Northern Environmental Geoscience Laboratory
Research & Community Outreach
The NEGL is a firm believer in the importance of effective communication to communities, the broader public and other scientists. The NEGL encourages communication techniques which follow evidenced-based communication approaches originating in the social science literature. For example see Cook et al 2017 - Neutralizing misinformation through inoculation: Exposing misleading argumentation techniques reduces their influence.
The role of a scientist explicitly requires the ability to communicate orally and in writing; however, often these skills are undervalued in the academic world. The NEGL will aim to ensure that team members and students are invested in generating scientific information that is clear, concise and well-presented to ensure that information can be used by communities and policy-makers in an effective way.
At NEGL, we strive to be inclusive of indigenous knowledge (IK) and traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) throughout our research processes. Working in northern and indigenous communities presents unique opportunities and small challenges in terms of scientific communication. Because of this, it is important that team members are flexible and considerate of community activities, concerns and desires.
Community of Nain, Nunatsiavut, Labrador