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Lunch & Learn Series: Collaborating Across Difference

Curious about trans-disciplinary work? The EarthLab Lunch & Learn series provides a space to learn more about the skills needed to collaborate across diverse fields and communities. Bring your lunch and partake in an interesting conversation with others from various disciplines.

Every second Tuesday of the month, two or more individuals from different disciplines are invited to share lessons from their efforts to collaborate with each other. Such partnerships might include artists collaborating with scientists, researchers collaborating with community members, academics collaborating with practitioners, and researchers collaborating across wide disciplinary divides (e.g. sciences and humanities). The discussion will include reflection on challenges and opportunities they encounter, the specific awareness and skills they have developed in order to collaborate, and recommendations for others attempting similar feats. 

Each event will consist of a presentation, a 20-30 minute panel, followed by discussion with a general audience. 


May 11 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Building Resilience to Sea Level Rise Through Science Innovation and Community Engagement

People living in Washington’s coastal areas face a host of natural hazards that are being exacerbated by sea level rise, ranging from nuisance flooding during King Tide events, eroding coastlines and wave damage. Incorporating sea level rise projections into the decision-making process will help Washington communities build resilience to coastal hazards. The Washington Coastal Resilience Project employed technical innovations and community engagement to rapidly increase the state’s capacity to support proactive local action on these hazards.

Presented by: Nicole Faghin, coastal management specialist, Washington Sea Grant; Harriet Morgan, researcher, Climate Impacts Group; Ian Miller, coastal hazards specialist, Washington Sea Grant

Learn more and RSVP here

Past Presentations

ONLINE: April 13, 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM: Assessing Climate Driven Zoonotic Disease Risk in Washington State. Presented by: Cory Morin, clinical assistant professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Nicolas A. Bond, Washington state climatologist, and Karin Bumbaco, assistant state climatologist

ONLINE: March 9, 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM: How Collaborative Research Reduced ‘Seabird Bycatch’. Presented by: Ed Melvin, Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences; Julia Parrish, Lowell A. and Frankie L. Wakefield Professor of Ocean Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington, where she also serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of the Environment; Captain John McHenry, member of the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association

ONLINE: February 9, 2021 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM: Accelerating the Clean Economy Through Collaborations. Presented by: Lauren Brohawn, Assistant Director of UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship; Michael Pomfret, Managing Director of Washington Clean Energy Testbeds; Mel Clark, President and CEO of CleanTech Alliance

ONLINE: December 9, 2020 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM: Ocean Memory for Changing Times. Presented by: Jody Deming, a professor in UW Oceanography, and Daniel Kohn, a Franco-American artist

ONLINE: October 13, 2020 | 12:30 – 1:30 PM: Creating a Tool for Change: How UW Researchers and Community Partners Co-Produced the Washington Environmental Health Disparities Map. Presented by: Esther Min, Research Consultant with UW Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and Deric Gruen, Co-Executive Director with Front and Centered

ONLINE: May 12, 2020 | 12:30-2:00 PM: From Knowledge to Understanding: Lessons Learned from Integrating Research and Stakeholder Engagement in a Water & Agriculture Project. Presented by: The Water for Agriculture (W4Ag) project team, including Kathryn Brasier, Penn State University; Barbara Quimby, Arizona State University; Mark Burbach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Jon Laughner, Penn State University; Walt Whitmer, Penn State University; Weston Eaton, Penn State University; and Clinton Williams, USDA Agricultural Research Service

February 11, 2020 | 12:30-2:30 PM: Co-Producing the Tribal Climate Tool: Lessons in Collaboration Among Tribal, Academic, and Federal Partners. Presented by: Meade Krosby, Climate Impacts Group and Don Sampson, Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

January 30, 2020 | 12:30 – 2:30 PM: When Art Meets Science: Communicating about Climate Change. Presented by Seattle artist Rachel Lodge and UW forest scientist Dave Peterson

December 10, 2019: A Generosity of Spirit: Bridging academic and management norms to create the Social Science for the Salish Sea research agenda. Presented by Sara Jo Breslow, Social Science Lead for EarthLab and Leah Kintner, Ecosystem Recovery Manager for the Puget Sound Partnership


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