Workshop Explores Challenges and Opportunities for Socio-Environmental Synthesis Education

A group photo of workshop participants gathered together at SESYNC

The first SESYNC education workshop titled: “Socio-Environmental Synthesis Education: Goals, Resources, and Tools” was held June 4-5, 2012, hosting 39 scholars, practitioners and media professionals from three countries at  SESYNC in Annapolis. A series of plenary presentations, small group discussions and workshop-wide synthesis discussions, discussed:  

  • The nature of socio-environmental synthesis (SES), describing successful cases of SES driving innovation in environmental policy and management
  • Identification of key skills and knowledge needed to do SES, strategies and tools for developing SES learning units (from short modules to multi-course progressions), and integration of SES units into current curricula
  • Identification of attributes of SES that facilitate integrated interdisciplinary teaching and learning in the humanities, and the environmental and social sciences
  • Identification of institutional challenges and faculty development needs for increasing the capacity for SES education.