Future Sustainability (2015)


Future Earth Networking Conference on Integrated Science
Third Conference at Villa Vigoni, on the topic of “Future Sustainability – the role of science and the SDGs”
May 24 — 30, Villa Vigoni, Italy

2015 is the year when sustainability is at the forefront of international attention — with a series of major new initiatives on disasters, climate change, and sustainable development goals. Each one of these signals transformative changes in policy, action, and research. Knowledge, evidence, and science will play central roles in each of these arenas.

What new knowledge is needed? What is the role of research and researchers in these processes? How should knowledge be produced to inform, support, and guide them? There is now a broad appreciation that the production of socially-robust knowledge requires new forms of engagement between science and society. Science itself is being transformed by new expectations for new ways of connecting what we know to what we do.

The SDGs are set to begin in 2016 with a timeline to 2030, and achieving the targets laid out requires the best available evidence-base from both the natural and social sciences. The research community is charged with making key global sustainability targets measurable, quantifiable, and evidence-based.

Integrated targets for sustainability require integrated science that cuts across disciplinary boundaries to bring together the various dimensions of sustainability. How science and the changing role of the scientist fits into global goals and targets on sustainability is an important issue to debate. At the international level, the new Future Earth programme aims to support the SDG process, providing the knowledge and support to accelerate transformations to sustainability.

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Related media:

How can science policy help to deliver the global goals?
The Guardian, Friday 9 October 2015 – article co-authored by Florian Koch (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany), James Patterson (University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), Nicholas Cradock-Henry (New Zealand Landcare Research), Kathryn Bowen (University of Melbourne/Australian National University), El Mostafa Jamea (MENA Renewables and Sustainability Institute, Morroco), Tiina Häyhä (Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Sweden), Jess Vogt (Indiana University, United States) and Fabiana Barbi (State University of Campinas, Brazil), participants at the Future Earth Networking Conferene on Integrated Science.