Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Socio-Environmental Synthesis Research

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Jan 21, 2020

Workshop Dates: March 24–27, 2020 in Annapolis, Maryland


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in partnership with the Ecological Society of America’s Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) Program invites PhD students to attend an interactive, skill-building workshop on team-based, socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis research. The workshop will bring together individuals from a wide range of experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds who share interests in addressing S-E problems and advancing scientific contributions through diversity, equity, and inclusion. The workshop will be held March 24-27, 2020 in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, with potential for a field trip to Washington, DC.


S-E synthesis accelerates knowledge production and S-E solutions by integrating diverse data, ideas, methods,theories, and priorities from social, natural, and computational sciences. Workshop sessions and hands-on activities will focus on core S-E synthesis principles and practices, and provide opportunities for students to:

  • Enhance synthesis and team science skills
  • Design collaborative research projects with interdisciplinary teams
  • Communicate science to diverse audiences and inform relevant policies, decisions, and solutions
  • Expand science networks and communities
  • Engage with mentors and peers in a welcoming environment conducive to diverse forms of thought, expression,and exchange. 

More about the Hosts

Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation to the University of Maryland, College Park, SESYNC is an international leader in supporting diverse science teams that enhance understandings of the complex interactions and interdependencies between people and their environments. SESYNC is dedicated to improving representation and quality of experience for under-represented minorities in synthesis science and prioritizes diversity in all respects, including but not limited to academic discipline, gender, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, race, age, etc. SEEDS is the flagship award-winning education program of the ESA. Its mission is to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interests of underrepresented students.

Who Should Apply 

Currently enrolled PhD students from any academic institution or discipline are encouraged to apply. 

Costs and Travel

There is no cost to attend, although space is limited. SESYNC will provide travel, lodging, and meal expenses. 

How to Apply

More information on how to apply will be coming soon. Please check back again. 


Please contact Dr. Nicole Motzer, Assistant Director for Interdisciplinary Science at SESYNC, at nmotzer@sesync.org with any questions. 


The University of Maryland Is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply

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