Ecological Reflections Activities at the upcoming LTER All Scientist Meeting 2012

We invite all and any participants in the upcoming LTER All Scientist Meeting to join us in a “Workshop on Engaging Arts and Humanities.”  We have workshop times set for 1:30-3:30pm and 4:00-6:00pm on Monday Sept. 10 in the Longs Peak Keyhole room.

The working group sessions will address:

  • What is the current situation of the Ecological Reflections network, including brief presentations from a sampling of programs?
  • How do we foster this work at our own sites and as a network?
  • How should we administrate ourselves (as a working group) in the coming few years (e.g., continue grassroots or get more organized)?
  • What are next important steps to take in this work both thematically (e.g., begin inter-site arts/humanities) and in terms of institutional arrangement (e.g., with NSF, NEA, private foundations, …)

The first of the two sessions requested will be a whole-group discussion to share information about developments in and beyond LTER, some discussion of how programs are organized, funded, and conducted.  The agenda for the second session will be determined at the end of the first session – likely steps may be breaking into more focused interest groups and then reconvening to summarize with the whole group to share findings from the breakout sessions and agree on the future course.


1) Information exchange: This might follow a symposium format and consist of a variety of talks from researchers from different LTER sites describing current work on a particular theme, or research that might be incorporated in the LTER research in the future. The principal organizer will solicit talks on the proposed theme and organize the schedule of talks within the overall program structure and the number of sessions available after the timetable is determined. The principal organizer can include time for discussion etc. as they consider appropriate.

2) Brainstorming: General discussion group potentially with a mix of short introductory remarks and scene setting followed by brainstorming on the proposed theme. Principal organizers to deliver introductory remarks and/or solicit others to participate in the initial development of the brain storming session and to chair the brain storming discussion as they deem appropriate.

3) Product oriented: Working group with the primary objective to produce a specific product which might include a paper for publication, proposal for cross site research, or policy document of recommendations for LTER, NSF, and ESA etc.

4) Ancillary meetings: Ancillary meetings are requested by specific LTER interest groups (e.g., data managers, graduate students, education representatives) that need time to themselves. These meetings will likely be scheduled outside of the regular meeting agenda.

There will also be poster presentations of programmatic aspects of this work and also presentation of products in the forms of displays of art and written material in the large poster-display hall.  Please stop by.