Practice at the Boundaries: Summary of a workshop of practitioners working at the interfaces of science, policy and society for environmental outcomes


These proceedings provide an overview of a workshop that brought together people involved in the dayto-day practice of managing interactions between science, society, and policy, i.e., boundary-spanning. The workshop was co-sponsored by the environmental science division at The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Luc Hoffmann Institute, the California Ocean Science Trust, and the Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay, and held at The Pew Charitable Trusts, in Washington, D.C., on February 10-11, 2016.

Participants were invited in recognition of their practical work as boundary-spanners. The 49 participants came from many different kinds of organizations, some explicitly boundary organizations and some not, and included nonprofits, foundations, government, academia, and professional societies. They displayed a strong commitment to, and rich knowledge about, many aspects of boundary-spanning. They highlighted the wide variety of boundary-spanning institutional homes and work in the environmental domain.

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