Gabriele Bammer spent two weeks at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis Maryland. The first week was spent planning a workshop that will bring together leaders of organisations that conduct interdiscipinary research to discuss organisational strategies and challenges for achieving successful interdisciplinarity. As far as we are aware this is the first time such a group has been convened.
The second week was spent attending a an excellent meeting of one of the pursuits (groups) for which she is the theme leader. This pursuit is developing a set of papers on core modelling practices.
Gabriele Bammer then attended a meeting of the editorial board for the journal GAIA in Vienna. Over the last two years she has written an open-access column on 'Toolkits for Transdisciplinarity' for the journal, which has been well received and highly viewed. In both 2015 and 2016, a toolkit was among the top 10 most viewed articles in the journal. The Toolkits series will end with Toolkit #8 and will be replaced by a new series on frameworks for transdisciplinary thinking. GAIA has also entered in a partnership with the I2Insights blog. Authors of selected papers will be invited to write blog posts and those papers will be made available free-to-download for a month after the blog post is published.
While she was in the US, Gabriele also presented a webinar on Integration and Implementation Sciences to a new community of practice called Intereach. This is the Interdisciplinary Integration Research Careers Hub (Intereach) and provides mechanisms for communication, education, and collaboration among those interested in a community of practice around the interdisciplinary and integrative functions critical to team science research.
She also served on the selection panel for the RG Menzies Scholarship. Interviews were conducted with seven outstanding applicants of whom two were chosen for Scholarships that will allow them to complete a coursework Masters at Harvard University.
The March/April I2S News was published, providing an overview of new resources on the I2S website (http://I2S.anu.edu.au). Gabriele and Peter Deane also published four new posts on the Integration and Implementation Insights (I2Insights) blog. The blog continues to attract a strong readership and an excellent diverse group of authors.