Living on Earth III (LOE III) will address the need for effective integration of processes linking scientific knowledge and analytical approaches in social-ecological systems (SES) research. This workshop will continue the important work of the two previous workshops (LOE I and II) organized and hosted by Alaska EPSCoR, between 2009-2011, including among others, building science and research capacity in sustainability science and coupled human-natural/socio-ecological systems science across EPSCoR jurisdictions and facilitating the formalization and functionality of a LOE-SES scientific network that will promote cutting-edge and transformative science ideas. LOE III will focus on conceptualizing SES science in the context of small, yet critical ecosystems with challenging human dimensions. Specifically, the workshop will emphasize three focal themes, namely, promoting science to inform our knowledge and understanding of critical coupled human-natural system transformations; the role of social emergence in addressing vulnerability while promoting ecosystem stewardship across multiple social-ecological transformations, and; deepening scientific integration at nested multiple scales promoting sustainable and resilient outcomes.
LOE III will run four days, during which the first day will be devoted to strengthening participant understanding of SES science via participation in an Experiential Social Learning interactive field exercise. The second and third days of the workshop will be devoted to collaborative and collective study and discourse of the four focal core themes of the workshop. The fourth day will be devoted to participatory workshop synthesis, finalizing the scientific network formation, and evaluating near-term goals and next steps for the LOE group of scientists across all EPSCoR jurisdictions. During days 2 through 4, a series of facilitated collaborative exercises will be conducted strengthening the participant integration and emersion in the themes of the workshop, as well as facilitating integrative synthesis and cross-pollination of ideas at the final workshop day. Finally, across all workshop days, supplementary site-interactive activities will foster informal networking and targeted discussions that enable cohesion of the participant group.
A number of key outcomes of LOE III are planned. Specifically, we aim to: (a) Formalize and structure a new LOE-SES EPSCoR scientific network building upon previous informal network approaches from LOE I and II; (b) Generate thematic sub-network groups with specific aims and goals (such as NSF proposal submissions incorporating cross-EPSCoR collaborations, special-issue or book proposal submissions, sections or panel proposals for conferences and scientific meetings, to name a few), and; (c) Develop a LOE-SES network toolkit for building within-EPSCoR jurisdictional capacity especially for integrating biophysical with social/behavioral scientists for SES science.
Individuals who have participated in the LOE I, and / or LOE II workshops should be given priority consideration from their jurisdictions, as well as individuals whose primary field of expertise or interest is in SES science, and / or multidisciplinary approaches to research and education. We also encourage participation by individuals engaged in the Social, Economic and Behavioral sciences as they relate to SES. Researchers who are interested in post-workshop SES collaborations, especially on multidisciplinary and cross-cutting / cross jurisdictional initiatives should also consider attending this workshop. Jurisdictions should bear in mind their needs and vision for building capacity in the area of SES, and should send representatives who are already leading, or can take the lead in coalition building across jurisdictions and SES approaches to research and education.
We invite each jurisdiction to send 2-3 participants for the LOE III workshop. Selected participants will ensure the advancement of the goals and objectives of the LOE process within the EPSCoR community. They will be expected to commit to a series of pre- and post- LOE III activities that will aim to foster and enhance capacity building for LOE-SES network in their jurisdiction. This will include hosting an LOE III "Bringing it Home" exercise in which a presentation is given to relevant individuals in their home jurisdiction.
LOE III will run four days (October 23 – 26, 2012). The first day will be devoted to strengthening participant understanding of SES science via participation in an Experiential Social Learning interactive field exercise. The second and third days of the workshop will be devoted to collaborative and collective study and discourse of the four focal core themes of the workshop. The fourth day will be devoted to participatory workshop synthesis, finalizing the scientific network formation, and evaluating short-term goals and next steps for the LOE group of scientists across EPSCoR jurisdictions. During days 2 through 4, a series of facilitated exercises will be conducted to strengthen participant integration in the themes of the workshop, as well as facilitating synthesis and cross-pollination of ideas during the final day of the workshop. Finally, across all workshop days, supplementary site-interactive activities and targeted discussions will foster formal and informal networking of the group.
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