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CERF Winter 2017 Quarterly Webinar Series
Wednesday, February 01, 2017, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT
Category: CERF Events & Webinars

CERF Winter 2017 Quarterly Webinar - 
The Need for Super Powers in Coastal Ecosystem Management: How Collaborative Learning Can Be Used to Bridge Science, Management, and Policy to Improve Outcomes 
by Christine Feurt

Missed a webinar? All webinar recordings are available as a member resource in the Webinar Library!


February 1, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT


This is a free webinar series open to MEMBERS ONLY. 

Registration is now CLOSED. The recorded webinar will be posted on the CERF website.


Spring 2017

Date May 3, 2017

Social Media & Science
by Dr. Jeff Clements.

Summer 2017

Date: TBA

Science Story-Telling 
by Dr. William Dennison


We are very interested in receiving input on future webinar topics and/or speakers – please submit suggestions to Mary Grace Lemon. We look forward to hearing from you!

Would a coastal ecosystem scientist develop a research program without the theoretical and methodological understanding of the discipline? Would a decision maker implement policy without an understanding of appropriate legal and governance frameworks? Would a coastal manager carry out a restoration or conservation program without an understanding of best practices and a strategy for adaptive management over time? Each of these components of coastal ecosystem management requires knowledge, expertise, and a unique way of knowing how to get things done in the context of science, policy, or management. Sustaining the functions and services of coastal ecosystems requires a meeting of the minds where scientists, policy makers, and managers can integrate their diverse ways of knowing to focus on high impact solutions that improve outcomes for coasts and communities.

What kind of a super hero could orchestrate such a meeting of the minds? Today, new breeds of super heroes are cutting their teeth on innovate approaches to collaboration and stakeholder engagement that are producing results. Across campuses, organizations, and government agencies, boundary-spanners are discovering interdisciplinary superpowers that enable them to build bridges connecting diverse ways of perceiving and solving problems.

This webinar highlights one tested approach to boundary spanning - Collaborative Learning. Collaborative Learning is a powerful stakeholder engagement process for moving groups forward in spite of conflicts, uncertainty, and complexity. It is an adaptable, practical approach grounded in social-science theory, principles, and practices that integrates systems thinking, conflict resolution, and adult learning. Collaborative Learning, designed with knowledge of the mental models used by stakeholders, can reduce conflict, contribute to development of shared meaning, and facilitate actions to overcome coastal management problems. 

Speaker Profile

Dr. Christine Feurt works on the coast of Maine where she is the Director of the Coastal Training Program for the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve and Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities in the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of New England. Her work focuses on applying Collaborative Learning and other environmental communication methods to implement community-based ecosystem management and a sustainability science approach to research.  She works with coastal managers, government officials, NGOs, fellow scientists, and outreach professionals to design and implement collaborative stakeholder processes where people work together to make progress on shared goals. Working with partners, she applies the Collaborative Learning approach to conservation and natural resource management, source water protection, land use planning, planning for climate resilience, and ecosystem service valuation. Dr. Feurt’s research and experience using Collaborative Learning to address coastal management challenges has been synthesized for practitioners in the Collaborative Learning Guide for Ecosystem-based Management and in a training course, Working Together to Get Things Done.           

Cancellation Policy

Space is limited to 100 members. In the event that you are not able to attend the webinar after you have registered, please e-mail the office to cancel.