DOTCOMM events begin with icebreakers and the theme reveal the night participants arrive. The next morning, participants receive a primer on the theme from experts, which come from all walks of life. For example, a business owner, bus driver, or blue-collar worker with no advanced degrees may be an expert on what locals think about an issue and how they are responding to it.
Ideally, experts will be available as participants begin researching the event’s theme, or even throughout the entire event. The next few days are devoted to a combination of pre-planned exploratory opportunities and unstructured time for participants to create. The event closes with participants presenting their progress to each other for feedback.
Click here to see a sample agenda (from OCEANDOTCOMM 2018).
DOTCOMM events have three types of outcomes for participants:
Every DOTCOMM participant is expected to contribute to a product to be completed during the event. If products are not finished when the event concludes, then participants are expected to pursue publication after they return home.
- Knowledge and resource exchange
DOTCOMM events naturally build science communication capacity. Passionate communicators selected for their sense of adventure and to build a diverse group of experts will learn from each other as they experience the event together.
Participants get to know each other before they arrive on-site. The DOTCOMM event is a unique shared experience that will keep them talking and working together after the event concludes.