encompass huge problems that require 'interdisciplinary' (ID) science
and management, yet approaches to ID work are few and there are many
barriers (e.g. institutional structures) to progress.
With much discussion
about the need for ID thinking to improve understanding and management
of the global environment, the aim of the 6th ICEF, held in July 2011, was to
comprehensively debate what is involved in this and explore what it
might entail in future.
Addressing ID people
and those with some experience in ID, the aims of the 6th ICEF were
- Build on key subject reviews published in the
journal Environmental Conservation
- Involve formal oral and poster presentations
- Provide opportunities for environmental
management professionals to grasp the latest developments.
invited experts delivered papers and formed the core group of
discussants in the workshops addressing each of the 20 subjects.
A broad exchange of
knowledge and advancement of the scientific underpinnings of ID
research and policy were the major conference goals. Specific
objectives included exploration of different views of ID thinking,
examination of selected case studies in scientific research and
environmental management to identify obstacles and solutions and
rationales for them, and help project these forward into future
environmental science and planning.
were the pre-meeting peer-reviewed papers (published in Environmental
Conservation), a book to be published after the meeting, networking of
key workers in the field from around the world and increased
understanding of what ID approaches exist and how they may be applied
to science and management in different settings in the future.
Contact the Editor:
Professor N V C Polunin
School of Marine Science & Technology
Ridley Building, University of Newcastle
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU
Tel: +44 (0) 191 222 6675
Fax: +44 (0) 191 222 7891
Prof. N V C Polunin