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Synthesis and agenda setting workshops are activities centered on a specific objective that contributes to the advancement of land system science. Typical outputs of synthesis workshops are high-level scientific papers or meta-studies and theoretical contributions to land system science. Synthesis workshops can be proposed and organized by the IPO, SSC members, and nodal offices, as well as regular GLP community members, in coordination with IPO and SSC. Where relevant to GLP, workshops may be labelled as ‘GLP endorsed workshops’ in consultation with the IPO. Requests for assistance in the organization of such workshops by the IPO or SSC members may be made. For more information on organizing a GLP endorsed workshop contact the IPO.
The GLP & ERC 677140 MIDLAND project (Developing middle-range theories linking land use displacement, intensification, and transitions) held a joint workshop “Middle-range theory development in land system science: Beyond box-and-arrows frameworks” this past March 29-31 in Weggis. Led by SSC members Patrick Meyfroidt and Rinku Roy Chowdhury, the workshop aimed to stimulate theoretical thinking in the LSS community, in particular on theories explaining some of the major processes in land systems including land use expansion, intensification, transitions and displacement.
A seminar held in Brazil brought together 23 regional experts to discuss 1) monitoring land systems, 2) social-ecological dynamics of land systems, and 3) telecouplings and governance of land systems in Latin America.