The South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS2) is an emerging transdisciplinary institute designed to generate critical insights allowing South America to build sustainable futures. It seeks integration across a broad range of knowledge using innovative approaches and integrating social and natural sciences, mathematics and arts.
SARAS2 will be housed in a custom designed building currently being constructed at the coast of Uruguay providing space and facilities for workshops, courses and academic residencies, thus serving as a hub for the emergence of novel cooperative networks. We envision the kind and intense interaction at SARAS2 to shape a new generation of broad visionary thinkers and creators. Read more
The SARAS Institute is a joint initiative of Wageningen University (Netherlands), University of the Republic - UdelaR (Uruguay), Resilience Alliance, Ministry of Education and Culture (Uruguay) and Municipality of Maldonado (Uruguay).
SARAS maintains permanent links with:
- Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (Sweden)
- Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden)
- University of Wisconsin (USA)
- University of Arizona (USA)
- University of Waterloo (Canada)
- Catholic University of Chile - CASEB (Chile)
- Universidad de Zurich (Suiza)
- National Patagonian Centre - CONICET (Argentina)
- Earth System Governance - University of Brasilia (Brazil)
- Eastern Region University Centre - CURE
- School of Sciences and Interdisciplinary Space; these last three institutions are based in Uruguay and belong to UdelaR.
SARAS counts on the institutional and financial support of the Uruguayan State (Ministry of Education and Culture and Municipality of Maldonado). It is a regional centre and draws on a strong cooperation with the scientific community of Argentina, Brazil and Chile, among others. It has also established close links with cooperation and funding agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Ibero-American Programme for Science, Technology and Development (CYTED), the Pew Research Center, and the Interdisciplinary Space (UdelaR).
SARAS Executive Director, Dr Marten Scheffer, receives The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology
Dr. Marten Scheffer has been distinguished by The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in th...
Postgraduate Course on “Socio Ecological Systems” was offered for the first time at the SARAS Institute Headquarters.
The course, “Socio-Ecological Systems: Structure, Dynamics and Management,” (offer...
The purpose of this meeting was to produce a first map of emerging issues regarding water in the region, and facilitate the formation of cooperation networks related to freshwater management in South America.
The purpose of this meeting was to facilitate the formation of cooperation networks related to artisanal fisheries in Latin America. The meeting discussed critical aspects of this sector`s dynamics adn factors that condition the sustainability and resilience capacity.
The purpose of this meeting was to facilitate the creation of cooperation networks related to forests and grasslands in Latin America and the rest of the world.
Education for uncertainty.
Unrevelling the fundamental aspects of reality and understand the reality of our abstractions are part of the daily work of art and science.
Imagining resilience: Art-science collaboration for sustainability.
This year's workshop and Conference are organized by Steve Carpenter (USA), Laurie Beth Clark (USA), and Pablo Marquet (Chile). The workshop will be attended by about 30 people and will focus on the opportunities and challenges emerging from the encounter between disciplines that have been historically separate. The public conference will endeavour to integrate these perspectives with other regional and national stakeholders.
Seeking sustainable pathways for land use in Latin America.
Natural resources and ecosystems are under increasing pressure as human demands for food, water, fiber, and energy expand in an accelerating pace. In response, the allocation of resource and in particular land has been shifting along with agricultural systems of production. These changes have the potential to lead to profound changes on the functioning of ecosystems, as well as the services they can provide.