We have an exciting programme planned for you, where you will have an opportunity to build your skills through workshops, grow your confidence through individual and group presentations, and lastly, network with other attendees over food and drinks! Please take a look at this padlet for a more detailed overview into each day's activities and agenda
Location: Scarman, Space 11
Welcome and Introduction to Sustainability Training School
Centre for Facilitation - Skills Training
This session will kickstart the conversations for the sustainability training school. Addressing the challenges of sustainable development means learning to work in ways you may have never done before. Collaborating across sectors and disciplines is never easy. During this training school, ECRs have a unique opportunity to build relationships and interactions with a diverse and international group of researchers, as well sustainability experts. They will have plenty opportunities during the week to discuss and develop small scale collaborative interactions with their peers.
During this first session, we will be setting the scene about what it really means to collaborate well. Participants will have an opportunity:
• to reflect in their current experiences of collaborative practices
• to be challenged in exploring what’s the next step for expanding their collaboration potentials
• to consider ingredients for powerful and open collaborations
• to set their intentions for professional development to make the most of the sustainability training school
Introduction to Group Projects
As part of their participation in the Sustainability Training School, Early Career Researchers will be asked to work in groups addressing a topic related to the overall theme of the Training School ‘Resilience and Sustainable Development’. The theme responds to the current challenges and crises (e.g. earthquake in Turkey and Syria; war in Ukraine; flooding in Pakistan etc), and to this end, STS participants will have a chance to collaborate with researchers from different geographic areas, combine their interdisciplinary knowledge, skills, and expertise and critically reflect on existing and ongoing global challenges.
The ultimate goal of the group project work is to promote resilience-thinking as a catalyst for more effective disaster risk planning and management through cultivating a multidisciplinary research spirit. In more detail, group projects aim at the following:
· Provide an overview of theoretical and practical understandings of concepts such as urban resilience, disaster risks and natural hazards.
· Promote interdisciplinary approaches to addressing complex global crises and challenges.
· Help participants understand the relationship between disaster management, urban resilience, and new agendas for sustainable development, such as the SDGs.
· Critically reflect on past examples of (un)successful application of resilient approaches, policies, or practices in the context of a disastrous event.
· Acknowledge the importance of nourishing, developing and promoting resilience thinking for achieving a sustainable future for all.
· Grow their network through collaborative group work and knowledge exchange and co-production.
To this end, each ECR group will be asked to develop a group project idea, focusing on a major contemporary disaster and emphasising the central role of resilience in assisting individuals and local communities to prepare for, respond to and recover from adverse events. After breaking into groups, ECRs will have a chance to discuss their project ideas with a designated tutor, who will assist in the selection and development of the topic. Each group will work with their tutor primarily in the evenings to present a complete project, with full description and recommendations by Friday. Indicative project ideas could be based but are not limited to the following:
- Turkey and Syria earthquake (February 2023).
- Russian invasion of Ukraine (February 2022- ongoing).
- Flooding in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Madagascar or Brazil (2023).
- Wildfires in Chile, California or Southern Europe
- COVID-19 crisis and its impact.
Depending on the chosen topic, tutors will discuss available resources for the ECRs to explore. In general, an emphasis on participatory methods to enhance disaster resilience will be encouraged, with a specific focus on participatory mapping and other participatory methods. A list of general links and resources for the participants to share is available here. Presentations will take place on Friday 9 June and will include different prizes for the best overall work. Moreover, presentations could take a variety of creative forms, such as:
· Power point presentations.
· Poster or video presentations
· Panel group discussions
· Interactive discussions with the audience.
For further information please contact Dr Vangelis Pitidis (Evangelos.Pitidis@warwick.ac.uk), the ECR STS lead at Warwick.
UoW Sustainability Strategy Champions Round table
Individual Research Presentation Session 1
Key-notes, Scarman Space 29. Register to attend