences are a great way to connect face-to-face with different communities of researchers, educators, and experts.

This past year, graduate students Martina Mascioni and Allison Cusick have been hard at work bringing FjordPhyto to national and international audiences.

Our hope is to share our FjordPhyto project with as many experts as possible. This allows us to gain valuable feedback, and let people know what we are up to when we are not in the lab! We select conferences in the fields of polar research, Antarctic tourism, citizen science, and social science in the hopes of connecting with an interdisciplinary audience.

The past couple of years have been a great whirlwind of activity and so far we’ve attended the following conferences:

  • Citizen Science Association conferences, March CitSci 2017 & 2019 in the USA
  • Gordon Research Conference  (GRC) – Polar Marine Science Conference March 2017 in the USA
  • AECO/IAATO Polar Field Staff Conference, Two Poles: One Mission October 2018 in Iceland.
  • Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) Online Conference – Butterfly Effect –
    May 2018 and received Winner of Best Innovative Communication prize for a short
    documentary (here).
  • Polar 2018 Open Science Conference June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland
  • Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research’s (SCAR) Standing Committee on Antarctic
    Humanities and Social Sciences (SC-HASS) SCAR- SC- HASS May 2019 in Ushuaia, Argentina


Allison presents FjordPhyto at Polar2018

Polar Expedition Guides represent at the SCAR Polar2018

Presenting to the Polar Early Career community at an online conference for APECS

Martina Mascioni presents FjordPhyto to social science community at the SCAR – SC- HASS conference.

Presenting the concept of FjordPhyto (before it was a real project!!) to the polar research community at Gordon Research Conference.

FjordPhyto is one of the first citizen science projects to be operating in the polar regions!

Excited to be a part of the evolution of polar tourism – supporting science on expedition vessels!

Allison presenting the concept of FjordPhyto to the IAATO tour industry to network, gauge interest, and future potential.