Expanding the Science-Policy Interface to Confront Global Change

Oct 9th, 2016 - Oct 14th, 2016

Society calls upon and funds science to help clarify and resolve numerous problems including those related to coupled human-environmental systems, biotechnology, poverty reduction, economic development, energy independence, healthcare, etc. Some argue science has not fulfilled expectations to help solve complex and pressing issues, like those that accompany global environmental change, largely because it has not responded to societal needs and priorities. Government agencies, international development organizations, companies from a variety of economic sectors, professional associations, non-profits, and academic institutions are confronting the challenges of strengthening the science-policy interface to better address the impacts of environmental change. The goal of this workshop is to foster new scholarship, practice, and institutional development that improves engagement between scientists, decision makers, and the public to address complex issues related to global environmental change.

To achieve this goal, the workshop will be built around three core questions:
1. Why is engagement imperative in the context of global change?
2. What new lessons have we learned about engagement, from both scholarship and practice, and what is outmoded?
3. How do we build institutions that support engagement and, in so doing, foster better outcomes like long term resilience in the face of dramatic environmental change?

Funding Partners
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Day 1October 10, 2016

11:00 am Federal Leadership on and Support for Scaled-Up Science-Policy Interactions

11:45 am Discussion: Federal Leadership on and Support for Scaled-Up Science-Policy Interactions

2:00 pm Climate Services for Water Utilities

4:00 pm Issues for the Next Generation of Conservationists Working at the Interface

4:10 pm A Process to Inform a Research, Development, and Applications Agenda

4:20 pm Coaching in Use-Inspired Science for the Pew Marine Fellows


Dan Ferguson

University of Arizona
Director, Climate Assessment for the Southwest
starEvent Co-Chair

Adam Parris

Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
Deputy Director for Climate Science and Services
starEvent Co-Chair


Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Climate Resilience Officer
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Deputy Under Secretary
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Project Director
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
Climate Program Director
Arizona State University
Postdoctoral Scholar
University of Arizona
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Resilience Team Lead
Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay
Program Director for Policy, Planning and Engagement
University of Arizona
Atmospheric Sciences PhD Student
Australian National University
University of Arizona
Director, Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS)
Senior Research Fellow
University of Connecticut
Assistant Professor
Williams College
Director & Professor of Environmental Studies
Western Water Assessment
Research Scientist
University of California, Davis
Executive Director
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Senior Policy Advisor
Susanne Moser Research & Consulting
Director and Principal Researcher
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Program Advisor
Climate Resilience Fund
City of Aspen
Climate Action Manager
Central Arizona Project
Manager, Resource Planning & Analysis
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Program Manager
City of Ann Arbor
Sustainability and Innovations Director
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Program Director for International Activities
Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI)
Research Director

The attendee list and participant profiles are regularly updated. For information on participant affiliation at the time of workshop, please refer to the historical roster. If you are aware of updates needed to participant or workshop records, please notify AGCI’s workshops team.