Interested in developing a sustainability strategy for your gateway?

The Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan mini-course can help! It's free, and we're offering it virtually. 

Gateway Focus Week is one of our most popular programs, providing five days of intensive learning for gateway projects. Under normal circumstances, we offer two sessions of Gateway Focus Week per year. Given that COVID-19 has, for now, limited our ability to travel and gather in-person, we're making the best of the situation and are instead offering a reimagined and free virtual mini-course.

The "Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan" mini-course will be offered online Tuesday through Thursday, June 16-18, 2020, and is open to all. The main presentation will take place 12–1:30 pm ET each day, and registrants can choose to meet with the instructors during office hours and also to attend Special Topics presentations from 4:00–5:00 pm. Agenda details can be found below

Please know that this is by no means a replacement for Gateway Focus Week, which covers multiple topics in-depth. Instead, we will focus solely on offering practical and effective steps for developing a sustainability strategy. This free mini-course offers PIs of research and teaching-focused gateways and their teams the perfect way to kick off sustainability planning, whether you are writing a new grant or ready to get to the next level with a more mature project. 

The full mini-course agenda is listed below. 

Registration has closed. If you'd like to attend, please register by Friday, June 12, 2020. We'll follow-up with details prior to the mini-course. 

Jumpstart Your Sustainability Plan: What to Expect

The mini-course will outline the core topics any sustainability plan should address, including: 

  • Key components of a Sustainability Strategy

  • Practical steps for developing your plan

  • Pitfalls to avoid 

Subjects covered will include:

  • What exactly is sustainability, and why is it important?

  • Articulating your value proposition

  • Audience as the key to a sustainability strategy

  • Finding the funding model that works for you

Participants will receive: 

  • Examples of real-world sustainability strategies

  • Tips on what to include in a sustainability plan

  • Tools to use to develop your plan, including the Sustainability Framework

Each day will include: 

  • Main presentation and discussion addressing a major theme of sustainability

  • Office Hours, time for one-to-one consultation with seasoned instructors

  • Enhancement Topics, provided by guest instructors

Agenda

Note that the main presentation will take place 12–1:30 pm each day, and registrants can choose to meet with the instructors during office hours and also to attend Special Topics presentations from 4:00–5:00 pm.

Tuesday, June 16

12:00–1:30 pm ET Sustainability: How Science Gateways can thrive (not just survive)

2:00–3:30 pm ET Office hours: 20-min one-to-one slots with Nancy Maron & Juliana Casavan (sustainability)

4:00–5:00 pm ET Special Topic: Cybersecurity for Science Gateways

Wednesday, June 17

10:00–12:00 pm ET Office hours with Mark Krenz (cybersecurity)

12:00–1:30 pm ET Audience & Environment: Sustainability Through Impact

2:00–3:30 pm ET Office hours: 20-min one-to-one slots with Nancy Maron & Juliana Casavan (sustainability)

4:00–5:00 pm ET Special Topic: User Experience for Science Gateways

Thursday, June 18

11:00 am–12:00 pm ET Office hours with Paul Parsons (user experience)

12:00–1:30 pm ET Finding your Funding Model  

2:00–3:30 pm ET Office hours: 20-min one-to-one slots with Nancy Maron & Juliana Casavan (sustainability)

4:00–5:00 pm ET Special Topic: Activity-based Budgeting 

Friday, June 19

11:00 am–12:00 pm ET Office hours with Nate Snodgrass (budgeting)

Instructors

The mini-course will be taught by the two main instructors of Gateway Focus Week, Juliana Casavan and Nancy Maron, and they will be joined by special topics instructors. You can learn about our instructors and their expertise on the Focus Week Instructors page