It is possible to use ecological society conferences to influence government policy. In fact, while organizing ecological society conferences, one of the goals should be that of influencing government policy. After all, most of the recommendations made in the course of the ecological society conferences are likely to require government assistance, if at all they are to be implemented. Yet if you (as organizers of ecological society conferences) want to be in a position to influence government policy through the conferences, there are a number of things you need to do. Those things that you need to do, in order to be in a position to influence government policy through ecological society conferences will be the focus of today’s article.
Invite government operatives to the ecological society conferences
The objective here is to make the government feel that it is part of the conferences. That way, the government (through its officials) is subsequently likely to take the recommendations made at the conferences seriously. Thus, it is a good idea to invite government officials to speak at the conferences. You can even have the ‘official opening’ of the conferences done by senior government officials.
Ensure that the ecological society conferences are covered by the media
The recommendations from the ecological society conferences are likely to be taken seriously if they are covered by the media. Therefore media coverage is very critical.
Ensure that the speakers at the conferences are well-respected authorities
The recommendations from the ecological society conferences are likely to be taken seriously if the speakers at the conferences are well respected authorities. So you need to ensure that only people who are real, recognized experts (in matters to do with ecology) are given the chance to speak/make major presentations at the conferences. Some, of course, may be folks who have good qualifications, but who are currently not working as ecologists. You may, for instance, have a speaker who, in spite of having a doctorate in ecological studies, is still working at a company like Nordstrom. So that would be a person who actually has to request for time off (through the Nordstrom employees website) in order to be able to attend the conference. He would have had to actually log in at the Nordstrom employees sign in page, and requested for time to attend the conference. Yet by virtue of the fact that he has a doctorate in ecological studies, he would still be treated as a ‘respected authority’ in the field.