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Now that you have received funding from SESYNC, we encourage you to share the news! Some groups have been able to access data that wouldn’t have been accessible before or met with National Security personnel because of the affiliation. Here are some helpful ways to describe the Center in writing or when talking:

In Brief:

SESYNC research brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision-making. SESYNC convenes science teams to work on broad issues of national and international relevance.


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) brings together the science of the natural world with the science of human behavior and decision making to find solutions to complex environmental problems. The Center seeks to be the leading institution for in-depth research and scholarship with the potential to inform decisions.

  • SESYNC’s approach to socio-environmental research is unique in that we support new collaborations among scientists and policy makers from a wide variety of disciplines and organizations.
  • The Center, and the research it supports, cuts across disciplines, addresses questions and problems, and identifies gaps in previous research.

SESYNC convenes science teams to work on broad issues of national and international relevance, such as water resources management, land management, agriculture, and species protection, among other areas of study.

SESYNC by the numbers: To date, we have provided support to 126 synthesis teams, 67 workshops, and 27 short courses, and our scholars – roughly equal numbers from the social and natural sciences – come from all over the world. SESYNC’s 3699 total participants come from 59 countries and all 50 U.S. States. The majority (75%) are academics, while roughly a quarter are knowledge users (24%) in non-profits, government, and industry and some have both roles (1%).

The Center provides a home for people with diverse skills, data, knowledge and perspectives. It supports teams of researchers from academia, government, NGOs, and the private sector to accelerate collaboration leading to scientific discovery. The Center serves the community by providing computational support, team process facilitation, education, logistics and travel, and research communications.

The Center offers travel and logistical support, computational resources, and facilitation services to help synthesis teams overcome the myriad challenges involved in addressing complex questions at the intersection of humans and the environment.

SESYNC is funded through an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation


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University of Maryland

National Science Foundation