June 2021
Networking Workshop

Networking Workshop

On June 9th, 2021 we held a networking workshop for anyone interested in participating in the BioSCape Project. This included presentations by the project PIs, NASA, NSF, the University of Cape Town, South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South African Environmental Observation Network, South Africa National Parks, and CapeNature provincial Parks.



83 Participants attended the workshop from US institutions including Cornell University, JPL, Kent State University, UC Davis, Michigan Technological University, NASA, National Science Foundation, NatureMetrics, Northern Arizona University, University at Buffalo, University of California, Merced, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of Vermont, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Yale University. South African Institutions included CapeNature, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR), Grootbos Foundation, NatureMetrics, North-west University, SAEON, South African National Parks, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of KwaZulu-Natal, University of the Western Cape, and University of the Witwatersrand.

Meeting Logistics

Date: June, 9 2021


  • South Africa: 4 - 6+ pm

  • Eastern US (ET): 10 am - 12+ pm

  • Pacific Time (PT): 7 - 9+ am

The meeting concluded with open-ended breakout rooms and participants were invited to stay for up to two more hours.

Workshop Agenda

Part 1: Business and Logistics

  • Meeting Structure / Overview

  • BioSCape overview

  • NSF Overview

  • Project Logistics

  • Q&A and Discussion

Part 2: Science and Local Partnerships

  • RSA/GCFR overview

  • Panel Discussion by South African partners/organizations

  • Q&A and Discussion

Part 3: Breakout rooms

  • Topics identified in advance via Slack or proposed during meeting

  • Purpose: encourage networking and interaction, especially between South African and US-based scientists.

  • The meeting will end with open-ended breakout rooms and participants are invited to stay for up to two more hours.

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BioSCape conversation on Slack

We are using Slack to facilitate communication before, during and after the workshop. This means we will NOT be using the chat that is built into WebEx during the meeting itself. Our motivation is twofold: 1) Slack discussions enable side conversations (threads) as well as tagging people which are helpful with large groups and 2) it will be available before the meeting and will persist after the meeting and thus enable ongoing communication. If you aren’t familiar with Slack you may want to review this guide.

There are two ways to access slack - in the browser and through the native app on your device. Some users (such as those using NASA computers) may be limited to the browser version. During the workshop itself, we strongly encourage you to have both WebEX and Slack open on your device (or multiple devices) so you can follow the conversation. You are welcome to connect to Slack now and say hello to ensure everything is set up correctly.

WebEx Breakout Sessions

During the call we used breakout rooms to facilitate small group conversations. Below are the steps to navigate these rooms: