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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

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Explore future directions and opportunities for synthesis in ecology and environmental science and help set a research agenda for synthesis ecology in the next decade.

Are you interested in shaping the future of synthesis in ecology and environmental science? We are seeking an interdisciplinary, diverse group of 100 participants across all career stages to participate virtually in this interactive workshop to chart out the future of synthesis science.

Workshop Details:

  • When: February 17-18, 2021

With the rapid growth of big data, synthesis in ecology and environmental science is now routinely used to tackle fundamental ecological challenges and address many of the most pressing scientific and societal environmental research questions. Ongoing advances in environmental data science create opportunities for new research questions, disciplines, perspectives, and data techniques to address a variety of challenges as humanity continues to have widespread and changing impacts on our planet. This workshop aims to build on the current status of synthesis science; explore emerging needs, opportunities and frontiers in ecology and environmental science by facilitating expansive and convergent discourse; and produce a forward-looking agenda for synthesis for the next decade.

The workshop will be conducted in an ‘unconference style’ where participants will engage in breakout sessions of structured idea sharing that focuses on expansive thinking.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

  • Jessica Gurevitch, Stony Brook University
  • Michael Dietz, Boston University
  • Patrick Gonzalez, UC Berkeley & National Park Service
  • Kim Komatsu, Smithsonian Ecological Research Center
  • Kristy Kroeker, UC Santa Cruz
  • Nancy Grimm, Arizona State University

Application period has been reopened since moving this summit to a virtual platform. The new application period is 09/08/2020 - 10/09/2020 and applicants will be notified by 11/15/2020.

The short application is designed to help us identify and support participation from a diverse community across career stages, sectors, geographic location, and disciplinary affiliation. 

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation