Facing the Future is an annual two-day postgraduate conference for Masters, PhD and early career researchers from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities, organised through the Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR) at the University of Dundee and James Hutton Institute.
Facing the Future aims to encourage interdisciplinary interaction, discussion and collaboration for managing complex problems in human-environmental systems. Human and environmental systems face formidable challenges – like climate change, food security and resource depletion – that are highly complex and uncertain and cannot be effectively addressed by one discipline or method alone. Often, today’s researchers still specialise in one area or methodology, and would greatly benefit from learning how to develop interdisciplinary thinking and collaborations that are so vital to addressing these complex problems.
Following the 2015 conference, a group of PhD students began efforts to create a Facing the Future Community. The aim is to encourage interdisciplinary interaction and collaboration outside of the conference. This blog represents the first step in building that community. It will feature monthly posts by researchers from different disciplines about their work on tackling complex human-environmental problems. I hope you enjoy it!