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The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) supports short courses on topics relevant to socio-environmental systems, the synthesis process, data management and analysis, or cyberinfrastructure tools. Short-courses are typically 3–10 days in duration.

VIDEO: EAB Members Discuss SESYNC's mission

 In the first of a multi-part series, three of SESYNC's External Advisory Board (EAB) discuss the relationship between the social and environmental sciences and specifically what SESYNC could contribute to issues that bridge each field.  Dr. Laura Lopez-Hoffman, Dr. Ray Hilborn, and Dr.

VIDEO: Heads of Each of First Theme's Pursuits Meet

As part of SESYNC's process,  we ask that the leads for all Pursuits in a given Theme to meet together at the outset of their work. Our intent is to provide a venue for interaction that emphasizes opportunities for collaboration and creative thinking about new questions, approaches and potentially critical gaps that need to be filled. The leads for Pursuits supported under our Founding Theme:  Ecological Wealth and Changing Human Populations, convened at SESYNC on July 27 for a day-long session.

Visualization Technologies to Support Research on Human - Environment Interactions Workshop

SESYNC hosted the Visualization Technologies to Support Research on Human - Environment Interactions Workshop to focus especially on the visualization and use of spatial datasets from the social and environmental sciences.  The workshop discussed and identified some of the current visualization challenges and emerging opportunities in using spatial datasets to study human-environment interactions.  The meeting was a ‘problem-solving’ workshop wherein domain scientists from the social and environmental sciences were able to

Workshop explores challenges and opportunities for socio-environmental education

The first SESYNC education workshop titled: “Socio-Environmental Synthesis Education: Goals, Resources and Tools” was held June 4-5, hosting 39 scholars, practitioners and media professionals from 3 countries at  SESYNC in Annapolis.  A series of plenary presentations, small group discussions and workshop-wide synthesis discussions, discussed:  

SESYNC's Nassauer publishes definitive landscape paper

Editors Paul Gobster and Wei-Ning Xiang say the Nassauer article not only “defines the boundaries of landscape” … but … “offers a conceptual framework for understanding how landscape provides a visible and integrative context for synthesis and creation of shared goals for action through landscape ecological design and planning.”

IPBES Knowledge Generation Paper

The United States Geological Survey (USGS), the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the international program dedicated to biodiversity sciences, DIVERSITAS and the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) sponsored a work shop in Annapolis, Maryland, USA from 31 January to 2 February 2012 with the purpose of exploring the program of work of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), with a particular focus on the generation of knowledge function.


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