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SSWG Committees focus on three strategic goals: advancing conservation social science knowledge, engaging SSWG and SCB members in the pratice of conservation social science and ensuring that the SSWG Board's core functions are consistent and responsive to membership. Committee descriptions are listed below. Contact the Committe Chair to volunteer for a committee and get involved!


The Communication Committee coordinates SSWG's print, email, website and social media communications. This committee also supports the Membership and Nominations Committee and other committees of SSWG and SCB to achieve SSWG's member outreach and marketing goals. Chair: Seline Meijer

Program and Conference Planning Committee

The Program Committee works with the SSWG Board and the SCB Executive Office to coordinate and organize social science content for ICCB and SCB conferences as well as for related conservation conferences.  The Committee also assist the Vice President in planning the SSWG conference and annual program schedule, including Members' meetings. Chair: Jenny Anne Glikman

Membership and Nominations

The Membership and Nominations Committee encourages membership in both the SSWG and the SCB, especially among underrepresented groups. The Chair or his or her designate will liaise with SCB’s Diversity Committee on issues of mutual interest. The Committee shall assist the Secretary in maintaining a current list of the SSWG membership, and with member communications. One current initiative of this Committee is building broader international membership and support. The Committee also manages SSWG Board elections in partnership with SCB's Executive Office. In preparation for annual elections, the Committee puts out a call for nominations to the membership, forms a nominations sub-committee to evaluate nominees and selects a diverse set of candidates. Chairs: Jessica Musengezi

Student Affairs

The Student Affairs Committee facilitates the participation of undergraduate and graduatestudents in activities of the SSWG and the SCB. This committee is responsible for communicating student issues to the SSWG and the SCB. Current activities include expanding and diversifying student membership, facilitating student participation in the ICCB and SCB conferences, and linking students to careeer and professional development opportunties. Chair: Rina Hauptfeld

Special Projects

The Special Projects Committee currently focuses on: 1) how SSWG can support nascent conservation social science initiatives and build on lessons learned from people with experience mainstreaming social science; and 2) assessing how conservation social science is being treated within Fish and Wildlife conservation programs. In particular, this committee will think about how these insights may identify barriers and challenges for the integration of social science into the practice of conservation generally. Chair: Shonil Bhagwat