Sustainability Dialogue

Open Letter of Early Career Scientists

Offener Brief

Subsequent to the German Future Earth Summit in Berlin, a network meeting of the Early Career Scientists (ECS) was held. Over 50 PhD candidates, Post-Docs, junior professors and newly appointed professors with various academic backgrounds participated in this meeting. Everyone interested in networking and establishing a dialogue within Future Earth was invited to participate.

The meeting took around 3 hours and focused on a dialogue intensive exchange. An adapted World Café followed after a short introduction and the discussiosn centered mainly on (1) Structures, incentives and Organization of the Early Career network within Future Earth; (2) the research priorities identified at the Summit; (3) potential initial activities in the ECS network within Future Earth and, within that scope, creating the open letter as a first flag ship activity.

Participants showed big interest in a further exchange on research topics within Future Earth. To start substantial discourse, many participants proposed a to organize a workshop with the focus on methods of inter- and transdisciplinary sustainability research. With the goal to develop a self-organized network further steps will be taken by the core team of the Early Career Scientists in collaboration with the broader young scientist generation.

As one of the first results a petition was formulated that built the basis for an open letter. After one week many young scientists had signed the letter. The open letter was subsequently submitted to the German Committee Future Earth (and the members of the the scientific committee of Future Earth) as well as to two main research funding organizations in the field of sustainability: DFG and BMBF. The Early Career Scientist called in this open letter for an active involvement of young scientists in the further development of Future Earth. The open letter is based on the draft version of “Open letter to Future Earth from young researchers”.




Offener Brief der Early Career Scientists an das DKN Future Earth (pdf)



Antje Bruns (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

Simon Burandt (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)

Sonja Deppisch (HafenCity Universität Hamburg)

Daniel Lang (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)

Simon Meisch (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Moritz Remig (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, IASS Potsdam)

Martin Wilmking (Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität Greifswald)




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