INFRAMES Knowledge Co-Production Workshop, spring 2024 meeting

May 15

Wednesday, May 15, 2024 to Saturday, May 18, 2024

5:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Boone, NC, USA


Boone, NC

INFRAMES Knowledge Co-Production Workshop will be hosted by Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University is leading a project to increase meaningful engagement of interested parties in INFRAMES, with the goals of building and better understanding the social infrastructures needed to strengthen co-production and co-creation of knowledge to assess the sustainability of materials that our society produces at a global scale. To practically enable this goal, we will carry out a place-based engagement testbed centered around one of our core institutions, which is a remote rural PUI. The convening topic of our co-production testbed will focus on the interactions between surface waters and human decisions, targeting microplastics and nutrient cycling in waters. The questions we aim to answer include: (a) who are the relevant stakeholders? (b) how can we meaningfully engage and enable non-academic stakeholders (through, e.g. community engagement in citizen science, integration of the arts, and ongoing co-planning) to contribute to driving the research agenda through participatory co-creation?; and (c) how can we use the co-creation to effectively co-produce materials relevant for the research and educational community? This effort already start in 2023 as presented Knowledge Co-Production - Exploring interactions in High Country surface water & human decisions ( The InFrames spring meeting in 2024 will highlight this initiative with a workshop.…

Preliminary agenda is the following:

Agenda Block

Content Sketch and Objectives

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Evening Social

~ 2 hrs

Social gathering of organizers and INFRAMES Network guests

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Opening Session

~ 15 mins

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Morning 1

~ 1.5 hrs

Panel to establish a shared understanding of the System - High Country Waters


Morning 2

~ 1.5 hrs

Panel to establish a shared understanding of the Measurement of and Exposure to Microplastics and Nutrient Imbalances


~ 1 hr

Opportunity for creative alignment/keynote?


~ 1.5 hrs

One panel to establish shared understanding of The Hazard - potential harms and implications of microplastics and nutrient imbalances in High Country Waters

Synthesis activity or excursion

Break ~ 3 hrs - activity or excursion, optional; organize shuttle to hotel


~ 2 hrs

Deepen existing and make new connections; Opportunity for creative alignment

Friday, May 17, 2024

Morning Activities

~ 2.5 hrs

Synchronous tracks for cross-pollination activities

Break ~ 30 mins transportation buffer

Morning Session

~ 1 hrs

Synthesis, reflection, and output prep

Lunch ~ 1.5 hrs

Opportunity for creative alignment


~ 1 hrs

Synchronous tracks for next steps such as proposal planning, writing groups, INFRAMES Coordinating Committee meeting, further ideation

Afternoon Activities?

Excursions and field work aligned with workshop objectives

Saturday, May 18, 2024


Culminating community event aligned with workshop objectives