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Theory and Knowledge Systems for Sustainability Science
 
Theory and Knowledge Systems for Sustainability Science
22-24 October 2013
 
A workshop co-sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
 
Organizers: Nina Fedoroff (KAUST and SFI), Molly Jahn (University of Wisconsin), Luis Bettencourt (Santa Fe Institute), and Margaret Collins (IIASA)
 
Over the next two or three decades, urbanization, global infrastructure expansion and increases in consumption will require vast capital investments, locking in patterns of demand and supply for decades to come, with profound implications for climate change and the Earth’s environment. It is increasingly recognized that decisions at the smallest spatial and time scales aggregate to shape global long-term trajectories.  Yet sustainability challenges are often focused on improving “fast” variables, such as crop yield and water quality, without recognition of slower, underlying dynamics, such as the supporting ecosystem services.  The workshop will explore the kinds of experimental approaches that will build our ability to recognize, describe and intentionally manage slow variables in physically, biologically and sociologically complex systems that affect humanity’s ability to satisfy its needs sustainably. A mature, predictive science of sustainability, robustly grounded in complex systems theory, is needed to guide the exploitation of Earth’s resources toward a more sustainable operating space for both people and the planet. 
 
This workshop brings together leaders from SFI, IIASA and the broader research community to consider a framework for systematic inquiry to undergird predictive, hypothesis-driven, empirically testable practice.  We will begin by exploring the current state of relevant theory and practice at the land/water/energy/climate nexus.  We will use geographically delimited cases to illustrate the development and application of open, learning, knowledge systems that capture the progression from data and information to models and theory. We will focus on identifying what we are still missing in terms of theory and practice in a science of sustainability that can enable insights and infrastructure to better empower individuals and communities in both developed and developing world to pursue trajectories that maximize human well-being while minimizing irreversible damage to the Earth’s environment.
 
  
Draft Program
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October 22 - 24, 2013
Day 1
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Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
Arrival by late afternoon, evening dinner and reception, opening remarks by Jerry Sabloff
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Day 2
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Agenda
9:00 Opening remarks and workshop objectives: Pavel Kabat, IIASA Director and CEO, Nina Fedoroff (KAUST and SFI), Molly Jahn (U. Wisc.), Luis Bettencourt (SFI) and Margaret Collins IIASA
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Monday, October 21, 2013
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6:30 Arrival by late afternoon, welcome reception
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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8:15 Shuttle departs Hotel Santa Fe to Santa Fe Institute
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9:00 - 9:30 Opening remarks: Jerry Sabloff (President, Santa Fe Institute); and Pavel Kabat (IIASA Director and CEO)
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Workshop objectives: Nina Fedoroff, Molly Jahn and Luis Bettencourt
 
Session I: The current state of sustainability science (Moderator: Sander van den Leeuw)
 
Session I: The current state of sustainability science (Moderator: Sander van den Leeuw)
9:30-10:30 Discussion Panel 1: Are there theoretical foundations for sustainability science?  
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9:30-10:30 Discussion Panel 1: Are there theoretical foundations for sustainability science?  
Panelists:  Simon Levin (Princeton University, Bill Clark (Harvard University), Geoff West, SFI
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Panelists:  Simon Levin (Princeton University), Bill Clark (Harvard University); Geoff West (Santa Fe Institute)
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
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10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:00 Discussion Panel 2: How do theory and practice interface today and where is there a need for new approaches?   
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11:00-12:00 Discussion Panel 2: How do theory and practice interface today and where is there a need for new approaches?   
Panelists: Tom Wilbanks (Oak Ridge Labs), Pam Matson (Stanford), Nebojsa Nakicenovic (IIASA), Ulf Dieckmann (IIASA)  
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Panelists: Tom Wilbanks (Oak Ridge Labs); Pam Matson (Stanford University); Nebojsa Nakicenovic (IIASA); Ulf Dieckmann (IIASA)
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
12:00-1:00 Working Lunch
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12:00-1:00 Working Lunch
Remarks by Pavel Kabat:  Integrating theory and knowledge systems into the global water futures initiative  
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Remarks by Pavel Kabat:  Integrating theory and knowledge systems into the global water futures initiative  
Session II: Case studies and what can be learned from them (Moderator: Tony Janetos)
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Session II: Case studies and what can be learned from them (Moderator: Molly Jahn)
1:00-3:00 Discussion Panel 3: Case studies toward sustainability in complex social-ecological systems
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1:00-3:00 Discussion Panel 3: Case studies toward sustainability in complex social-ecological systems
Panelists:  Bronwyn Harch, CSIRO; Harry Kolar, IBM; Bob Scholes (CSIR, South Africa).
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Panelists:  Bronwyn Harch (CSIRO); Harry Kolar (IBM); Bob Scholes (CSIR, South Africa).
 
Format: 15 minutes for comments followed by discussion
 
Format: 15 minutes for comments followed by discussion
3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
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3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
3:30-4:30 Discussion Panel 4: What hypotheses about moving to sustainability emerge from case studies?
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3:30-4:30 Discussion Panel 4: What hypotheses about moving to sustainability emerge from case studies?
Panelists: Jen Dunne, SFI; Ilan Chabay, Inst Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam; Michael Obersteiner (IIASA)  
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Panelists: Jennifer Dunne (Santa Fe Institute); Ilan Chabay (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam); Michael Obersteiner (IIASA)  
 
Format:  5 minutes for comments followed by discussion
 
Format:  5 minutes for comments followed by discussion
6:30 Wine & cheese at Nina Fedoroff’s home
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5:15 Shuttle departs Santa Fe Institute to Hotel Santa Fe
7:30 Conference dinner at Santa Café
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6:30 Wine & cheese at Nina Fedoroff’s home
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7:30 Conference dinner at Santa Café, 231 Washington Avenue (505) 984-1788
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Wednesday, 24, 2013
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8:15 Shuttle departs Hotel Santa Fe to Santa Fe Institute
  
Day 3
 
 
Session III: Urbanization and its implications for sustainability (Moderator TBD)
 
Session III: Urbanization and its implications for sustainability (Moderator TBD)
9:00-10:30 Discussion Panel 5: Urbanization and urban systems: ecological impacts and innovation potential.
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9:00-10:30 Discussion Panel 5: Urbanization and urban systems: ecological impacts and innovation potential.
Panelists: Luis Bettencourt, SFI; Jessika Trancik, MIT; Ann Kinzig, Arizona State
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Panelists: Luis Bettencourt (Santa Fe Institute); Jessika Trancik (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
 
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10:30-11:00 Coffee break
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
 
  
 
Session IV: From practice to theory and theory to practice (Moderator: Simon Levin)  
 
Session IV: From practice to theory and theory to practice (Moderator: Simon Levin)  
1:00-2:00 Discussion Panel 6: Critical transitions in complex social-ecological systems.
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1:00-2:00 Discussion Panel 6: Critical transitions in complex social-ecological systems.
Panelists: Elena Rovenskaya (IIASA), Vasilis Dakos, Estación Biológica de Doñana, Omar Knio, Duke Univ. and KAUST  
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Panelists: Elena Rovenskaya (IIASA); Vasilis Dakos (Estación Biológica de Doñana); Omar Knio (Duke University and KAUST)
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
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12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
2:00-3:00 Discussion Panel 7: Defining and staying in a safe operating space  
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Katherine Richardson, Univ of Copenhagen; Deb Neimeyer, UC Davis; John Antle, Oregon State University
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2:00-3:00 Discussion Panel 7: Defining and staying in a safe operating space.
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Katherine Richardson (University of Copenhagen);
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Deb Neimeyer (University of California-Davis); John Antle (OregonState University)
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
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3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
3:30-4:30 Discussion Panel 8: Bringing theory to practice and application (Moderator: Molly Jahn)
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3:30-4:30 Discussion Panel 8: Wrap up and next steps
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Are we monitoring the right parameters? How will we know when we are in a safe operating space for humanity? How do we more effectively integrate theoretical and data-based modeling through experimentation?  What does such an experiment look like in a complex socio-ecological system?
 
Are we monitoring the right parameters? How will we know when we are in a safe operating space for humanity? How do we more effectively integrate theoretical and data-based modeling through experimentation?  What does such an experiment look like in a complex socio-ecological system?
Discussants: Sander van den Leeuw, Arizona State University; Pavel Kabat, IIASA ; Molly Jahn, Univ of Wisconsin  
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Discussants: Sander van den Leeuw (Arizona State University); Johan Rockstrom, (Stockholm Resilience Center); Pavel Kabat (IIASA); Molly Jahn (University of Wisconsin)
 
Format: Discussion
 
Format: Discussion
Participants
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5:45 Shuttle departs Santa Fe Institute to Hotel Santa Fe
 
John Antle, Oregon State University
 
Luis Bettencourt, SFI
 
Ilan Chabay, Inst Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam
 
Bill Clark, Harvard
 
Margaret Goud Collins, IIASA
 
Vasilis Dakos, Estación Biológica de Doñana
 
Ulf Dieckmann, IIASA
 
Robbert Djikgraaf, Institute for Advanced Studies
 
Jennifer Dunne, SFI
 
Nina Fedoroff, SFI and KAUST
 
Bronwyn Harch, CSIRO
 
Molly Jahn, Univ. WI
 
Pavel Kabat, IIASA
 
Ann Kinzig, Arizona State University
 
Omar Knio, Duke Univ. and KAUST
 
Harry Kolar, IBM
 
Simon Levin, Princeton
 
Pam Matson, Stanford
 
Nebojsa Nakicenovic, IIASA
 
Deb Niemeier, UC Davis
 
Michael Obersteiner, IIASA
 
Katherine Richardson, Univ. of Copenhagen
 
Elena Rovenskaya, IIASA
 
Jerry Sabloff, SFI
 
Bob Scholes, CSIR
 
Jessica Trancik, MIT
 
Sander Van der Leeuw,
 
Geoffrey West, SFI
 
Tom Wilbanks, ORNL
 

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Theory and Knowledge Systems for Sustainability Science

October 22 - 24, 2013 Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Agenda


Monday, October 21, 2013 6:30 Arrival by late afternoon, welcome reception

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 8:15 Shuttle departs Hotel Santa Fe to Santa Fe Institute

9:00 - 9:30 Opening remarks: Jerry Sabloff (President, Santa Fe Institute); and Pavel Kabat (IIASA Director and CEO) Workshop objectives: Nina Fedoroff, Molly Jahn and Luis Bettencourt Session I: The current state of sustainability science (Moderator: Sander van den Leeuw) 9:30-10:30 Discussion Panel 1: Are there theoretical foundations for sustainability science? Panelists: Simon Levin (Princeton University), Bill Clark (Harvard University); Geoff West (Santa Fe Institute) Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion 10:30-11:00 Coffee Break 11:00-12:00 Discussion Panel 2: How do theory and practice interface today and where is there a need for new approaches? Panelists: Tom Wilbanks (Oak Ridge Labs); Pam Matson (Stanford University); Nebojsa Nakicenovic (IIASA); Ulf Dieckmann (IIASA) Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion 12:00-1:00 Working Lunch Remarks by Pavel Kabat: Integrating theory and knowledge systems into the global water futures initiative Session II: Case studies and what can be learned from them (Moderator: Molly Jahn) 1:00-3:00 Discussion Panel 3: Case studies toward sustainability in complex social-ecological systems Panelists: Bronwyn Harch (CSIRO); Harry Kolar (IBM); Bob Scholes (CSIR, South Africa). Format: 15 minutes for comments followed by discussion 3:00-3:30 Coffee Break 3:30-4:30 Discussion Panel 4: What hypotheses about moving to sustainability emerge from case studies? Panelists: Jennifer Dunne (Santa Fe Institute); Ilan Chabay (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam); Michael Obersteiner (IIASA) Format: 5 minutes for comments followed by discussion 5:15 Shuttle departs Santa Fe Institute to Hotel Santa Fe

6:30 Wine & cheese at Nina Fedoroff’s home 7:30 Conference dinner at Santa Café, 231 Washington Avenue (505) 984-1788

Wednesday, 24, 2013 8:15 Shuttle departs Hotel Santa Fe to Santa Fe Institute

Session III: Urbanization and its implications for sustainability (Moderator TBD) 9:00-10:30 Discussion Panel 5: Urbanization and urban systems: ecological impacts and innovation potential. Panelists: Luis Bettencourt (Santa Fe Institute); Jessika Trancik (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion 10:30-11:00 Coffee break

Session IV: From practice to theory and theory to practice (Moderator: Simon Levin) 1:00-2:00 Discussion Panel 6: Critical transitions in complex social-ecological systems. Panelists: Elena Rovenskaya (IIASA); Vasilis Dakos (Estación Biológica de Doñana); Omar Knio (Duke University and KAUST) Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion 12:00-1:00 Lunch Break

2:00-3:00 Discussion Panel 7: Defining and staying in a safe operating space. Katherine Richardson (University of Copenhagen); Deb Neimeyer (University of California-Davis); John Antle (OregonState University) Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion 3:00-3:30 Coffee Break 3:30-4:30 Discussion Panel 8: Wrap up and next steps

Are we monitoring the right parameters? How will we know when we are in a safe operating space for humanity? How do we more effectively integrate theoretical and data-based modeling through experimentation? What does such an experiment look like in a complex socio-ecological system? Discussants: Sander van den Leeuw (Arizona State University); Johan Rockstrom, (Stockholm Resilience Center); Pavel Kabat (IIASA); Molly Jahn (University of Wisconsin) Format: Discussion 5:45 Shuttle departs Santa Fe Institute to Hotel Santa Fe