The mission of The Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems is to advance communication between academic communities (economists, political scientists, geographers, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists, and others) that study the role of institutions and governance structures in social-ecological systems and their transformation. It is an open platform for both advanced and young scholars to work symbiotically. The overarching scholarly aim is to facilitate the accumulation of knowledge and the development of new, interdisciplinary and problem-oriented analytical theories and methods, bridging the multiplicity of approaches that have been established over time. Integrative discourses, interdisciplinary research and an advanced studies program will serve as conduits towards this goal. The ultimate purpose is to strengthen policy making through enhanced dialogue with practitioners and stakeholders.