TIAS Webinars


 

The Webinar series is co-hosted by The Integrated Assessment Society and the Institute of Environmental Systems Research (USF) for the purpose of bringing both experts and practitioners interested in a theme together to review the state of the art and identify new courses for particular IA topics. The results of previous webinars are presented on this page and future events are also announced here. To view past webinars, recordings are available below. A recent version of Adobe Flash Player is needed. 1. Your software and connection speed can be tested using this link: https://na1cps.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

Webinar announcements

A webinar on the implementation of the UN SDGs as a follow-up to the SDG webinar series earlier this year is planned for early 2017.

Watch this space….

Previous Webinars

Webinar Nov 2016: Conceptualization and measurement of learning

Webinar June 2016: Dialogue on Knowledge Co-production

Webinar April 2016: Beyond SDG indicators – Part 2: Integrated models supporting implementation, strategy development and transition planning

Webinar Feb. 2016: Beyond SDG indicators – Part 1: Exploring the role of integrated assessment in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Webinar Nov 2014: Advancing the Water-Food Nexus: Approaches and Methods

Webinar May 2014: Enhancing Social Impact Assessment

Webinar July 2012: Moving towards a global change science – From discourse to action

Webinar Feb. 2010: Getting into the Right Lane for 2050: From Vision to Strategy for a Sustainable Europe

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November 2016

Conceptualization and measurement of learning

Learning is of crucial importance for transitions towards sustainability in general and natural resources management in particular. In both fields, different learning concepts have become popular, including social learning, transformative learning, or experimental learning. How learning is being conceptualized and measured by different people in different contexts is the focus of this webinar. In doing so, we discuss recent developments and challenges thereby contributing to ongoing discussions on the conceptualization and measurement of learning and bringing together those who are interested in learning in transitions as well as (social) learning in natural resources management.

The presentations in this webinar include:

Audio-visual recording of webinar on Conceptualization and measurement of learning

View the full agenda and programme and synthesis report.

For more information contact us: learningcommunity[at]tias-web.info

 

June 2016

Dialogue on Knowledge Co-production

The co-production of knowledge has received a lot of attention lately in various policy and scientific arenas. Defined by Armitage et al. 2011 as theGroupWork_sm process of bringing a plurality of knowledge sources and types together, the co-production of knowledge is promoted as a more inclusive way of generating relevant, robust and actionable knowledge. As such, knowledge co-production is becoming pivotal to research initiatives like Future Earth and the European Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) for Climate, among others, whose focus of attention is policy-science interactions.
In this dialogue, several experts discuss knowledge co-production from both a conceptual and a practical perspective. This includes the identbification of barriers, bridges and ways to improve co-production processes. The session was led by Marcela Brugnach, Associate Professor in the Water Management Department at the University of Twente (Netherlands) in discussion with Silke Beck, a senior researcher in the Department of Environmental Politics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany, and Susi Moser, Director of Susanne Moser Research & Consulting, an independent research firm in Santa Cruz, California, and a Social Science Research Fellow at Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment.

The webinar was held in collaboration with the University of Twente, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting, and Stanford’s Woods Institute for the Environment.

View the full  webinar announcement (pdf)

Audio-visual recording of the Knowledge Co-production webinar.

Presentations:

Definitions and questions addressed (by Marcela Brugnach)

Knowledge Co-Production: Lures and Pitfalls (pdf)  by Silke Beck

 

April 2016

Beyond SDG indicators – Part 2: Integrated models supporting implementation, strategy development and transition planning

TIAS and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) held the second of two webinars on the UN Sustainable Development Goals led by László Pintér of Central European University and International Institute for Sustainable Development. The presenters were: Paul Lucas of PBL the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency; Marco Sanchez-Cantillo of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs; and, Matteo Pedericini of the Millennium Institute. They addressed where the need for assessment in the different stages of SDG implementation may arise, how it can build on the work on indicators, and the related institutional and capacity issues. To illustrate these general issues, they discussed ongoing work on integrated modeling and key conceptual, technical and institutional capacity challenges that will need to be considered for making use of these IA tools and methods in practice.

India-11View the full programme  (pdf)

The presentations can be downloaded here:

Applying integrated assessment models to SDG planning (pdf), presented by Paul Lucas of PBL the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

Strengthening national capacities to use modelling tools for sustainable development policies (pdf), presented by Marco V. Sanchez-Cantillo of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

The Integrated Sustainable Development Goals Planning Model (iSDG)  (Link to iSDG demo), presented by Matteo Pedericini, Director of Planning, Millennium Institute

Available: Audio-visual recording of the webinar.

Summary report of the SDG2 webinar.

Further reading: 

Roads from Rio+20. Pathways to achieve global sustainability goals by 2050, and  Sustainable Development Goals in the Netherlands,  both by PBL the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

(See below for the presentations and a recording of part 1 on the role of integrated assessment in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals)

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February 2016

Beyond SDG Indicators – Part 1: Exploring the role of integrated assessment in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

As a crucial element of the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there is significant interest in defining SDG indicators, given their potential role in monitoring and progress review. However, beyond having suitable statistical instruments for measuring progress, moving SDGs into the mainstream will also require analytic tools and methods that can address SDGs as a system, analyze their relationships, and allow policymakers, experts and the public to identify and test hypotheses about implementation options in the context of scenarios. The hypothesis underlying this webinar is that the conceptual approach, tools and methods of Integrated Assessment make it an interesting candidate to play a role. The three presenters bring both an inside perspective of the SDG process and decades of experience in navigating the science – policy interface related to the imperatives of human well-being and sustainable development. They will address where the need for assessment and strategic analysis in the different stages of SDG implementation may arise, how it can build on the work on indicators and statistics, and the related institutional and capacity issues.

View the Programme.

Available: Audio-visual recording with slides (approx. 2 hours) (The platform used is Adobe Connect.  Connectivity can be tested here; Flash Player needed)

Summary report of the SDGs 1 webinar available (PDF 175 kb)

Presentations can be downloaded.:

From planning to monitoring and review: An institutional perspective” (pdf) by Marc Levy, Deputy Director, Earth Institute, Columbia University

SDGs as a network of targets”  (pdf) by David O’Connor”, IUCN, World Resources Institute. Former Chief, Policy Analysis and Networks Branch, UN DESA

From SDG statistics to addressing the decision support needs of governments” (pdf) by  Enrico Giovannini,  University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

 

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November 2014
Advancing the Water-Food Nexus: Approaches and Methods

The Water-Energy-Food Nexus is a relatively new approach for promoting security in all three sectors by reducing trade-offs, building synergies and improving governance across these sectors, and thus stimulating the transition to a green economy. The “nexus” is therefore an important theme for The Integrated Assessment Society and the Institute of Environmental Systems Research since sectoral and disciplinary integration lie at the core of their missions. In order to launch the Nexus as a theme for TIAS, this webinar narrowed the focus to water and food security, since the intersection of these two sectors alone is sufficiently broad and complex.

The webinar addressed the following questions:

– Where are we at with the Nexus approach and what are some of the key challenges we face? What areas require strengthening and improved guidance?

– What are some of the more promising Nexus assessment methods and tools used?

– What kind of networking and research opportunities can we identify that will help knowledge exchange and development?

W-F Nexus Programme, Presentations and Results

The Value of the Nexus Approach
Henk Westhoek, Progamme Manager, Water, Food and Agriculture, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

Improving food and water security through Water Footprint Assessment
Ruth Mathews, Executive Director, and Ashok Chapagain, Science Director, Water Footprint Network

Assessing prospects for food and water security using scenario analysis
Claudia Ringler, Deputy Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, International Food Policy Research Institute

Discussion chaired by Joanne Vinke-de Kruijf, USF and TIAS

– WF Nexus challenges to be addressed

– Promising methods and tools for nexus analysis

– Networking and research opportunities

Available: Audio-visual Webinar Recording with slides (1 hr 29 mins)

Available: Webinar Summary pdf (567kb)

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May 2014
Enhancing Social Impact Assessment

The TIAS webinar, Enhancing Social Impact Assessment, has examined the state of the art in SIA, those areas requiring strengthening and improved guidance, experiences in the application of SIA to the assessmimagesent of distributional impacts, and the establishment of a TIAS working group on the subject.

For details, see full announcement.

Chaired by Jan Bakkes, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and TIAS VP.
SIA Programme, Presentations and Results

Distributional impacts of environmental policies in Germany
Dr. Klaus Jacob, Research Director, Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universität Berlin

Measuring the social impact of business: Current practices and challenges
Kitrhona Cerri, Manager, Redefining Value, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Challenges and developments in SIA at the project level
Prof. Frank Vanclay,Professor of Cultural Geography, University of Groningen

Available: SIA Webinar recording (with slides – 1 hr 42 m).

Available: SIA Webinar MInutes pdf (334kb)

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July 2012
TIAS Webinar: Moving towards a global change science – From discourse to action

Focus: Designing demonstration projects.
The event took place July 9th 2012.

Organized by TIAS and RESCUE (Responses to Environmental and Societal Challenges for our Unstable Earth – ESF Forward Look).

Webinar Recording: Link to the record of the webinar (Java required).

Download Summary:  Global Change Science Webinar Summary

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February 2010

TIAS Webinar: Getting into the Right Lane for 2050: From Vision to Strategy for a Sustainable Europe
The event took place February 15, 2010

Presenters:

Jan Bakkes, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency

Per Sandberg, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Overview of the session

TIAS first online webinar was led by Jan Bakkes of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) on the recently released study, “Getting into the Right Lane for 2050″, jointly published by PBL and the Stockholm Resilience Centre. The study examines the long-term challenges facing the EU in a vision of Europe for 2050, focusing on the key areas of climate change and energy security; land resources, food and biodiversity; and transport and mobility. The core question is: If we want to achieve this vision, what strategic decisions need to be taken in the next few years?

This presentation was followed by an overview of the WBSCD Vision 2050 Study presented by its director, Per Sandberg. The study lays out the challenges, pathway and options that business can use to create an opportunity-rich strategy, both regionally and globally, that will lead to a sustainable world.

Download summary: Right Lane webinar summary [0.42 MB]