Convergence 2015 Agenda

The Down East Research and Education Network’s
CONVERGENCE 2015
Sustainability: Planning to Protect Downeast Resources and Communities over the Long Term

Thursday October 8th 2015
at Schoodic Institute on the SERC Campus in Winter Harbor. Generously sponsored by
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park and the Maine Community Foundation

The mission of DEREN is to promote communication and collaboration opportunities among conservation researchers, educators, practitioners, and managers in Hancock and Washington Counties, Maine. For information about DEREN and CONVERGENCE, visit:  www.downeastresearchnetwork.org
Contact:  Anica Miller Rushing, DEREN Coordinator, anmiller-rushing@schoodicinstitute.org

Time Activity
8:00-9:00 Registration & Networking Moore Auditorium
9:00-9:15 Welcome & Introduction:  Moore Auditorium Anica Miller Rushing, DEREN Coordinator, “Welcome to CONVERGENCE 2015”

Mark Berry, Executive Director of Schoodic Institute, “Welcome to the Schoodic Institute”
Lisa Heyward, DEREN President, Introduction

9:15-9:30 Updates:A thank you and a summary of last year’s discussion on land conservation, Alan Hutchinson, Executive Director, Forest Society of Maine

Summary of Economic Study commissioned by DEREN, Bob DeForrest, Project Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust

9:30-10:30 Keynote Talk: Avoiding the dusty shelf syndrome: Scenario planning to build capacity and advance solutions, Bridie McGreavy, Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Maine
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:10 Scenario planning: what they are, how they are used, how they can be applied, Katie Theoharides, Scenarios, Services, and Society Research Coordination Network (S3RCN) at the Harvard Forest
11:10-11:35 Scenario planning in the Acadia region: drivers and background, Abraham Miller-Rushing, Ph.D., Science Coordinator, Acadia National Park
11:35-12:00 All about scenario planning: your questions answered, Abraham Miller-Rushing, Ph.D., Science Coordinator, Acadia National Park and Katie Theoharides, Scenarios, Services, and Society Research Coordination Network at the Harvard Forest
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Networking
1:00-2:30 Now what do I do with this scenario planning? Working session, Katie Theoharides, Scenarios, Services, and Society Research Coordination Network at the Harvard Forest
2:30–2:45 Break
2:45-3:30 Target group presentations and debrief, Katie Theoharides, Scenarios, Services, and Society Research Coordination Network at the Harvard Forest
3:30-3:45 Evaluating Convergence 2015, planning for 2016, Anica Miller Rushing, DEREN Coordinator
3:45-4:00 Inspiration and motivation, Jane E. Disney, Ph.D., Co-Director of Education, Senior Staff Scientist, Director, Community Environmental Health Laboratory, MDI Biological Laboratory