- Environmental observation and change
- Science communication, particularly visual communication of projects and their results
Science communicator, particularly supporting and developing UKCEH's interests and activities in relation to long-term monitoring and research, such as the UK Environmental Change Network and the UK Environmental Observation Framework. Dr Sier's work focusses on communicating research outputs and facilities with a broad range of stakeholders. This includes developing strategic approaches to communication and using graphic design and data visualisation skills to create communication tools and outputs (websites, publications, leaflets, videos, etc.).
Current and recent activities include:
- Management Board member and website content developer for uksoils, a 'community hub for all things soil'
- Communication of UKCEH's National Capability programmes (specifically, production of regular internal NC Update bulletins; development of new UK-SCAPE websie)
- Science Liaison Officer for the UK Environmental Change Network, responsible for developing and implementing ECN's communication and PR strategy, managing the website, social media, etc. and supporting the development of the network
- Member of the UK Environmental Observation Framework secretariat, responsible for the UKEOF communication strategy and activities
- Development of long-term ecosystem monitoring in Europe and globally, particularly in relation to communication issues. Led eLTER H2020 project's communication work package for five years, and managed the LTER-Europe website and other communication activities since from 2003-2019. Has written and implemented communication strategies for LTER networks and produced the eLTER Site Catalogue (2019)
- Outputs such as leaflets, brochures, posters, videos and web pages for many projects and activities, including, most recently, UKSCAPE Data Science Framework workshop (promotional video), UKEOF conference (graphic, posters, web page, social media promotion), SEEGSLIP (flyers, banner), ECN 'Why the Research Matters' web pages, FREEDOM project (flyer, web page), FREEDOM-BCCR project (briefing notes) and AI for agricultural land Use decisions project (web page)
- Member (from 2004-2020) of the ALTER-Net Management Board. ALTER-Net is a European biodiversity and ecosystem research network. Led the development and delivery of the ALTER-Net communication strategy. Developed and managed the ALTER-Net website and related digital communication channels (e.g. social media channels like Twitter & LinkedIn)
- Project Administrator and lead on outreach for UKCEH's Natural Capital Metrics project (2016-18)
- Leads and/or contributes to communication Work Packages of EU-funded projects: eLTER (website, social media, news articles, e-newsletter, leading stakeholder interaction & communication WP); ROBIN (finished 2015; website, social media, news articles, developing communication material); INTERACT (finished in 2014; responsible for web-based outreach); ExpeER (finished in 2014; Comms Team member)
Previously Andy was Secretary for Countryside Survey 2000, Manager of the NERC Soil Biodiversity Thematic Programme and co-founder of the Climate Change Explorer art-science-education project. He joined UKCEH in 2000.
Keywords: communication, outreach, dissemination, web development, desktop publishing, drawing, illustration, creativity, images, pictures, visuals, art, graphic design, data visualisation, publications, photography, project management, strategy development, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Affinity Designer, social media, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Scoop.It, Plone, Drupal, Joomla
- BSc (Biochemistry)
- PhD (plant physiology)
- Adobe Certified Associate: (1) Print & Digital Media Publication using Adobe InDesign CC 2018; (2) Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator CC 2018