Because of the broad geographic reach and highly interdisciplinary nature of the data considered for the ACACIA project, collaboration with experts in various fields and regions is crucial to the accuracy and lasting impact of the research. On of the ways we are facilitating this contact is through a series of international workshops. The goal of these workshops is to bring together experts in human and environmental change in Africa, and through a series of presentations and discussion stimulate interdisciplinary communication to better understand the current state of knowledge and approaches to addressing the issues of human-environment interaction in Africa.
First ACACIA Workshop – London, UK – June 2014
On 17-19 June 2014, a workshop was held at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. The workshop was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation through the grant ACACIA (Jed O. Kaplan, Basil Davis, and Carsten Lemmen PIs) and the UCL Institute of Archaeology’s ComPAg project http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/directory/compag-fuller. The workshop also supported the activities of at least three current European Research Council Projects: COEVOLVE /research/coevolve (PI Jed O. Kaplan), ComPAg http://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/research/directory/compag-fuller (PI Dorian Fuller) and SEALINKS http://www.sealinksproject.com (PI Nicole Boivin). A summary of the proceedings and outcomes can be found on the 2014 workshop page.
Second ACACIA Workshop – Les Rasses, Switzerland – Nov. 2015
A second ACACIA Workshop was held in Switzerland, 2-6 November 2015. This Workshop focused on the mapping in time and space of subsistence and land use throughout our West Africa case study area, from 1000 BC to AD 1500. Partial funding for this workshop was provided by the Swiss National Science Foundation’s International Exploratory Workshop fund. PAGES provided financial support to enable early-career and African researchers to attend; this workshop will supported the aims of the LandCover6k working group. Additional information including a program and contact information can be found on the 2015 workshop page.