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Announcing a Workshop 

Transdisciplinary Research on the Changing Arctic and Its Global Impacts:  Enhancing Capacity for Convergence Science

When: October 31 – November 1, 2019

Where: The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, 100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA


Workshop Details:


Rapid and wide-scale changes precipitated by Arctic warming portend new opportunities and unprecedented risks to natural systems; social and cultural systems; economic, political and legal systems; and built environments of the Arctic and across the globe. Understanding and adapting to a changing Arctic will require creative new research frameworks that cross-cut the social, behavioral, natural, physical, and engineering sciences. Yet, such interdisciplinary integration is often difficult to accomplish, and obstacles to convergence persist.

With support from the National Science Foundation, the University of California-Irvine will host a workshop on developing transdisciplinary, convergence research projects on the impacts of the changing Arctic on both the Arctic region and the rest of the world. We invite the participation of researchers from diverse disciplines across the United States who would like to undertake research on Arctic change and/or its global impacts as envisioned in NSF's Navigating the New Arctic (NNA) Big Idea. The workshop will offer training activities to enhance capacity to do so in a manner that deeply integrates the social and behavioral sciences with the natural, physical and engineering sciences and other disciplines and engages local communities in meaningful collaborations. The workshop will cover both research in the Arctic and its impacts elsewhere.

Funds are available to support travel (including transportation, meals and accommodation) for up to 40 participants on-site. Individuals may also register to attend virtually. Applications are invited from researchers at all stages of career development, and individuals new to research in the Arctic are especially encouraged to apply. To apply or register, please complete the online form here.



Applications for in-person attendance and travel support should be received by Monday, September 23, 2019. Virtual registration is open until October 28, 2019.

For more information, visit : The Socsci News and Events Page; or contact Dr. Holly Hapke at hhapke@uci.edu or Allison Marks at marksa@uci.edu.


October 31, 2019
November 1, 2019
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The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering
100 Academy Way
Irvine, CA 92617 United States


The University of California, Irvine School of Social Sciences, School of Social Ecology, School of Physical Sciences, Samueli School of Engineering, School of Biological Sciences, School of Law, and School of Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources

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