The organizing committee for the third annual Michigan Universitywide Sustainability and Environment Conference is seeking abstracts until Nov. 8.
As the annual flagship event of the MUSE Initiative, the MUSE Conference will be Feb. 21-22 at the Rackham Building. Its purpose is to support connections and collaborations across the suite of sustainability and environment-related research at U-M.
Participation by U-M researchers from all disciplines is welcome.
“The MUSE Conference helps sustainability and environment researchers at U-M connect with researchers and ideas that they might not otherwise encounter,” said Jennifer Carman, a doctoral candidate in the School for Environment and Sustainability and MUSE organizing committee co-chair.
“Last year we had 150 attendees from 27 departments and programs from across campus, and we are excited to build on the momentum from our past two years.”
The MUSE organizing committee will consider abstracts on topics related to sustainability and environment including, but not limited to, human behavior, environmental history, policymaking and governance, corporate social and environmental responsibility, public health, built environment and infrastructure, land use, energy, water, climate, and ecosystems.
The MUSE Conference will be a venue for attendees to take part in discussion-oriented and interactive events, encouraging deep connections between cross-disciplinary participants. It will bring together researchers from all career stages across the university for interdisciplinary lectures, panel discussions and a poster session.
Pre-conference workshops will also provide network-building and skill-building opportunities. The conference will close by bringing MUSE into the broader Ann Arbor community with a public reception at the Zingerman’s Greyline event space.
“MUSE is a remarkable conference,” said Joshua Newell, associate professor of environment and sustainability. “It is the brainchild of University of Michigan’s excellent doctoral students who know that sustainability challenges can only be tackled through interdisciplinary approaches.
“Faculty, students, practitioners, media, and other stakeholders will all benefit by attending and engaging with cutting-edge ideas and approaches.”