A space-time framework for integrated studies. 2nd Edition.

Eau et Société · une approche spatio-temporelle pour des études interdisciplinaires intégrées.

May 11th to May 17th, 2014

Oléron, France


May 22nd. It's over ! Check out the media section at the bottom of the page for slides and pictures .

Motivations

In the context of climate change, the European Union and its southern partners are particularly concerned with water resources issues, including droughts, dry-spells, water quality, excess of runoff and extended floods.

To address these issues, an end-to-end approach is necessary to understand the physical processes and the elements of social organization and adaptation.

The Water & Society Summer school aims at proposing a new integrated approach based on the "scaling" issue.

Questions

Three main questions motivate the education program :

  • With regard to water challenges, what are the interactions and links between the spatial and temporal dynamics of the climate and the dynamics of the society ?
  • What observation strategies are required to improve our understanding of the interactions between the social and the geophysical components ?
  • Which actions are necessary to truly conduct integrated studies dealing with "Water & Society" ?

Objectives

The main objective of the summer school is to share a common basic knowledge and vocabulary to address integrated studies involving meteorology, climate, hydrology and social sciences. This common ground will allow us to build new ways to address these interdisciplinary issues.

The Water & Society Summer school will bring early career scientist, PhD students, practitioners, from both social and physical sciences. Together, we will address these questions and acquire interdisciplinary skills.

School director

Nick Winder (School director), Institute for Policy & Practice, Newcastle University, UK

Head of Organisation

Isabelle Ruin (Organizer), UMR 5564 LTHE – CNRS, Grenoble, France

Scientific Committee

Name Institute Location
Abou Amani UNESCO Nairobi, Kenya
Marco Borga Padova University Italy
Sonia Chardonnel UMR 5196 Pacte – CNRS Grenoble, France
Jean-Dominique Creutin UMR 5564 LTHE – CNRS Grenoble, France
Arona Diedhiou UMR 5564 LTHE – IRD Grenoble, France
Eve Gruntfest University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Colorado Springs (CO), USA
Céline Lutoff UMR 5196 Pacte – Joseph Fourier University Grenoble, France
Isabelle Ruin (Organizer) UMR 5564 LTHE – CNRS Grenoble, France
Nick Winder (School director) Institute for Policy & Practice Newcastle University, UK

Organisation Committee

Name Institute Location
Sandrine Anquetin UMR 5564 LTHE – CNRS Grenoble, France
Sonia Chardonnel UMR 5196 Pacte – CNRS Grenoble, France
Arona Diedhiou UMR 5196 Pacte – IRD Grenoble, France
Céline Lutoff UMR 5196 Pacte – Joseph Fourier University Grenoble, France
Isabelle Ruin (Organizer) UMR 5564 LTHE – CNRS Grenoble, France
Sunday the 11th of may

Sunday the 11th ● Ice breaking

Afternoon

19h00 - 20h00 Welcome
Monday the 12th of may

Monday the 12th ● Concepts

Morning session

9h00 - 9h30 Opening talk
Nick WINDER (Director of the School), Isabelle RUIN (Responsible of the Scientific Committee)
9h30 - 10h30 Scales: concepts, tools and main contemporary issues for social and physical sciences
Plenary session
Jean-Dominique CREUTIN, Isabelle RUIN.
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00 - 12h30 Scales: concepts, tools and main contemporary issues for social and physical sciences
Tutorials in subgroups
Sandrine ANQUETIN, Sonia CHARDONNEL, Jean-Dominique CREUTIN, Marco BORGA, Isabelle RUIN, Hatim SHARIF

Afternoon session

14h00 - 15h30 Poster Session
15h30 - 16h00 Coffee break
16h00 - 18h00 Definition of the problem
Interdisciplinary group projects
18h00 - 19h00 Debriefing group projects

Evening Workshop

21h00 Making sure you solve the right problem
Nick WINDER, Newcastle university, UK.
Tuesday the 13th of may

Tuesday the 13th ● Case studies

Morning session

9h00 - 9h45 Water and population, the case of the Punjab in India
Jacques VERON, DR, INED, Paris
9h45 - 10h30 Pastoralism and water resources in the Sahel Region
Pierre HIERNAUX, CNRS, GET, Toulouse
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00 - 11h45 Climate, Weather, Water and Health
Hatim SHARIF, University of Texas, San Antonio, USA.
11h45 - 12h30 Elicitation techniques

Afternoon session

14h00 - 16h30 Key physical and social processes associated with the problem
Interdisciplinary group projects
16h30 - 17h00 Coffee break
17h00 - 18h30 Debriefing group projects

Evening Workshop

21h00 Movie night
La calebasse et le pluviomètre
Wednesday the 14th of may

Wednesday the 14th ● Field trip

All day

Visits.

Thursday the 15th of may

Thursday the 15th ● Space – time framework

Morning session

9h00 - 10h00 Water and Climate related energies: scale issues
Marco BORGA, Professor, Padova University, Italy.
10h00 - 10h30 Coffee break
10h30 - 12h30 Defining dynamics of social and physical processes
Tutorials: Participants split in two disciplinary groups

Afternoon session

14h00 - 16h30 Characterization of the space and time dynamics of the processes
Interdisciplinary group projects
16h30 - 17h00 Coffee break
17h00 - 18h30 Debriefing group projects

Evening Workshop

21h00 Mentoring sessions with the group projects
Friday the 16th of may

Friday the 16th ● Integration

Morning session

9h00 - 10h30 Graph representation and finalization of the projects
Interdisciplinary group projects
10h30 - 11h00 Coffee break
11h00 - 12h30 Graph representation and finalization of the projects
Interdisciplinary group projects

Afternoon session

14h00 - 18h00 Final presentation of the group projects
Interdisciplinary group projects

Evening

21h00 Surprise !
Saturday the 17th of may

Saturday the 17th ● Final

Morning session

9h00 - 12h00 Integrative research: Feedbacks from the Water and Society summer school
Nick WINDER

Get the programme »

The summer school will take place at the CAES CNRS, La Veille Perrotine at Saint Pierre d’Oléron near La Rochelle.

Villages Vacances - CAES du CNRS
La Vieille Perrotine
140, route des Allards
17310 Saint Pierre d'Oléron

GPS coordinates : 1°15 West, 45°47, 148 North

Access

By plane

The airport of La Rochelle offers a few domestic connections as well as connections with some europe cities.

By train

Several daily and direct train connections exist between "Paris Montparnasse" and "La Rochelle" train stations. Tickets can be purchased online through the SNCF website or Capitaine Train.

Shuttles

A shuttle will be organised between "La Rochelle" train station and the school location :

  • Sunday 11th departs at 17h from the train station.
  • Saturday 17th arrives for the 14h30 train to Paris.

By car

Your stay

Meals and housing

Meals are taken at the school dining room. Drinks are not included. Coffee, tea (free!) and liqueurs are available at the cafeteria.

Breakfast: 8:00 am to 8:45 am ; Lunch: 12:30 am ; Dinner: 7:30 pm

Accompanying persons who have registered can take their meals at the restaurant (8 euros per meal).

Direct access to the seaside.

Facilities

  • a video projector
  • a photocopying machine
  • a fax
  • an Internet link, currently 2 Mb/s
  • hubs to connect laptops to the local network
  • a wireless network.