A Game Show for Ecological Science: The Shark Tank of Societal Relevance
Paralleling the structure of The X-factor, Shark Tank and other popular talent shows, 10 ecological researchers will each be given 4 minutes to pitch an ecological research project to a panel of judges and a further two minutes to answer their questions. The judges will be high profile figures drawn from nonprofits, for-profits and public agencies. The judges will assess project ideas based on the extent to which they hold promise for significantly improving the condition of biodiversity or the well-being of people. Audience members will also vote for the project that they feel has greatest societal relevance. The winner will receive a beer and our encouragement to write NSF a grant proposal on the topic, with the knowledge that both intellectual merit and broader impacts will be improved, thanks to the 'sharks.'