In the breakout group activity, participants and attendants are invited to actively participate in identifying the most pressing challenges and opportunities for genuine ECR interdisciplinary in paleosciences. This activity should focus on discussing the four pillars of collaboration that form the core knowledge or boundary object: question/hypothesis, region, field of study, and methodology. That is, the elements any research collaboration should be built upon in a plastic way to adapt all the author’s visions for a joint problem definition. Then, a community-driven project will run until the in-person PASES workshop takes place, aiming at developing one or more products in the form of 1) short articles for peer-reviewed articles in PAGES and/or INQUA magazines, and 2) a global database of knowledge characterizing past socio-environmental systems and their trajectories over time. 

Pre-breakout activity

Participants are asked to collect and read material that can contribute to set the foundations of the activity. Such material is regarded as specific case studies that explore a variety of proxies and models for the study of past socio-environmental systems (paleoecology, paleoclimatology, archaeology, history), and articles that provide tips and methods for developing collaborations. Some examples include (email us if you don’t have access to get these articles):

  • Dearing, J. A., B. Acma, S. Bub, Frank M. Chambers, Xuezhong Chen, J. Cooper, Darren Crook, X. H. Dong, M. Dotterweich, i M. E. Edwards. 2015. «Social-ecological systems in the Anthropocene: The need for integrating social and biophysical records at regional scales». The Anthropocene Review 2 (3): 220–246.
  • Guedes, Jade d’Alpoim, i R. Kyle Bocinsky. 2018. «Climate Change Stimulated Agricultural Innovation and Exchange across Asia». Science Advances 4 (10): eaar4491. 
  • Haldon, John, Lee Mordechai, Timothy P. Newfield, Arlen F. Chase, Adam Izdebski, Piotr Guzowski, Inga Labuhn, i Neil Roberts. 2018. «History Meets Palaeoscience: Consilience and Collaboration in Studying Past Societal Responses to Environmental Change». Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115 (13): 3210-18. 
  • Kelly, Rachel, Mary Mackay, Kirsty L. Nash, Christopher Cvitanovic, Edward H. Allison, Derek Armitage, Aletta Bonn, Steven J. Cooke, Stewart Frusher, i Elizabeth A. Fulton. 2019. «Ten tips for developing interdisciplinary socio-ecological researchers». Socio-Ecological Practice Research 1 (2): 149–161.
  • Sutherland, William J., Erica Fleishman, Michael B. Mascia, Jules Pretty, i Murray A. Rudd. 2011. «Methods for collaboratively identifying research priorities and emerging issues in science and policy». Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2 (3): 238–247.

Breakout activity

Different interdisciplinary groups of approximately 12 people will be formed and will discuss the four pillars of collaboration for approximately 1.5 hours. Groups will meet on separate rooms in Zoom. Specific focus should be on co-developing a core knowledge or boundary object. This includes but is not restricted to: question/hypothesis, region, field of study, and methodology. Each group is asked to prepare a short summary of the discussion. We invite each group to identify a rapporteur who takes notes during the discussion and co-prepare a 5-minute presentation with the rest of the group’s members (with or without slides). 

Post-breakout activity

Groups are asked to self-organize after the virtual workshop and co-develop a case study using co-author’s data sets that speak from the boundary object identified during the breakout activity. Groups are fairly open and members are strongly encouraged to invite the selected ECRs for the in-person PASES2021 workshop to join the group. Likewise, if you have not been selected to participate at the in-person workshop (November 2021, La Serena, Chile) you can still contribute to the final output(s) (see below). Groups rapporteur’s should contact one of the PASES organizers for additional details such as selected participants, and for any questions.

Breakout outcomes

This breakout activity is a community-driven project that will run from the virtual meeting until the in-person workshop PASES2021 will take place next year in La Serena, Chile. Outcomes are two-fold: 1) short-term outcomes in the form of short articles (400-500 words) to be published in the PAGES ECR-led special issue magazine, or in INQUA journal Quaternary International special issue; and 2) long-term project of a global database that integrate well-known case studies characterized by datasets that measure paleoecological proxies, human population and paleoclimatic models, as well as integrative methodologies.