Immersion Distinguished Scholar Workshop: Facilitation, Meeting Design, Synthesis Opportunities

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Jon Kramer, SESYNC,
Jim Boyd, RFF
Time of Event: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:00 to Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 17:00

This will be a virtual workshop.

Immersion Distinguished Scholar Workshop: Facilitation, Meeting Design, Synthesis Opportunities.

Jon Kramer, SESYNC

Jonathan Kramer is the Director for Interdisciplinary Science at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), University of Maryland. He focuses on the design of programs and the use of facilitation to advance synthesis-based research that can inform problem solving around socio-environmental issues. His work includes the development and use of effective practices that help interdisciplinary teams of scientists and others work effectively together. Jon has led the development and implementation of the SESYNC Graduate Research Fellows Program, a unique research and training experience that has engaged over 250 doctoral students over the past 4 years. His interests also include understanding and improving approaches that link science to decision-making in the environmental arena, and he is engaged in efforts that foster organizational development, strategic planning, and management to strengthen science-based organizations. Jon received a BS from the University of Massachusetts, a MS from SUNY Stony Brook, and PhD from the University of Maryland. He was on the research faculty of the Center of Marine Biotechnology in Baltimore, MD. Prior to coming to SESYNC, Jon was the Director of the Maryland Sea Grant College Program. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Hudson River Foundation and on the External Advisory Committee of the New England Sustainability Consortium.

Jim Boyd, Resources for the Future

James Boyd is SESYNC’s Director of Social Science and Policy and a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC. He received his PhD in economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan. Boyd has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and Washington University in St Louis. His research lies at the intersection of economics, ecology, and law, with a particular focus on the measurement and management of ecosystem goods and services.

The Immersion Program centers around a series of collaborative workshops led by Immersion Distinguished Scholars. These workshops are designed to immerse participants in theories and methods foundational to understanding current environmental challenges and their underlying socio-environmental systems. 

This is a closed workshop designed for SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation, is a research center dedicated to accelerating data-driven scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. Visit us online at and follow us on Twitter @SESYNC.

Event type: 
Immersion Workshop
Event Attendance: 
Private Working Group
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