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Making Science Matter: Lessons Learned on the Road to Solutions

  • SESYNC 1 Park Place Suite 300, Annapolis MD (map)

Guest Presenter:
David Hart
Director, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions and Professor, School of Biology and Ecology, University of Maine

Ever since he became embroiled at the age of 17 in a controversial proposal regarding the environmental and economic future of a coastal California watershed, David Hart has been searching for ways to increase the value of science in societal decision making. Along the way, he has conducted ecological research on a wide range of problems; served as a science advisor to government, the private sector, and NGOs; and co-created a new kind of institution—the Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions—designed to help accelerate the transition to sustainability.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center, funded through an award to the University of Maryland from the National Science Foundation, is a research center dedicated to accelerating scientific discovery at the interface of human and ecological systems. Visit us online at and follow us on Twitter @SESYNC.