Mapping the Structure and Evolution of Sustainability Science

Date & Time

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
9:00am – 5:30pm

Meeting Place

AAAS Headquarters
Revelle Room (Second Floor)
1200 New York Avenue NW, Room 703
Washington, DC 20005


Katy Borner Katy Börner
Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington; Director, Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center; Curator, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit
[PR^2 | Slides]
Luis M. A. Bettencourt Luís M. A. Bettencourt
Research Professor, Santa Fe Institute
Research Scientist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
[PR^2 | Slides]

Workshop Goals

This workshop brings together sustainability science researchers, academic organizations, and agencies with initiatives in the field as well as data modeling, and visualization experts to discuss the development and structure in sustainability science research. Results from an NSF funded large-scale analysis of sustainability research will be presented that map the field in terms of its time evolution, geographic distribution, and disciplinary reach. We will also discuss current research trends and agency initiatives, disciplinary integration, education and policy connections.

Given the diverse backgrounds of the participants and the goals of the workshop, we will start the workshop with brief self-introductions, followed by two 30 min talks that set the stage for the workshop. The remaining of the workshop comprises of brief presentations and brainstorming and discussion sessions. Both days of this event (Nov. 30th and Dec. 1st) conclude with a working-dinner that includes discussion groups covering challenges and opportunities for the field and its many components – from policy to education and research.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010
7:00 pm Dinner at the Marriot Fire and Sage restaurant, 775 12th Street Northwest Washington D.C., 20001, (202) 661-8925. [Directions]

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
9:00 am Welcome on Behalf of AAAS (Al Teich)
9:05 am Workshop Overview by Organizers (Luís M. A. Bettencourt and Katy Börner) [slides]
9:15 am Introductions by Participants (3 mins. per person/organization)
10:15 am Break
10:30 am

"Analyzing and Mapping Sustainability Research" Talks (30 mins. each)

  • Temporal Evolution and Geography of Sustainability Science – Luís M. A. Bettencourt [slides]
  • Disciplinary Maps of Sustainability Science – Katy Börner [slides]

Sustainability Science Academic Programs (20 min each)

  • ASU - Global Institute of Sustainability – Sander van der Leeuw [slides]
  • Columbia - The Earth Institute – Peter Schlosser [slides]
  • Harvard - William C. Clark [slides]
12:30pm Discussion
1:00pm Lunch

“Supporting Sustainability Research” Talks (20 min each)

  • NAS and Sustainability Science – Marina Moses [slides]
  • NSF and Sustainability Science – Bruce Hamilton [slides]

"Publishing Sustainability Research" Talks (15 min each)

  • Journals: PNAS – William C. Clark [slides]
  • Journals: Sustainability – Marc A. Rosen [slides]
3:00pm Discussion
3:30pm Break
3:45pm Best Ideas - Identify the most promising next steps – Katy Börner

General Discussion: Sustainability Science: Quo vadis? – Luís M. A. Bettencourt

Growth, disciplinary integration, education and policy connections
5:30pm Adjourn
6:30pm Dinner at Againn restaurant, 1099 New York Avenue Northwest Washington D.C., DC 20001, (202) 639-9830. [Directions]

Invited Participants

William R. L. Anderegg William R. L. Anderegg
Department of Biology, Stanford University
[PR^2 | Slides]
Nikoosh_Carlo Nikoosh Carlo
AAAS Science Policy fellow NSF
[PR^2 | Slides]
William C. Clark
Professor, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Member of the Editorial Board, PNAS
[PR^2 | Slides: Harvard, PNAS]
Ingo Gunther Ingo Günther
Artist, NYC
[PR^2 | Slides]
Bruce Hamilton Bruce Hamilton
Program Director, Environmental Sustainability, in the Engineering Directorate, NSF
[PR^2 | Slides]
Katheryn Hughes Kathryn Hughes
Program Officer, Chemical Sciences and Technology at The National Academies, Washington D.C.
[PR^2 | Slides]
Jasleen Kaur Jasleen Kaur
PhD Student, School of Informatics, Indiana University
[PR^2 | Slides]
Peter Meisen Peter Meisen
President, the GENI Initiative, Global Energy Network Institute
[PR^2 | Slides]
Marina Moses Marina Moses
Science and Technology for Sustainability Program, Policy and Global Affairs Division, The National Academies
[PR^2 | Slides]
Marc A. Rosen Marc A. Rosen
Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
[PR^2 | Slides]
Peter Schlosser Peter Schlosser
Associate Director and Director of Research, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, NY
[PR^2 | Slides]
Naoki Shibata Naoki Shibata
Assistant Professor, Institute of Engineering Innovation, The University of Tokyo
[PR^2 | Slides]
Al Teich Al Teich
Director, Science & Policy Programs, AAAS
Rita Teutonico Rita Teutonico
Advisor for Integrative Activities, Office of the Assistant Director, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, National Science Foundation
[PR^2 | Slides]
Stephen Uzzo Stephen Uzzo
VP of Science & Technology, New York Hall of Science
[PR^2 | Slides]
Sander Van Der Leeuw Sander Van Der Leeuw
Professor, Arizona State University
[PR^2 | Slides]

Invited but unable to attend

Lynn Davis - Office of Scientific and Technical Information, USDOE
Robert Kates - University of Maine
Pamela A. Matson - Stanford University
Romain Murenzi - University of Maryland, AAAS-Center for Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development
Kasey White - Center for Science, Technology, and Congress, American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Travel Information

Please contact Beth Works at 812/855.5120 or to make sure you get the special reservation rate for attending the workshop!

Room blocks have been set aside for attendees of this workshop at the Hampton Inn Washington, DC - Convention Center [Google map]

Hotel Address:
901 6th Street. NW
Washington, District of Columbia, USA 20001-2646
Tel: 1-202-842-2500

Map with the four venues: [LINK]


This workshop is co-sponsored by the AAAS Directorate for Science & Policy Programs and supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CBET-0831636 and the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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