In January 2014, Heather Coleman and Ed Gregr of PacMARA were contracted by the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) to facilitate a workshop in conjunction with the Alaska Marine Science Symposium.

The workshop had several overlapping goals: to 1) continue the two-way conversation between the NPRB and the social science community that was launched at the 2012 AMSS social science workshop, 2) provide an opportunity for the social science community to respond to approaches, challenges and opportunities raised in the NPRB-commissioned report, 3) discuss best practices/approaches for social science research that can help elevate quality and advance the science, and 4) discuss promising research directions, addressing issues raised in the report or other priority social science topics falling within the NPRB mission. The workshop was structured with a prospective outlook assessing the appropriate role for social science at NPRB.

The main product of the workshop was a report including recommendations for how NPRB should proceed in the social science realm. PacMARA also prepared an accompanying presentation that was shared at the spring 2014 board meeting.

Download the report and presentation here, or read more about NPRB’s natural and social science integration efforts here!