3-7 October 2017 – Calgary and Banff, Canada
169 University Gate NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4
Banff (Oct. 6-7)
BIRS – Banff International Research Station
c/o: The Banff Centre, Corbett Hall
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Banff, Alberta, Canada T1L 1H5
Quality Energy Solutions
Province Delegation Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment
University of Minnesota
School of economics at the National University of Colombia
University of the West Indies
Corporación para la Conservación y Uso Sustentable de los bosques de Alerce
MindFuel (Science Alberta Foundation)
Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation
Ministry of the Environment
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Universidad Mayor de San Simón (UMSS)
National Council for Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism
University of Waterloo
Universidad de Las Fuerzas Armadas – ESPE
Comunidad Indígena Quechua de Quipisca
Brazilian Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BPBES)
University of Alberta
United Nations Environment Programme
Universidad de la República
Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo (INTEC)
Conservation International (CI-Brazil)
Argentinean Business Council for Sustainable Development
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Michigan Technological University
University of Calgary
Michigan Technological University
Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
American Association for the Advancement of Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Seed Grant projects
Group 1: “Water governance in Latin America: A transdisciplinary assessment based on IPBES framework”
– Alexander Rincón – Colombia
– Erica Carrizo – Argentina
– Jorge Vergara Castro – Chile
– Maíra Padgurschi – Brazil
– Tatiana de Souza – Brazil
Group 2: “Improving livelihoods and promoting resilience of cocoa producers in Latin America: Study Case in the Dominican Republic”
– Alejandro Velasco – Colombia
– Alexander Fernández – Cuba
– Anne-Teresa Birthwright – Jamaica
– Solhanlle Bonilla – Dominican Republic
Group 3: “Strategies for Coping and Adaptation in Caribbean and South America Coupled Human-Natural Systems”
– Alexander Liebman – USA
– Gabriela Alfaro – Guatemala
– Gary Machlis – USA
– Ivan del Callejo – Bolivia
– Jeniffer Hanna Collado – Dominican Republic
– Kerstin Forsberg – Peru
– Naomi Krogman – Canada
Group 4: “Native grassland sustainability for biodiversity conservation and livelihood security: a socio-ecological analysis”
– Bastián Oñate – Chile
– Caitlin Quarrington – Canada
– Gabriel Lui – Brazil
– Jeremy Pittman – Canada
– Jessica Duchicela – Ecuador
– Natalia Zaldúa – Uruguay
– Pablo Modernel – Uruguay
– Virginia Vilariño – Argentina
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Winowiecki, L., Smukler, S., Shirley, K., Remans, R., Peltier, G., Lothes, E., … & Alkema, L. (2011). Tools for enhancing interdisciplinary communication. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, 7(1).
Gabriela Alonso Yanez, University of Calgary
Edwin Castellanos, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala
Carol Franco, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Marga Gual Soler, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Michigan Technological University
Jessie L. Knowlton, Michigan Technological University
Marcella Ohira, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
Erin C. Pischke, Michigan Technological University
Valentin D. Picasso Risso, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mariana Toledo, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
Murielle Gras, Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research
The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) announces a Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Transdisciplinary Approaches to Integrating Policy and Science for Sustainability. The seminar is funded by the IAI with resources from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additional co-sponsor are the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Michigan Technological University. The seminar will involve two sessions. The first session will be held 28 November – 2 December 2016, in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; the second one will be held 29 May – 2 June 2017 in Calgary, Canada. Between sessions, participants will continue to interact among themselves and with IAI staff and seminar instructors through facilitated online mechanisms.
The main goal of the PDS is to train future leaders in global change science, policy and management. The complexity of global change phenomena, problems and their impact on societies involve socioeconomic, biophysical, and technological dimensions. Addressing them properly requires effective communication and collaboration between scientists and those making and affected by sustainability policy. However, interaction among different types of scientists, society, and decision-makers is not easy. The seminar will present and provide practical training on skills to encourage teamwork and facilitate these interactions.
Up to 25 participants from IAI member countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela) covering a diversity of roles in decision-making and research including: (1) policy decision-makers from different tiers and sectors of government (e.g. agriculture, finance, science and technology, environment and natural resources, international affairs); (2) graduate students, early to mid-career scientists and faculty in the humanities, and social, natural and engineering sciences; (3) NGOs and community organization staff and (4) private sector employees.
We strongly encourage applications from participants of various backgrounds including social and natural scientists, humanities scholars, and staff from NGO and community organizations, the private sector, and government agencies.
Language requirement: The program will be carried out in both English and Spanish. Therefore, applicants must be proficient in one and have a sound understanding of the other language in order to understand, communicate, and participate actively.
Content (as in the announcement)
The seminar will train participants in transdisciplinary approaches in global change-related projects, such as agriculture, land use, public health, sustainable development, biodiversity, energy, water, air, and climate.
The PDS will enable participants to collaborate across diverse interests, sectors, and institutional arrangements. During the seminar, participants will work together in transdisciplinary teams to develop research questions of common interest, identify potential sources of funding, and design research proposals to address these research questions. This will require that participants develop skills to communicate across different disciplines, value others´ perspectives and points of view, and engage in productive teamwork with people from different disciplines and types of organizations. Participants will have opportunities to learn to: a) form effective collaborative teams, b) enhance transdisciplinary teamwork skills, and c) identify effective pathways to share findings, tools, and approaches with non-academic collaborators.
First PDS session: The seminar to take place in the Dominican Republic will address and include:
• Why is transdisciplinary research important?
• Successful examples of transdisciplinary projects.
• The science of successful team collaboration.
• Identifying relevant decision-makers’ problems.
• Communication between disciplines and between science and policy.
• Field visits related to sustainable agriculture, environmental issues, and climate change adaptation.
• International collaboration.
• Skills in transdisciplinary proposal writing.
• Identifying transdisciplinary proposal funding sources.
Intersession: Between the first and second sessions, groups established at the first session will work on their project proposal development. The groups will interact online, “meeting” virtually (about once or twice a month) with IAI staff and seminar facilitators to review progress in proposal development and identifying potential project funding sources. Virtual meetings may include additional tutoring on topics explored in the first session.
Second PDS session: The second session in Canada will address and include:
• Project assessment.
• Peer to peer feedback.
• Elements for successful teamwork.
• Team formation, management, and assessment.
• Role-playing games – participants taking and experiencing different roles.
• Incorporating teamwork skills into participant development.
• Revising and finalizing transdisciplinary participant team proposals.