• 19.03.2019


    Landmark UN-Report Warns: Human health in dire straits if urgent actions are not made to protect the environment

    The most comprehensive and rigorous assessment on the state of the environment completed by the UN in the last five years was published, warning that damage to the planet is so dire that people’s health will be increasingly threatened unless urgent action is taken.

    The report, which was produced by 250 scientists and experts from more than 70 countries, says that either we drastically scale up environmental protections, or cities and regions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa could see millions of premature deaths by mid-century. It also warns that pollutants in our freshwater systems will see anti-microbial resistance become a major cause of death by 2050 and endocrine disruptors impact male and female fertility, as well as child neurodevelopment.

    But the report highlights the fact that the world has the science, technology and finance it needs to move towards a more sustainable development pathway, although sufficient support is still missing from the public, business and political leaders who are clinging to outdated production and development models.

    The sixth Global Environmental Outlook has been released while environmental ministers from around the world are in Nairobi to participate in the world’s highest-level environmental forum. Negotiations at the Fourth UN Environment Assembly are expected to tackle critical issues such as stopping food waste, promoting the spread of electric mobility, and tackling the crisis of plastic pollution in our oceans, among many other pressing challenges.


  • 28.02.2019


    Call for Projects: BNP Paribas Foundation - Climate & Biodiversity Initiative

    28 April 2019: Call for Projects Deadline!

    Since 2010, the BNP Paribas Foundation supported research on climate change through its Climate Initiative program, which has now enabled 18 international research teams to study the climate, with a total budget of 12 million euros. In addition, awareness on climate change has been raised among 340,000 people, through conferences, exhibitions, documentaries and public events related to the projects supported.

    The BNP Paribas Foundation is launching the 4th call for projects of this program for the 2020-2022 period, with an important novelty: Based on the observation that climate change is a major driver of biodiversity erosion and that these two issues are intimately interconnected, the BNP Paribas Foundation has made the choice to open the new call for projects to support research on both climate and biodiversity and to rename the program Climate & Biodiversity Initiative. 

    With a budget of 6 million euros over three years, this philanthropy program is based on a call for projects with a rigorous selection process carried out by recognized personalities in their field of research.

  • 27.02.2019


    New Paper Out: Three Ways Forward to Improve Regional Information for Extreme Events - An Early Career Perspective

    In May 2018, early career researchers came together for the Young Earth System Scientists - Young Hydrologic Society (YESS-YHS) Workshop, supported by WCRP, the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP), the Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) and the Climate and Water Department (CLW) of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and held conjointly with the GEWEX Open Science Conference.

    An outcome of that workshop is a paper published in Frontiers of Environmental Science, which presents an early career perspective on major challenges and opportunities that arise in the study, the understanding, and the provision of regional information for climate, weather, and hydrological extreme events. The paper is available to read through open access.

    This paper provides an early career researchers (ECRs) perspective on major challenges and opportunities that arise in the study and understanding of, and the provision of regional information for Climate, Weather and Hydrological (CWH) extreme events.

  • 21.01.2019


    Open Call: Ocean Sustainability

    31 January 2019: Deadline for pre-registration (mandatory).
    April 2019: Opening of call for invited full proposals
    August 2019: Closing of call for invited full proposals 


    This Collaborative Research Action (CRA) call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of ocean sustainability, using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) as the overall framework.

    This call encourages global partnerships of academics and non-academics to address one or more of the following topics:

    • Pathways toward a sustainable and equitable use of oceans
    • Accounting for and minimizing impacts of global change

    All call documents, including guidelines for applicants, eligibility requirements, and the submission portal can be found at the Belmont Forum Grant Operations website.

    A total of 16 funders covering 20 countries have committed in total circa 17 M€ of cash and in-kind resources for this call: Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Japan, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, and USA. Through SIDA, also researchers from Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar are eligible for this call.

    This call aims to support medium-size research projects with a direction of three to four years, with a recommended budget of up to €1.5 million. Note that some contributions are in-kind. See organizational annexes for specific constraints and requirements of your funding organization(s). Projects are expected to start in 2020.

  • 03.01.2019


    Call for Papers: Special Issue on Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research – Linking research processes and outputs to societal effects

    15 January 2019: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    Problem-oriented Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research (TDR) is expected to contribute not only to scientific progress but also to provide robust knowledge, which stimulates, accompanies and reflects societal transformation processes. The debate about the effects of this research mode is intensifying: What is the benefit of problem-oriented, integrative and context-related approaches in TDR? Which effects does it show and how do they relate to the (often context specific) research processes, their results and products, or to efforts of generalization and transfer of knowledge? Empirical research concerning these questions is still limited.

    This special issue of Environmental Science & Policy aims at enhancing the debate on capturing links between transdisciplinary research processes, their results and intended (or unintended) effects as well as the challenge of categorizing and tracing different types of effects. It focuses on policy relevant sustainability research.

    Work that addresses one or more of the following questions through either new conceptual formulations or empirical studies is of particular interest:

    - Which effects can transdisciplinary sustainability research unfold in society and science and what are the central categories for describing different types and scalar dimensions of effects?

    - How can the challenges of assessing different types of effects be met, considering also the risks and unintended effects of TDR?

    - How does the choice of methods and procedures specific for TDR (e.g. joint problem formulation, stakeholder participation, knowledge integration, assuring transferability of results and experiences) influence the effects of transdisciplinary research processes and the quality of their results? Which methodological elements can be included in transdisciplinary research processes to strengthen their potential for (societal) effects?

    Upon preliminary acceptance (till 15 February 2019), authors will be invited to submit full-length manuscripts to the editorial team till 15 April 2019 through the journal’s electronic editorial management system. Papers will go through a double blind review process.

  • 11.12.2018


    WMO and Green Climate Fund join to support low carbon, climate resilient development

    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) have signed a formal agreement to work together to leverage WMO expertise on weather, climate and water to increase effectiveness of GCF funded activities and support low carbon and climate resilient development.

    Under a new Memorandum of Understanding, WMO will support GCF accredited entities to maximize the benefits of their investments in hydrological and meteorological systems and associated climate information services. It seeks to provide pragmatic ways to bring the best available science into climate finance at a time when climate finance opportunities and climate risks are both increasing.

  • 29.11.2018


    Call for Papers: Environmental Science & Policy - Special Issue on Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research

    15 January 2019 : Abstract Submission Deadline!


    Problem-oriented Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research (TDR) is expected to contribute not only to scientific progress but also to provide robust knowledge, which stimulates, accompanies and reflects societal transformation processes. The debate about the effects of this research mode is intensifying: What is the benefit of problem-oriented, integrative and context-related approaches in TDR? Which effects does TDR show and how do they relate to the (often context-specific) research processes, their results and products, or to efforts of generalization and transfer of knowledge? Empirical research concerning these questions is still limited. This special issue wants to enhance the debate on these issues and address its gaps.

    This special issue of Environmental Science & Policy aims at enhancing the debate on capturing links between transdisciplinary research processes, their results and intended (or unintended) effects as well as the challenge of categorizing and tracing different types of effects. It focuses on policy relevant sustainability research.

    Works that addresses one or more of the following questions through either new conceptual formulations or empirical studies (meta-analyses of several transdisciplinary projects or transdisciplinary case studies) are of particular interest.

    - Which effects can transdisciplinary sustainability research unfold in society and science and what are the central categories for describing different types and scalar dimensions of effects?

    - How can the challenges of assessing different types of effects be met, considering also the risks and unintended effects of TDR?

    - How does the choice of methods and procedures specific for TDR (e.g. joint problem formulation, stakeholder participation, knowledge integration, assuring transferability of results and experiences) influence the effects of transdisciplinary research processes and the quality of their results? Which methodological elements can be included in transdisciplinary research processes to strengthen their potential for (societal) effects?


  • 27.11.2018


    Call for Papers: Universities and Climate Change

    20th December 2018: Deadline for abstracts

    Universities and Climate Change: Understanding and managing the extreme impacts of climate change, Warsaw, Poland 4th - 5th July 2019

    Many universities across the world perform state- of-the art research on matters related to climate change, both in respect of mitigation, and adaptation. Yet, as shown by the latest Conferences of the Parties of the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP 21), there is much room for improvements in the role played by universities in the negotiations and in influencing decision-making on a matter of such a global importance. There are unfortunately relatively few events where a multidisciplinary overview of university-based research efforts and projects on climate change can be show cased, and where researchers from across the spectrum of the natural and social sciences have had the opportunity to come together to discuss research methods, the results of empirical research or exchange ideas about on-going and future research initiatives focusing on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

    It is against this background that the 3rd Symposium “Universities and Climate Change” is being organised  by  University of Warsaw, and HAW Hamburg, Germany, under the auspices of the  International Climate Change Information and Research Programme (ICCIRP) and in cooperation with the Baltic University Programme.

    It will involve researchers in the field of climate change in the widest sense, not only from traditional climate science, but also from the fields of environment, human geography, business and economics, arts, administration and media studies.  As usual, a peer-reviewed book will be produced with the presented papers, to be published as part of the Climate Change Series, the world´s leading peer-reviewed book series on climate change adaptation. Publications at the Series have over the years officially counted for promotion/tenure purposes.

  • 09.11.2018



    Belmont Forum, Future Earth, and the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans), have announced a call for proposals which aim to bring together researchers and experts across the globe to innovate solutions that accelerate sustainable use of oceans and minimize the effects from global change.
    Thematic areas for the funding oppurtinity were developed through a global scoping process lead by Future Earth followed by additional consultations co-led by Future Earth and the Belmont Forum.
    This Collaborative Research Action Call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of ocean sustainability. THE UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) acts as the overall framework. The complex challenge will be tackled by bringing together natural and social sciences, as well as policymakers, resource managers, industries and other societal partners for an integrated, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral aprroach.

    A total of 14 funders from 12 countries have committed in total over 18 million dollars of cash and in-kind resources for this call: Brazil, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Japan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, and USA. Through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), researchers from Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar are also eligible for this call.

  • 09.11.2018


    Call for Nominations of Experts: Assessment of Invasive Alien Species

    11 January 2019: Application deadline for nominees!
    1 February 2019: Submission deadline for nominators!
    At its sixth session held from 18 to 24 March 2018, the Plenary approved in decision IPBES-6/1 the undertaking a thematic assessment of invasive alien species. The assessment will commence following IPBES 7 and will be considered by the Plenary
    at IPBES 10.
    In line with the agreed procedures for the preperation of IPBES deliverables, the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel formally invites governments and stakeholders to nominate experts for the assessment of invasive alien species.
    All relevant governements and organizations or institutions are encouraged to submit nominations. Nominations may also be submitted by organizations and institutions, regardless of whether they are admitted to the Plenary of IPBES as an observer.
    The nominees should have expertise related to the themes and skills required for the chapters of the assessment as set out in the scoping document. They should be experts on invasive alien species within one or more of the following disciplines: natural sciences; social sciences; or the humanities; Indigenous or local knowledge experts as well as having expertise in indigenous and local knowledge systems; or be policy experts and practitioners. All nominees should have experince in working within interdisciplinary and/or international contexts.
  • 31.10.2018


    New Open Access Book on Citizen Science out now!

    Citizen science is a growing world-wide phenomenon. The participation of the public in scientific research is rapidly expanding field in open science and open innovation. Brought about by citizens’ wishes to be actively involved in scientific processes, it also offers contributions to the rise in tertiary education.

    Citizen Science: Innovation in Open Science, Society and Policy identifies and explains the role of citizen science as an innovation in science and society and a vibrant and productive science-policy interface. The scope of this volume is geared towards identifying solutions and lessons to be applied across science, practice and policy. The chapters are built around considering the role of citizen science in the context of the wider agenda of open science and open innovation. Furthermore, the progress towards two of the most critical aspects of science today - responsible research and innovation is part of the central discussion.

    The book includes contributions on citizen science from 120 authors across 16 countries and was published by UCL Press.

  • 26.10.2018


    Call for Participation: Knowledge Action Network for Emergent Risk and Extreme Events seeks members

    15 November 2018: Application deadline!
    The Knowledge Action Network for Emergent Risk and Extreme Events is currently seeking members. People interested for members in the Development Team and/or working groups are invited to self-nominate. All positions are voluntary. Working groups, to be structured along with the establishment of the Development Team, will be a core element of the RISK KAN allowing demand-driven, flexible, challenge-based networking to support and help shape the agenda of the Risk KAN.
  • 12.10.2018


    WCRP announces Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) members, as of January 2019

    WCRP has officially announced the list of members of their Joint Scientific Committee (JSC), beginning 1 January 2019. Current JSC members who have been re-appointed for a further 2-year term to 31 Dec 2020 are:

    1. Jens Christensen (Denmark)
    2. Helen Cleugh (Australia)
    3. Masahide Kimoto (Japan)
    4. Amanda Lynch (USA)
    5. Thomas Peter (Switzerland)
    6. Martin Visbeck (Germany)

    New appointments for an initial 4-year term to 31 Dec 2022 are:

    1. Lisa Alexander (Australia)
    2. Tercio Ambrizzi (Brazil)
    3. Pascale Braconnot (France)
    4. Susanna Corti (Italy)
    5. Pierre Friedlingstein (UK)
    6. James Hurrell (USA)
    7. Pedro Monteiro (South Africa)
    8. Krishnan Raghavan (India)
    9. Igor Shkolnik (Russia)
    10. Detlef Stammer (Germany)
    11. Ken Takahashi (Peru)
    12. Huijun Wang (China)

    WCRP would like to thank everyone who applied for these roles and notes that the expertise of all applicants was outstanding. WCRP's Co-sponsors — the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) and the International Science Council (ISC) — selected new members based on a balance of discipline, career stage, geography, and gender diversity. As a group, the JSC will be ideally placed to move forward WCRP's upcoming decadal plans on strategy and implementation.

  • 09.10.2018


    Survey for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Consultation on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

    5 November 2018: Survey Deadline!

    As the Aichi targets come to an end in 2020, we are left with CBD's 2050 vision: "by 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people." Looking back at and learning from the last decade brings important questions for the biodiversity scientific community as to how this vision can be achieved and through which knowledge and tools. Future Earth and the CBD recently joined forces in that regard.

    Future Earth and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), are gathering input for the Convention on Biological Diversity's (CBD) consultation on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. Answers may be submitted in French or English. You may also submit answers as an individual or an organisation.

    There will be two webinars organised by Future Earth and CNRS (time and date TBA) to present and discuss the results of this consultation, before and after the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14). For more information contact: cbd.consultation@futureearth.org

    Following the reception of your written contributions and the two webinars, responses and webinar discussion points will be collected and submitted as a service to the CBD Secretariat by 15 December 2018.

    Concerning COP14, Future Earth would like to gather all information needed to effectively coordinate between the various events in which the Future Earth community may be involved to help maximise their impact, including communications efforts. If you or any of your colleagues associated with Future Earth are planning on participating in or have submitted a proposal for activities at COP14, take a moment to fill out this quick form to help map out potential events.

    To complete the survey, please click here

  • 09.10.2018


    Open call: Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (Risk KAN) membership

    15 November 2018: Deadline for Nomination!

    The Risk KAN, a joint initiative of Future Earth, IRDR and WCRP, invites interested researchers to self-nominate for a membership in the Knowledge Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events, in the Development Team (DT) and/or working groups. All positions are voluntary. Working groups, to be structured along with the establishment of DT, will be a core element of the Risk KAN allowing demand-driven, flexible, challenge-based networking to support and help shape the agenda of the Risk KAN.

    All prospective DT members should consider availability for approximately one day a month, at least.

    The aims of the Working Groups are:

    • Provide syntheses and perspectives on specific topics
    • Elaborate and socialize research agendas
    • Identify stakeholders and collaborators and means to engaging them
    • Develop fundraising strategies and governance principles in consultation with stakeholders


  • 09.10.2018


    Summary for Policymakers of IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC approved by governments

    INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 8 Oct - Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, farreaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said on Monday.

    The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC was approved by the IPCC on Saturday in Incheon, Republic of Korea. It will be a key scientific input into the Katowice Climate Change Conference in Poland in December, when governments review the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change. “With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC,” said Hoesung Lee, Chair of the IPCC.

    Ninety-one authors and review editors from 40 countries prepared the IPCC report in response to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) when it adopted the Paris Agreement in 2015.

    The report’s full name is Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

    Information on the report in German can be found here.

  • 03.10.2018


    DFG - Modifikation des Programms „Wissenschaftliche Netzwerke“

    Der Hauptausschuss der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) hat in seiner Sitzung am 20. September 2018 beschlossen, das bisher auf den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs beschränkte Programm Wissenschaftliche Netzwerke zu flexibilisieren und für Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aller Karrierephasen zu öffnen. Wissenschaftliche Netzwerke bestehen aus einem festen Personenkreis von in der Regel 10 bis 20 Personen und sollen die Möglichkeit zu einem mehrjährigen ortsübergreifenden Austausch zu einem selbst gewählten wissenschaftlichen Themenbereich eröffnen mit dem Ziel, ein konkretes Ergebnis zu erreichen.

    Wissenschaftliche Netzwerke können genutzt werden:

    • zur nationalen als auch internationalen Vernetzung von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern in einem frühen Stadium ihrer Karriere. Die Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses ist der DFG dabei ein besonderes Anliegen.
    • zur Vernetzung von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern, die neue interdisziplinäre oder forschungsstrategische Fragestellungen ergebnisorientiert erörtern wollen und hierfür einen flexiblen organisatorischen Rahmen benötigen.
    • zur Vernetzung von Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern, die Themenbereiche mit strategischem Charakter bearbeiten wollen, bei denen ein Austausch auf internationaler Ebene besonders ertragreich erscheint. Voraussetzung ist, dass für den Standort Deutschland entscheidende Impulse zu erwarten sind oder der forschungspolitische Aspekt der Kooperation mit Personen aus dem ausgewählten Land beziehungsweise den ausgewählten Ländern eine tragende Rolle spielt.

    Anträge in dem modifizierten Programm Wissenschaftliche Netzwerke können ab Januar 2019 eingereicht werden.

  • 02.10.2018


    New Publication: Environmental Humanities: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law.

    Sustainability, i.e. the demand for long-term and globally practicable lifestyles and economies, is increasingly being understood as the central challenge of our time. But just as today science is often simply equated with natural science, many people think only of the natural sciences when it comes to sustainability science. Undoubtedly, natural scientific and technical knowledge of problem relationships in dealing with nature, resources and climate is important. However, technical change does not happen on its own. In addition, the ecological challenges are simply too great not to aim for a behavioural change as well as technology.

    This is the starting point of this series of publications. Some questions are, for example, the conditions for individual and social change, the means or governance instruments and normative (ethical and legal) issues about the ultimate goals to be pursued. Transdisciplinary approaches should play a special role, i.e. approaches that do not operate from disciplinary boundaries but from questions of content without excessive subordination to established disciplinary dogmas.

    With this series, editors Prof. Dr. Dr. Felix Ekardt, LL.M., M.A.(director of the Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy in Leipzig) and Prof. Dr. Susanne Stoll-Kleemann (chair of Sustainability Science and Applied Geography at the University of Greifswald), want to put an emphasis on pluralism and expressly give room to uncomfortable, unexpected and heterodox views and methods. In times in which sustainability research in particular (also) is increasingly influenced by the interests of clients, such openness seems necessary in the interest of truly finding knowledge.

  • 19.09.2018


    Call for Papers: "Nachhaltigkeit zwischen Utopie und Ideologie"

  • 28.08.2018


    SPARC Scientific Steering Group (SSG) Nominations now open


    15 September 2018: Deadline for Nominations!


    The call for nominations to SPARC’s Scientific Steering Group (SSG) is now open. The SSG currently comprises 12 researchers from around the world with a wide range of expertise in atmospheric dynamics and chemistry. They guide SPARC’s priorities and activities, working together with the SSG co-chairs and the SPARC project office.

    SSG members should thus have a good overview of the implementation plans, the regional and international research agendas, and how SPARC’s priorities align with those of the new WCRP strategy.

    The nominations can be submitted online (including the upload of a publications list). It is possible to nominate a candidate or nominate yourself. The SSG takes a strategic view of SPARC’s role and are looking for individuals with a broad view of atmospheric science and climate change as well as expertise in their own field. Scientific expertise, career stage as well as gender and geographical balance are taken into account.

    The initial term of service is for four years (January 2020 – December 2023), with a possible extension of two years.

  • 21.08.2018


    Call to host the WCRP International Project Office for the Climate and Cryosphere

    1 September 2018: Deadline for letters of intent!

    The World Climate Research Programme is soliciting offers to host an International Project Office (IPO) to coordinate its cryospheric activities from 1st January 2019 and onward.

    Prospective host institutions and sponsoring organizations are invited to download the full call for hosting the CliC IPO. Letters of intent should be sent to Dr Mike Sparrow (msparrow@wmo.int) by 1st September 2018. General enquiries are welcome under the same email address.

    Background information:

    The Climate and Cryosphere Core Project (CliC) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) serves as the focal point for climate science related to the cryosphere, its variability and change, and interaction with the broader climate system.

    All WCRP IPOs, including CliC, will play a predominant role in refining and implementing WCRP’s upcoming 2019-2029 strategy, including their own strategic contributions to the programme.

    The CliC International Project Office can act as a focus for cryosphere research in its host institution and country and through its network, infrastructure and expertise, can facilitate international research collaboration.


  • 17.08.2018


    WCRP Strategic Plan: Public Consultation open

    The WCRP Strategic Plan Public Consultation will take place from 11 June until 31 August 2018!


    The WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2029 outlines the strategic direction of WCRP in the next decade, guaranteeing that fundamental research is supported and that the climate information required by society to make decisions when planning for and responding to climate variability and change is available and accessible to all.

    The WCRP Strategic Plan will be accompanied by a WCRP Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan, which is currently in preparation, will outline how the Strategic Plan will be achieved - a road map for the transition to a Programme that is equipped to meet the ongoing challenges of the future.

  • 10.08.2018


    Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network publishes its first peer-reviewed article

    As the resources of ecosystems around the world are being exhausted for short-term gain, their ability to provide for human well-being is being affected.  The concepts of “natural capital” and “ecosystem services” have gained global attention. These terms are generally defined as all benefits flowing from ecosystems to society. However, they have mostly remained concepts, as decision-making and action have been slow to implement them.
    The Future Earth Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network announced its intention to facilitate and enable action-oriented research and synthesis in a recent paper paper in Sustainability Science—its first peer-reviewed article.
    The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has recently introduced the notion of “Nature’s Contributions to People,” or NCP, which is a broader framing building on the ecosystem services approach while opening up to other perspectives, mostly associated with the social sciences and humanities--which are rich in explaining the complex and diverse realities about people’s relationships with nature, according to Maria Jose Martinez-Harms, lead author of the paper and member of the development team of the Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network.

    The Future Earth Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network is a global initiative, focused on understanding the way society interacts with and perceives nature through the notion of “natural assets.” This approach complements the NCP framework, as the aim of the natural assets approach, according to Martinez-Harms, “is to translate and bridge among different perspectives people’s relationships with nature, identifying the challenges of translating these different visions into actions, and policy decisions for local to global sustainability challenges.

  • 05.08.2018


    Call for Abstracts: “Networks and networking: Collaborative work, innovation and far-reaching approaches to multiple sustainability challenges”

    5 August 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!
    What is the interplay between identifying and addressing complex sustainability issues and the mechanisms that facilitate collaborations at local/ regional /international and or inter to transdisciplinary levels?  This COSUST Open Issue is focused on how networking has facilitated changes in the way we organize ourselves for knowledge sharing and generation and how this affects the way we think, analyze, and the solutions we propose to complex environmental sustainability problems.

    In this Open Issue, COSUST invites abstracts discussing the emergence of collaborative research-practice networks and how they help the advancement of understanding and finding solutions to complex sustainability problems.

    The variety of issues that are welcome to be adressed are as follows:


    1. How have interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science been driven by and or lead to the rise of local to international research networks in a variety of application areas within environmental sustainability? 
    2. How have research networks fostered or constrained the development of new knowledge generation? In what ways have networks and networking contributed to the emergence of new types of conceptual framings and collection of data types and their integration to address sustainability issues?
    3. Have international networks allowed for greater research capacity among researchers in the Global South and greater Global South and North research collaboration?
    4. How have research networks fostered or constrained gender equity in research, the co-production of knowledge and elevation of indigenous and local knowledge in the research literature?
    5. How have research networks contributed to the role of science in policy and society as a whole?
    6. How has the emergence of global wide environmental sustainability challenges influenced the way research  on environmental sustainability at regional, national, and local scales is advanced?
    7. How have networks fostered or constrained the research community’s response to key international science questions including biodiversity loss, disaster risk reduction, climate change, and urbanization especially in the context of big data/big science and the links between the physical sciences and social sciences and other disciplinary pursuits.
    8. What is the connection between funding models, institutional support and the structure, extent/scale of networking and interlinkages between research networks? How does this influence the type, quality, and robustness of knowledge created? How have networks affected the possibility of breakthrough new science?
    Analytical and integrative assessment-oriented manuscripts are especially encouraged, as well as authors from the Global South.   Articles simply reviewing and summarizing the work and activities of one organization or group is not a key focus on the Open Issue.
  • 25.07.2018


    Neues Buch "Communicating Climate Change Information for Decision-Making" erschienen

    Wie kann der Wissenstransfer in Climate Services optimiert und Wissenschaft und Praxis besser integriert werden? Unterschiedliche Ansätze in der transdisziplinären Forschung, ihre Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede sowie ihre gute Qualität sind Thema eines kürzlich erschienenen Artikels: Integration von Forschung und Praxis in aufstrebenden Klimadiensten - Lehren aus anderen transdisziplinären Dialogen.

    Susanne Schuck-Zöller und Carina Brinkmann (GERICS) sowie Simone Rödder (Universität Hamburg) identifizieren zehn Qualitätskriterien für transdisziplinäre Dialoge. Der Artikel ist Teil des Springer Book und E-Books Communicating Climate Change Information for Decision-Making, die der Anwendung der Klimaforschung auf Politik und Praxis gewidmet sind und 15 Beiträge internationaler Autoren sammeln.

  • 13.07.2018


    Twelve transnational projects receive 11.5 million euros for research on transformations to sustainability

    Twelve transnational research projects starting in 2018 have been awarded 11.5 million euros from the Belmont Forum and NORFACE joint programme Transformations to Sustainability (T2S). The twelve teams will undertake research in transformations to sustainability areas such as groundwater, mining, urban areas and land-registration, as well as the role of migration and intellectual property rights in sustainability transitions. The projects involve researchers from a wide variety of disciplines working together across the globe, including German researchers such as Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf from the University of Heidelberg, Prof. Dr. Michael Schnegg from University of Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Carsten Dreher of Freie Universität Berlin, Dr. Carsten Butsch of University of Cologne and Dr. Silke Beck of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research.
    The Belmont Forum, a global partnership that mobilizes funding of environmental change research, and NORFACE, an European research network for the social sciences, jointly developed the research programme Transformations to Sustainability (T2S). The programme aims to restructure the broad field of sustainability research by placing social science, as well as the humanities, at the heart of interdisciplinary research in a step change in scale and scope for research programming on this topic.
    The twelve three-year projects will conduct theoretically and methodologically innovative research on transformations to sustainability in different locations experiencing pressing socio-ecological challenges.
    The supported transnational projects are as follows:
    • AGENTS: Amazonian Governance to Enable Transformations to Sustainability
    • CON-VIVA: Towards Convivial Conservation: Governing Human-Wildlife Interactions in the Anthropocene
    • GoST: Governance of Sociotechnical Transformations
    • H2O — T2S: H2O — T2S in Urban Fringe Areas
    • IPACST: The Role of Intellectual Property to Accelerate Sustainability Transitions
    • Misty: Migration, Transformation and Sustainability
    • SecTenSusPeace: SECURING TENURE, SUSTAINABLE PEACE? The challenges of localizing land-registration in conflict-affected Burundi and eastern DR Congo
    • ST-ASGM: Sustainability Transformations in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining: A Multi-Actor and Trans-Regional Perspective
    • T2SGS: Transformations to Groundwater Sustainability: joint learnings from human-groundwater interactions
    • TAPESTRY: Transformation as Praxis: Exploring Socially Just and Transdisciplinary Pathways to Sustainability in Marginal Environments
    • TRUEPATH: TRansforming UnsustainablE PATHways in agricultural frontiers: articulating microfinance plus with local institutional change for sustainability in Nicaragua
    • Waterproofing Data: Engaging stakeholders in sustainable flood risk governance for urban resilience
  • 29.06.2018


    Neues Förderangebot der Volkswagenstiftung Initiative "Globale Herausforderungen"

    30 Oktober 2018: Stichtag!

    Die Initiative "Global Issues - Integrating different Perspectives" zielt darauf ab neue Erkenntnisse zu bisher wenig erforschten Herausforderungen globaler Relevanz zu generieren und Forschung zu drängenden (und globalen) gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen des 21. Jahrhunderts zu ermöglichen. Das erste Förderangebot widmet sich dem Thema der Integration unterschiedlicher Perspektiven zur sozialen Ungleichheit.

    Es sollen  vor allem Transferprozesse bzw. die Stabilität sozialer Ungleichheit thematisiert werden. Die beteiligten Stiftungen laden insbesondere zu solchen Projekten ein, die einen der folgenden Aspekte in den Blick nehmen:
    • Institutionen und Netzwerke 
    • Ressourcenverteilung und Erbe 
    • Technologischer Wandel und Digitalisierung:  soziale, politische und ökonomische Auswirkungen 
    • Sozio-ökologische Ungleichheitsprozesse
    Weitere Vorraussetzungen und Details zum Förderangebot:
    • Fachgebiet: Gesellschaftswissenschaften
    • Förderart: Internationale Forschungsprojekte
    • bis zu 1,5 Mio. Euro
    • max. 4 Jahre
    • Forschergruppen, die sich mit Themen sozialer Ungleichheit befassen
    • Neben Wissenschaftler/innen aus Europa müssen Forscher/innen aus Ländern mit niedrigem bzw mittlerem Einkommen sowie außerhalb Europas beteiligt sein
    • Zusatzleistungen: Förderung von Wissenschaftsvermittlung und -kommunikation


    Dies ist die erste thematische Ausschreibung und ein gemeinsames Förderangebot von Compagnia di San Paolo (Italien), Novo Nordisk Fonden (Dänemark), Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (Schweden) und der VolkswagenStiftung (Deutschland).


  • 29.06.2018


    Call for research projects on Ocean Sustainability

    6 August 2018: Deadline!

    The ocean is facing multiple challenges from climate change. Overfishing, acidification, de-oxygenation and pollution among others, need to be reduced in order to ensure a healthy ocean, the importance of which is stressed in several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    PEGASuS 2: Ocean Sustainability is an open call for research projects with a focus on synthesis research for ocean sustainability. Based on the successful model implemented by NCEAS, PEGASuS 2 will support up to four separate working groups to be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California. Additionally, one postdoctoral fellow will be supported to engage with selected research teams.

    Proposals for PEGASuS-NCEAS Working Groups should address some or all of the following thematic areas:

    1. Creating sustainable ocean pathways that account for and minimize the negative impacts of global change on the oceans, and determining system limits beyond which further global change will create large scale, negative, and potentially irreversible shifts in ocean systems.

    2. Predicting, mitigating, and responding to ocean disasters to reduce risk.

    3. Assessing governance and policy for ocean sustainability

    Researchers and practitioners of any nationality affiliated with an academic, governmental agency, multilateral or non-profit institution may submit a PEGASuS proposal. Independently operating individuals are welcome to apply as well.

    The Program for Early-stage Grants Advancing Sustainability Science (PEGASuS) seeks to increase knowledge, promote innovation, and establish evidence-based solutions to the world’s most difficult sustainability challenges.

  • 19.06.2018


    Global Land Programme: Webinar on production in the field of land-system science

    Registration open now!


    THE GLP working group on co-production invites you to their first webinar, an introductory session for anyone interested in co-production in the field of land-system science.

    The webinar, which is open to newcomers and people already engaged in co-production, will set the stage and:

    •  provide introductory presentations about knowledge co-production
    • lay out the conceptual and practical issues related to co-production
    • highlight examples of implementation of co-production in the field of land system science
    • elaborate on co-production issues specifically related to land system science

    GLP Members confirmed to present are:

    Dr. Flurina Schneider, CDE Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern

    Dr. Narcisa Pricope, University of North Carolina Wilmington

    Dr. Jana Zscheischler, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Research (ZALF)


    Attendance is limited to the first 100 participants who register in advance and join the webinar the day of the event.

  • 13.06.2018


    Registration opens for Expert Review of the First Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

    29 June 2018: Deadline registration!


    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in 1988 to provide policymakers with regular scientific assessments concerning climate change, its implications and potential future risks, as well as to put forward adaptation and mitigation strategies.

    The Expert Review of the First Order Draft is a key element of the IPCC assessment process. Experts from around the world will offer comments and suggestions to the author teams. The report authors address every comment received when they prepare the next draft, and the review process aims to include the broadest possible scientific perspective.

    All IPCC reports go through multiple stages of formal review. This first review will be followed by a second review when governments will also be invited to provide feedback.
    Expert Reviewers are welcome to register with a self-declaration of expertise. All Expert Reviewers will be acknowledged in the final report, due to be finalized in September 2019. Further information on the IPCC review process can be found on the IPCC website.

  • 30.05.2018


    EU JPI Climate's AXIS Joint Call for Transnational Collaborative Research Projects 2018

    8 June 2018: Pre-registration deadline!

    8 October 2018: Full proposal deadline!


    Scientists located in Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain or Sweden are invited to submit their proposal to the EU JPI Climate’s AXIS Joint Call for Transnational Collaborative Research Projects 2018.

    The goal of this call is to broaden the knowledge base that helps guiding societies in their transition to sustainability, in particular through an integrated understanding of social, political and environmental impacts and risks associated with climate change.


    The AXIS joint call focuses on three interlinked themes:

    1. Cross-sectoral and cross-scale climate change impact assessments

    2. Integration of biophysical climate change impact estimates with economic models

    3. Developing pathways to achieve the long-term objectives of the Paris Agreement, taking into account interactions with SDGs closely linked to SDG 13 (“climate action”)


    Proposals are expected to mostly be of small to medium size (0.3 - 2 million €) and of a duration of up to 3 years. The Projects are asked to build on existing international initiatives (such as WCRP’s CMIP or CORDEX and in particular VIACS-AB) where possible.

  • 22.05.2018


    Webinar on Connecting Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Natural Solutions for Sustainable Urban Areas

    Biodiversity is one important measure of the state of natural ecosystems that is lacking in sustainable urban design and planning efforts, even though it plays an integral role in human well-being and contributes greatly to the sustainability of cities.

    Urban areas continue to grow at an unprecedented rate. It is estimated that by 2050, 60% percent of the world’s population will be urban and relying on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems for many basic services.
    In honor of World Biodiversity Day, the Urban Knowledge-Action Network encourages to join this 60 minute webinar to learn about this important topic from experts and innovators within the community, and share your experiences.

  • 18.05.2018


    Call for applications: Studying abroad with UAS

    30 May 2018 Application deadline!

    The University Alliance for Sustainability (UAS) is looking for motivated and skilled candidates who are interested in studying and researching sustainability related topics while getting to know a new culture

    The goal of the program is to encourage students, professors and senior management professionals to develop and implement their own research projects on sustainability related topics while broadening their horizon in a new cultural environment.

    If you’re interested in studying at one of their partner universities in China, Canada, Israel or Russia, send in your application for a chance to become part of an international UAS community with partners at Peking University, University of British Columbia, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and St. Petersburg State University.

  • 16.05.2018


    Call for nominations: six WCRP panels

    30 May 2018 Call for nominations deadline!

    In the context of their new Strategy and Implementation Plan, which is currently in development,  the WCRP is inviting (self-)nominations for membership in the following six of its expert panels:

    • Data Advisory Council (WDAC)
    • Modeling Advisory Council (WMAC)
    • Working Group on Coupled Modeling (WGCM)
    • Working Group on Subseasonal to Interdecadal Prediction (WGSIP)
    • Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE, joint with WMO CAS)
    • CORDEX Science Advisory Team (CORDEX SAT)

    (Self-)nominations from highly enthusiastic and dedicated experts are welcome for a four-year term from January 2019 to December 2022.

    The nominations should be submitted via the corresponding online nomination form by May 30th 2018.

    Among all applications received, the currently serving co-chairs of each group will propose new members for final approval by the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of WCRP later this year in the summer.

    The membership of those groups aim to include a balanced representation of relevant expertise with due consideration of geographical and gender balance. As many nominations are expected, the WCRP Secretariat will only contact those candidates finally selected by the JSC.

  • 27.04.2018


    Call for Input IPBES work programme

    23 May 2018 Submission Deadline!

    At its sixth session the IPBES Plenary requested the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel and the Bureau, supported by the secretariat: a) to develop a draft strategic framework up to 2030 and elements of the rolling work programme of the Platform; b) to hold consultations to seek additional input from a broad range of relevant actors on the draft strategic framework and elements of the work programme of the Platform; and c) to encourage Governments, United Nations partners, multilateral environmental agreements related to biodiversity and ecosystem services, intergovernmental organizations and stakeholders to provide written comments on the draft strategic framework and future elements of the work programme:

    IPBES would like to invite all governments and stakeholders to provide written comments regarding the strategic framework, in particular, on how to further strengthen and integrate the functions of the Platform and the institutional arrangements established to implement these functions.

    Comments received will inform the development of the draft strategic framework of the future IPBES work programme up to 2030, and, in particular discussions on this issue at the national focal points meeting (4-6 June, Bonn, Germany) and at the 11th MEP and Bureau meetings (25-29 June, Bonn, Germany).

  • 25.04.2018


    AXIS: Call open now

    18 June 2018 Submission deadline

    The ERA-NET Consortium AXIS (Assessment of Cross(X)-sectoral climate Impacts and pathways for Sustainable transformation) was created to promote cross-boundary, cross-community research with the overall goal to improve coherence, integration and robustness of climate impact research and connect it to societal needs. AXIS aims to overcome boundaries between science communities through promoting inter- or transdisciplinary research projects.

    AXIS will be supported by at least 10 funding organisations from 9 European countries and co-funded by the European Commission. The call will have an indicative budget of 15 – 17 Mio. € to support international research projects of a duration of up to 3 years.

    The AXIS joint call is structured into three interlinked themes: 

    1. Cross-sectoral and cross-scale climate change impact assessments

    2. Integration of biophysical climate change impact estimates with economic models

    3. Developing pathways to achieve the long-term objectives of the Paris Agreement, taking into account interactions with SDGs closely linked to SDG 13 (“climate action”).

  • 17.04.2018


    Call for abstracts: Tropentag 2018

    15 April: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    Tropentag is an annual, international conference on food security, natural resource management and rural development in the tropics. Tropentag is a development-oriented and interdisciplinary conference. It addresses issues of resource management, environment, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food, nutrition and related sciences in the context of rural development, sustainable resource use and poverty alleviation worldwide.

    The 2018 conference theme is “Global food security and food safety: the role of universities“.

    All MSc and PhD students, scientists, extension workers, decision makers and politicians engaged in agricultural research and rural development in developing/tropical countries and/or countries in transition are heartily invited to participate and actively contribute.

  • 09.04.2018


    UNESCO Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability

    UNESCO honours geography with the creation of a Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability. It will be part of a worldwide network of over 700 UNESCO chairs to support the teaching and research goals of the world cultural organization. The social geographer Professor Benno Werlen will hold the Chair at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Germany).

    Over the next four years, the new Chair will primarily support greater involvement of social sciences and humanities in sustainability research. Chair holder Benno Werlen has experience in this area. As initiator and director of the International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) in 2016, he led an international campaign for greater engagement of social and human sciences (SHS) and societies with the global challenges of our times.

    Werlen views the growing interactions between research and society as a huge opportunity to establish sustainability as a fundamental criterion for political decisions – and to align it with the respective culture all over the world. Therefore, as Chair holder, he wants to support and implement research projects as well as educational campaigns in the respective regions, thereby also aiming to intensify intercultural cooperation between individual centres. All this will be done in cooperation with the IGU commission “Global Understanding”, established at the 33rd International Geographical Congress 2016 in Beijing.

  • 03.04.2018


    Webinar: Networking for the landscape

    Register now!

    The theme of this webinar is ‘Networking for the landscape: The potential of collaborative governance in addressing institutional misfit in the provision of ecosystem services’

    An important challenge in environmental governance is to reach so-called ‘institutional fit’. This means to ensure that the established governance structures are spatially and temporally well-aligned to the ecosystems and ecosystem services they are meant to govern. The cp³ project analyzed the potential of collaborative governance approaches to mitigate institutional misfit in landscape management, an issue with growing importance in ecosystem services governance. Thereby, we define collaborative governance as partnerships between multiple actors from the public, private, and civil society sphere of society.

    This webinar aims to provide insights regarding the specific features through which the collaborative governance approaches could successfully address and mitigate issues of institutional misfit in landscape management. Additionally it aims to introduce aspects of the importance of Science-Policy-Society interface regarding biodiversity and ecosystems services.

    The webinar is addressed to everyone interested in the topic, which includes students and researchers from the social and natural sciences, practitioners like administrative staff from protected areas, farmers or other land users and managers, as well as decision makes in environmental and agricultural policy.

  • 23.03.2018


    Call for nominations for WCRP Joint Scientific Committee members

    6 April 2018: Deadline for Nominations!

    WCRP is calling for (self-)nominations for membership in the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee (JSC), for a four-year term from January 2019 to December 2022.

    The Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) provides scientific guidance in all aspects of WCRP, in line with the overall aims and interests of the sponsoring organizations. For the upcoming membership term, from January 2019 to December 2022, (self-)nominations are sought from the global climate research community. JSC members are to be selected for their scientific knowledge, capability and breadth of vision. The JSC aims to be an inclusive source of leadership for international climate research and seeks nominations of mid- to senior-career researchers from around the globe.

    The membership of the JSC shall aim to include a balanced representation of relevant
    disciplines in atmospheric, oceanic, hydrological and polar sciences. The JSC guides the overarching objectives and priorities of WCRP, in agreement with the sponsoring organizations and the WCRP sponsors' agreement (subject to any future revisions thereof through the sponsoring organizations), as well as in line with the upcoming WCRP Strategic and Implementation Plans.

  • 19.03.2018



    30 April 2018: Application Deadline!

    The search for Momentum for Change’s 2018 Lighthouse Activities is on! Applications are being accepted from 22 February to 30 April. Spearheaded by the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat, Momentum for Change shines a light on the most innovative, scalable and replicable examples of what people around the world are doing to tackle climate change.

    If your project is selected as a winning activity, you will receive a wide range of benefits, including fully covered attendance to the 2018 UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland; access to policy makers and potential funders during the conference; public recognition by the UN Climate Change secretariat; public relations support and media training; marketing materials, including promotional videos, a dedicated page about your project on our website and professional photography.

    Applicants must choose one of the following four focus areas where their activity is making a difference:


    Organizations, communities, cities, businesses, governments and others that are taking concrete action on climate change can apply to have their projects recognized as a 2018 Lighthouse Activity.

  • 14.03.2018


    Special Issue "Advancing Methods and Models for Implementing REDD+ for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation"

    6 April 2018: Deadline for manuscript submissions!

    This Special Issue on “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+)” welcomes submissions covering all areas of REDD+ as it applies to national and subnational applications, including measurement and reporting, development of safeguard information systems, community and participatory engagement, national forest monitoring systems, finance, and other aspects of REDD+ across the full spectrum of topic. The Special Issue will include papers that focus on the technical issues associated with measurement and monitoring as well as social and institutional issues associated with governance, benefits sharing, community-based carbon management and other related aspects. Papers related to capacity building are also encouraged.

    The scope of REDD+ includes four elements, each of which requires both technical and social models for the measurement and implementation: Reducing emissions from deforestation, reducing emissions from forest degradation, conservation of forest carbon stocks, sustainable forest management, and enhancement of carbon stocks. Each of these scope areas present opportunities for submissions. This Special Issue recognizes that REDD+ in its broadest conceptualization includes management of carbon in areas of forests—both closed forests and woodlands—as well as in landscapes that are predominantly agricultural with systems of trees outside of forests (TOF). The Special Issue is interested in papers that include regions or geographies in which forest and tree dependent communities located in woodland ecosystems and other sparsely treed landscapes, as well as closed high biomass forest areas.

  • 06.03.2018


    Trilaterale Forschungskonferenzen 2019–2021

    30 April 2018: Deadline Antragstellung!

    Die Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften sind kultur- und sprachgebunden. Sprache und Kultur sind ihr Gegenstand und ihr Medium. Um den Austausch und die Netzwerkbildung zwischen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftlern aus Deutschland, Frankreich und Italien nachhaltig zu fördern und dabei den Gebrauch von Deutsch, Französisch und Italienisch als Wissenschaftssprachen ausdrücklich zu unterstützen, haben die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), die Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (FMSH) und die Villa Vigoni das Programm „Trilaterale Forschungskonferenzen“ entwickelt, in dem Mehrsprachigkeit ein tragendes Prinzip ist.

    Jede Trilaterale Forschungskonferenz besteht aus einer Serie von drei Veranstaltungen, die möglichst im Jahresrhythmus aufeinanderfolgen. Alle drei Treffen finden in der Villa Vigoni statt. Vorgeschlagen werden können Projekte aus allen Bereichen der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften. Die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer einer Forschungskonferenz bestehen aus einer Kerngruppe von bis zu 15 Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern aus den drei beteiligten Ländern. Diese Gruppe bleibt während aller Treffen gleich. Ausdrücklich erwünscht ist die Beteiligung von Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftlern. Diese sind zudem ausdrücklich eingeladen, eigenständig Forschungskonferenzen zu beantragen.

  • 05.03.2018


    2nd World Sustainability Award and Emerging Sustainability Leader Award

    15 March 2018: Deadline for Nominations!

    The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are funded to encourage new initiatives and developments in sustainability with the ultimate aim to foster the transfer from sustainability research to sustainable practices and societies. In this context, sustainability is understood as the interdependence between economic, social, and environmental concerns for mutually beneficial regional and global development. Sustainability is associated with a multitude of academic disciplines, and it is circumscribed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    The World Sustainability Award, funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, will be conferred upon individual researchers or research teams, who have made an outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general, or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular. A joint award, shared by up to three recipients, is possible. The award includes a monetary prize of USD 100,000.

    The Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, funded by the MDPI journal Sustainability, will be conferred upon an individual researcher aged 40 or under at the time of the submission deadline, who has made an outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general, or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular. The award includes a monetary prize of USD 10,000. A joint award, shared by up to two recipients, is possible.

  • 28.02.2018


    International partnership launches new portal for climate data

    As communities around the world prepare for uncertainty in the face of climate change, they face a number of difficult decisions – from how to grow crops in the midst of worsening droughts in sub-Saharan Africa to protecting populations from dangerous storms in the Caribbean. Now, a new online platform seeks to help at-risk communities access and use the data they need to make those tough choices.

    The new platform, called PREPdata, was launched recently by the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP), an international partnership of more than 30 leading government agencies, research institutions and technology companies.

    This easy-to-use, open-access tool allows users to explore and map high-quality information on a wide range of important factors – including rising temperatures, major infrastructure and socioeconomic data like income levels. The developers say that this platform can help cities and towns to safeguard populations from natural disasters like floods, heat waves and landslides.  

  • 21.02.2018


    WEF Global Risks Report 2018 published

    The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently published its Global Risks Report 2018, to which both WMO and WCRP had provided input. It synthesizes expert evaluations on risks threatening at a global scale society, economies, populations, and/or the environment, as well as on their interconnections and temporal trends.

    The 2018 issue and 13th edition of the Global Risks Report series prominently highlights threats and vulnerabilities related to extreme weather events, natural disasters, climate risks, and man-made environmental disasters amidst the overall range of risks humankind faces. Trend analyses demonstrate increasing risks to society within these environmental domains. Connectivity surveys relate such environmental threats to risks for food and water security as well as for social stability. The full Global Risks Report 2018, as well as the corresponding WEF news announcement including a video of the Report's release press conference, can be accessed from the WEF homepages.

  • 19.02.2018


    Launch of international internships for underrepresented students in sustainability

    The University of Colorado Boulder in collaboration with Future Earth have launched a new programme to foster young leaders in sustainability. The programme, called Global Sustainability Scholars, seeks to train and build life-long networks among students who are underrepresented in the sciences. 

    Over three summers, Global Sustainability Scholars will send students to countries around the world to explore critical sustainability issues, such as growing pressures on food, energy and water resources. The scholars will learn how they can address these challenges using their technical expertise coupled with a transdisciplinary approach – a concept that emphasises designing and carrying out research projects in collaboration with people and organisations outside of academia. The students will be trained in how to engage with communities and stakeholders, especially those who don’t normally have a voice in science and policy.

    Global Sustainability Scholars will begin accepting applications for its first cohort of students in fall 2018.

  • 12.02.2018


    Call for Nominations: International Science Council Governing Board

    23 February 2018: Deadline for nominations!

    Nominations for the first Governing Board of the International Science Council are now being sought from International Council for Science (ICSU) members.

    The International Science Council (ISC), which will be created on the basis of a merger between ICSU and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), will hold its founding General Assembly in Paris, France, from 3-5 July 2018. The first Governing Board of the ISC will be elected during this meeting.

    An Elections Committee has now been formed, and nominations for membership of the ISC Governing Board have been invited from ISSC and ICSU members.

    In accordance with the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedures as agreed during the Joint Meeting of ICSU and ISSC members held in Taipei in October 2017, the 2018 Elections Committee will be co-chaired by the Presidents of ISSC and ICSU, and will include four additional members elected by the ISSC and ICSU memberships.

    Following the December 2017 vote by members of both Councils, we are pleased to announce that the elected committee members are:  Richard Catlow, Foreign Secretary, Royal Society, UK; John Crowley, Chief of Section, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO; Marcia McNutt, President, US National Academy of Sciences; and Molapo Qhobela, Chief Executive Officer, National Research Foundation, South Africa.

    ISSC and ICSU members are now invited to submit nominations for membership of the ISC Governing Board.

  • 12.02.2018


    Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy - Special Issue Call for Papers

    31 March 2018: Submission deadline!

    Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy (SSPP) welcomes submissions for a Special Issue on "Innovative Perspectives on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production." 

    Complex and diverse arrays of societal factors and institutions will in coming decades create requirements to reconfigure agro-food supply chains, implement renewable energy sources, and reinvent housing, modes of mobility, and lifestyles for the current century and beyond. These innovations will need to be formulated in ways that enhance global equity, reduce unequal access to resources, and enable all people on the planet to lead flourishing lives within biophysical constraints.

    Contributions to this Special Issue should seek to advance scientific and political perspectives and to cultivate transdisciplinary discussions involving researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and others. Especially encouraged are submissions which interrogate the deployment of both local experiments and system innovations that actuate a more sustainable future by empowering individuals and organizations and facilitating processes of social learning. 

  • 23.01.2018


    IPBES has three open calls for nominations

    2 February 2018: Deadline for nominations! (all calls)

    1) IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) requests nominations for members of the review panel, to conduct the external element of the first review of IPBES. The nomination period has been extended from 2 January to 2 February 2018. More information

    2) There is also an open call for nominations for a member of the Committee on Conflict of Interest from the Western Europe and Others Group (WEOG). More information

    3) Moreover, there is an ongoing call for nominations for members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP). The call for nominations for members of the MEP was extended on 15 December 2017, to 2 February 2018. More information

    All nominations should be made by filling out the applicable online form.

  • 22.01.2018


    PLOS Medicine Special Issue: Climate change and health

    2 February 2018: Deadline for research submissions!

    Climate change and the impacts on health are being increasingly reported and documented. It is expected that with continued rises in global temperature and greenhouse gas emissions the effects on health will become more widely experienced and extreme.

    The editors of PLOS Medicine are pleased to announce a Special issue on Climate Change and Health, to publish in Summer 2018. The issue will focus on topics including the health effects of extreme heat and flooding, food system effects, non-communicable disease risk, such as air pollution, infectious disease risks and the health benefits of greenhouse gas mitigation policies. The issue will have a particular focus on evidence based studies focused on policy-relevant work on adaptation and mitigation options.

    Alongside research articles, the special issue will include commissioned Perspectives by leaders in the field. Invited are high quality research submissions covering a broad range of policy relevant climate change-related health outcomes.

  • 10.01.2018


    Special Report on 1.5 Degrees - Review Second Order Draft has started

    18 February 2018: registration closes!

    Global Warming of 1.5 °C is an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

    The expert review of the second order draft of the IPCC special report on global warming of 1.5 °C has started! Experts who want to take part can now register. It will run from 08 Jan 2018 to 25 Feb 2018.

  • 08.01.2018


    The Ocean in a +2°C world - An analytical perspective

    18 February 2018: Registration deadline!

    This symposium will address the potential evolution of the ocean in warming climate. Participants will learn from the geological past as well as from the present knowledge in oceanography, carbon- and ecosystem sciences and numerical modelling.

    There will be the following lectures:

    • Evaluating our future warm world with observables from our past early Eocene warm world
    • Comprehensive and Sustained Ocean Observations: An Essential Component of Understanding Global Change
    • Phytoplankton in a changing world
    • Ocean Carbon Cycle in a high CO2 world
    • Challenge of sustaining marine biodiversity in a changing ocean: A role for international law
    • Why we should not trust in voluntary action when it comes to overcoming climate change

    The symposium is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required for all participants. It is funded by Bolin Centre for Climate Research and Baltic Sea Centre at Stockholm University, Centre for Collective Action Research (CeCAR) at University of Gothenburg and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

  • 21.12.2017


    Open Data in Science: Challenges and Opportunities for Europe

    26 January 2018: Deadline for registration!

    By addressing the challenges and opportunities of Open Data for the scientific enterprise in the European context, the workshop aims to involve the science academies among the European Members of the International Council for Science and further academy organisations in a science policy dialogue on Open Data and to offer guidance for both the science and policy community. The ambition is also to engage these science organisations in the further development of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

    There will be the following sessions:

    • Perspectives of the science community
    • Position of public research funders
    • Role of the publishing sector
    • The policy framework
    • Plenary discussion: Academies’ expectations and contributions
  • 20.12.2017


    Future Earth names Leena Srivastava and Johan Rockström as co-chairs of its new Advisory Committee

    On Monday, Future Earth announced two co-chairs to its new Advisory Committee:  Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies in New Delhi, India, and Johan Rockström, Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre in Sweden.

    Professors Srivastava and Rockström are internationally recognised scientists committed to Future Earth’s mission of accelerating transformations to global sustainability through research and innovation. They have, over their careers, dedicated themselves to connecting science with society, providing guidance to policy-makers at the national and international levels working on climate change and other sustainability challenges.

    The new co-chairs will help guide Future Earth’s research and innovation projects and act as ambassadors for the organisation's mission.

    The newly-formed Advisory Committee will succeed the Future Earth Science and Engagement Committees, which played an important role in guiding the organisation through its initial start-up phase between 2014 and 2017. Rockström and Srivastava will work together with the leadership team of Future Earth to build the full Advisory Committee. This committee will be drawn in part from members of the original Science and Engagement Committees and from additional selections based on nominations from the Governing Council.

  • 18.12.2017


    Call to host the CliC International Project Office

    Letters of intent still welcome! (Call will remain open until a suitable host for the office is found)

    WCRP is soliciting offers to host the International Project Office (IPO) for its Core Project CliC (Climate and Cryosphere) from July 2018 onward, for a period of at least three years.

    The Climate and Cryosphere Core Project (CliC) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) serves as the focal point for climate science related to the cryosphere, its variability and change, and interaction with the broader climate system.

    The CliC IPO provides management support to planning and implementation of CliC priorities. It ensures coordination between different CliC activities and scientists as well as collaboration with related WCRP and other international programmes.

  • 15.12.2017


    Call for papers: Challenges and Opportunities in the Sharing Economy

    15 January 2018: Submission deadline!

    The Journal of Management Studies calls for papers for a special issue on the “Challenges and Opportunities in the Sharing Economy”.

    This Special Issue aims to explore and explain how, why and when the sharing economy affects consumers, business competition, and regulators. The SI also aim to shed light on how the sharing economy addresses problems of profit making, trust building, and market legitimacy in both B2B and B2C markets.

    What the Special Issue hopes to accomplish:

    • to offer a clear conceptualization of the sharing economy
    • to better understand how the sharing economy coordinates action across the diverse actors and even ecosystems
    • it favors attention to processes, especially the underlying mechanism in both developed and developing worlds

    This Special Issue calls for inter-disciplinary scholarship that sheds light on key but unexplored questions related to the sharing economy. Given the multi-disciplinary and multi-level nature of the sharing economy, conceptual and empirical studies using a variety of methods (qualitative and quantitative) are encouraged.

  • 08.12.2017


    A guide to ICT-related activities in Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-20

    The European Commission has published a guide to activities related to information and communication technologies (ICT) in the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-20: Information and Communication Technologies. The guide aims to help potential proposers find ICT-related topics across the different parts of H2020 in WP2018-20. This programme foresees around 6 billion out of the overall budget of EUR 30 billion to be spent on research and innovations in the ICT sector.

  • 01.12.2017


    Call for Nominations: Steering Committee members for Knowledge-Action Network on Water-Energy-Food Nexus

    20 January 2018: deadline for nominations!

    Future Earth is seeking nominations for members to join the Steering Committee of this research collaboration. Terms will begin in February 2018.

    Knowledge-Action Networks are networks of people and organisations collaborating to build the knowledge and tools needed to tackle the greatest sustainability challenges of our time. They seek to establish collaboration between existing projects, networks and individuals. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Knowledge-Action Network aims to better understand interactions between water, energy and food systems, and how the synergies and trade-offs among them can be better managed with the goal of delivering these needs for all in a sustainable and equitable way.

    With the support of the Future Earth Secretariat, the international Steering Committee will initiate and stimulate activities of the Nexus Knowledge-Action Network. Activities initiated by the Steering Committee will enhance collaboration and interaction among the research communities and practice communities working on Nexus issues, spurring the co-creation of new knowledge and the application of knowledge in practice.  

    The Nexus Knowledge-Action Network Steering Committee’s activities aim to:

    • Build community and mobilise capacity to collaborate on Water-Energy-Food Nexus research and innovation
    • Facilitate, co-design, synthesise and amplify research on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus to scale solutions across sectors and geographies
  • 08.11.2017


    Planetary health research in 2018: a call for abstracts

    5 January 2018: Abstract submission deadline!

    Planetary health research focuses on understanding and quantifying the human health effects of accelerating environmental change, including changes in climate, freshwater availability, biodiversity, food and nutrition, sustainable fishing, agricultural productivity, air quality, and water or airborne diseases. To catalyse innovative ideas among the disparate yet integrally related fields, The Lancet Planetary Health will publish a booklet of outstanding abstracts in planetary health research, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Planetary Health Alliance on May 29–31, 2018, at the University of Edinburgh in the UK.

    Researchers from any discipline relevant to planetary health are invited to submit an abstract of their research describing a recent study or a project currently in process that contributes to the gaps in knowledge, governance, and imagination as reported by the Rockefeller–Lancet Commission.

    Authors of those abstracts accepted will be invited to present as oral or poster presenters at the 2018 Planetary Health Annual Meeting. A subset of accepted abstracts will also be included in the published booklet of the Best Abstracts in Planetary Health to be released at the Planetary Health Alliance Annual Meeting in May, 2018.

  • 07.11.2017


    Call for Papers with focus on the Sharing Economy

    1 December 2017: Deadline for initial submission of full papers!

    The Journal of Cleaner Production calls for papers for a special volume with focus on the sharing economy.

    The proposed special issue aims to explore the diversity of sustainability claims of the sharing economy, i.e. regarding its economic, environmental and social impacts, and the institutionalisation pathways of new forms of sharing in different socio-cultural contexts.

    The special issue will comprise papers from the 4th International Workshop on the Sharing Economy that took place at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden on 15-16 of June, 2017. Authors who have not participated in the workshop are also invited to submit papers on the sharing economy.

    Invited are comprehensive and integrative reviews, conceptual and analytical contributions helping to describe and deepen understanding of the sharing economy phenomenon, sharing organisations and entrepreneurs, sustainability impacts and institutionalisation processes, as well as case studies.

  • 03.11.2017


    World’s leading bodies of social and natural sciences to merge in 2018

    At a historic joint meeting, members of two leading international science councils voted to merge, launching a process that will see the formation of a single global entity called the International Science Council that unites the scientific community, including all social and natural sciences.

    The agreement took place at a landmark joint meeting in Taipei of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC), with members voting overwhelmingly to form a new organization that provides a strong foundation for advancing science across the disciplinary spectrum and in all parts of the world, and promoting its vital role in shaping humanity’s future on planet Earth.

    The new International Science Council brings together the current members of ISSC and ICSU, including 40 international scientific unions and associations, and more than 140 national and regional organizations such as academies and research councils.

    The organization will be launched at a founding General Assembly to be held in Paris, France in 2018. Its mission will be to serve as the global voice of science, providing leadership in catalyzing, incubating and coordinating international action on issues of major public concern. To mark the occasion, the new Council will inaugurate a new interdisciplinary international science summit which will be a flagship event.

  • 30.10.2017


    Call: Water Resource Management in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

    11 December 2017: Deadline for submission of pre-proposals!

    27 June 2018: Deadline for submission of full proposals!

    The Water Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) 2017 Joint Call aims to enable transnational, collaborative research, development and innovation projects addressing questions relating to the water challenges faced by society with focus on Water Resource Management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

    Proposals are invited on the topic “Water resource management in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, organised around two challenges:

    1. Multiple pressure effects on ecosystems and ecosystem services as well as effective mitigation – adaptation tools and assessments for implementing the water related targets of the UN SDGs.
    2. Developing accessible solutions for clean water management to address UN SDG6 targets and associated SDGs.

    This Call is for collaborative transnational research proposals. Consortia should include a minimum of 3 partners from 3 different participating countries.

  • 27.10.2017


    Call for scientific and non-academic reviewers for LIRA 2030

    10 November 2017: deadline!

    The Sustainable Development Goal 11 on cities recognises the central role of urbanisation in sustainable development, and calls for making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. To ensure that science can effectively contribute to the implementation of SDG 11, the International Council for Science in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will support 10 collaborative research projects across Africa (to the value of up to 90,000 Euro each over two years) in 2018. These projects are expected to generate new solutions-oriented, integrated knowledge required in the practice of sustainable urban development in Africa.

    ICSU are now looking for scientists and non-academic experts with expertise in urban governance and planning, provision of services in cities (e.g. clean drinking water, sanitation, energy, health, housing, waste treatment transportation), ecosystem-based approaches to urban resilience, disaster risk reduction, air pollution, climate mitigation and adaptation in urban context to review full proposals between Nov 2017-mid Jan 2018. Experience in inter- and transdisciplinary research would be of great value.

  • 23.10.2017


    Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) 2019 - Call for Inputs

    1 December 2017: Submission deadline!

    The GSDR, mandated by the United Nations’ Member States in the outcome document of the 2012 Rio + 20 conference, is meant to strengthen the science-policy interface and provide a strong evidence-based instrument to support policymakers in promoting poverty eradication and sustainable development. Following the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, it has become a quadrennial publication, and it will be informing the 2019 High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF), the apex body for follow-up and review of the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda. For the first time, the report is being drafted by an independent group of scientists (IGS), supported by a task team of six UN-system agencies.

    As part of its outreach efforts, the IGS is soliciting inputs from a diverse group of scientific and non-scientific communities, from developed and developing countries and regions, in the form of publications supported by short abstracts or descriptions of case studies.

    Currently, they are requesting contributions in four major areas:

    • interactions among SDGs and their targets,
    • transformation pathways towards sustainable development;
    • looking beyond the SDGs
    • the role of science for sustainable development.

    They are interested both in peer reviewed scientific publications and other sources of knowledge which are or can be documented in written form, i.e. reports, working papers, ‘white’ papers, evaluations, etc.

  • 20.10.2017


    International call on Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

    1 December 2017: Deadline for pre-registration! (mandatory)

    9 March 2018: Deadline for submission of full proposals!

    The Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services II is a follow up to the first Belmont Forum Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services CRA. This collaborative funding opportunity is a joint call with the Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA. 25 funding organisations from 23 countries are joining this call.

    The two major (non-exclusive) priorities of the Call are the following:

    • Development and application of scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services across spatial scales of relevance to multiple types of decisions
    • Consideration of multiple dimensions of biodiversity and ecosystem services in biodiversity scenarios

    The call aims at supporting proposals that explicitly address a scenario dimension, taking into account the following definition of scenarios: “Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services are the outputs of the combination of scenarios of indirect drivers and direct drivers — such as land use change, invasive alien species, overexploitation, climate change or pollution — and models of impacts of these drivers on biodiversity and ecosystem services.”

    Scientific teams are invited to form international consortia comprising research groups from at least three countries participating in the call.  Proposals should also clearly demonstrate the added value linked to the international nature of the projects and to the level of collaboration between teams from different countries. 

  • 18.10.2017


    Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Inequality

    29 December 2017: Deadline for submission!

    To promote understanding and global awareness of critical issues pertaining to inequality, as well as to contribute to the ongoing discourse on the development of policy initiatives, Natural Resources Forum, a United Nations Sustainable Development Journal (NRF) calls for papers for a Special Issue on Inequality, to be published in 2018.

    Invited are articles on different aspects of inequality for consideration by the editorial team for publication in this special NRF issue. Articles to be submitted must be relevant to policymaking, with a focus on applied research and/or case studies. The editorial team will give priority to articles that assess critical issues pertaining to inequality, including, but not limited to, themes related to gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, income, class, education, policy, age, and/or health. The editorial team invites research and discussion papers for review and selective publication, so as to provide scientifically strong and policy relevant inputs to advancing the achievement of the SGDs in all of its specific target areas.

  • 13.10.2017


    COLUMBUS Blue Society Award for Impactful Knowledge Transfer

    22 October 2017: Deadline for application!

    COLUMBUS are accepting nominations for the 1st COLUMBUS Blue Society Award for Impactful Knowledge Transfer. This award will highlight best practice examples of successful Knowledge Transfer, specifically those resulting in impactful uptake by end-users contributing to Blue Growth and the implementation of marine and maritime policies such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in harmony with the principle of Blue Society.

    The Prize will be awarded to the proposal that is most focused on highlighting best practice examples of research which has been transferred to end users and resulted in measurable impact, while supporting the Blue Society vision.

    The winner will be announced at the 2nd COLUMBUS Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Annual Conference.

    Nominations can be for a person, a project or an initiative. You can nominate yourself, your own project and/or others.

  • 11.10.2017


    Audience survey on FAQs in the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°

    15 October 2017: deadline for submissions!

    The IPCC is preparing a Special report on Global Warming of 1.5°, due for release in October 2018.

    Having been a popular resource in the Fifth Assessment Report, the IPCC will be producing a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as part of the Special Report. These offer short, plain language summaries of key issues raised by the report in a way that is clear, concise and accessible to non-specialists.

    Given the broad audience of the Special Report on 1.5°, the IPCC is keen to seek the perspectives of their stakeholders in the preparation of the FAQs.

  • 10.10.2017


    OceanObs'19: Experts Sought for Conference Program Committee

    15 October 2017: deadline for nominations!

    Organizers of OceanObs’19 are seeking experts to join its Program Committee, which will shape the agenda and outcomes of the conference set for September 16-20, 2019 at the Honolulu Convention Center, in Honolulu, HI, USA.

    Nominations or self-nominations are welcome for OceanObs’19 program committee members until October 15, 2017.

  • 27.09.2017


    Join the Webinar: Shifting Paradigms

    Register now!

    This 90-minute webinar is part of a workshop that explores society’s potential to consider new paradigms in times of crisis. Successfully responding to complex problems such as climate change calls for transformations at an unprecedented rate and scale, and windows of opportunity are rapidly closing. What role do paradigms play in limiting or accelerating rapid social change? How can alternative paradigms influence research and practice? Karen O’Brien will introduce the topic and make an argument for taking quantum social change seriously. Alexander Wendt will then reflect on the politics of paradigm shifts based on his work with quantum social theory. Ann El Khoury then explores the possibilities of applying alternative ways of knowing to empirical research. The talks will be followed by three short reflections and inquiries into the potential for quantum social change by Leonardo Orlando, Chad Monfreda and Ananka Loubser.

  • 26.09.2017


    IPCC calls for nominations of authors for the Sixth Assessment Report

    27 October 2017: submission deadline!

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN body for assessing the science related to climate change, is calling for nominations of authors for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Governments, Observer Organizations and IPCC Bureau Members have been requested to submit nominations of Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors. The Bureaus of the three IPCC Working Groups will then select the author teams from the lists of nominations.

    The call for nominations follows agreement on the outlines of the three Working Group contributions to the Sixth Assessment Report at the IPCC’s 46th Session in Montreal, Canada, earlier this month. The three Working Group contributions will be finalized in 2021, followed by a Synthesis Report in 2022, forming an up-to-date and comprehensive assessment of the scientific community’s understanding of climate change. The IPCC is already preparing three Special Reports on specific topics as well a refinement of its guidelines for measuring greenhouse gas inventories.

    IPCC author teams include a mix of authors from different regions. The IPCC also seeks a balance of men and women, as well as between those experienced with working on IPCC reports and those new to the process, including younger scientists.

  • 25.09.2017


    Webinar: Transdisciplinary approaches to integrating policy and science for sustainability

    Register now!

    The webinar will consist of live broadcast of lectures from the Professional Development Seminar to be held in Banff, Canada on October 3-7.

    The following sessions will be covered:

    • Linking policy to sustainable cities
    • Communicate science to non-technical audiences
    • Act your Science – Science and improvisation
    • Teamwork skills
    • Transdisciplinary methods: Social science methods and hands-on exercises
    • Background on natural science methods
    • Science-policy: How scientists work with stakeholders
    • Science diplomacy
    • Panel: Proposal development and project management
    • Financing: Simulation game on the Green Climate Fund
    • Throwing away the Lab Coat: Communicating science across borders
    • Making highways safe for people and wildlife crossing
    • Indigenous knowledge and socioecological systems
    • Connecting the dots: Inter and transdisciplinary research and communicating science to society
  • 18.09.2017


    Call for SPARC Scientific Steering Group Nominations Now Open

    30 September 2017: deadline for nominations!

    The WCRP Core Project Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) leadership is composed of experts from around the world who dedicate their time to SPARC's international activities. These include the SPARC Scientific Steering Group (SSG), who serve to guide SPARC's scientific focus. SPARC is now accepting nominations (or self-nominations) for SSG membership to serve from January 2019 - December 2021 (initial three-year term can be extended by two additional years). If you are interested please complete the online form here.

  • 30.08.2017


    Open Call for New CLIVAR Members

    20 September 2017: Deadline for Nominations!

    The call for nominations to CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG) and CLIVAR panels is now open. Deadline for nominations for appointments starting in 2018 (and 2019 for the SSG) is 20 September 2017.

    When considering the member nominations, CLIVAR takes into account the scientific expertise that will support fulfillment of the SSG and panel's terms of reference. New members for the CLIVAR SSG are approved by the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee. For CLIVAR panels, membership is approved by the CLIVAR SSG.

    Scientifically qualified SSG and panel member nominations that support gender and geographical balance and promote opportunities for scientists and researchers from developing countries to participate in CLIVAR activities are encouraged. The initial term of service for members is three years, with possible extension of two years.

  • 25.08.2017


    Call for Experts: Urban Spaces and Human Mental Health

    17 September 2017: Deadline for Call

    EKLIPSE is inviting professionals to join an expert working group (EWG) to assess and synthesize relevant knowledge related to the types and characteristics (components) of urban and peri-urban natural spaces (blue and green) that have significant impact on human mental health and mental well-being. This is a policy request from the Working Group Biodiversity & Health of the French National Action Plan Health & Environment lead by the French ministry of Environment. The goal of the EWG is to provide recommendations for the conservation, creation, design and management of green and blue spaces that will benefit urban citizens, by maintaining or enhancing their mental well-being and mental health.

    The expert working group will cover diverse and complementary skills (including practitioners and policy experts and a broad geographical coverage) and will interact with relevant stakeholders to ensure appropriate methodological choices and uptake of outputs.

    EKLIPSE, a project funded by the EU in H2020, is developing a European Mechanism to answer requests from policy makers and other societal actors on issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services.

  • 21.08.2017


    Call for papers on the Food-Energy-Water Nexus

    The journal Elementa has put out a call for papers on the Food-Energy-Water Nexus.

    Food, energy, and water systems (FEWS) are interconnected, interdependent, and complex. They relate in important ways at decision scales that range from individual households and single parcels of land up through international trade agreements and the global climate.

    Papers are invited from researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers that examine FEWS systems from biological, chemical, physical, social, economic, environmental, technological, and pedagogical perspectives. Manuscripts addressing any FEWS related topic are invited. The Editors-in-Chief of Elementa’s Sustainability Transitions and Sustainable Engineering domains are also particularly interested in submissions addressing Integrated Food-Energy Systems (IFES) and Integrated Civil Infrastructure (or “Infrastructure Ecology”), respectively.

  • 11.08.2017


    Global Partnership announces new round of funding for ‘Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development’

    1 September 2017: pilot funding round closes!

    Following a successful round of pilot funding for development data innovation projects last year, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) has announced a second funding round for data for development projects, which opened August 1st, 2017.

    As part of the ‘Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development’ funding, which is supported by the World Bank’s Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB), GPSDD will seek innovative proposals for data production, dissemination, and use.

    This year’s call is anchored around two themes: ‘Leave No One Behind’ and the Environment. Once again, the focus is on work supporting low and lower-middle income countries, and on projects that bring together collaborations of different stakeholders to address concrete problems.

  • 04.08.2017


    Synthesis of Internal Consultations on the Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network

    The Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network has recently published a synthesis document on its research foci for the coming five years. The document had beforehand been opened for a wider consultation to capture feedback on its content from a wide range of academic and non-academic stakeholders.

    The identified foci include:

    • Biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services
    • Governance and fair stewardship of natural assets
    • Socio-economical transformations for sustainable consumption and production of natural resources
    • Development of scenarios and model to support multilateral agreements

    As part of their ongoing activities, Future Earth initiated an internal consultation process on its Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network (Natural Assets KAN). The Natural Assets KAN – a collaborative initiative building on contributions from the Future Earth internal Community (Global Research Projects, Fast-Track Initiatives, Clusters, Science and Engagement Committees, Regional Centres and Offices)  – aims at achieving a scientifically-based, sustainable and fair stewardship of terrestrial, freshwater and marine natural assets underpinning human well-being by understanding relationships between biodiversity, ecosystems and their benefits to societies, as well as developing effective management and governance approaches.

  • 02.08.2017


    Expert Review of the First Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC now open

    24 September 2017: Review closes!

    17 September 2017: Registration Deadline!

    Experts from around the world are invited to provide scientific comments to the author team of the report: Global Warming of 1.5 °C: an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty.

    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. All IPCC reports go through two stages of formal review. The first draft is evaluated by Expert Reviewers, before a second draft is reviewed by both governments and experts for final assessment. This comprehensive review process ensures that IPCC reports cover the most up to date scientific, technical and socio-economic findings, and are representative of a broad range of independent expertise from developed and developing countries.

    Expert Reviewers are invited to comment on the report to achieve a comprehensive, exhaustive, objective and transparent assessment of the available scientific literature. Contributions to the Expert Review are acknowledged once the report is finalized.

  • 01.08.2017


    Creating a Global SDG Transformation Forum

    Many urgent challenges require transformation rather than incremental change. However, there are several difficulties in taking transformative action: the knowledge and tools are fragmented amongst diverse disciplines, issues, organizations and people; there are inadequate knowledge and tools; and we need greater capacity to apply what is known about transformative action.

    The SDG Transformation Forum is being initiated with the leadership of the global science community represented by Future Earth, and Transformations2017, the pre-eminent transformation meeting space globally. The Forum is (1) global, (2) multi-stakeholder, (3) supporting the Paris Climate Agreement and SDGs, (4) focused on SDG 17 about the "how" to realize the goals, (5) focused on "transformation" as a specific type of “how” activity in contrast to, for example, incremental change. The SDG Transformation Forum advances collaborative action to address the new knowledge creation, innovative action and change capacity to realize the SDGs through transformation.

    The broad vision of the Forum is a system of activities and people who are accelerating transformational SDGs’ implementation – by responding to need but also by raising awareness of the transformational knowledge and practice base. Its mission is to engender collaborative knowledge creation and collective action based on a transformational approach to SDG implementation.

    The Forum is beginning by a simple set of webinars to bring together people across divisions and discuss issues critical to transformation. In concert with Transformations2017 conference August 30-Sept. 1, stakeholders are coming together September 2 around specific transformation issues to develop work streams around issues of transformation measurement, design, sustainability innovation, metanarratives, and financing.

  • 31.07.2017


    Host Institute for Coordinator of WCRP Regional Activities Sought

    The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) has issued a call for expressions of interest from national, regional and international institutions to host a coordinator for WCRP regional activities. This may consist of offers either to provide financial support to employ a full-time coordinator within the WCRP Secretariat in Geneva, or to host an office of the Regional Coordinator of WCRP within an institution and support the activities on behalf of WCRP.

    Letters of Intent are solicited from institutions interested in hosting or supporting a coordinator for regional activities of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). The incumbent, with and through the identified support provided by the hosting institution and partners, will lead coordination of WCRP scientific activities for regions under the guidance of the Joint Scientific Committee (JSC), and working closely with all WCRP groups, international project offices and the WCRP Joint Planning Staff (JPS).

    All interested national, regional and international institutions are eligible to submit a LoI. Institutional knowledge and experience are welcome regarding WCRP-related activities such as WCRP Core Projects, Grand Challenges and Working Groups.

  • 26.07.2017


    Call for Nominations: WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development & WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize 2017

    01 October 2017: Nominations for both prizes close!

    WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development 2017:

    As the demand for more accurate regional weather and seasonal predictions as well as climate projections increases the need to improve the weather and climate models that underpin those predictions and projections becomes more urgent. In recognition of the essential role model development plays to weather and climate science, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) are seeking nominations for the “WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development”. The prize will be awarded annually to an early- to mid-career researcher for an outstanding contribution to model development of the Earth System, of its components and their coupling.

    International Data Prize 2017:

    The development of high-quality, real-world data sets constitutes an on-going need of the climate research, observations, and modelling communities and their joint activities. Key areas in data collection for climate change research still remain under-sampled today, also affecting efforts in climate model calibration, evaluation, and reanalysis. Recognizing this need for further advancing climate observations and their coordination, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) are seeking nominations for the “WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize”. The prize is awarded annually to an early- to mid-career researcher for his or her outstanding contribution to the Earth system science community.

  • 24.07.2017


    Open Consultation on Research Priorities for Health, Climate and Environment

    14 August 2017: Consultation closes!

    Future Earth invites you to contribute to defining their research priorities for health, developed by the Health Knowledge-Action Network as input to a Belmont Forum scoping process.

    The Future Earth Health Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) has recently developed a preliminary synthesis document on research priorities for health, climate and environment. The paper outlines potential priorities for health research that seeks to: protect and improve human health by elucidating, and finding effective responses to, the complex interactions amongst environmental change, pollution, pathogens, disease vectors, risk factors, ecosystem services, and people’s livelihoods, nutrition, health and well-being.

    Now the wider community is invited to review the document and give feedback in order to see if there are any missing pieces that have not yet been addressed. Feedback from both individuals and institutions is invited. Feedback will be which incorporated into a final version of the document that will then serve as input to a Belmont Forum scoping process for a future Collaborative Research Action.

  • 07.07.2017


    Call for nominations: Heineken Prizes 2018

    15 October 2017: Deadline for Nominations!

    Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious Heineken Prizes 2018. These international prizes, worth $200,000 each, reward outstanding achievement in the fields of:

    • Biochemistry and Biophysics
    • Cognitive Science
    • Environmental Sciences
    • History
    • Medicine

    These prestigious biennial prizes are intended explicitly for scientists and scholars who are currently active in their field and whose research still holds considerable promise for future innovative discoveries. International juries will select the winners. Both institutes and individual researchers may nominate suitable candidates for these prizes until 15 October 2017.

    The Heineken Prizes are offered by the Dr H.P. Heineken Foundation and the Alfred Heineken Fondsen Foundation. The selection of the prizes is entrusted to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), which is a member of the ISSC.

  • 05.07.2017


    Call for papers: Polar Record special issue on education, outreach & engagement

    31 January 2018: Submission deadline!

    Ten years ago, the International Polar Year 2007-2008 led to an upwelling of Education, Outreach and Communication (EOC) initiatives across the polar research community that have had long-lasting effect. At the 2016 SCAR conference in Kuala Lumpur, the Humanities and Social Science Expert Group identified science communication as a research priority. This special Issue of Polar Record will be dedicated to Education, Outreach, and Engagement related to polar research, and will help to draw scholarly attention to this important, but neglected, aspect of polar research. It will be published in January 2019, in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of the International Polar Year 2007-2008 (which ran from March 2017-March 2019).

    Submissions are invited of Original Research Articles of 9,000-12,000 words in length. Research Notes (peer reviewed short articles up to 3,000 words) and Commentaries (focused, view-point coverage of topics relevant to this special issue topic) will also considered by the editors (but please discuss with the editors if considering this option).

  • 30.06.2017


    Future Earth names Amy Luers as new Executive Director

    Future Earth announced Amy Luers as its new executive director. Dr. Luers has over 20 years experience working on sustainability at the intersection of science, technology, and policy. 

    Future Earth is an international initiative that empowers and supports a network of tens of thousands of researchers, innovators, and professionals working together to accelerate a transition to a sustainable world. Luers brings to this network great breadth and depth of experience from civil society, government, and the private sector.  She will assume her position at Future Earth in September 2017.

    Dr. Luers is currently at Skoll Global Threats Fund where she directs the climate and water programmes. She has also worked as Assistant Director for Climate Resilience and Information at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Obama administration and previously at Google as the Senior Environment Program Manager. Prior to Google she led the climate programme at the Union of Concerned Sciences’ California office. Luers started her career in Latin America, as co-founder and the first executive director of Agua Para La Vida (Water for Life) working with rural communities to enhance access to potable water.

    A respected scientist and data innovator, Luers has been recognised as a PopTech Bellagio Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and a Heinz Environmental Scholar.  She has advised the California state government, the White House, and the United Nations. She is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and has served on committees of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences. Luers holds a Ph.D. in environmental science and an M.A. in international policy studies, both from Stanford University; she also earned a B.S. and M.S. in environmental systems engineering from Humboldt State University.

  • 28.06.2017


    IPBES global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services

    15 August 2017: end of first external review period!

    This assessment will be the first global snapshot of the state of the world’s biodiversity in more than a decade, since the release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The global assessment will provide decision makers with the state of knowledge regarding the planet's biodiversity, ecosystems and the benefits they provide to people, as well as the options to protect and use these natural assets more sustainably. Furthermore, the global assessment will provide vital data to assess progress against the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.

    One of the most important phases in the IPBES assessment process is the external review by interested and qualified experts, including scientists, decision makers, practitioners and other knowledge holders. The widest-possible participation and most diverse engagement of experts in this first external review is vital to ensure the scientific quality and policy relevance of the global assessment.

  • 16.06.2017


    Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation

    A new book on “Governing through Goals: Sustainable Development Goals as Governance Innovation” in the Earth System Governance Series with The MIT Press has been published.

    In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Sustainable Development Goals built on and broadened the earlier Millennium Development Goals, but they also signaled a larger shift in governance strategies.

    This book examines in detail the core characteristics of goal setting, asking when it is an appropriate governance strategy and how it differs from other approaches; analyzes the conditions under which a goal-oriented agenda can enable progress toward desired ends; and considers the practical challenges in implementation.

  • 14.06.2017


    UN Ocean Conference: Scientific community delivers statement to the General Assembly

    Craig Starger, research liaison officer for Future Earth, delivered a statement at the United Nations General Assembly, addressing how the research community can help the world to meet targets for a sustainable ocean. The statement coincided with the UN Ocean Conference, an international event held last week in New York. It was delivered on behalf of the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group and the International Council for Science (ICSU).

    The statement focused on how nations around the world can meet the 14th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG14), a set of targets for improving the health of the ocean. Starger drew on a recent report from ICSU that argues that to meet this ambition, researchers must first understand how ocean health is connected to other sustainability endeavours – from curbing climate change to shifting consumption behaviours.

    Starger also highlighted the Ocean Knowledge-Action Network, a new research collaboration for building solutions to the problems facing the ocean today.

  • 06.06.2017


    Eklipse calls for experts

    25 June 2017: deadline!

    EKLIPSE is developing a European Mechanism to answer requests from policymakers and other societal actors on issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services. EKLIPSE organizes and facilitates knowledge synthesis processes, horizon scanning and societal dialogue on topics that relate to or impact on biodiversity and ecosystem services by making the best knowledge available. It invites experts to contribute their knowledge.

    EKLIPSE is inviting experts to join an expert working group to develop recommendations for CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) measures to improve biodiversity and related ecosystem services (ESS), with a focus on Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). Suggestions for improvements should take into account administrative feasibility (measures should be simpler), social implications and farm economics. The expert working group will cover diverse and complementary skills (including multidisciplinary skills and a broad geographical coverage) and will interact with relevant stakeholders to ensure appropriate methodological choices and uptake of outputs.

    In particular, experts in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), rural development, greening measures, biodiversity, impact or programme evaluation are invited to join.

  • 02.06.2017


    Evidence-informed policy making

    Feeding high-quality evidence into policy making remains difficult, but is essential for improving public interventions. Governing better through evidence-informed policy making requires building capacity for the effective use and demand of evidence at all levels of government. This event on evidence-informed policy making aims to develop a strategic agenda for the OECD on how to connect policy evidence on what works and what doesn’t. 

    Topics discussed:

    • Feeding evidence into political decision-making
    • Using evidence in practice: engaging with decision makers
    • International co-operation on evidence-informed policy making
    • Case studies in key policy areas such as early childhood intervention, access to justice, well-being, and risk and crisis management
    • The realities of providing scientific advice
    • Assessing the impact of evidence on policy and practice
    • Key elements for evidence-informed policy making:  
      -  Guideline and standards for evidence
      -  Diffusing innovations and experimentation
      -  Skills for policy-makers and scientists
      -  Using behavioural insights to inform policy and practice
    • Identifying actionable next steps for the OECD and partner organisations

    Participation is open to government representatives, experts from think tanks, agencies, NGOs and academia interested in public sector reform and bringing evidence and science to bear on decision making.

  • 30.05.2017


    Call for Global Land Project Working Groups now open

    All members of the GLP community are invited to create and lead new initiatives, great and small.

    Community members are encouraged to actively engage in initiating and organizing activities that contribute to the GLP. Activities that constitute the formation of a Working Group (WG) may include the organization of workshops that address GLP science priorities, synthesis work on a chosen topic within LSS, journal special issues, the development of land system science (collaboration) tools, and many other activities. A WG that undertakes such an activity should be made up of participants from more than one institution and country and the activities should be more integrative than those conducted within a normal research project. GLP WGs are expected to sustain a certain minimal level of activity. This involves creating an active community, communicating regularly, providing updates on the website, holding workshops when possible, and generating group products. WGs should have clear goals that are presented in a brief work plan at inception, and provide a timeline of milestone events, products, and anticipated termination date.

    GLP WGs receive enhanced visibility, access to the Future Earth (FE) research network with opportunities for collaboration with FE’s Knowledge Action Networks (KANs) when desirable/appropriate, wide dissemination of news and results through print and online publications, priority consideration of financial support for workshops from GLP and potential strengthening of outside funding proposals, priority in allocation of time slots or resources during OSM.

  • 29.05.2017


    Tropospheric Ozone Assessment: open comment period

    The Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report (TOAR) is a current IGAC activity with a mission to provide the research community with an up-to-date scientific assessment of tropospheric ozone’s global distribution and trends from the surface to the tropopause.

    Guided by this mission, TOAR has two goals: 

    1. Produce the first tropospheric ozone assessment report using all available surface observations and based on the peer-reviewed literature and new analyses.
    2. Generate easily accessible, documented data on ozone exposure and dose metrics at hundreds of measurement sites around the world (urban and non-urban), freely accessible for research on the global-scale impact of ozone on climate, human health and crop/ecosystem productivity.

    The report is being written as a series of eight stand-alone publications to be submitted for peer-review to Elementa:  Science of the Anthropocene, an open-access, non-profit science journal founded by five US research Universities and published by University of California Press.  As the papers become available each will be posted to the TOAR comment webpage for a 30-day open comment period.  We invite members of the atmospheric and biological sciences communities as well as the general public to read the papers and provide comments if they wish to do so.

    Two new TOAR papers are now available for open comment:

    • Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report:  Present day ozone distribution and trends relevant to human health
    • Tropospheric Ozone Assessment Report:  Assessment of global-scale model performance for global and regional ozone distributions, variability, and trends 
  • 26.05.2017


    UN Environment launches Young Champions of the Earth Competition

    18 June 2017: Application deadline!

    The United Nations Environment Programme launched Young Champions of the Earth, a new initiative to spot young, talented people between the ages of 18 and 30 and support their inspiring ideas to save the environment.

    Young Champions of the Earth is a global stage for young people to showcase technological inventions and innovative business models that improve our planet's health. The initiative aims to counter the negative discourse on the environment and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.

    Each year, six young people – one from each of UN Environment’s global regions – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners will each receive US$15,000 in seed funding as well as intensive training and tailored mentoring to help bring their big environmental ideas to life.

    The winners will be selected by a global jury that includes UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim and Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas. Winners will be invited to attend the Champions of the Earth Gala Dinner, to be held in Nairobi in December 2017.

  • 24.05.2017


    Year of Polar Prediction launched!

    The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) officially launched the Year of Polar Prediction (YOPP) during the WMO Executive Committee meeting #69 in Geneva, Switzerland. From mid-2017 to mid-2019, scientists and operational forecasting centers from various countries will work together to observe, model, and improve forecasts of the Arctic and Antarctic weather and climate systems. WCRP is working with our sister organisation, the World Weather Research Programme, to ensure the success of the Year of Polar Prediction.

    This two-year international effort, which aims to close gaps in polar forecasting capacity, will lead to better forecasts of weather and sea-ice conditions to improve future environmental safety at both poles. There is a YOPP media kit available with various information including infographics, videos, picture material and a "YOPP explorer" where activities during the Year of Polar Prediction are shown on a map. There is also a YOPP YouTube channel with the new ICO WMO AWI video production on Polar Prediction and a video with polar prediction experts explaining what the Year of Polar Prediction is about.

  • 23.05.2017


    Webinar on the Sustainable Development Goals and transformation

    Register now!

    Future Earth is hosting a new webinar examining the role that transformation can play in meeting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The webinar, the fifth in a series, will feature talks from leading researchers and practitioners in sustainable development and lively question and answer sessions. The discussion will focus, in particular, on the implications of transformation research for the 17th SDG – "Partnerships for the Goals" – the only goal that explicitly addresses how nations will meet these targets.

    The webinar will run on 31 May at 10:00 a.m. EDT (16:00 CEST). It is supported by SDG Transformation Forum, the Future Earth Transformations Knowledge-Action Network and Geneva2030.

    Speakers for the webinar include:

    • Rosemary Kalapurakal, Lead Advisor on the 2030 Agenda, UN Development Programme
    • Kumi Naidoo, Steward, Africans Rising; (former) Secretary-General, Civicus; (former) head of Greenpeace International; (former) Chair, Global Call to Action Against Poverty
    • Per Olsson, Theme Leader Resilience Science for Transformations, Stockholm Resilience Centre
  • 22.05.2017


    New ICSU report "A Guide to SDG interactions: from Science to Implementation"

    Countries can achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by prioritizing investments and policies that bolster positive relationships across the goals, says a new report released today by the International Council for Science (ICSU). The report examines the interactions between the SDGs – a universal set of goals to guide international development to 2030 – and applies a quantitative scale to determine the extent to which they reinforce or conflict with each other.

    The report, entitled A Guide to SDG interactions: from Science to Implementation, offers a blueprint to help countries implement and achieve the 17 goals and the 169 targets that sit underneath them. The ICSU report is a first-of-its-kind attempt to quantify SDG synergies and conflicts. ICSU, leading a consortium of 22 scientists, applied a seven-point scale ranging from +3, which applies when one goal or target is very reinforcing of others, to -3, which applies when goals and targets fundamentally conflict with each other.

    The report includes detailed analysis of four SDGs and their interactions with other goals:

    • SDG2: Zero Hunger
    • SDG3: Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG7: Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG14: Life below Water
  • 19.05.2017


    Call for papers: Exploring the links between water, food, energy, and mountain ecosystems

    1 August 2017: full paper submission deadline!

    The connections between food, water, and energy constitute a complex system that interacts with mountain ecosystems and factors of change. Mountain Research and Development is looking for papers that assess experiences of negotiating synergies and trade-offs among water, energy, and food; that analyze the dynamic interplay between these interconnected services and mountain ecosystems; or that offer agendas for future research or policy aiming at increasing the equitability and sustainability of trade-offs and synergies in mountain areas.

    Mountain Research and Development fosters sustainable development in mountains by supporting peer-reviewed interdisciplinary, disciplinary, and transdisciplinary research on mountains, developing scientific capacity, capitalizing on development experiences, promoting policy dialogue, and strengthening networks within the mountain community.

  • 18.05.2017


    The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land, and Energy Project: Pathways for Sustainable Land Use

    The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the International Institute for Applies System Analysis (IIASA) are launching the Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land, and Energy (FABLE) Initiative to develop consistent global and national pathways towards sustainable land use and food systems by 2050.

    Land use choices affect five critical areas of sustainable development: (i) food production, (ii) greenhouse gas emissions, (iii) biodiversity conservation including forest conservation, (iv) freshwater availability, and (v) air and water pollution. Under current land-use patterns, none of these areas are sustainable.

    FABLE aims to address the following challenges:

    • At the global level, the lack of a shared understanding of how to meet the integrated objectives of preserving biodiversity, achieving net negative emissions from land use, and producing sufficient nutritious food through sustainable agriculture. Strong global models exist for each of these issues, but they need to be better integrated to ensure consistency with the Sustainable Development Goals and planetary boundaries.
    • At the national level, countries lack robust and comprehensive long-term pathways towards sustainable land-use that address food production, greenhouse gas emissions, biodiversity and forest conservation, freshwater availability, and air and water pollution. Most countries, including many highly bio-diverse countries, currently lack adequate analytical modeling tools that are rigorous and integrated across the various knowledge domains (agronomy, hydrology, ecology, climatology, and nutrition).

    Without robust long-term pathways, countries are likely to lock themselves into policy dead-ends that will have severe unintended consequences. A central objective is to deliver rapid results that can inform global and national discussions on the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement.

  • 18.05.2017


    WCRP and the Global Carbon Project sign scientific partnership

    The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Global Carbon Project (GCP) have signed a partnership to advance our knowledge of the carbon cycle and our ability to predict carbon sinks and sources in the future.

    GCP’s focus on the past and contemporary dynamics of the carbon cycle coupled with WCRP’s strength in future dynamics of the fully coupled carbon-climate system, together provide important opportunities to address these critical scientific challenges.

    Both WCRP and the GCP have already collaborated in contributing to major assessments, such as those of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on carbon budgets and on future dynamics of carbon sources and sinks. The scientific partnership will develop future activities of mutual interest focused on enhancement of climate and paleoclimate research in the context of the carbon cycle, including joint workshops, working groups, research activities and public outreach.

  • 10.05.2017


    Edmonton to host 2018 Cities and Climate Change Conference

    The City of Edmonton, Canada, has been selected to host a unique international conference that will boost the scientific understanding of climate change and cities. This event, the Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, co-sponsored by the IPCC, will take place in March 2018 and support the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The event promises to be a pivotal milestone in developing the global understanding of how climate change will impact cities and the role of cities in tackling climate change.

    Ten cities – with equal representation from the Global North and Global South – responded to an open call to host the conference launched in Marrakech at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP-22) in November 2016. The proposals were transparently and collectively assessed during a month of rigorous evaluation and intense deliberation, leading to the final selection of Edmonton as the winner, due to the very high quality of their proposal.  

    The conference will bring together representatives from academia, scientific institutions, IPCC experts, national, regional and local government representatives, urban and climate change practitioners and related networks. The conference will inspire global and regional research on Cities and Climate Change over the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report cycle in preparation for the future IPCC Special Report on Cities and Climate Change. Its outcomes will help member states, mayors and citizens deliver on the ambition of the Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • 04.05.2017


    SNAPP announces 2017 Request for Proposals to Fund Science to Solutions Teams

    7 June 2017: proposal deadline!

    How can the protection of nature help secure food, energy and water –and enhance the quality of life –for 10 billion people? The Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) takes on this key challenge and believes that successful solutions cannot be achieved by any single organization acting alone. Whether you focus on human health or ecological health, adaptation to climate change or a humanitarian crisis, SNAPP announces its 2017 Request for Proposals to convene interdisciplinary teams, and invites you to be a part of the solution!

    SNAPP provides funding to bring together teams of 12-18 people from diverse organizations that are refered to as working groups. SNAPP working groups meet intensively in 3-4 in-person collaborative sessions lasting 3-5 days each over the course of 18-24 months. SNAPP working groups include experts from any academic discipline to synthesize data relevant to their work.

    While this year’s Request for Proposals remains open to globally important issues at the interface of conservation, development and human well-being, proposals centered around these climate and sanitation themes are especially welcome.

  • 26.04.2017


    Promoting a just transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient development

    28 April 2017: deadline for application!

    In November 2015, the ILO adopted a set of guidelines for a just transition to environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all. These guidelines offer a framework for ensuring that national and global efforts to tackle climate change and other environmental challenges further employment creation goals, social justice and fair transitions for workers, enterprises and communities in an equitable manner. The course provides a review of concepts, global practices and country experiences with the objective of understanding the main policy areas of the just-transition framework and giving them practical effect at country, sector and local level.

    This inter-regional course is organised and delivered by leading experts and resource persons from the ITCILO, ILO and partner organisations with solid technical knowledge and practical experience in this field. It will be offered in blended modality, including 3-week distance learning preparatory and follow-up phases and a 5-day training course at the ILO International Training Centre in Turin, Italy:

    • 15 - 26 May 2017 - Distance learning; 
    • 29 May - 2 June 2017 – Residential phase in Turin – Italy;
    • 5 - 9 June 2017 - Distance learning.

    The course is addressed to a mixed audience of professionals interested in the employment-related and social dimension of sustainable development, including but not limited to: representatives from ministries of labour/employment and social partners, as well as government officials from other ministries (e.g. environment, planning, finance); national and international development agencies; climate change commissions, institutions, coalitions; environmental agencies; civil society organizations and academia.

  • 25.04.2017


    External Review of IPBES Assessments by Governments and Experts

    1 May - 26 June 2017: period for external review for the land degradation and restoration, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia assessments

    29 May - 24 July 2017: period for external review for the Americas assessment

    Experts are invited to participate in the external review of the four IPBES regional assessments and the land degradation and restoration assessment.

    IPBES aims to finalize five assessments at the sixth session of the IPBES Plenary, in March 2018: four regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services (for Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia) and the thematic assessment on land degradation and restoration.

    One of the most important phases in drafting assessments is the period in which they are opened for external review by any interested experts, ranging from scientists and decision-makers, to practitioners and the holders of indigenous and local knowledge. The wider the range of expert participation in the external review, the more credible, legitimate and policy-relevant the assessments will be.

    The eight-week period for external review of the second order drafts of the assessment chapters and the first order drafts of the summaries for policymakers will run from 1 May until 26 June 2017 for the land degradation and restoration, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia assessments; and from 29 May until 24 July 2017 for the Americas assessment.

  • 24.04.2017


    Request for Proposals: PEGASuS – Biodiversity and Natural Assets

    5 June 2017: deadline for proposals!

    Future Earth is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity for biodiversity research for global sustainability, the Program for Early-stage Grants Advancing Sustainability Science or PEGASuS – Biodiversity and Natural Assets.  This program is the first in a series of grants addressing the key challenges of Future Earth and the Future Earth Vision for “people to thrive in a sustainable and equitable world."

    The PEGASuS program will focus on interdisciplinary research connecting the natural and social sciences. The goal of this program will be to increase knowledge, promote innovation, and establish evidence-based solutions to the world’s most difficult sustainability challenges. It is expected that four to eight grants are going to be awarded this year to a total amount of approximately $600,000.

    Proposals should address some or all of the following thematic areas: (1) biodiversity valuation, ecosystem functions, ecosystem services, requisite socio-economic transformations, and the sustainable consumption and production of natural resources; (2) biodiversity indicators, scenario planning and prediction, risk analysis, identification of tipping points and/or feedbacks between socio-economic, biodiversity, and ecosystem dynamics.

    Proposals from any institution from any country are welcome.

  • 19.04.2017


    Call for nominations to the Scientific Programme Committee – World Social Science Forum 2018

    5 May 2017: deadline for submissions!

    SSC Members are invited to nominate experts to join the Scientific Committee of the 2018 World Social Science Forum.

    The 2018 Forum will take place in Fukuoka, Japan, from 25 – 28 September 2018, on the theme of ‘Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures’.

    Scientific Programme Committee members will play an active role in the preparation of World Social Science Forum 2018 conference programme – from the initial planning stage through to finalizing the programme content, including:

    • Reviewing abstracts submitted to the conference
    • Identifying abstract-driven session chairpersons
    • Being available to chair sessions if needed
    • Participating in late breaker and back-up abstract reviewing
    • Advising on plenary speakers
    • Advising on any gaps in the WSS Forum programme
    • Promoting the conference among their networks
  • 10.04.2017


    Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Business Ethics on the Sharing Economy

    18 December 2017: submission deadline!

    Enabled by innovations in information and communication technology, the “sharing economy” has disrupted established industries; led to the emergence of platform organizations (e.g., Uber, AirBnB); and altered such matters as governance, privacy, and work-life (im)balance. Whilst some suggest the sharing economy has the potential to democratize socio-economic relations; others suggest it is mutating into some sort of neo-liberal nightmare. In light of such considerations, we welcome submissions on the following topics and questions, amongst others:

    • Governance and social impact
    • Legitimation and dicursive struggles
    • Algorithms, big-data, and techno-ethical considerations
    • Working in the sharing economy
  • 10.04.2017


    Call for Expressions of Interest to host the Belmont Forum Secretariat

    5 July 2017: application deadline!

    The Belmont Forum seeks a host organization for its Secretariat. The Belmont Forum and its Secretariat seek to develop a host agreement with an organization capable of providing professional services to a multi-national entity.

    The Belmont Forum requires a host organization to house and provide administrative services to support the Secretariat and Forum business for this growing global science partnership. The host organization must be scientifically interested in global change science.

    The host agreement document will be negotiated between the Belmont Forum Steering Committee, the Secretariat Director and Deputy Director, and the host’s representatives, detailing the services that the host will provide, including any caps or minima on these services, any associated indirect costs, and a copy of accounting or labor laws that would apply to personnel working on site at the host institution or remotely.

  • 07.04.2017


    Europäisch-afrikanische Forschungspartnerschaften für die globale Ernährungssicherheit

    Das Projekt ProIntensAfrica hat in den vergangenen zwei Jahren eine Forschungsagenda und Fördermechanismen für europäisch-afrikanische Forschungspartnerschaften zur Intensivierung der afrikanischen Landwirtschaft erarbeitet.

    Im Jahr 2050 wird die Weltbevölkerung voraussichtlich auf neun Milliarden Menschen ansteigen. Deren Versorgung mit Nahrung ist eine zentrale Herausforderung. Vor allem die afrikanische Landwirtschaft wird in diesem Zusammenhang eine wichtige Rolle spielen. Das Projekt ProIntensAfrica hat daher in den vergangenen zwei Jahren Kooperationsmöglichkeiten zwischen europäischen und afrikanischen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern zur nachhaltigen Intensivierung der Landwirtschaft auf dem afrikanischen Kontinent untersucht.

    Auf Basis von 17 Fallstudien wurden Bedarfe ermittelt und eine europäische-afrikanische Forschungsagenda sowie ein gemeinsamer Fördermechanismus ausgearbeitet. Dieser soll nach Vorbild der europäischen Joint Programme Initiatives JPI bestehende Strukturen und Förderprogramme bündeln, um die Forschungsvorhaben gemeinschaftlich zu koordinieren und zu finanzieren.

    Im März fand das Abschlussseminar des Projekts  “Effective and efficient research and innovation partnerships” statt, bei dem verschiedene europäische und afrikanische Interessensvertreter zusammenkommen, um die Ergebnisse zu diskutieren.

  • 04.04.2017


    New paper out: “A roadmap for rapid decarbonization”

    A group of scientists including Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of  the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) are proposing a “carbon law” to halve anthropogenic CO₂ emissions every decade, aimed at achieving zero net emissions by mid-century. In an article in Science, the authors say this law would be applied to all levels in all sectors and countries and span innovation, institutions, infrastructure and investments. They are proposing concrete measures for countries and multilateral institutions in four phases until 2050.

  • 03.04.2017


    Call for applications: Ocean Knowledge-Action Network Development Team

    30 April: application deadline!

    Future Earth and its partners are seeking motivated experts to serve on the Development Team for the Ocean Knowledge-Action Network. This new collaboration brings together researchers in the natural and social sciences along with leaders in policy, natural resource management, business, civil society and more to address critical questions around ocean health. The Ocean Knowledge-Action Network’s Development Team will include 10-15 members who will guide the collaboration’s early activities and help to draft its research and engagement plan.

    Members of the Development Team will serve for 18 months. They will be drawn equally from research and non-research communities, including representatives from non-governmental organisations, the private sector and policy and funding communities. Among other tasks, the team will work to:

    • develop a broadly scoped and co-designed Ocean Knowledge-Action Network Research and Engagement Plan;
    • develop an Implementation and Resource Strategy to support Ocean Knowledge-Action Network activities;
    • support the establishment of an adequate administrative capacity;
    • engage an international, diverse and cross-sectoral ocean knowledge community to contribute to the success of the Ocean Knowledge-Action Network;
    • provide guidance on the implementation of early Ocean Knowledge-Action Network activities.
  • 19.01.2017


    Future Earth Knowledge-Action Networks

    Over the past month Future Earth started several activities to jointly develop with the global community its eight Future Earth Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs). Examples for upcoming activities are summarized below. You can also join the newly launched Future Earth Open Network to exchange opinions and discuss ideas for research in Knowledge-Action Networks.

    UPDATE (24.7.2017)

    KAN Natural Assets: Webinar (19 October 2016), Consultation Survey open until 26 May 2017, Synthesis Report  on Natural Assets KAN (July 2017)

    KAN Transformation: Webinar series, Get involved in "Creating a global SDG Transformation Forum"

    KAN Sustainable Consumption and Production: Workshop series, Workshop (3-5 May 2017, Annapolis, Maryland, USA), more about upcoming events in 2017/2018 available here

    KAN Ocean: Workshop (4-5 December 2016, Kiel, Germany), Call for application Development Team (deadline 30.4.2017), Workshops report on the "Development of an Integrated Ocean Research Network" published (March 2017), Launch at UN Ocean conference (June 2017)

    KAN Water-Energy-Food Nexus & Urban: Symposium on „Eco-Innovation for the Water-Energy-Food Nexus“ (17-18 November 2016, Cyprus) or contribute via the Future Earth Open Network

    Future Earth Days 2016 (30 November - 1 December2016, Paris, France). More information 

    KAN Health: Webinar on Sustainable Food Systems (Monday, 23.1.2017), Open Consultation on research priorities on health, climate and environment (until August 14, 2017)

    KAN Cities/Urban: Online survey open until 31.1.2017 More information 

    KAN SDGs: SDG in the Anthropocene Conference (Feb 2018)