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.
A series of plenary presentations, small group discussions and workshop-wide synthesis discussions, discussed:
- the nature of socio-environmental synthesis, 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, and
- identification of institutional challenges and faculty development needs for increasing the capacity for SES education.