February 7 & 8, 2023 | Santa Barbara, CA

Hosted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Environmental Data Science (EDS) is a growing field of interdisciplinary approaches to investigating and answering environmental questions with modern data science tools. The field is broad, diverse, and expanding. This Summit aims to bring together all types of environmental data scientists to lay the foundation for a more cohesive and collaborative transdisciplinary community.

The goals of the Summit are to build community and foster collaboration within the Environmental Data Science community. This year’s theme is Harnessing Diversity in Environmental Data Science.


Applications are closed.

Participation is limited to 100 attendees, with an application required. We are able to provide funding for up to 60 participants. Funding will cover travel to Santa Barbara, lodging, and the Summit registration fee. In order to attend you must first apply. Applications will be used both to select participation and award funding.

Participant attendance is not limited by sector, discipline, background, or career stage. If you use data to ask questions about our environment and how we interact with it, this Summit is for you!


February 7


Registration & Breakfast

Check in at the lobby of the Cabrillo Pavilion and enjoy a light continental breakfast to start the day.

9:00 Welcome (Ben Halpern)

Panel: Entryways to Environmental Data Science
Noam Ross, Dorris Scott, Wendy Guan & Leah Wasser

Moderated by Dawn Wright


Speed Mingling Activity

Facilitated activity to get to know each other!

10:45 Coffee Break
11:15 From Air Monitoring to Environmental Data Justice (Dr. Lourdes Vera)


Provided on site - multiple options for dietary restrictions


Ideation Session

Facilitated brainstorming to lay the groundwork for Day 2 small group working sessions

Prompt: How might we, as a research and engagement community, work together to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and/or justice in EDS over the next 5 years?


Poster & flash talk creation

In your group create a minimalist poster that communicates your idea and prep a 1 minute flash talk


Coffee break

Use this time to hang your posters up around the room


Flash Talks

Each group has 1 minute to present their idea to the group. Afterwards, each participant will be able to vote on the ideas they want to work on during Day 2

4:30 Day 1 wrap up (Ben Halpern)
5:00 Sunset cocktail hour

Fajita Dinner

Multiple options available for dietary restrictions

February 8

8:30 Breakfast - Enjoy a light continental breakfast to start the day
9:00 Welcome to Day 2 (Leah Wasser)
9:05 Lakota Data Sovereignty and Community-Based Research (Elisha Yellow Thunder)
9:50 Day 2 instructions (Ben Halpern)

Breakout group work

Participants will self-select ideas to work on in small groups. There will be opportunity to contribute to multiple ideas throughout the day.



Provided on site - multiple options for dietary restrictions

1:00 Continued breakout group work
3:30 Group Presentations
5:00 Closing (Ben Halpern)

Location & Lodging

The Summit will take place at the Cabrillo Arts Pavilion, situated adjacent to the beach.

The Mar Monte Hyatt Hotel is directly across the street from the Pavilion and will be the most convenient hotel for attendees. There are additional hotels within walking distance from the Pavilion.

Event Parking

If you are not staying at the Mar Monte Hotel, there is ample parking in city parking lots next to the Cabrillo Pavilion. Parking at these waterfront lots costs $2.50/hour or $15 for the day. There is free parking within a short walking distance along Cabrillo boulevard, near the East Beach volleyball courts and near Dwight Murphy Field

Steering Committee

Ben Halpern | Elizabeth Wolkovich | Noam Ross | Wendy Guan | Amanda Whitmire | Susan Shingledecker | Dawn Wright | Dorris Scott | Leah Wasser

A Research Coordination Network, hosted by the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and funded by the National Science Foundation.

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