Transformations to Sustainability – JST/ISSC/NRF International Joint Symposium


On 29 January 2015 the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) hosted an International Joint Symposium on Transformations to Sustainability at the United Nations University in Tokyo in cooperation with the ISSC and the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF). The event was also supported by the Science Council of Japan.

The symposium was a milestone in the Japanese effort to promote the Transformations to Sustainability Programme, Future Earth and their common agenda of promoting integrated science in the field of sustainability research. JST and its partners in Japan are engaging in this effort in order to encourage Japanese social scientists and humanities scholars to participate more actively in the global networks and activities of the ISSC’s Transformations to Sustainability Programme and of Future Earth.

After a keynote talk and presentations on the imperative for Future Earth and the importance of social science in the endeavour to accelerate transformations to a more sustainable world, a panel discussion highlighted examples of the contribution of social science in sustainability research and discussed the challenges of undertaking integrated research involving social sciences, natural sciences and non-academic stakeholders and practitioners. The event was attended by around 130 participants, from academia, the private sector, international organisations, civil society and the media.

JST is supporting the Transformations to Sustainability Programme with dedicated funding for Japan-based researchers. The call for proposals under the Transformations to Sustainability Programme will close on 31 March 2015.