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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Environmental Data Science Summit

An annual summit to build the environmental data science community

Environmental Data Science (EDS) is a rapidly expanding, interdisciplinary field. As our community grows, there is a need to bring together all types of environmental data scientists to build a foundation for cohesive and effective collaboration. 

Through the annual EDS summit, we bring 100 environmental data science community members to Santa Barbara, CA for a two day "un-conference" event. Members of the EDS Community vote on a new summit theme each year. Funding (including travel, fees, and lodging) is covered for up to 60 participants. Attendance is open to EDS practitioners from any sector, discipline, background, or career stage. If you use data to ask questions about our environment and how we interact with it, then the EDS summit is for you! See below for more details on the summit, including annual themes and applications to register.

Check back in August 2024 for the 2025 EDS Summit details and application.


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Past Summits

Outcomes from EDS Summits

Broadening participation in the EDS community

Already, we are seeing impressive actions from the annual EDS Summit. One such deliverable is the Santa Barbara Charter, a document created by a breakout group that wanted to address core values of the local data science community and recommendations for growing their network in an inclusive way. Since its publication, the SB Charter has been supported by over 125 individual signatures and adopted by organizations like ESIP (Federation of Earth Science Information Partners). Read more about their call to action in the full charter text and consider adding your name to the growing list of supporters. 

Reflections and storytelling about the EDS Summit

EDS Summit participants are welcome to contribute to the EDS Summit blog. Instructions for how to do so are included in the EDS Summit GitHub repository.

We published a feature article about the energy and ideas of the 2024 EDS Summit, found here.

What struck me most, both in the two days we shared together and beyond, was how empowering it was to come together as a community.

Ruth Oliver, UCSB Bren School Assistant Professor and 2023 EDS Summit Participant

EDS Summit in the News