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README.md

Information for the Synthesis Workshop

Important links

Goals of the Synthesis Workshop

The goal of this workshop will be to synthesize the current state of understanding under the theme of ECS-RCN and to identify lines of inquiry that will advance knowledge in both marine science and evolutionary biology. We will identify and rank questions of interest to evolutionary biologists and ocean scientists. By bringing investigators with disparate perspectives from these fields together, the network will aim to provide new insight into classical questions in both fields as well as stimulate new lines of inquiry. A key component of this workshop will be to promote conversation among biological oceanographers and evolutionary biologists to ensure that the RCN’s questions and hypotheses are of mutual interest and relevance to both fields.

How to prepare for the Synthesis Workshop

Schedule

The workshop will balance plenary sessions that will be streamed live (with opportunities to ask questions) with private break-out sessions, followed by live-streaming of break-out session summaries. To facilitate self-organization of participants into groups, we will use the Open Space workshop format successfully used by NESCent Hackathons (Stoltzfus et al. 2017). These hackathons have employed a version of Open Space, which is a participant-driven way to run productive meetings, for five to 2000+ people (www.openspaceworld.org). The Open Space framework for a conference or workshop results in self-organized groups focused on a specific and important purpose or task, but beginning without any formal agenda beyond the overall purpose or theme. (See below for more information)

Join the conversation on Slack or Twitter

We have set up Slack channel at evolvingseas.slack.com. To join the channel please visit this site.

Our Twitter handle is @evolvingseas and the hashtag for this workshop is #RCNECS2019

Monday August 19

  • 13:15 Guests arrive to Portsmouth Transportation Center
  • 13:45 SML provided bus shuttles guests from PTC to Portsmouth dock
  • 14:45 Boat leaves Portsmouth
  • 16:00 Boat arrives Appledore Island
  • 16:00 - 16:15 Unloading Luggage from Boats
  • 16:30 - 16:45 Refreshments and restroom break in Kiggins Commons
  • 16:45 - 17:15 Fire/Water Safety Talk, building orientation, alcohol policy, led by an SML Member, code of conduct (Katie will introduce Joanna Kelley, Safety Officer)
  • 17:15 - 18:00 Settle into residential spaces
  • 18:00 - 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Orientation and walking tour (2 groups, upper half and lower half of island)
  • 20:00 Social hour on Commons Deck (BYO alcoholic beverages)

Tuesday August 20

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Presentations View recording
    • 9:00 Joanna Kelley “Introduction to the RCN-ECS”
    • 9:20 Katie Lotterhos and Molly Albecker “What we learned from the coordinated readings”
    • 9:40 Morgan Kelly “Local adaptation in the sea”
    • 10:00 Jamie Pringle "The simplest cartoon of ocean mediated dispersal (that is not too simple)..."
    • 10:20 coffee break
    • 10:40 Phil Yund “Larval transport”
    • 11:00 Cameron Ghalambhor “Plasticity and adaptation”
    • 11:20 Rachael Bay "Adaptive capacity and range-edge dynamics" (remote presentation)
    • 11:40 Andy Kern “Recent advances in population genetics”
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 14:15 Local (mal)adaptation panel discussion (Live Broadcast, see join info above)
    • Dan Bolnick, Randall Hughes, Matt Hahn
  • 14:15 - 15:30 Circle discussion View recording
    • An open discussion of ideas and challenges, with the aim of identifying a sufficient number of project ideas that are feasible and that are aligned with the scope of the RCN.
    • Notes and manuscript draft
  • 15:30 Break
  • 15:45 - 17:00 Impromptu Poster Making
    • At this time we will open the floor to “pitches” or project ideas proposed for broader adoption. In practice, pitches often came from more senior people (including organizers) with a more confident sense of what projects would have an impact. The champion for each pitch then creates an impromptu poster. Participants are free to wander around the room to discuss pitches and decide how to fit in.
  • 17:00 - 17:45 Form working groups
    • At this time we will invite all participants to add their name to a poster with a post-it note (e.g., join a working group). Depending on interest, champions of some pitches may merge together into a team, while others may drop their pitch if it lacks interest. In the implementation of this approach in the NESCent Hackathons, the first day typically ended with a set of five to seven hackathon teams committed to a project with recorded goals (Stoltzfus et al. 2017).
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Finish forming working groups if necessary
  • 20:00 Social Hour on Commons Deck (BYO alcoholic beverages)

Wed August 21 (Low Tide: 0930, 1736)

  • 06:30 Snorkeling in Great Tide Pool (bring your own snorkeling gear)
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30 - 12:00 Individual Working Groups
  • 9:30 One hour intertidal excursion (half of the working groups today, other half tomorrow)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Swim Call - Jump off the Dock
  • 13:30 - 15:30 pm Working Groups
  • 15:30 Gene Editing Information Session (Dan Bolnick) View recording
  • 16:30 Group Meeting, Working group reports
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Evening Boat ride (other half of the working groups, other half tomorrow)
  • 20:00 Social Hour (BYO alcoholic beverages)

Thurs August 22 (Low Tide: 1011, 2044)

  • 06:30 Snorkeling in Great Tide Pool (bring your own snorkeling gear)
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 8:30 - 12:00 Individual Working Groups
  • 10:30 One hour intertidal excursion (other half of the working groups)
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Swim Call - Jump off the Dock
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Individual Working Groups
  • 16:00 Group discussion - Planning for 2020 (Genomics Committee, Spring Coordinated Readings)
  • 16:30 Group Meeting, Working group reports (Live Broadcast)
    • Meeting URL https://bluejeans.com/342237753?src=join_info Meeting ID 342 237 753 Want to dial in from a phone? Dial one of the following numbers: +1.408.740.7256 (US (San Jose)) +1.408.317.9253 (US (Primary, San Jose)) (see all numbers - https://www.bluejeans.com/numbers) Enter the meeting ID and passcode followed by #, Connecting from a room system? Dial: bjn.vc or 199.48.152.152 and enter your meeting ID & passcode
  • 18:00 Lobster Dinner
  • 19:00 Evening Boat ride (other half of the working groups)
  • 20:00 Social Hour (BYO alcoholic beverages)

Fri Aug 23

  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:45 Luggage on porch of your housing facility
  • 09:15 Gather at the top of the floating dock
  • 09:30 Departure from Appledore Island
  • 10:45 Arrive back to Portsmouth (315 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801)
  • 11:00 Bus departing for Boston Logan International Airport
  • 11:00 SML van shuttling guests to vehicles at Portsmouth Transportation Center

Information on the Open Space Format

Following the Open Space and NESCent Hackathon framework, our meeting would have 2-3 facilitators whose role is to guide participants through the self-organization process. A key role of facilitators will be to stress that the event belongs to the participants and the teams they form. The morning of the first day of the workshop will consist of structured activities, including introductions and symposia on topics related to the main theme of evolution in changing seas and activities to mix up participants. After these presentations, participants will be engaged in an open discussion of ideas and challenges, with the aim of identifying a sufficient number of project ideas that are feasible and that are aligned with the scope of the RCN. Then the facilitators will invite brief “pitches” or project ideas proposed for broader adoption. In practice, pitches often came from more senior people (including organizers) with a more confident sense of what projects would have an impact. The champion for each pitch then creates an impromptu poster. Participants are free to wander around the room to discuss pitches and decide how to fit in. In this process, champions of some pitches may merge together into a team, while others may drop their pitch if it lacks interest. In the implementation of this approach in the NESCent Hackathons, the first day typically ended with a set of five to seven hackathon teams committed to a project with recorded goals (Stoltzfus et al. 2017).

An important aspect of the success of this approach is to have a diverse group of participants who are passionate about the issues to be discussed, and this was considered when evaluating applications. Note that because the agenda of an Open Space meeting is emergent, it is impossible to know exactly what is going to be addressed during the meeting, and how working groups will decide to organize themselves among the various topics that might be discussed.

Setting your working group goals during and after the workshop

The next two days of the workshop will be dedicated to break-out groups and integration among working group goals. Each group will be expected to develop a set of goals and a timeline for reaching those goals. There will be RCN funds available for productive working groups who meet their goals to get together again after the workshop.

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