Factors influencing the effectiveness of group interactions among international and interdisciplinary early-career researchers working toward environmental sustainability in climate change

Publicado en Environment, Development and Sustainability

A. S. Enriquez, Y. Temoltzin‑Loranca, E. Llanos, A. Schrapffer, S. Jansen, P. Adade Williams, C. Saravia, N. Pérez, M. Kuperman.

Año de publicación 2022
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10668-022-02736-2

1 Insituto de Investigaciones Forestales Agropecuarias-IFAB (Instituto Nacional de Tecnología
Agropecuaria-INTA and Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas Y Técnicas-CONICET),
Modesta Victoria 4450, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, Río Negro, Argentina
2 Department of Geology, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK S4S0A2,
3 Departamento de Sistemas Ambientales, Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de La República,
Montevideo, Uruguay
4 Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera (CIMA/UBA‑CONICET), Universidad de
Buenos Aires-Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas Y Técnicas, Buenos Aires,
5 Institut Franco‑Argentin d&rsquoEtudes Sur Le Climat Et Ses Impacts, Unité Mixte Internationale (UMIIFAECI/
CNRS, CONICET-UBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
6 Departamento de Economía Agraria, Facultad de Agronomía e Ingeniería Forestal, Pontificia
Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile
7 CSIR-Science and Technology Policy Research Institute, P. O. Box CT 519, Cantonments&ndashAccra,
8 Centro Atómico Bariloche, Instituto Balseiro Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (CNEA),
CONICET, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina


São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change 2017.

Organized by the Interdisciplinary Climate Investigation Center (INCLINE) and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI). Sponsored by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Pró Reitoria de Pesquisa/University of São Paulo (PRP/USP), IAI and Santander. 

The participation in the São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change 2017 was completely sponsored by the São Paulo Research Foundation-FAPESP, Pró Reitoria de Pesquisa/Univerity of São Paulo-PRP/USP, the American Institute for Global Change Research and Santander Bank. However, no funding was received for conducting this study.

Proyecto São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Ch


Global warming is a current problem that needs to be addressed by collaborating with researchers from different disciplines and expertise. There is a concern about training the next generation of scientists to holistically address climate change. One way to address this concern is gathering researchers to promote collaboration, as a critical aspect of the scientific perspective. This study focused on the interactions among 119 early career researchers from different disciplines and countries attending the São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Climate Change 2017 in Brazil. The aim of this research case study was to identify factors and social dynamics influencing the effective generation of collaborative networks. First, social perceptions were assessed to expose factors influencing the open exchange of knowledge and dynamics among the new researchers. Second, the occurrence of interdisciplinary and intercultural interactions was evaluated using social network analysis. Using the qualitative and quantitative outcomes, perceived indicators related to barriers (e.g., language and background) and drivers (e.g., gender and age) were linked to the structure of two social networks analyzed: workplace/studyplace, and professions. Social network analysis showed that although the participants aggregated challenging the goal of collaborative networks, they actively sought interdisciplinary approaches. Based on detected barriers, future events organizers searching for an interdisciplinary climate change approach are encouraged to actively overcome these limitations by taking into account the culture, beliefs, and conceptualization aspects at a group level without overlooking individual preferences.