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2nd Annual Grand Challenges Summer Institute (GC 18)

Focus on Mālama ‘Āina and Conservation

May 14-16, 2018 at University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Campus

We hope that you will be able to join us in exploring and deconstructing the concept of conservation through Indigenous and Western knowledge systems and how they meet. This institute is about equipping us all to meet the grand challenges that impact our collective futures.

The Grand Challenges Institute includes collaborative and individual work time to design practical, usable project, research and course designs. All participants will be contributors and have opportunities to network and make meaningful connections across communities, institutions, and disciplines. Our goals is to learn from and inspire innovative formal and informal education, including supporting the work of implementing and assessing new projects, and syllabi.

Participants are expected to 1) attend & engage in all three days of the Institute; 2) design or improve a syllabus or educational project related to the theme of Conservation; and 3) integrate an active pedagogy and a learning outcomes assessment into the project or course created.

There are three levels of participation for you to consider: General participant (no specific obligations, no stipend); Presenter (give a TED-style talk, present a poster, and/or lead a team or workshop); and/or Apply to become a GC18 Fellow. Fellows receive a $300 honorarium, and are both required to fulfill the expectations listed above and document the outcome of the work by submitting a syllabus or a detailed description and implementation plan for an educational project. Fellows will have opportunities to continue to work with a supportive, collaborative community of coaches and colleagues during the following year. There will be also be opportunities to present at local and national conferences.

Presentations will be brief inspirational and informational talks or poster presentations focusing on conservation initiatives and engaging pedagogy. All sessions will convey the urgency of dealing with conservation issues in Hawaiʻi and globally, and the need for interdisciplinary research, learning, and collaboration across campuses and communities.


MAY 14 (10 am to 6 pm): Framing and keynote presentations, TED-style talks, creation of and work time for teams. Poster session.

MAY 15 (8 am to 5 pm): Team time. Course and project (re)design and assessment workshops interspersed with TED-style engaging presentations.

MAY 16 (8 am to 4 pm): Team time & consultations. Presentations of (re)designed courses and projects.

We are also pleased to offer an award for the best curriculum/project: a paid registration fee for participation in the SENCER Summer Institute in Santa Clara, Aug. 2-5, 2018 (value $850).


The Grand Challenges Summer Institute on Conservation synergizes multiple approaches strengthening high-impact pedagogies teaching to important issues of our time. In addition to local and national discipline experts and practitioners, professional development opportunities are offered by leaders from the national and local Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) initiatives, the UH System Office of Sustainability’s “Many Minds One University” initiative, the Kapiʻolani Service & Sustainability Learning Program, the UHM General Education Office, and the College of Social Sciences’ ACCESS Engagement Program. Completion certificates and letters of documentation are available upon request. Participants will have an opportunity to obtain a UH Sustainability Focus intake (UHOS Sustainability Curriculum) and Mānoa faculty will be able to complete a SUST cross-listing application with trained staff.

REGISTER NOW to apply for participation

SPACE is limited to 50 participants.

Participation cost is $650. Breakfast and lunch are included for all three days.

The participation of informal educators and University of Hawaiʻi system faculty and graduate students is sponsored, but you are responsible for your own transportation and accommodation. For a limited number of neighbor-island participants, we can help with travel and lodging expenses.

The Institute organizers will assist in finding accommodation, if needed. We have reserved a limited number of rooms at Lincoln Hall ($56/night). There will be some options for airport pick-up and home stay to help reduce costs.

After completing the online application for participation, applicants will receive information about acceptance, granting of fellow- and scholarships, presentations, and payment instructions as needed.

SPONSORED by University of Hawaiʻi and SENCER/NCSCE entities and private donations and grants, primarily the Transcending Barriers to Success project.