The rise of technological pessimism and political populism as well as the endurance of climate change skepticism are a few examples of social phenomena that are challenging the conduct of scientific research in the Arctic. The unprecedented nature of anthropomorphic global warming is, in turn, an example of the kind of techno-scientific uncertainty that the organization of the future governance of evolving global dynamics in the Arctic needs to take into consideration. This early-career workshop discusses challenges and opportunities for inter-disciplinary coordination and multi-stakeholder cooperation in the Arctic through the notion of boundary object from Science Technology Studies (STS).

The first part of the session is a roundtable-session with presentations from three early-career and three senior-scientists about their experiences in participating and organizing multi-disciplinary or multi-stakeholder workshops or projects that have, in one way or another, used specific material entities to facilitate communication and cooperation between participants from different social worlds (Thursday 6.4. at 14.-15.30 in the Virgo Room).

The second part of the session follows a more traditional workshop format. It starts with an in depth presentation of the kind of work the boundary object notion has been applied to in STS. This presentation is followed by a set of individual and group exercises in communicating one’s own work, interests and goals to different audiences and social worlds by using the insights of this notion.

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