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1st ZMT Workshop on Science for Sustainability

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The contribution of transdisciplinary knowledge exchange

Background

In the face of increasing resource scarcity, growing degradation of the environment and future impacts of climate change, tackling concrete environmental issues in developing countries also critically relies on targeted and reciprocal knowledge exchange (KE) between science and non-scientific stakeholders from policy, practice, industry and commerce, and civil society. By exchanging ideas, information and expertise throughout the research process, projects can increase their research relevance and impact in order to achieve specific scientific, societal, and environmental outcomes.

Since this process takes place in a multidimensional and dynamic context, the obligations it raises for researchers are likewise complex, diverse, and constantly changing, which hampers the realisation of the full potential of KE.

Although there is an urgent need for orientation, there exists little available guidance to date to support research communities in this endeavour, and the international demand for guidelines is substantial.

Date:
Sunday, 18 January 2015 (evening) to
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 (afternoon)

Locations:
Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT)
Fahrenheitstrasse 6
28359 Bremen
Germany

Haus der Wissenschaft
Sandstrasse 4/5
28195 Bremen
Germany

Contact

Dr. Bevis Fedder
Telefon: 
+49 (421) 23800 - 67
E-Mail: 

We gratefully acknowledge our sponsors:

Approach of the workshop

For this reason, the Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) is organising the "1st ZMT Workshop on Science for Sustainability - the Contribution of Transdisciplinary Knowledge Exchange" (18th - 21st January 2015). The objective of the workshop is to shed light on best practice approaches that could support researchers to link scientific inquiry to KE, so that the scientific process can be more relevant to socio-ecological needs, and the information produced is publicly available and provides a basis for action.

For this purpose, the workshop will bring together selected experts from science, policy, practice, development cooperation, conservation, and other fields from the international, supranational, and national level. The results of the workshop will be developed into comprehensive and experience-based guidelines that will be made publicly available to interested stakeholders worldwide.

For addressing above objectives, the workshop is divided into presentation sessions, a panel discussion, and workshop sessions:

  • The presentation sessions will create the basic understanding of KE and illustrate existing approaches on international, national, and local levels.
  • The panel discussion critically reflects on the promise and limitations of KE from philosophical, ethical, political, and economic perspectives.
  • The workshop sessions address the challenges of and approaches to KE and develop guidance to support researchers in using knowledge exchange throughout the research process - including monitoring and evaluation.

This workshop constitutes the kick-off event for a series of future events organised by the ZMT, that focus on measures and approaches that increase the relevance of science and its impact on conservation and sustainable use.

There is no registration fee.