Group 1: “Integrated water management in Latin America: A transfisciplinary analysis based on IPBES framework”
Members: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: The case of the Dominican Republic and Colombia”
Members: Solhanlle Bonilla, Dominican Republic (PI) – Alejandro Velasco, Colombia – Alexander Fernández, Cuba – Anne-Teresa Birthwright, Jamaica – Edith Aguila Alcantara, Cuba – Iris Suazo Kunhardt, Dominican Republic – Maria Antonieta Gomez, Mexico
Group 3: “Strategies for coping and adaptation in Caribbean and South America coupled human-natural systems”
Members: Alexander Liebman, USA (PI) – Gabriela Alfaro, Guatemala – Gary Machlis, USA – Ivan del Callejo, Bolivia – Jeniffer Hanna Collado, Dominican Republic – Kerstin Forsberg, Peru – Naomi Krogman, Canada
Group 4: “Sustainable management for biodiversity conservation and livelihood security in the native grasslands of the Americas: a socio-ecological analysis”
Members: Pablo Modernel, Uruguay (PI) – Bastián Oñate, Chile – Caitlin Quarrington, Canada – Gabriel Lui, Brazil – Jeremy Pittman, Canada – Jessica Duchicela, Ecuador – Natalia Zaldúa, Uruguay – Virginia Vilariño, Argentina
Mandatory before seminar
Lang, D. J., Wiek, A., Bergmann, M., Stauffacher, M., Martens, P., Moll, P., … & Thomas, C. J. (2012). Transdisciplinary research in sustainability science: practice, principles, and challenges. Sustainability science, 7(1), 25-43.
Mauser, W., Klepper, G., Rice, M., Schmalzbauer, B. S., Hackmann, H., Leemans, R., & Moore, H. (2013). Transdisciplinary global change research: the co-creation of knowledge for sustainability. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 5(3), 420-431.
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
Nathalie Flores, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de la República Dominicana
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
Valentin D. Picasso Risso, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Pedro Garcia, Dominican Republic Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Jorge Casado, Dominican Republic Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
Field Trip Organizers
Jorge Casado, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de la República Dominicana
Pedro Dias, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de la República Dominicana
Lourdes Lara Ricardo, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de la República Dominicana
Juan Mancedo, Ministerio de Agricultura de la República Dominicana
Iris Suazo, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales de la República Dominicana
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) announced a Professional Development Seminar (PDS) on Transdisciplinary Approaches to Integrating Policy and Science for Sustainability. The seminar was funded by the IAI with resources from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Additional co-sponsor were the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Michigan Technological University. The seminar involved two sessions. The first session were held 28 November – 2 December 2016, in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; the second one were held 3-7 October 2017 in Calgary and Banff, Canada. Between sessions, participants have continued to interact among themselves and with IAI staff and seminar instructors through facilitated online mechanisms.
The main goal of the PDS was 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 presented and provided practical training on skills to encourage teamwork and facilitate these interactions.