NSF sponsored Global Long Term Human Ecodynamics Conference
Eagle Hill, Maine.

October 15th-18th 2009

The Global Perspectives on Long Term Human Ecodynamics workshop will be held at the Humboldt Field Research Institute at Eagle Hill Maine in October 15-18th 2009. We have the full use of the Eagle Hill conference facility, which has extensive experience in hosting scientific meetings, workshops and retreats. We can make use of a nearby motel if we have overflow, but the kitchen at Eagle Hill is capable of feeding 100 guests, so there should be no problem with food.

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Travel Arrangements

Directions on how to get to the Humboldt Field Research Institute by car and public transport are available.

Please now have a look at travel schedules and prices for travel from your home base to Portland Maine arriving October 14th and departing late on the 18th or on the 19th (we know some of you have other commitments to juggle). If you can send us the travel info as soon as you have it we will try to do the bookings for you. For drivers mileage and gas will be reimbursed and everyone should keep track of en route incidental costs (parking etc.) for reimbursement. We will try to organize pick up and delivery between the Portland ME airport and the conference center, and we will make sure you are all properly housed and fed. Note that as per NSF regulations you will need to buy any alcoholic drinks yourselves.

What Should You Bring to the Meeting?

  1. A short 3 slide personal introduction of you and your work- 5 minutes or so for an initial introduction and icebreaker morning session the first day. If everyone is OK with this we will post these on the conference web page too.
  2. A longer 20 minute team/group presentation for the world areas- we will ask groups and world areas to pool presentations but everyone will have a chance to do a longer presentation even if sessions run long (we will run sessions early and late certainly and there will be time for informal interactions too). Please bring loaded laptops with plenty of powerpoints on a wide range of potential issues. Problems, products, and potentials are key items to present here.
  3. Models, methods, and integrative tools- one of the major objectives of the conference will be to share ideas on how to grapple with the complexity of long term human ecodynamics, how to integrate multiple data sets, deal with multi-causality, and also how to visualize and present our ideas and results to ourselves, each other and the wider public. This is modeling in the widest sense- we know there are some dense numbers crunching models out there and we'd like to know more about wider applications, but conceptual models or just good ideas for integration are also most welcome. If we can end the meeting with everyone learning a few new tricks and going home with an expanded tool kit for their work then I think we have a success.