One of the main challenges we are currently grappling with is that of getting more experts in the ecological sciences. The number of ecological sciences experts seems to be falling at an alarming rate. It is not hard to foresee a future scenario where there may be no ecologists remaining. The question that arises is as to what can be done, to forestall such a situation. That, in other words, is a question as to how we can get more experts in the ecological sciences. We deliberated on that question at a past seminar, and came up with several strategies. Those are strategies we can use, to get more experts in the ecological sciences.
The main way in which we can get more experts in the ecological sciences is by encouraging more students to take up ecological studies at college level. And to get more students to take up ecological studies at college level, there are several strategies we can use. One of those is that of offering scholarships to students who may wish to pursue this field of study. If we offer such scholarships, and if we take the trouble to publicize the scholarship programs, we are bound to get more people applying. Those are the people who, in the future, would be the ecological experts.
We also need to increase awareness about the career prospects that are available to people who undertake ecological studies. Many people don’t undertake ecological studies because they imagine that they wouldn’t be able to get jobs upon graduation. If we make more prospective students aware of the career paths that are open to ecological experts, we are likely to have more people undertaking ecological studies.
Then there is the issue of trying to make ecological sciences look attractive. There is a perception that ecological sciences are boring. That is why they attract so few students. If we can make the prospect of being an ecologist look cool, we may have more people undertaking ecological studies. That would lead to there being more experts in the ecological sciences in the future.