Translation & Actionable Science

Overview of the Translation Group

Translational ecology aims to increase the usability of knowledge and products beyond scientific communities by integrating socio-environmental knowledge and stakeholders as partners in the process and projects. Co-production is an inclusive process of knowledge production that engages partners from a range of sectors including academia, agencies, businesses, and communities.  Ideally, co-production starts at the beginning of a project, to generate questions, share system insights, and inform decision making with end products being operationalized with accelerated use.

The Translation Working Group organically developed from the overlap in activities by the Social Science and Partners & Knowledge Transfer Working Groups. The Partners working group was focused on fostering collaborations and forecast co-production among academics, government agencies, industry, NGOs, and citizen scientists. Whereas, the Social Science Working Group was focused on: developing methods, interdisciplinary collaboration on improving ecological forecasting models, co-production with stakeholders who may or will use ecological forecasts, developing and testing new ecological forecasting decision support products, and improving the tools and processes that advance the use of forecasts in environmental decisions.

Kira Sullivan-Wiley provides an overview of the Translation Working Group for the EFI 2022 Conference held on May 23-25, 2022.

Translation Working Group Schedule of Calls:
The Translation Group will meet on Tuesdays at 1pm US Eastern on September 12, October 10, November 7, and December 5. A new schedule will be set up for January to December 2024. We are always open to people joining the calls, contact us at

Resources Previously Developed by the Social Science and Partners & Knowledge Transfer Groups

Notes from Working Group Calls
Co-chairs: Kira Sullivan-Wiley (The Pew Charitable Trust), Michael Gerst (University of Maryland)

  1. September 12, 2023
  2. August 15, 2023
  3. July 18, 2023
  4. June 13, 2023
  5. May 23, 2023
  6. April 25, 2023
  7. March 28, 2023
  8. February 14, 2023
  9. January 24, 2023
  10. December 12, 2022
  11. November 14, 2022
  12. October 10, 2022
  13. September 12, 2022
  14. August 9, 2022
  15. July 12, 2022
  16. June 21, 2022
  17. May 5, 2022
  18. March 8, 2022 – joint Social Sciences and Partner Working Groups call