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                             ISSUES 2 ISSUES: "Transferring knowledge into practice”

A transdisciplinary seminar  on Sustaining Urban Ecosystem Services

 

Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh. Thursday May 15th 2008

 

Time

Item, topic and speaker(s)

10:30

 

Coffee and registration

11:00

 

Introduction to the day: Kate Beckmann,

Introduction to the day: Lian Scholes and Rebecca Wade

11:10

 

How can natural and social scientists, economists & non-academics collaborate to sustain ecosystem services?

Introduction to session and speakers

11:15

 

The Policy Making perspective - Ian Bainbridge, Scot Gov't: "What do policy makers look for when developing policies relating to sustainability and ecosystems?"

11:25

 

Case Study Perspective: Neil Mclean, SEPA. SUDS as a case study where research successfully informed policy development and "Why this worked"

11:35

 

Small groups for interactive discussion sessions:  'What do researchers need to do differently to meet the needs of potential end users? And what might end-users to do in order to benefit from relevant research?'

12:20

 

Conclusion from interactive session and questions, thanks to speakers

12:40

 

LUNCH

13:40

 

Introduction to afternoon session: 'Many models and indicators are already available: why aren’t they being used? The wrong tools or bad communication?'

13:45

 

Academics Anonymous - Structural Barriers to dissemination beyond academia and how to overcome them:  Prof. Jim Harris, Cranfield University

13:55

 

Researcher Perspective: Louise Hurley; Sheffield University: "Decision tools, indicators, research findings: How to get your research outputs to the people who should be using them."

14:05

 

Practitioner viewpoint: City planning; Sandy Gillon, DRS, Glasgow City Council: "How to get information to practitioners so that it makes sense and can be used!"

14:15

 

Interactive session: "Dissemination and PR approaches to improve the reach and take-up of research by end-users"

15:00

 

Tea and Coffee

15:30

 

Conclusion from interactive session and questions

15:50

 

Final remarks,  final questions, thanks, close

16:20

 

DISPERSE


ISSUES is jointly coordinated by Dr Lian Scholes (Middlesex University) and Dr. Rebecca Wade (University of Abertay Dundee)
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