|The ACEAS Grand Workshop 2014|
Science making sense: the role of transdisciplinary synthesis
May 7-9, Shine Dome, Canberra, attended by over 80 people from throughout Australia.
The Grand ACEAS Workshop 2014 explored the relevance of analysis and synthesis through the experience of ACEAS participants. The ACEAS community pioneered the Synthesis Centre experiment in Australia, and spoke with authority about the utility and relevance of an intervention such as ACEAS. The event was a combination of public discussion and the traditional ACEAS Workshop.
Not only a paper was written as a result of the workshop (Lynch et al. 2015), but a Special Issue of the journal Science of the Total Environment 'Catalysing transdisciplinary synthesis in ecosystem science and management' was produced to which ACEAS and other synthesis centre groups of similar age submitted articles. The SI was published, with open-access for one year, in September 2015. To see this publication (Science for the Total Environment 534: 1-184) click here.
All articles with links are listed on the Publications page of this web site.
One of the features of this Workshop was the Hypothetical which you can watch here.
8:45am-12:30pm – Analysis and Synthesis
After an introduction and welcome by Alison and Dr Richard Groves, an ACEAS Advisory Panel member, the meeting commenced with a keynote by Prof. Mike Raupach who talked about ‘Synthesis in science and society’ and touched on the balance between specialisation and synthesis. This was followed by a plenary session chaired by Prof. Stephen Dovers which started with a summary of the international synthesis centre history by the ACEAS Facility Director, Alison Specht, and presentations by Dr Michael Vardon, the Director of the ABS Centre for Environment Statistics and Prof. Tony McMichael. This was followed by a lively discussion with the audience around the major issues and directions for the next 5 years, and the role of analysis and synthesis in this–and indeed who should be responsible.
The afternoon contained nine fascinating presentations from ACEAS Working groups about their experiences of stages in the Data Workflow under the headings:
This was followed by overview and summary of the key points by Andrew Treloar of ANDS), who observed that (among other things):
Check out his tweets here.
9am-12:30pm – ACEAS Reflections
This morning started with a presentation by Prof. Richard Price and from the ACEAS team about some of the outcomes and achievements of the 'ACEAS experiment'. Richard and Dr Steve Cirk, conducted the ACEAS mid-term review (obtainable from the Products and Outcomes section of this web site). The Workshop participants then engaged in a participatory activity led by the team from RMCG conducting a socio-economic study of ACEAS. This session was chaired by Dr Richard Groves.
1:30-5:00pm – ACEAS group presentations
The afternoon contained fifteen fascinating series of presentations from ACEAS Working groups about their synthesis outcomes during the ACEAS process under the headings of water, biodiversity, land management and ecosystem data management. This was session was chaired by Dr Margaret Byrne, an ACEAS Working Group and TERN Board member.
5-9pm Thursday 8 May – ACEAS Colloquium
This was followed by an Hypothetical, where science met decision-making: "CACE, the new Clean! – Abundant! – Cheap! – Exportable! energy resource for Australia . . . or maybe not" . . . led by Professor Nick Rowley. Great fun as well as informative. The Hypothetical can be watched here.
9am-1pm – Where to from here?
This last session was the most intense in many ways, and was a wrap-up of the main points of the Workshop as seen by the participants. It was in the form of a Panel Session, with short talks and plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. Mark Flanigan led the panel which consisted of Profs Bob Costanza, Michelle Waycott and Jeremy Russell-Smith who gave their perspectives of the two preceding days, and engaged in very active Q & A with the audience.
Plans for the main outcomes of the meeting were finalised in this session.
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