The engaged university: Providing a platform for research that transforms society

Ali Whitmer, Laura Ogden, John Lawton, Pam Sturner, Peter M. Groffman, Laura Schneider, David Hart, Benjamin Halpern, William Schlesinger, Steve Raciti, Neil Bettez, Sonia Ortega, Lindsey Rustad, Steward T.A. Pickett, Mary Killelea

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Despite a growing recognition that the solutions to current environmental problems will be developed through collaborations between scientists and stakeholders, substantial challenges stifle such cooperation and slow the transfer of knowledge. Challenges occur at several levels, including individual, disciplinary, and institutional. All of these have implications for scholars working at academic and research institutions. Fortunately, creative ideas and tested models exist that provide opportunities for conversation and serious consideration about how such institutions can facilitate the dialogue between scientists and society.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-321
Number of pages8
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology

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Whitmer, A., Ogden, L., Lawton, J., Sturner, P., Groffman, P. M., Schneider, L., Hart, D., Halpern, B., Schlesinger, W., Raciti, S., Bettez, N., Ortega, S., Rustad, L., Pickett, S. T. A., & Killelea, M. (2010). The engaged university: Providing a platform for research that transforms society. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8(6), 314-321.