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

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SARAS Executive Director, Dr Marten Scheffer, receives The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology

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...

Prize for Sustainability and Resilience in the Framework of the 13th National Science Club Fair

Prize for Sustainability and Resilience in the Framework of the 13th National Science Club Fair

Since 2012, the SARAS Institute has participated in the National Science Club Fair organized by the...

State of the Art Climate Change and Decision Making in Latin America

State of the Art Climate Change and Decision Making in Latin America

Decision Making and Climate Change: Closing the Gap Between Science and Policy in Latin America and...

Interdisciplinary Congress in Montevideo

Interdisciplinary Congress in Montevideo

The 1st Latin American Congress on Research and Interdisciplinary Higher Education took place in Mon...

Experts met at SARAS to discuss Energy Transition in Latin America and Germany

Experts met at SARAS to discuss Energy Transition in Latin America and Germany

The Latin American and Caribbean region has one of the richest renewable energy sources in the world...

Postgraduate Course on “Socio Ecological Systems”  was offered for the first time at the SARAS Institute Headquarters.

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 SARAS Network Will Work Further on Concerns and Management of Land Use in Latin America

The SARAS Network Will Work Further on Concerns and Management of Land Use in Latin America

How do external, global, and local factors shape decision making agents?

SARAS Institute Collaborates in the Construction of Public Policies at the National Level.

SARAS Institute Collaborates in the Construction of Public Policies at the National Level.

Uruguay has developed this past year different initiatives that refer to the elaboration of policies...

SARAS² Annual Report 2015

SARAS² Annual Report 2015

View our 2015 Annual Report here.

Resilience 2017 conference in Stockholm

Resilience 2017 conference in Stockholm

Fourth triennial conference on resilience taking place in Stockholm 21-23 August 2017

Nestor Mazzeo was Awarded the Luz y Verdad Award

Nestor Mazzeo was Awarded the Luz y Verdad Award

Nestor Mazzeo, Director of Science of the SARAS Institute received the Luz y Verdad Award from the B...

CONFERENCES

SARAS organizes a series of annual symposia with prominent scientists, artists and scholars on resilience and sustainability issues, including natural science, social science and humanities.
The symposia include discussion workshops and a series of public lectures. The symposia also aim at creating networks that will endure over time. Until 2013, the symposia were:
2010

Freshwater futures.


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.

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2011

Coastal Fisheries


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.


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2012

Critical Transitions.


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.

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2013

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.

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2014

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.

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2016

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.

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ACTIVITIES

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 ASSOCIATES

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).


 

MEET OUR TEAM

Marten Scheffer

Marten Scheffer


Leads the group on Aquatic Ecology and Water Quality Management at Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
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Jordi Bascompte

Jordi Bascompte


Obtained a PhD in Biology by the University of Barcelona, Spain (1994), supervised by Ricard V. Solé.
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Steve Carpenter

Steve Carpenter


Focuses its work on ecosystem experiments and adaptive management of inland aquatic ecosystems...
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Laurie Beth Clark

Laurie Beth Clark


Professor in the Department of Art of the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1985 where she teaches Video, Performance and Installations...
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Jorge Marcone

Jorge Marcone


Associate Professor, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, and a Core Faculty Member in the Program in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
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Carl Folke

Carl Folke


Scientific Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
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Pablo A. Marquet

Pablo A. Marquet


Full Professor in the Department of Ecology, School of Biological Sciences, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; PhD in Biology, University of New Mexico, USA (1993)...
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Néstor Mazzeo Beyhaut

Néstor Mazzeo Beyhaut


Has a degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Sciences. He teaches at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Ecology of Eastern Region University Centre (CURE)...
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Mariana Meerhoff

Mariana Meerhoff


Associate professor and researcher at the Eastern Region University Centre (CURE) and the School of Science, University of the Republic (UdelaR)...
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Ana Parma

Ana Parma


Expert in fisheries modelling, assessment and management. Her main research interest is the development of stock assessment methods and strong data collection strategies.
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Osvaldo Sala

Osvaldo Sala


Julie A. Wrigley and Foundation Professor at Arizona State University. His focus is on working with scenarios as a way to simplify...
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Eduardo Viola

Eduardo Viola


Full Professor of International Relations, University of Brasilia, since 1993 and Senior Researcher of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ) since 1986...
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Frances Westley

Frances Westley


Joined the University of Waterloo as the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation in July 2007...
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Key Concepts

Resilience

Resilience

The concept of resilience was originally introduced by Holling (1973) as a concept for understanding...

Adaptive cycles and Panarchy

Adaptive cycles and Panarchy

The origin of the adaptive cycles’ model derives from the comparative study of ecosystem dynam...

Alternative regimes

Alternative regimes

Systems can change their properties depending on external or internal controls, in linear or nonline...

Rigidity or poverty traps

Rigidity or poverty traps

Poverty and rigidity traps are configurations that control the evolution of adaptive cycles and SES...


Interesting Sites

Resilience Alliance (EEUU)

Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (Sweden)

Stockholm Resilience Centre (Sweden)

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About Saras

The South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS) 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.

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