Working Group Meeting 2018

Environmental System Science (ESS) Working Groups Annual Meeting

Bolger Center, Potomac MD, April 30, 2018


The overaching goal of this meeting is to explore ways to tap into the passion and potential of the community, to breakdown stovepipes, and to empower interdisciplinary teams to acclerate ESS science through advances in community cyberinfrastructure. For most of the day we will embark on a cross-cutting design challenge to foster communication and collaboration in new ways, to build our capacity in understanding user needs and to amplify user engagement to develop usable data tools, models and software. This design challenge will enable each of us to overcome the barriers and misconceptions that have challenged our effective use of, and contribution to, community resources. Thus, the goal is to not only leverage and contribute to current R&D efforts more effectively, but also to identify and drive new areas that can accelerate scientific innovation using new collaborative models and partnerships.

This custom design challenge training course was developed by experts in design thinking

Kate Maher Matt Rothe
Kate Maher
Associate professor of Earth Science, Stanford University
Geochemist, subsurface reactive transport modeler
Matt Rothe
Co-founder of the FEED Collaborative and fellow.
Photo: Naomi Starkman

ESS-PI Meeting Highlights

A short presentation highlighting the outcomes of this annual meeting was given following day at the ESS-PI Annual Meeting ESS-CIWG highlights.


Sunday, April 29

Evening - Informal side meetings as people arrive over a wide range of times.

Monday, April 30

8:30 - 8:35 Welcome: BER perspective and goals
  • David Lesmes, Jay Hnilo, BER – CESD
8:35 - 9:00 Overview of working groups, and working group activities
9:00 - 10:00 ESS-DIVE goes live!
10:30 - 10:45 BREAK
  • Collaborative Design Challenge: Matthew Rothe and Kate Maher
10:45 - 12:00 Introduction to collaborative mindsets and best practices
  • (Stakeholder Engagement: 10:55-11:40)
12:00 - 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 - 2:30 From theory to praxis. A rapid transition to making things that matter.
  • (Stakeholder Engagement: 2:00-2:30)
2:30 - 2:45 BREAK
2:45 - 5:00 Moving from insight to action. A super practical way to maintain the pursuit and momentum of new ideas and ways of working.
5:00 Adjourn