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Transformations 2017 – Transformations in Practice

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Facing the Future – 2017 – Collaborative power for societal transformation in a rapidly changing world – 28 and 29 August 2017, University of Dundee

Organised as a collaboration between the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience, adaptation CONNECTS from the University of Oslo and the International Futures Forum

Facing the Future 2017 is a two-day conference and interactive workshop for Masters, PhD and early career researchers or practitioners from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, organised through the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute. Professor Karen O’Brien from the University of Oslo , who is well known internationally for her work on transformation and climate change, will present a keynote speech and lead the conference, and will be joined by our second keynote speaker Bruce Goldstein, Associate Professor at University of Boulder, Colorado.  Additionally Dr Anthony Hodgson, from the International Futures Forum, will provide expert facilitation through both days to deliver a workshop based and deliberative exploration of collaboration for social transformation

Building on the success of past conferences, FtF2017 will focus on understanding the role and nature of collaboration for achieving transformative change and more sustainable and equitable futures. New approaches to collaboration are needed for significant societal transformations in depth and across scales to rapidly reduce not only greenhouse gas emissions, but collateral issues including biodiversity loss, global inequality, and increasing nitrogen and phosphorus use. Most people find it easier to collaborate with those who share the same values, interests, goals and visions for the future. Social transformations, however, call for collaborations across value memes, belief systems, and worldviews, as well as across competing interests, goals and loyalties. FtF2017 will therefore explore collaborative power as a force for leveraging collective change, addressing why attempts at collaboration so often fail to achieve transformative change. Working together to create large-scale transformations to sustainability requires knowing when, why and how to collaborate, as well as when to target efforts to challenge entrenched positions. It also requires the development and practice of innovative methods, examples of which will be introduced in the practical sessions of FtF2017.

This two-day interactive conference will take place in Dundee, Scotland on 28th and 29th August 2017. Participants in FtF2017 will have the opportunity to showcase their own research and explore their interests and ideas in an informal, highly interactive environment. We will then explore theories and tools for enhancing collaborative power, whether within a research project, community initiative, sectoral adaptation strategy, or group work within any context. This will enable participants to both develop new conceptual knowledge as well as experiential understanding of the nature and role of effective collaboration. The interdisciplinary conference will be widely relevant to those from natural and social sciences, and the arts and humanities interested in social and environmental change. The learning from the Facing the Future 2017 conference will be presented at Transformations 2017: Transformations in practice, also taking place in Dundee from the 30th August – 1st September 2017.

Facing the Future – 2016 – Realising resilience – 31 May – 1 June 2016, University of Aberdeen

Facing the Future 2016 was a two-day postgraduate conference for Masters, PhD and early career researchers from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, organised through the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute, in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen.

In our rapidly changing world, it is vital to create and support strong, resilient ecosystems, food systems and human communities. Therefore, this year’s Facing the Future conference focused on understanding community and ecosystem resilience, and equipping participants with the practical tools to foster and maintain community resilience.

A key reason for the success of previous Facing the Future conferences is the strong focus on interdisciplinary interactions. Formidable problems confronting humanity – like climate change, food security and resource depletion – are highly complex and cannot be effectively addressed by one discipline or method alone. Often, today’s researchers still specialise in one area or methodology, and would greatly benefit from learning how to develop interdisciplinary thinking and collaborations that are so vital to addressing these complex problems.

We are keen for all postgraduate attendees to showcase their work through this event and encourage all to take part in the Turbo Talk session (5 minute presentation each). This will prove a useful exercise in making connections and learning how to appreciate different disciplinary perspectives.

In addition to presentations showcasing participants’ research, this exciting event features inspiring keynote speakers and interactive workshops from the fascinating and thought-provoking International Futures Forum (IFF). The IFF group was founded on the fact that we don’t understand today’s complex world. These events will directly engage researchers in sciences, social sciences and humanities in tackling research problems from interdisciplinary perspectives. Participants will come away with highly applicable new skills and will be able to envision, design, and implement problem-focussed interdisciplinary research.

Facing the Future – 2015 – Learning the power of multiple perspectives – 26 – 27 May 2015, University of Dundee

Facing the Future 2015 is a two-day postgraduate conference for Masters, PhD and early career researchers organised through the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute. Our conference will be held from Tuesday 26 May – Wednesday 27 May 2015 at the University of Dundee, Scotland.

This symposium aims to equip new researchers from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities with the intellectual tackle to meet the wicked problems of massive environmental change from interdisciplinary perspectives. Formidable problems confronting humanity – like climate change and resource depletion – are highly complex and cannot be effectively addressed by one discipline or method alone. Today’s researchers faced with the challenge of addressing these problems still specialise in one area or methodology, stand to greatly benefit from learning how to develop interdisciplinary thinking and collaborations that are so vital to addressing these complex problems.

We are keen for all postgraduate attendees to showcase their work through this event and encourage all to take part in the Turbo Talk session (5 minute presentation each). This will prove a useful exercise in making connections and learning how to appreciate different disciplinary perspectives.

In addition to presentations showcasing participant’s research, this exciting event features inspiring keynote speakers and interactive workshops from the fascinating and thought-provoking International Futures Forum (IFF). The IFF group was founded on the fact that we don’t understand today’s complex world. These events will directly engage researchers in sciences, social sciences and humanities in tackling research problems from interdisciplinary perspectives. Participants will come away with highly applicable new skills envision, design, and implement problem-focussed interdisciplinary research.

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