Webinar: Sustainable natural resource management through transdisciplinary collaboration with stakeholders: lessons learned from fisheries

  • Speaker: Prof. Robert Arlinghaus, IGB - Integrative Fisheries Management (Germany)




Esporles, November 17, 2020. The speaker of the first webinar of the NEW FRONTIERS OF TRANSDICIPLINARY RESEARCH IN NATURAL SYSTEMS series will be Professor Robert Arlinghaus of the IGB - Leibniz Institute of Freswater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. Due to the current situation and in order to reach a wider audience there will be a live online broadcast of the event by YouYube Live.



Transdisciplinary cooperation among stakeholders and scientists is often believed to be key to develop robust solutions for the sustainable management and use of natural resources. Prof. Robert Arlinghaus will present examples from fisheries where the principle of transdisciplinarity was implemented in practice through the joint planning and execution of fisheries management experiments together with recreational fishers as stakeholders. The multi-year, replicated experiments were conducted a realistic whole-ecosystem scales in systems owned and managed by fisheries stakeholders. Ecological experiments were embedded in social experiments designed to examine the pedagogical outcomes of transdisciplinary cooperation relative to other forms of science engagement. Prof. Robert Arlinghaus will show that transdiscplinary cooperation through active adaptive management experiments not only helps us understand how fish respond to management, but also leaves a pedagogical legacy in stakeholders that far extends beyond the realm of science. If the aim is to empower stakeholders to learn how to better deal and manage natural resources, designing transdisciplinary projects might be advisable in a wide range of natural resource use contexts.



Prof. Dr. Robert Arlinghaus is an interdisciplinary fisheries scientist working on social-ecological problems in recreational and small-scale fisheries. He studied fish ecology and fisheries at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and is now full professor for integrative fisheries management at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. Robert is author of more than 550 publications and about 250 peer-reviewed papers and multiple books. He has received numerous awards for his inter- and transdisciplinary work on sustainable fisheries, including the Award of Excellence in Fisheries Management and Outreach Award by American Fisheries Society, Cultura Award and the Communicator Award by the German Science Foundation 2020. Robert Arlinghaus is Editor of the leading journal of fisheries - Fish and Fisheries - and entertains multiple collaborations with IMEDEA-CSIC at Mallorca. He is half Spanish and has been socialized into fishing on the Mediterranean coast.




Date and Time: Thursday, November 19, 16:00h


Place: IMEDEA Seminar Room (max. 14 people)


YouTube Live: (The chat option on YouTube will be enabled to animate the discussion and compile the questions for the speaker)