COPUS convened its third Invitational Unconference September 18-21, 2014 at Sevilleta Field Station outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This conference was small in size (~ 35 maximum), but huge in impact. It follows our past two COPUS Unconferences, held at the Biosphere 2 in Arizona in 2012 and Asilomar Conference Grounds in California in 2013, where individuals came together, some for the first time, to talk about a common concern - how the public perceives and interacts with science. Those conferences were truly something quite unique - meetings of unparalleled energies that have become the signature of COPUS. We encourage you to read about past COPUS Unconferences in greater detail here.
This year, many past attendees (now known as the COPUS Corps) returned to develop plans for the 2015 COPUS facilitated celebration of science. More information about the anticipated outcomes and how to get involved in this program will be available soon.
The expectation of attendees were that they participate robustly at the meeting; connect their programs, activities, or energies to the products of the meeting; and that their participation endures through the duration of 2015 activities. COPUS is not a "job" for anyone, but a volunteer effort that comes from and feeds into the needs and goals of its participants. Participation comes easily and is enjoyable and productive.
Many thanks to the generous support from donors such as the Whitman Institute, Informed by Nature, and The Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Travel and meeting expenses are paid as needed for participants attending this event.