About

About SARAS2

The South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS²) is an interdisciplinary research institute aimed at contributing substantially to the production of knowledge and capacity building in processes and mechanisms that determine the sustainability of ecosystem services, key to determining human well-being.
It was designed to generate critical insights allowing South America to build sustainable futures. It seeks integration across a broad range of innovative approaches, combining disciplinary domains (social, natural and exact sciences), knowledge, and art and science interactions.



The construction and operation of SARAS2 seeks to promote and support the networking and collaborative work, through space and facilities for workshops, courses and academic activities.
It is a joint initiative between the University of Wageningen (Netherlands), the University of the Republic (Uruguay), Resillience Alliance (USA), the Ministry of Education and Culture (Uruguay) and Maldonado Municipal Government (Uruguay).
It is directed by a Scientific Council and a Board of Administration, the latter belonging to the organizational structure of SARAS2 Foundation.

History

The idea of SARAS Institute was conceived in 2005 between Marten Scheffer and Néstor Mazzeo. In January 2006, in collaboration with Ruben Budelli, a first document was drafted that established its mission, goals and structure. At the same time, Mayor of Maldonado Oscar De los Santos was approached in order to explore the possibility of establishing SARAS Institute in that department. With the strong support of the Municipality, a search for a suitable location was carried out by Jorge Hourcade, Ruben Budelli, Gabriel Aintablian and Néstor Mazzeo. Since the summer of 2007 the Advisory Board of SARAS began meeting regularly to discuss guidelines and redefine the Institute’s main features, targets and goals. At local level, contacts were made with María Simón, Rodrigo Arocena, Gregory Randall and Omar Macadar. In this phase the Uruguay team consisted of Ruben Budelli, Hugo Fort, Gabriel Aintablian and Néstor Mazzeo.
The Institute’s academic life began between 2008 and 2009 with various scientific publications and several research projects presented at national and international level. In connection with the approved projects, a five year programme of annual conferences on relevant topics in Latin America was established. The cycle of annual conferences started in 2010 with the topic Sustainable Future of Water Resources in Latin America. In 2009 SARAS was granted a substantial support from the University of the Republic (UdelaR) as well as financial backing from the Ministry of Education and Culture. In 2011 additional support from the Municipality of Maldonado was approved. Thanks to these contributions, Mariana Meerhoff and Nicolás Marchand joined the work team.
Construction of the Institute premises and the design of the surrounding park began in 2010 with the collaboration of Amalia Robledo, María Puppo and Carla Bruzzone, of UdelaR Architecture Department.
In 8 th July 2012 SARAS was established as a foundation in order to resolve the legal and administrative format of management. At present, the Ministry of Education and Culture, UdelaR and the Municipality of Maldonado provide the main financial support.

MISSION

We are a net of networks (or a research network facilitator) organised around specific topics, regardless of the original disciplines of the researchers involved.
We collaborate in the development and application of theoretical frameworks related to the structure and dynamics of complex adaptive systems, especially socio-ecological systems. We do this linking real case-studies focused on the sustainable use of natural goods and services, seeking the preservation of Latin America’s multi-dimensional diversity.

Vision

We aim to contribute to the reflection and the development of new paradigms needed to analyse and promote a sustainable future in the region, while contributing to decision-making processes and definition of public policies.
We aim to promote the scientific development of the socio-ecological systems’ mechanisms responsible for the sustainable long-term use of natural resources and services, at national, regional and international level.

 

Institution

SARAS Institute

The Institute is an initiative led by Wageningen University, Resilience Alliance, the University of the Republic (UdelaR)...
Read more

The foundation

A Board of Directors composed of seven members is in charge of the Foundation’s management and representation (see details in the Institute).
Read more

Headquarters

SARAS Institute construction is divided in two phases. In the first phase, an area of 180m2 is being built, with offices...
Read more

our team

Marten Scheffer

Director

Marten Scheffer

Director


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


Laurie Beth Clark

Co-Director

Laurie Beth Clark

Co-Director


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


Néstor Mazzeo Beyhaut

Executive Director

Néstor Mazzeo Beyhaut

Executive Director


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)...
Read more


Jorge Marcone

Advisory Board member

Jorge Marcone

Advisory Board member


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


Pablo A. Marquet

Advisory Board member

Pablo A. Marquet

Advisory Board member


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)...
Read more


Mariana Meerhoff

Member of Advisory and Executive Boards

Mariana Meerhoff

Member of Advisory and Executive Boards


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


Eduardo Viola

Advisory Board member

Eduardo Viola

Advisory Board member


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...
Read more


Patricia Balvanera

Advisory Board member

Patricia Balvanera

Advisory Board member


Patricia Balvanera is a professor at the Institute of Ecosystems and Sustainability Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (IIES-UNAM).
Read more


Matilda Baraibar

Advisory Board member

Matilda Baraibar

Advisory Board member


Applies an historically informed political economy approach to contemporary agro-food globalization and agrarian change
Read more


Ricardo Ehrlich

Advisory Board member

Ricardo Ehrlich

Advisory Board member


Docteur-ès-Sciences, University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg (1979). Professor of Biochemistry, School of Sciences, Uruguay
Read more


Esteban Jobbagy

Advisory Board member

Esteban Jobbagy

Advisory Board member


For a long time interested on how plants modify the abiotic world, has established a team of researchers focused on groundwater-ecosystem coupling
Read more


Jesse Kercheval

Advisory Board member

Jesse Kercheval

Advisory Board member


Jesse Lee Kercheval (B.A. Florida State University, MFA University of Iowa) is the Zona Gale Professor of English as well as the Loren and Marjorie ...

Read more


Henrik Österblom

Advisory Board member

Henrik Österblom

Advisory Board member


Focus on governance of marine social-ecological systems, including transnational seafood corporations, fisheries and marine ecosystem based management, trophic cascades and seabirds.
Read more


Cristina Zurbriggen

Member of Advisory and Executive Boards

Cristina Zurbriggen

Member of Advisory and Executive Boards


Cristina Zurbriggen is a PhD in Political Science, Eberhard–Karks University, Tubingen, Germany.  She is currently a professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the Republic (Uruguay).
Read more


Micaela Trimble

Executive Coordinator

Micaela Trimble

Executive Coordinator


Micaela Trimble holds a Bachelor and Masters degree in Biological Sciences (Universidad de la República, Uruguay)
Read more


Paula Bianchi

Head of Communications and Executive Board member

Paula Bianchi

Head of Communications and Executive Board member


Holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of the Republic of Uruguay. Advanced student in Environmental Management in the area of Ecosystems Management.
Read more


Matias Piaggio

Executive Board member

Matias Piaggio

Executive Board member


Matías Piaggio is Research Fellow of the Environment and Development - Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (EfD - CATIE) and Associate Professor at Professor at the Universidad de la República (Uruguay, on leave).
Read more


Juan Rocha

Executive Board member

Juan Rocha

Executive Board member


Juan's research questions are oriented towards understanding emergent patterns, from critical transitions in ecological systems to collective action in society.
Read more


Virginia Lucas

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Virginia Lucas

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


Virginia Lucas is Professor of Stylistics and Text Analysis of the Spanish Department at the Instituto de Profesores Artigas (IPA), and manages the Library at the National Museum of Visual Arts of Uruguay. 
Read more


Jordi Bascompte

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Jordi Bascompte

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


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


Steve Carpenter

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Steve Carpenter

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


Focuses its work on ecosystem experiments and adaptive management of inland aquatic ecosystems...
Read more


Carl Folke

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Carl Folke

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


Scientific Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Director of the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
Read more


Ana Parma

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Ana Parma

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


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


Osvaldo Sala

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Osvaldo Sala

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


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


Frances Westley

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)

Frances Westley

Fellow (Ex- Advisory Board member)


Joined the University of Waterloo as the JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation in July 2007...
Read more


Annual Reports

Every year the SARAS Institute prepares an Annual Report with information about projects, scientific activities, main research areas and networks, graduate and postgraduate courses, publications, and other information.

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2016

Annual Balance 2016


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.

Get In Touch

Los Teros esq. Cardenales, Bella Vista, Maldonado, Uruguay


(+598) 4432 5476


info@saras-institute.org