IMBeR ClimEco6 Summer School - Interdisciplinary approaches for sustainable oceans

Time: 2018.08.01 - 2018.08.08
Location: Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The ecological goods and services provided by the oceans are critical to human welfare. However, sustainable management of these resources is of concern given the complex and dynamic social-ecological systems in which they are embedded. As the effects of both natural and anthropogenic impacts are projected to intensify, it is clear that successful marine resources management will require more holistic governance approaches that consider the social and ecological dimensions in tandem. The success of holistic marine governance is underpinned by the provision of interdisciplinary science that integrates both the social and natural sciences, to decision-makers. To this end, the ClimEco6 Summer School aims to contribute to the development of the next generation of interdisciplinary marine researchers. Drawing on the expertise of lecturers from the natural, social and economic sciences, participants will develop a strong theoretical and applied understanding of each discipline, and how they can be integrated to solve some of the challenges facing the oceans. To complement this, participants will also gain practical skills in science communication and how to operate at the science-policy-society interface, so that they can more effectively influence the decision-making process relating to the marine environment.

Topics to be covered

Impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems and implications for food security

  • Delineating the issues of climate change and impacts to marine ecosystems
  • Oceanographic and biogeochemical processes
  • Ecological impacts and processes of changes
  • Social and economic impacts of climate and change in marine systems
  • Sources of food from the ocean and introduction to food security and the supply chain
  • Local vs regional vs global impacts and links to human health consequences
  • Achieving food security and linking across boundaries


  • Modelling basics
  • Species distributions models
  • Ecological models
  • Economic and bio-economic modelling
  • Social and agent based models
  • Networks and Bayesian Belief Network Modelling
  • Coupling models
  • Climate projects and uncertainty

Social and economic research techniques

  • Introduction to social science
  • Quantitative vs qualitative social science research techniques
  • Social psychology and behavioural economics
  • Ethics or social science

Governance and managing marine resources

  • Introduction to marine governance, and different models of governance
  • Translating indicators into performance measures and decision-criteria to communicate to policy makers
  • The role of science in marine governance, and how to improve knowledge exchange among science and policy to allow adaptive decision-making processes
  • Role of society in governance
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation

Workshops will be interspersed between lectures

  • How to write a winning research grant
  • Social media for researchers
  • How to write scientific papers (and to know where to target them)
  • How to develop a research impact plan
  • How to prioritise workloads
  • How to work across disciplines (collaborate well)


Students and early-career scientists with an interest in a broad range of topics like, oceanography, biogeochemistry, fisheries, climate change and social and economic aspects of marine ecosystems are encouraged to apply. Those with an interest in finding out more about practical ways to deal with the challenges arising from working across social and natural science disciplines are especially encouraged to participate in the summer school.

How to apply

Complete the Application Form and send it, with a short CV (in English, two pages max.) and a reference letter from your supervisor or employer, to the IMBeR International Project Office imber@hi.no before 26 March 2018.