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Integrating Sciences to Sustain Urban Ecosystem Services

Transdisciplinary Seminar Series. Supported by ESRC/NERC/EPSRC

Recent Events:

Seminar 6 (final seminar): Dundee, Scotland - March 8th and 9th 2010

Seminar 5: Berlin, Germany - 18th September 2009

Seminar 4: "We have the Technology, the challenge is the Decision-making"


Click on 'Seminars' link above for further information on all of the ISSUES seminars



ISSUES is a transdiscplinary seminar series co-funded by ESRC, NERC and EPSRC. The series will run from October 2007 - March 2010 and consists of 6 seminars to be hosted at different institutions around the UK. With a common goal of enhancing the sustainability and quality-of-life of city-living, this seminar series brings together social scientists, environmental scientists and practitioners from a range of disciplines and sectors to jointly take forward research and practice.

One of the central aims of this seminar series is to develop a practitioner-led research agenda which will then form the basis of a series of full interdisciplinary research proposals aimed at meeting the challenges of sustaining future urban ecosystem services.

The role of urban water ecosystems is identified as a 'common thread' which contributes to or impacts on the provision of a wide range of urban ecosystem services: flood control; drought mitigation; both the flux and fate of pollutants and their potential to impact on human health; the protection and enhancement of streams and rivers; the provision of bluegreen areas for recreational and social amenity benefits; maintaining urban ecologies and detoxifying and decomposing waste materials. Founded on this general topic, the twin aims of identifying transdisciplinary research needs and knowledge transfer are clearly interwoven throughout each of the 6 seminars.

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