Kira Sullivan-Wiley, a post-doctoral associate at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, recently presented an overview of the Ecological Forecasting Initiative (EFI) Social Science and Partners & Knowledge Transfer Working Groups. The presentation was recorded as part of a “Town Hall” for the virtual 2020 AGU Fall Meeting. Sullivan-Wiley serves as co-chair of both Working Groups.
EFI is led by Michael Dietze, an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment and a Pardee Center Faculty Research Fellow. Dietze launched EFI in 2018 as a grassroots consortium aimed at building and supporting an interdisciplinary community of practice around near-term ecological forecasts, an emerging research area focused on accelerating environmental research and making it more relevant to society. In 2019, the Pardee Center co-sponsored the first EFI Conference at AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC. Over 100 people of all career stages were in attendance for the meeting, representing a broad range of academic disciplines, federal agencies, and NGOs.