Visioning Event: Engineering Solutions to Mitigate Antimicrobial Resistance
ERVA seeks an individual with technical expertise in the antimicrobial resistance space or related fields to attend the visioning event and produce an event report
A technical writer is sought to translate the conversations, notes, work boards, discussions, and annotators’ notes from the ERVA visioning events into reports for external dissemination. Visioning events articulate the role of engineering within a specific topic. Download the RFI here.
The writer is expected to create high-impact and cogent reports that capture the technical findings from ERVA events without lobbying or recommending policy changes and are intended for those with a vested interest in the engineering community. The visioning event report is critical in promoting ERVA activities to strengthen connectivity in the engineering community.
Launched in April 2021, the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA) is a National Science Foundation-funded five-year activity awarded to three core partners: the UIDP, the EPSCoR IDeA Foundation, and the Big Ten Academic Alliance. ERVA identifies and articulates societally important future technology gaps that engineering research can solve. ERVA is a neutral convenor of diverse sector/disciplinary engineers around a societally important theme to identify technology gaps and articulate the engineering research to address them in visioning events. These visioning events result in a report that is a roadmap of the high-value, nascent engineering research opportunities that span from today to twenty-plus years. This report is widely shared with engineering stakeholders in government, academia, industry, national labs, nonprofits, and more to help guide resource priorities. ERVA leverages a network of affiliates, champions, advisory boards, and working groups to identify and vet the visioning event themes. The ERVA operating model is predicated on being agile and producing high-quality products that meet the needs of the engineering community.
Desired skills sets
The technical writer is expected to have expertise in biology, health sciences, or biomedical engineering, ideally in one or more subthemes discussed in the visioning event; please see the abstract below. ERVA seeks a writer with expertise in understandably communicating complex technical information for a varied audience, from those with a high level of technical competence to others who are not technically trained in the research topic that is the focus of the ERVA event.
The technical writer will deliver a roughly 1,000-word comprehensive written report with supporting references after the ERVA event. The report should highlight the grand challenges/ opportunities identified in the event and articulate the engineering role. The report must also motivate the reason the
theme was chosen: a technology gap of societal importance that engineering research is critical in leading. The report will identify the participants, dates, locations, and engineering research areas developed for the visioning event.
The writer is not responsible for the professional layout of reports; they are only responsible for report content analysis and synthesis, technical writing, and content development.
The technical writer will work closely with the ERVA Executive Director, the ERVA Communications Director, and the thematic task force that designed the program content for the visioning event.