American Geophysical Union 2019 Fall Meeting
Native Science to Action: How Indigenous Perspectives Inform, Diversify, and Build Capacity in Environmental Science and Policy
We are accepting presentation abstracts for the Native Science to Action session at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting (December 9-13 in San Francisco, CA). The AGU Fall Meeting is one of the world's largest professional gatherings of earth and space scientists. The organization celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2019.
Perspectives of Indigenous peoples can bring deep insight to the study and management of complex environmental systems through their holistic approaches to problem solving and ways of knowing. These perspectives can inform and enrich western scientific research and discussions of policy in areas related to sustainability, human-environment interactions, ecosystems, climate adaptation, geohealth, and more. Although western science is beginning to acknowledge the importance of indigenous knowledge, voices of indigenous peoples are largely absent from scholarly discourse. Native Science to Action is part of a broader effort to acknowledge indigenous voices and perspectives. Learn about the motivation behind this effort by reading a 2018 AGU presidential blog post by Karletta Chief and a 2019 symposium report published in AGU's magazine, Eos.
For 2019, welcome submissions focusing on indigenous voices and perspectives in environmental sciences and policy emphasizing meaningful collaborations between western scientists and indigenous communities, or on indigenous scholars’ experiences walking in both worlds. Submissions may be case studies, syntheses, or other scholarship focusing on one or more indigenous tribe, group, or organization. We also welcome perspectives discussing relevant issues surrounding community based participation, ethics, mutual understanding, and respect for sacred knowledge.
This will be the third year of Native Science to Action. We hope to offer both oral and poster presentations. Oral presentations involve 12-13 minute research talks, often (but not always) accompanied by slides. Research talks are followed by a brief (2-3 minute) Q&A. The oral session normally includes eight presentations and lasts 2 hours.
Poster presentations involve one-on-one or small group discussions of research during a 2-4 hour time block. One unique aspect of the Native Science to Action poster session is a "gallery walk" where presenters and other interested parties meet at a pre-arranged time to hear short (2-3 minute) talks from all presenters in the poster session. There are normally 15-20 poster presenters.
The final schedule and format of the session will depend on the number of presentation abstracts received and will be determined by an AGU committee tasked with scheduling more than 20,000 presentations during the week.
Organizers of the 2019 Native Science to Action session include Ryan Emanuel (North Carolina State University), Dominque Davíd-Chavez (Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and Colorado State University) and Shandin Pete (Salish Kootenai College).
Abstracts must be submitted by 11:59 PM (local time) on July 31, 2019. Use the button below to submit an abstract via the AGU website.
Session schedules are normally announced sometime in October 2019. The final session schedule cannot be altered.
Native Science to Action Mixer
We expect to hold a Native Science to Action networking mixer one evening during the week. Check back in the fall for details.