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Postgraduate conference “Facing the Future 2016: Realising Resilience”

Tuesday, May 31 to Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Old Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

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Facing the Future 2016 was a two-day postgraduate conference for Masters, PhD and early career researchers from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, organised through the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute, in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen.

In our rapidly changing world, it is vital to create and support strong, resilient ecosystems, food systems and human communities. Therefore, this year’s Facing the Future conference focused on understanding community and ecosystem resilience, and equipping participants with the practical tools to foster and maintain community resilience.

A key reason for the success of previous Facing the Future conferences is the strong focus on interdisciplinary interactions. Formidable problems confronting humanity - like climate change, food security and resource depletion - are highly complex and cannot be effectively addressed by one discipline or method alone. Often, today’s researchers still specialise in one area or methodology, and would greatly benefit from learning how to develop interdisciplinary thinking and collaborations that are so vital to addressing these complex problems.

We are keen for all postgraduate attendees to showcase their work through this event and encourage all to take part in the Turbo Talk session (5 minute presentation each). This will prove a useful exercise in making connections and learning how to appreciate different disciplinary perspectives.

In addition to presentations showcasing participants’ research, this exciting event features inspiring keynote speakers and interactive workshops from the fascinating and thought-provoking International Futures Forum (IFF). The IFF group was founded on the fact that we don’t understand today’s complex world. These events will directly engage researchers in sciences, social sciences and humanities in tackling research problems from interdisciplinary perspectives. Participants will come away with highly applicable new skills and will be able to envision, design, and implement problem-focussed interdisciplinary research.

More information about last year’s Facing the Future conference.

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