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Theory and Knowledge Systems for Sustainability Science
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Agenda
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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Day 1
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Arrival by late afternoon, evening dinner and reception, opening remarks by Jerry Sabloff
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Day 2
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9:00 - 9:30 Opening remarks and workshop objectives: Nina Fedoroff (KAUST and SFI), Pavel Kabat, (IIASA Director and CEO), Molly Jahn (U. Wisc.), Luis Bettencourt (SFI)
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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Session I: The current state of sustainability science (Moderator: Bob Scholes)
Session I: The current state of sustainability science (Moderator: Sander van den Leeuw)
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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 (SFI)
 
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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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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10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
Panelists: Tom Wilbanks (Oak Ridge Labs), Pam Matson (Stanford), Nebojsa Nakicenovic (IIASA), Ulf Dieckmann (IIASA)  
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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?   
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Panelists: Tony Janetos (Boston University), Ulf Dieckmann (IIASA), Nebojsa Nakicenovic (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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Remarks by Pavel Kabat:  Integrating theory and knowledge systems into the global water futures initiative  
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12:00-1:00 Working Lunch
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Remarks by Pavel Kabat (IIASA):  Integrating theory and knowledge systems into the global water futures initiative  
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Session II: Case studies and what can be learned from them (Moderator: Tony Janetos)
 
Session II: Case studies and what can be learned from them (Moderator: Tony Janetos)
1:00-3:00 Discussion Panel 3: Case studies toward sustainability in complex social-ecological systems
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Panelists:  Bronwyn Harch, CSIRO; Harry Kolar, IBM; Bob Scholes (CSIR, South Africa).
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1:00-3:00 Discussion Panel 3: Case studies toward sustainability in complex social-ecological systems
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Panelists:  Ian Prosser (CSIRO), 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
 
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)
 
Format:  5 minutes for comments followed by discussion
 
6:30 Wine & cheese at Nina Fedoroff’s home
 
7:30 Conference dinner at Santa Café
 
  
Day 3
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3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
Session III: Urbanization and its implications for sustainability (Moderator TBD)
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9:00-10:30 Discussion Panel 5: Urbanization and urban systems: ecological impacts and innovation potential.
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3:30-4:30 Discussion Panel 4: What hypotheses about moving to sustainability emerge from case studies?
Panelists: Luis Bettencourt, SFI; Jessika Trancik, MIT; Ann Kinzig, Arizona State  
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Panelists: Jen Dunne (SFI), Ilan Chabay (Inst Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam), Michael Obersteiner (IIASA)
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Format:  10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
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Thursday, 24, 2013
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Session III: Urbanization and its implications for sustainability (Moderator: Geoff West)
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9:00-10:30 Discussion Panel 5: Urbanization and urban systems: ecological impacts and innovation potential.
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Panelists: Luis Bettencourt (SFI), Jessika Trancik (MIT), Ann Kinzig (Arizona State)
 
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
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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)
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11:00-12:00 Discussion Panel 6: Critical transitions in complex social-ecological systems.
1:00-2:00 Discussion Panel 6: Critical transitions in complex social-ecological systems.
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Panelists: Elena Rovenskaya (IIASA), Vasilis Dakos (Estación Biológica de Doñana), Omar Knio (Duke Univ. and KAUST)
Panelists: Elena Rovenskaya (IIASA), Vasilis Dakos, Estación Biológica de Doñana, Omar Knio, Duke Univ. 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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2:00-3:00 Discussion Panel 7: Defining and staying in a safe operating space
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12:00-1:00 Lunch Break
Katherine Richardson, Univ of Copenhagen; Deb Neimeyer, UC Davis; John Antle, Oregon State University
 
Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion
 
3:00-3:30 Coffee Break
 
3:30-4:30 Discussion Panel 8: Bringing theory to practice and application (Moderator: Molly Jahn)
 
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
 
Format: Discussion
 
Participants
 
 
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
 

Latest revision as of 20:45, 30 October 2013

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Agenda


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

9:00 - 9:30 Opening remarks and workshop objectives: Nina Fedoroff (KAUST and SFI), Pavel Kabat, (IIASA Director and CEO), Molly Jahn (U. Wisc.), Luis Bettencourt (SFI) Session I: The current state of sustainability science (Moderator: Bob Scholes)

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) 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: Tony Janetos (Boston University), Ulf Dieckmann (IIASA), Nebojsa Nakicenovic (IIASA) Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion

12:00-1:00 Working Lunch Remarks by Pavel Kabat (IIASA): 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)

1:00-3:00 Discussion Panel 3: Case studies toward sustainability in complex social-ecological systems Panelists: Ian Prosser (CSIRO), 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: Jen Dunne (SFI), Ilan Chabay (Inst Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam), Michael Obersteiner (IIASA) Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion

Thursday, 24, 2013

Session III: Urbanization and its implications for sustainability (Moderator: Geoff West)

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) 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)

11:00-12:00 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) Format: 10 minutes for comments followed by discussion

12:00-1:00 Lunch Break