American Geophysical Union 2019 Fall Meeting
Native Science to Action: How Indigenous Perspectives Inform, Diversify, and Build Capacity in Environmental Science and Policy
We will have oral and poster sessions for the Native Science to Action program 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. Please join us for both!
Poster Session PA41F : Thursday, December 12, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (Poster Hall)
Oral Session PA44B: Thursday, December 12, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM (MS 301-302)
Will there be a Native Science Mixer this year?
Yes! The Indigenous Knowledges Networking Event is back! It will be on Wednesday, December 11, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at the W Hotel (181 3rd Street, 1 block from the Moscone Center). Please join us for food and networking. Indigenous scientists, practitioners, community members, allies, and interested individuals are all welcome. This year's event is sponsored by the NC State Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources and the Ecohydrology and Watershed Science Lab.
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, we have a slate of talks and posters focusing on indigenous voices and perspectives in environmental sciences and policy emphasizing meaningful collaborations between western scientists and indigenous communities, and on indigenous scholars’ experiences walking in both worlds. Invited and contributed presentations will feature case studies, syntheses, and other research. Perspectives highlight 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. 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.
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).