SESYNC Symposium – apply to present and attend

February 1 2018

Boundary Spanning: Advances in Socio-Environmental Systems Research

An International Symposium


The ​National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center  (SESYNC) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), Resources for the Future (RFF), and University of Maryland (UMD) is convening an international symposium June 11-13, 2018 in Annapolis, MD, to bring together leaders, emerging scholars, and other key individuals interested in innovating research and processes for solving socio-environmental problems.


The symposium will explore the current state of socio-environmental systems research, recent advances in the field, and the unique challenges and opportunities engendered by the questions and approaches of socio-environmental systems research. In addition, the symposium will catalyze and inspire new collaborative and interdisciplinary communities of research and practice.


Symposium talks, sessions and discussions will be organized around three guiding themes: socio-environmental systems under stress, in transition, and by design. More information about the conference themes can be found on the symposium website. All interested attendees must be willing to present their work in one of several formats: as an oral presentation, a poster, or a lightning talk. Therefore, all interested attendees must submit an abstract for consideration.

The application deadline to present and attend is March 2, 2018. SESYNC welcomes abstracts from socio-environmental systems researchers at all career stages and from all disciplines, sectors, countries, and backgrounds. SESYNC will review abstracts based on merit, the degree to which presentations align with symposium themes, and the appropriateness of presentation types selected.


There is no fee to register or attend this symposium. SESYNC will provide attendees with air travel, lodging, and meals for the duration of the Symposium. If you are interested in submitting an abstract for a presentation of any type, please apply here: Please check the symposium website for more information.


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