As Observatory scientists address challenges for Southeast Asia, the Community Engagement Office strives to share the work and expertise of our scientists. Initiatives to expand relationships with both scientific and non-scientific communities worldwide include public exhibitions and events, collaboration, conference participation, workshops, and digital communication. We do this through multi-platforms and across platforms, connecting with a broader audience and developing deeper relationships with local and global partners as we building public awareness of natural hazards research.
The Community Engagement Office aims to build the identity of the Observatory beyond the scientific community, reaching government and leadership, educators, partners, and the media. This is achieved through elevating our scientists’ research and expressing the critical importance of Earth science awareness through both local and international media, and through the Observatory’s social channels.
In collaboration with the Community Engagement Office, documentary photographer Joanne Petrina travels with Earth Observatory scientists in Southeast Asia and documents the intersection of Earth science, culture and history. Her humanistic photo-narratives have covered subjects relevant to the Earth Observatory and the Asian School of the Environment such as climate science in sacred caves of Myanmar, earthquake preparedness in West Sumatra, as well as ancient models of sustainability in Bali. Her compelling photographs show why the Observatory’s work is so vital as our scientists address challenges for Southeast Asia.
As part of its outreach efforts, EOS engages in informal education through seminars, media briefings, and exhibitions.
EOS has also invested in formal education efforts. With that aim in mind, we partnered with NTU's Asian School of the Environment, then known as the Division of Earth Sciences, to develop and launched a new Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Earth Systems Science, which started in August 2014.