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SSWG Committees focus on two strategic goals - advancing social science knowledge and solving conservation problems. SSWG Committees also manage the core functions of the working group.

Committee descriptions are listed below. For more information on each committee's activities and accomplishments, please see the Activities page. Contact Meredith Gore to volunteer for a committee and get involved!

Program Committee

The Program Committee organizes symposiums, workshops, and short courses at SCB conferences and other professional society meetings.  The Committee also coordinates the SSWG's work with the SCB journals Conservation Biology and Conservation In Practice.

Education Committee

The Education Committee develops and disseminates resources for conservation social science educators and researchers, including course syllabi and working papers.

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee aids decision-makers inside and outside of government by providing scientific briefs, position statements, and other informational materials.

Conservation Committee

The Conservation Committee builds social science capacity by providing conservation practitioners with technical resources.  Current activities focus on compiling conservation-relevant social science tools for an online directory.

Communication Committee

The Communication Committee coordinates SSWG internal and external communications.   Current activities focus on the SSWG Web site and outreach materials.

Membership & Nominations Committee

The Membership & Nominations Committee coordinates SSWG membership activities. Current activities include outreach, strengthening and diversifying the SSWG membership base, and developing a conservation social science expert directory. The Committee also identifies candidates for the SSWG Board and possible nominees for other SCB leadership positions and helps to coordinate SSWG elections with SCB's Executive Office.

Student Affairs Committee

The Student Affairs Committee initiates and supports student-related SSWG activities. Current activities include expanding and diversifying student membership, facilitating student participation in the SCB annual meeting, and identifying job and funding opportunities.