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  • 10.12.2018

    News

    17 Nachhaltigkeitsziele - 17 Figuren: Die Taube steht für das Ziel "Frieden".

    Es geht um menschenwürdiges Leben für alle, nachhaltige Wirtschaft, nachhaltigen Konsum und den Schutz der Umwelt. Grundlage bildet die Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung - ein Fahrplan in die Zukunft. Darauf hat sich die Staatengemeinschaft im September 2015 verständigt. Zu ihrer Umsetzung im eigenen Land hat die Bundesregierung daraufhin die bisherige nationale Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie komplett überarbeitet, dabei neu strukturiert, und sie mit der Aktualisierung 2018 inzwischen auch schon ergänzt. Es gilt, schneller zu handeln. Denn die Zeit wird knapp, wenn wir die Ziele bis 2030 erreichen wollen.

    Die Glorreichen 17 und das umfangreiche Informationsangebot auf ww.deutsche-nachhaltigkeitsstrategie.de informieren auch darüber, wie sich die Bundesregierung für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung engagiert. Die Agenda 2030 und die 17 Ziele nehmen jedoch nicht nur die Politik in Verantwortung. Ohne das Eintreten von Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Zivilgesellschaft und damit jedes einzelnen Menschen werden die Ziele nicht zu erreichen sein. Den Wandel hin zu einem nachhaltigen Leben können wir nur gemeinsam schaffen.

  • 31.10.2018

    News

    BMBF GIBT RICHTLINIE ZUR FÖRDERUNG VON ZUWENDUNGEN FÜR REGIONALE INFORMATIONEN ZUM KLIMAHANDELN (REGIKLIM) BEKANNT

    Der globale Klimawandel wird auch für Deutschland Folgen haben. Diese Auswirkungen sind regional allerdings sehr unterschiedlich. Dementsprechend sind die Anforderungen zur Anpassung unterschiedlich.

    Ziel dieser Fördermaßnahme ist es, entscheidungsrelevantes Wissen zum Klimawandel in Kommunen und Regionen aufzubauen und eine breite Basis für maßgeschneiderte und verlässliche Klimaservices für die Anpassung zu schaffen.

    Im Ergebnis sollen für Akteure auf regionaler und kommunaler Ebene Instrumente für die integrierte Bewertung von Klimarisiken und Wirkungsanalysen von Maßnahmen entwickelt werden. Diese sollen Grundlage für die Erarbeitung von Anpassungsstrategien schaffen, um die Vulnerabilität relevanter Sektoren gegenüber den Folgen des Klimawandels zu mindern.

    Die vorliegende Fördermaßnahme ist Teil des Forschungsrahmenprogramms "FOrschung für NAchhaltige Entwicklung" (FONA3) des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) und soll dort wesentliche Beiträge zu den im Rahmen der Vorsorgeforschung "Klima" festgelegten Zielen "Wissenslücken zum Klimawandel schließen" und "Nutzung von Klimawissen" leisten. Weiterhin trägt die Fördermaßnahme zur Umsetzung der Strategischen Forschungs- und Innovationsagenda Zukunftsstadt (Leitthema "Resilienz und Klimaanpassung") und der FONA-Leitinitiative Zukunftsstadt bei.

  • 26.10.2018

    NEWS

    Konferenz der drei norddeutschen Exzellenzcluster in Berlin

    Mehr als 220 Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Exzellenzcluster für Ozean- und Klimaforschung aus Bremen, Kiel und Hamburg haben sich im Berliner Umweltforum zur Konferenz „Ozean – Klima – Nachhaltigkeit“ getroffen. Im Fokus standen zentrale Ergebnisse aus mehr als zehn Jahren Forschung.

    Neben übergeordneten Themen wie Klimawandel, Ozeanforschung und die nachhaltige Entwicklung ging es in insgesamt 21 Foren unter anderem um Risiken für die Küsten, Ressourcen am Meeresboden, den Umgang der Gesellschaft mit den Folgen des Klimawandels oder um den biogeochemischen Austausch zwischen Ozeanoberfläche und Atmosphäre. Dabei stellten nicht nur etablierte Forschende der drei Institutionen und Gäste von internationalen Partnereinrichtungen ihre Arbeiten vor, sondern auch zahlreiche Nachwuchsforschende.

  • 12.10.2018

    NEWS

    Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis nominiert Forschungsprojekte für die Artenvielfalt

    Die Finalisten des 7. Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitspreises Forschung stehen fest. Ab sofort kann per Online-Voting über die beste Idee zum Schutz und zur nachhaltigen Nutzung der biologischen Vielfalt und der Ökosysteme abgestimmt werden. Die Auszeichnung des Bundesministeriums für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) wird am 7. Dezember 2018 anlässlich des 11. Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitspreises in Düsseldorf verliehen.

    Folgende Forschungsprojekte stehen im Finale:

    Das Partnerprojekt „F.R.A.N.Z.“ der Umweltstiftung Michael Otto und des Deutschen Bauernverbandes e.V. behandelt eine der zentralen Herausforderungen für die heutige Landwirtschaft: Einerseits die wachsende Weltbevölkerung mit Nahrungsmitteln zu versorgen und andererseits die Artenvielfalt zu erhalten. Das Projekt zeigt in zehn Demonstrationsbetrieben, dass eine moderne, leistungsfähige Landwirtschaft mit dem Erhalt der biologischen Vielfalt vereinbar ist. Die Erkenntnisse fließen in die Weiterentwicklung der Agrar- und Umweltpolitik von der lokalen bis hin zur EU-Ebene.

    Das Projekt „IMPAC³“ des Zentrums für Biodiversität und nachhaltige Landnutzung an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen widmet sich der Züchtung von Nutzpflanzensorten, die für den Anbau in Mischkulturen geeignet sind. Durch die Kombination mehrerer Pflanzenarten, die gemeinsam auf einem Feld wachsen, können die Bodennährstoffe gleichmäßiger ausgenutzt und das Risiko von Missernten reduziert werden. Weiterhin entsteht ein vielfältiger Lebensraum, der mehr Qualität bietet als ein Feldbestand, der nur aus einer Feldfrucht besteht. Bisher ist die Sortenzüchtung überhaupt nicht auf den Anbau von Kulturpflanzenmischungen ausgerichtet.

    „Standardisiertes Monitoring von Insekten in Schutzgebieten“ ist eine seit 1987 fortlaufende Langzeitstudie des Entomologischen Vereins Krefeld e.V. zum Insektensterben. Die Forscher stellten fest, dass die Biomasse flugaktiver Insekten an den untersuchten Standorten in den letzten 27 Jahren um ca. 75 Prozent zurückgegangen ist. 2017 veröffentlichten die Forscher ihre Erkenntnisse in einem viel beachteten wissenschaftlichen Artikel, der maßgeblich zur politischen Debatte über Biodiversität auf nationaler wie internationaler Ebene beigetragen hat.

  • 09.10.2018

    NEWS

    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.

  • 26.09.2018

    NEWS

    Call for Abstracts: "Urbane Nachhaltigkeitstransformationen - Umsetzung der SDGs in und mit den Städten"

    31 Oktober 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    Mit der Agenda 2030 und den Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) haben sich die Mitgliedstaaten der Vereinten Nationen im September 2015 auf politische Nachhaltigkeitsziele geeinigt (UN 2015). Die Debatte um Nachhaltigkeitstransformationen ist nicht zuletzt damit in Politik und Wissenschaft fest verankert und nimmt auch in der Zivilgesellschaft und im Wirtschaftsbereich an Bedeutung zu (Brand 2015, WBGU 2011, WBGU 2016, Bundesregierung 2016, BIHK 2018). Die Rolle der Städte bei der Umsetzung der SDGs wird als zentral gesehen. In diesem Kontext sind jedoch noch eine Reihe von Fragen offen, die nur durch einen ständigen Dialog zwischen den verschiedenen Akteuren zu beantworten sind.
    Wir laden im Rahmen des Rundgesprächs der AG „Urbane Nachhaltigkeitstransformationen“ und der Co-Design-Projektgruppe „SDGs auf urbaner Ebene“ des Deutschen Komitees für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth (DKN) am 17./18.1.19 zu diesem Dialog ein. Wir möchten mit Ihnen über Herausforderungen und Chancen bei der Umsetzung der SDGs in deutschen Städten diskutieren, um den Beitrag der Wissenschaft zu identifizieren und zu stärken.


    Haben Sie laufende Forschungsprojekte, die genau diese Frage adressieren? Arbeiten Sie dabei eng mit der Umsetzungspraxis in einer Stadt/Gemeinde oder mehreren Städten/Gemeinden zusammen? Dann schicken Sie uns, Kerstin Krellenberg und Florian Koch, bitte bis zum 31.10.2018 ein Abstract von 500 Wörtern zu (kerstin.krellenberg@ufz.de und florian.koch@htw-berlin.de)


    Bitte machen Sie deutlich, wie Sie in dem Projekt die Umsetzung der SDGs in Städten adressieren und welche Herausforderungen und Chancen aus Sicht der Wissenschaft und der Umsetzungspraxis bestehen. Bitte stellen Sie sicher, dass beide Sichtweisen deutlich werden. Wir werden aus den eingegangenen Vorschlägen insgesamt vier Beiträge auswählen, die dann im Rahmen des Rundgesprächs vorgestellt werden.

    Um den Austausch zwischen Wissenschaft und Umsetzungspraxis weiter zu stärken, möchten wir Sie bitten, am 17.01.2019 Ihre Beteiligung möglichst mit zwei Personen vorzusehen, die die beiden Sichtweisen repräsentieren. Im Anschluss an Ihre Präsentation ist eine Podiumsdiskussion geplant, bei der Sie die Möglichkeit haben, mit weiteren Vortragenden und Vertretern von Stiftungen und Fördermittelgebern ihre Projekte zu diskutieren. Diese Diskussion soll helfen, zukünftig Förderaus-schreibungen und die einzelnen Projekte stärker an die Bedarfe von Wissenschaft und Praxis anzupassen. Die Reise- und ggf. Übernachtungskosten können nach Bundesreisekostenrichtlinien für die ausgewählten Vortragenden erstattet werden.

  • 14.09.2018

    NEWS

    Mehr Bewusstsein für den Klimawandel durch World-Climate-Rollenspiel

    Wie regt man Menschen an, sich für den Klimawandel zu engagieren? Vor allem Menschen, die nicht viel über das Thema wissen sind nicht schlicht mit dem Zeigen von Forschungsergebnissen zu überzeugen. Mit dem World-Climate-Rollenspiel soll das Thema Klimawandel durch die persönliche Beteiligung, näher an den Spieler gebracht werden.
    Bei 81 Prozent der Teilnahmer stieg nach Durchlaufen des Rollenspiels zum Thema Klimawandel die Motivation zur Bekämpfung der globalen Erwärmung.
     
    Mehr als 2.000 Menschen aus acht Ländern und vier Kontinenten, von Mittelstufenschülern bis hin zu Geschäftsführern nahmen an dem Rollenspiel teil. Das Autorenteam unter Leitung von Professor Dr. Juliette Rooney-Varga von der Climate Change Initiative der University of Massachusetts Lowell in den USA untersuchte dabei inwiefern eine Teilnahme an der World Climate-Simulation die Überzeugungen, emotionalen Reaktionen und Handlungsabsichten der Teilnehmer beeinflusst
     
    Die Teilnehmer übernehmen die Rolle der nationalen Delegierten bei den UN-Klimaverhandlungen und haben den Auftrag, ein globales Abkommen zu schaffen, welches den Klimawandel erfolgreich eindämmt. Wie bei den realen Verhandlungen bietet jede Delegation Vorschläge zur Verringerung ihrer Treibhausgasemissionen an. Diese fließen in das computergestützte Klimasimulationsmodell C-ROADS ein, das auch zur Unterstützung der realen Klimaverhandlungen der UN genutzt wird und den Teilnehmern eine unmittelbare Rückmeldung über die zu erwartenden Klimaauswirkungen ihrer Entscheidungen gibt.
     
    Unabhängig von politischer Gesinnung, kultureller Identität, Alter oder Geschlecht geht die Teilnahme an World Climate mit einem besseren Verständnis des Klimawandels und der Dringlichkeit des Themas sowie einer erhöhten Motivation mehr über den Klimawandel zu lernen und dagegen anzugehen einher.
     

    Bis Juli 2018 nahmen mehr als 43.000 Menschen in 78 Ländern weltweit an dem Simulationsspiel teil. Prof. Dr. Florian Kapmeier präsentierte es bei zahlreichen Einsätzen in Europa. Unter anderem arbeitet er mit dem Kultusministerium Baden-Württemberg zusammen, das World Climate seit Kurzem als offizielle Ressource für Gymnasien anbietet.

     

    Interessierte können das Spiel bei der Veranstaltung Klimaschutz als Markenzeichen – Wie Unternehmen einen Unterschied machen am 27. September 2018 selbst ausprobieren.

  • 07.09.2018

    NEWS

    3rd DKN Summit Summary Report out now!

    The summary report for the 3rd DKN Summit (8-9 February 2018) is available for download now on our site. Included are all outcomes and results of discussing topics such as: Acquiring a better understanding of designing and implementing long-term pathways towards sustainable development in cities, on land and in the ocean, organising, collaborating and sharing knowledge and activities in order to provide solution-oriented insights (regarding the urgent need to achieve the SDGs by 2030), as well as working across academic disciplines and collaborating with relevant societal leaders to uncover the huge potential for new, promising, societally relevant pathways to global sustainability.

     

    The summary report for the 3rd German Future Earth Summit (8-9 February 2018) is available for download now on our site. Included are all outcomes and results of discussed topics such as: Acquiring a better understanding of designing and implementing long-term pathways towards sustainable development in cities, on land and in the ocean, organising, collaborating and sharing knowledge and activities in order to provide solution-oriented insights (regarding the urgent need to achieve the SDGs by 2030), as well as working across academic disciplines and collaborating with relevant societal leaders to uncover the huge potential for new, promising, societally relevant pathways to global sustainability.

     

  • 03.09.2018

    NEWS

    Jetzt bewerben: Die Junge Akademie Wählt 10 Neue Mitglieder

     
    30 November 2018: Bewerbungsschluss!
     

    Im kommenden Jahr wählt Die Junge Akademie wieder zehn neue Mitglieder.

    Die Junge Akademie sucht nach engagierten und exzellenten jungen WissenschaftlerInnen und KünstlerInnen mit Interesse an interdisziplinärer Arbeit an den Schnittstellen von Wissenschaft, Kunst, Gesellschaft, und Politik.

    Die Mitglieder der Jungen Akademie kommen aus verschiedenen Fachrichtungen – von den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften über die Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften bis hin zu den Künsten. Sie alle sind unter den Mitgliedern der Jungen Akademie vertreten und teilen ein Interesse an interdisziplinärer Arbeit.

    Die Mitglieder werden für die Dauer von fünf Jahren gewählt. Sie verfügen über einen Forschungsetat, der für gemeinsame wissenschaftliche und künstlerische Projekte verwendet wird, sowie ein persönliches Budget, das für die individuelle Förderung aufgewendet werden kann.

    Eine Finanzierung der eigenen Stelle sowie eigenes Honorar ist dabei ausgeschlossen.

    Die Junge Akademie bietet einen attraktiven Ort, um künstlerisch und interdisziplinär an der Schnittstelle von Kunst und Wissenschaft, Gesellschaft und Politik tätig zu werden, mit jungen WissenschaftlerInnen und KünstlerInnen zu interagieren und gemeinsame Projekte voranzutreiben und gut sichtbar zu präsentieren.

  • 03.09.2018

    NEWS

    UN-Klimakonferenz in Katowice: Klimapolitik „zeit–gerecht“ gestalten

    Nur wenn Klimapolitik gerecht gestaltet wird, kann sie auch erfolgreich sein. Voraussetzung dafür ist, dass die Dringlichkeit des Klimaschutzes ernst genommen wird und die Interessen der Betroffenen – als potenziell Geschädigte von Klimaänderungen sowie als Betroffene des notwendigen Strukturwandels für den Klimaschutz – gleichermaßen berücksichtigt werden. Das ist die Botschaft eines neuen Politikpapiers mit dem Titel ,,Zeit-gerechte Klimapolitik Vier Initiativen für Fairness" das der WBGU heute an Bundsumweltminsterin Svenja Schulze und den Staatssekretär im Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, George Schütte, übergibt.
     
    Anlass für das Papier ist die im Dezember in Katowice stattfindende 24. Vertragsstaatenkonferenz der UN-Klimarahmenkonvention. Dort werden u. a. der Umgang mit Verlusten und Schäden durch Klimawandel (loss and damage) sowie die gerechte Gestaltung eines Strukturwandels in Regionen, die bisher stark durch kohlenstoffintensive Industrien geprägt waren (just transition) eine Rolle spielen. Typischerweise sind dies auf der einen Seite vom Klimawandel besonders stark betroffene Bevölkerungsgruppen in Entwicklungsländern und auf der anderen Seite in kohlenstoffintensiven Industrien arbeitende Beschäftigte, etwa in Kohlerevieren. Für beide Gruppen müssen gerechte und zukunftsweisende Lösungen entwickelt werden. Der WBGU empfiehlt der Bundesregierung, eine zeit–gerechte Klimapolitik mit vier beispielhaften Initiativen voranzutreiben: Damit soll eine rechtzeitige Dekarbonisierung mit gerechten Lösungen für betroffenen Menschen verbunden werden.
     
  • 28.08.2018

    NEWS

    Future Earth’s 27 networks in Bonn are welcomed by the DFG, the German Committee Future Earth and UNU

    A reception at the Altes Rathaus Bonn will welcome scientific leaders meeting from August 28th to 29th in Germany for this year’s ‘Future Earth Global Summit’.

    The contemporary challenges facing planet Earth and its people are vast and complex. They can only be addressed by harnessing available knowledge that is more than the sum of its parts. To this end, science and society need to collaborate. The Future Earth Global Summit convenes all Future Earth entities to sharpen the outputs that can be expected of Future Earth activities in the coming three years. The Summit will especially build on the experiences of the existing research networks encased by Future Earth to prioritize future cross-cutting initiatives.

    In the evening of August 28thDorothee Dzwonnek (Secretary General of the German Research Foundation - DFG) together with Reinhard Limbach (Deputy Mayor of Bonn), Jakob Rhyner (Co-Chair of the Future Earth Governing Council) and Leena Shrivastava (Co-Chair of the Future Earth Advisory Committee) welcome the Future Earth networks to Germany. Valuing an internationally coordinated approach to studying the complexity of global challenges and strong science-society interactions, the speakers emphasize the importance of the Summit and its ambition to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.

    The internal Future Earth meeting invites approximately 70 representatives of 27 thematic networks, the Global Research Projects and Knowledge-Action Networks, plus regional and national chapters as well as the Governing Council, the Advisory Council and the Secretariat of Future Earth.

    The Future Earth Global Summit 2018 is hosted by the German Committee Future Earth (DKN) in close collaboration with United Nations University and the German Research Foundation (DFG).

     

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  • 22.08.2018

    NEWS

    Umfrage zum Projekt ,,Nachhaltigkeit an Hochschulen (HOCH-N) : entwickeln - vernetzen - berichten"

    15. September 2018: Befragungsschluss!
     
     
    Im Rahmen des Projekts ,,Nachhaltigkeit an Hochschulen (HOCH-N) : entwickeln - vernetzen - berichten" führt die Leuphana Universität bei Lüneburg momentan eine deutschlandweite Befragung durch die sich an Forscher im Bereich der Nachhaltigen Entwicklung richtet.
     
    Ziel der Befragung ist es, erstmalig weitreichend Forschungsaktivitäten mit Nachhaltigkeitsorientierung an deutschen Hochschulen zu identifizieren, zu strukturieren und in ihrer Vielfalt zu beschreiben.
     
     

    Der Online Fragebogen ist auf Englisch und Deutsch verfügbar und richtet sich an einzelne Forscher und Forscherinnen aller Statusgruppen an deutschen Hochschulen und Universitäten, für deren Forschungsaktivitäten folgende Beschreibung zutrifft:

     

    • Forschung, die einen Beitrag zur Nachhaltigen Entwicklung leistet wie z.B. Klimaforschung, Forschung zu Abwasseraufbereitung oder Ungleichheitsforschung

     

    • Forschung, die sich in ihrer Konzeption, Durchführung und Wirkungserwartung an globalen Nachhaltigkeitsproblemen ausrichtet und explizit zu deren Lösung beitragen möchte (z.B. Forschung zu nachhaltiger Mobilität, nachhaltigem Konsum oder nachhaltiger Landnutzung)

    Die Ergebnisse der Befragung werden Ende 2018 auf der Hoch-N-Webseite veröffentlicht. Zudem ist die Verwendung der Daten in wissenschaftlichen Publikationen geplant.
  • 13.07.2018

    Fokus Mittelstadt: Inter- und transdisziplinäres Graduiertenkolleg über Zukunftsfragen kleiner Mittelstädte

    31 Oktober 2018: Bewerbungsfrist!
     
     
    Stadtentwicklung braucht interdisziplinäre und umsetzungsorientierte Forschung. Ein beidseitiger Wissenstransfer ist ein Anliegen von vielen Forschenden an Universitäten und Hochschulen einerseits und Verantwortlichen in Stadtverwaltungen und Bürgerschaften andererseits. Deshalb plant die Robert Bosch Stiftung die Förderung eines neuartigen, mit Praxiserfahrung angereicherten inter- und transdisziplinären Graduiertenkollegs über Zukunftsfragen kleiner Mittelstädte. 
     
    Zehn Promovierende sollen mit vierjährigen Stipendien die Möglichkeit erhalten, Forschung und verantwortliche Projektarbeit in Kommunalverwaltungen zu verbinden. Sie werden dabei sowohl wissenschaftlich, als auch von den Kommunen betreut und bekommen eine Einführung in  Kommunalverwaltung und Bürgerbeteiligungsprozesse.
     
    Ziel ist es, dass das Graduiertenkolleg durch innovative, strukturierte Ausbildung akademischen Nachwuchses ins Wissenschaftssystem hinein wirken zu lassen und das Leistungsvermögen interdisziplinärer und praxisorientierter Stadtforschung aufzuzeigen
     
    Das Projekt richtet sich an Universitäten, die ein praxisorientieres Graduiertenkolleg einrichten wollen und darin mehrere Disziplinen integrieren können. Sie richtet sich außerdem an nicht-promotionsberechtigte Hochschulen, die sich in Kooperation mit einer Universität bewerben wollen.
     
    Die Robert Bosch Stiftung wird gemeinsam mit einem Gutachterkreis ein Konzept auswählen und das neue Graduiertenkolleg für bis zu fünf Jahre mit rund 1 Mio. € fördern. Darin enthalten sind neben zehn Promotionsstipendien auch Mittel für Workshops zur Vorbereitung der Promovierenden auf den Praxiseinsatz, Projekt- und Reisemittel.
     
  • 13.07.2018

    NEWS

    Volkswagenstiftung fördert vier Nachhaltigkeitsprojekte an Niedersächsischen Hochschulen

    Die niedersächsischen Hochschulen sollten der Herausforderung unser Leben und Wirtschaften ressourcenschonend zu gestalten, mit innovativen Forschungsansätzen begegnen. Für förderwürdige Projekte waren interdisziplinäres Zusammenwirken verschiedener Fachgebiete und überregionale Bedeutung gefragt. Begutachtet wurden die Anträge, die in der dritten und letzten Ausschreibungsrunde eingegangen waren, unter Anwesenheit und Beteiligung der Öffentlichkeit Ende Mai in Schloss Herrenhausen.
     
    Insgesamt werden für die Forschungsarbeiten vom Niedersächsischen Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur sowie der VolkswagenStiftung über das Niedersächsische Vorab rund 3,9 Mio. Euro über eine Laufzeit von drei bzw. dreieinhalb Jahren zur Verfügung gestellt. Damit summieren sich die Fördermittel, die seit 2014 im Förderprogramm "Wissenschaft für nachhaltige Entwicklung" im Niedersächsischen Vorab der VolkswagenStiftung insgesamt bewilligt wurden, auf circa 28,2 Mio. Euro.
     
    Die folgenden vier Projekte wurden bewilligt:
     

    Pflanzlich orientierte Ernährungsstile als Schlüssel zur Nachhaltigkeit; Universität Göttingen, Leibniz Universität Hannover (rd. 1,1 Mio. Euro):

    Im Rahmen ihres Forschungsprojekts wollen die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler die Nachhaltigkeit der Ernährung in Niedersachsen verbessern. Dazu können beispielsweise ein optimiertes Lebensmittelangebot sowie eine Kommunikation, die passgenau auf die Wünsche und Vorstellungen der jeweiligen Zielgruppe zugeschnitten ist, dienen.

    Transformation durch Gemeinschaft – Prozesse kollektiver Subjektivierung im Kontext nachhaltiger Entwicklung (TransGem); Universität Oldenburg, Universität Osnabrück (rd. 1,1 Mio. Euro)

     Auf drei real existierende Modelle konzentriert sich die Gruppe von Forscherinnen und Forschern in diesem Projekt, um zu untersuchen, wie sich an Nachhaltigkeit orientierte Gemeinschaften ausbilden und wirken.

    Innovative Akzeptanzforschung für nachhaltige Entwicklung durch Gamification (GAME); Technische Universität Clausthal, Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Wolfenbüttel (rd. 800.000 Euro)

    Die Forschergruppe möchte die Akzeptanz von Nachhaltigkeitszielen erforschen und nutzt dazu ein Spieledesign, bei dem sich Nutzerinnen und Nutzer in einem "Haushalts-Nachhaltigkeits-Spiel" befinden.

    Dilemmata der Nachhaltigkeit zwischen Evaluation und Reflexion. Begründete Kriterien und Leitlinien für Nachhaltigkeitswissen; Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Universität Oldenburg, Institut für sozial-ökologische Forschung Frankfurt am Main (rd. 900.000 Euro)

    Ziel der Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler ist es, Kriterien und Leitlinien zu entwickeln, die als Hilfestellung beispielsweise bei der Entwicklung und Beurteilung von Forschungsprojekten und -programmen zum Thema Nachhaltigkeit dienen können. Das Projekt soll insgesamt bei der wissenschaftlichen und gesellschaftlichen Verortung des Nachhaltigkeitsdiskurses helfen.

  • 18.06.2018

    NEWS

    Uni Mannheim: Social Project 2018 Bewerbungsphase beginnt

    15 Juli 2018: Bewerbungsfrist!
     
    Die Fakultät für Betriebs­wirtschafts­lehre der Universität Mannheim nimmt gemeinsam mit der Mannheim Business School wieder Bewerbungen für den jährlichen Social Project Contest entgegen. Auf das Gewinnerprojekt warten bis zu 1200€. Gefördert wird ein nachhaltiges, gemeinnütziges Projekt von Studierenden der Universität Mannheim, dem es an finanziellen Startkapital fehlt.
     
    Für die Bewerbung muss ein kurzes, formloses Motivationsschreiben (auf Deutsch oder Englisch) mit einer kurzen Vorstellung der Initiative und Beschreibung eines Projekts, das konrekter Förderung bedarf, eingereicht werden.
     

    Bewerbungen und Fragen können an das Presseteam der Fakultät BWL unter presse(at)bwl.uni-mannheim.de gerichtet werden.

  • 15.06.2018

    NEWS

    DLR Brief: TOWARDS A VIRTUAL COLLABORATION PLATFORM FOR INTER- AND TRANSDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH

    Inter and transdisciplinary research is proving to be one of the most important aspects in the journey towards a more sustainable future, but also one of the aspects which brings up new challenges. The DLR has released a brief adressing virtual collaboration for inter- and transdisciplinary research in support of international environmental policy that puts people at the focus.

    The brief brings the following topics to the forefront:

    • Challenging traditional research communities: A need for inter- and transdisciplinary research in support of international environmental policy
    • The current situation of fragmented research communities
    • Establishing a virtual collaboration platform for inter- and transdisciplinary research

    And lists the aims of the virtual collaboration platform for inter- and transdisciplinary research, such as :

    • Bringing  together relevant players and ensuring an open and long-lasting dialogue between and beyond scientific disciplines to strengthen collaboration focused on tailoring demand-driven solutions
    • Promoting  knowledge generation towards science-based solutions to inform environmental policy and strategic research agendas
    • And providing  science-based information for the implementation of recent UN agreements

    In addition to that, it poses some initial research questions for transdisciplinary research, including:

    • What measures are needed to make cities increasingly “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” (SDG 11) ?
    • How can cities sustain and improve livelihoods and human wellbeing for all sections of society, and at the same time reduce negative impacts on their biophysical environment?

    • How can cities reduce their carbon foot print and other pollution and ensure access to basic services e.g. energy, housing, and transportation?

    And many more.

     

    “Towards a virtual collaboration platform for inter- and transdisciplinary research in support of international environmental policy that puts people at the focus: a new role for social sciences and the humanities.” M. Akhtar-Schuster and C. Textor (Eds.). DLR Project Management Agency, Berlin/Bonn, Germany, 2018. 

     

  • 13.06.2018

    NEWS

    Weiterentwicklung der deutschen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie: Was kann die Wissenschaft dazu beitragen?

    26 Juni 2018: Abgabetermin für die Beiträge!

    Die Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie wurde zwar erst Anfang 2017 beschlossen. Doch mit der Aktualisierung in diesem Jahr soll sie den Zielen der Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung umfassender gerecht werden.

    Das Konsultationspapier des Staatssekretärsausschusses für nachhaltige Entwicklung, das den aktuellen Stand der Diskussion wiedergibt, benennt die Fragen, um die es bei der Aktualisierung geht:

    • Verlust von Lebensmitteln in Deutschland
    • Deutschlands Beitrag dazu, weltweit Hunger und Mangelernährung zu beenden und das Recht auf Nahrung zu verwirklichen
    • Bessere Berücksichtigung von Nachhaltigkeit bei der öffentlichen Beschäftigung
    • Stärkung von Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung
    • Wirkung von Forschungsinvestitionen
    • Bodenschutz

    Wichtige Anregungen gibt ein Gutachten internationaler Expertinnen und Experten - auch im Hinblick auf die für 2020 vorgesehene umfassende Weiterentwicklung der nationalen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie. Die Gutachter haben die deutsche Nachhaltigkeitspolitik geprüft und wie in den Jahren 2009 und 2013 Empfehlungen in einem sogenannten "peer review" erarbeitet.

     

  • 08.06.2018

    Agenda-Konferenz der Sozial-ökologischen Forschung

    19. und 20. September 2018

    Im Mittelpunkt steht die Erarbeitung neuer Zukunftsthemen. Wie im letzten Agenda-Prozess 2011/12 wurden solche Forschungsthemen in einem Fachgespräch, das im letzten Jahr stattfand, entwickelt. Inzwischen wurde eine noch offene Liste von Themenpapieren erarbeitet, die im Rahmen der Online-Konsultation „Nachhaltigkeitsforschung gestalten – Gestalten Sie mit!“ vor- und zur Diskussion gestellt werden. Es geht um die künftigen Themen und Forschungsfragen sowie darum, die zukünftige, auch methodische Ausrichtung im Bereich der gesellschaftsbezogenen Nachhaltigkeitsforschung weiterzuentwickeln. Auf Basis der Online-Konsultation wird die Diskussion auf der Agenda-Konferenz der Sozial-ökologischen Forschung am 19. und 20. September 2018 in Kassel fortgesetzt.

    Die Konferenz dient auch zur Kommentierung der Themenpapiere und eine Anmeldemöglichkeit wird in Kürze verfügbar sein.

  • 25.05.2018

    NEWS

    Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis Forschung zum Thema Biodiversität

    Noch bis zum 25. Mai 2018 bewerben!

     

    Für den 7.  Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitspreis Forschung stellt das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) das Thema Artenvielfalt in den Mittelpunkt. Gesucht werden anwendungsnahe Forschungsprojekte, die Lösungswege für den Erhalt und die nachhaltige Nutzung von Biodiversität entwickeln.

    Einzelne Forscherinnen und Forscher, Forscherteams aus deutschen Forschungseinrichtungen, Hochschulen und Unternehmen können sich bewerben. Die Teilnahme ist kostenfrei und erfolgt über einen benutzerfreundlichen Online-Fragebogen.

    Der Sieger wird am 7. Dezember 2018 im Rahmen des 11. Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitstages im MARITIM Hotel Düsseldorf mit dem Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitspreis Forschung ausgezeichnet.

  • 17.04.2018

    News

    Workshop Forschungsverbundmanagement

    2 Mai: Anmeldetermin!

    Der Workshop richtet sich an Verantwortliche inter- und transdisziplinärer Forschungsverbünde der DFG, des BMBF und weiterer Fördergeber (Förderschwerpunkte, Kooperationsvorhaben, Sonderforschungsbereiche/Transregio, Schwerpunktprogramme, Graduiertenkollegs, Graduiertenschulen, Exzellenzcluster,Forschergruppen etc.).

    Ziel des Workshops ist eine systematische Auseinandersetzung mit dem Management inter- und transdisziplinärer Verbünde. Im Vordergrund steht die Reflexion der Aufgaben, die sich den Managementverantwortlichen bei der Gestaltung der interdisziplinären Prozesse in einem Forschungsverbund stellen.

  • 06.04.2018

    News

    Podiumsdiskussion des SRU „Wie weiter mit der Kohle?“

    Die neue Regierung hat sich vorgenommen, die Kohleverstromung schrittweise zu reduzieren und beenden. Dafür soll Ende 2018 ein Aktionsprogramm vorgelegt werden, das gemeinsam mit Akteuren aus Politik, Wirtschaft, Umweltverbänden, Gewerkschaften sowie betroffenen Ländern und Regionen erarbeitet werden soll. Teil des Plans sollen ein Abschlussdatum und die notwendigen rechtlichen, wirtschaftlichen, sozialen und strukturpolitischen Begleitmaßnahmen einschließlich der finanziellen Absicherung für den notwendigen Strukturwandel in den betroffenen Regionen und einen Fonds für Strukturwandel aus Mitteln des Bundes sein.

    Der Sachverständigenrat für Umweltfragen wird im Rahmen der Berliner Energietage gemeinsam mit wichtigen Akteuren diskutieren, wie ein solcher Plan konkret für Berlin und Brandenburg aussehen könnte.

  • 05.04.2018

    News

    New DKN Working Paper on "Sustainable intensification of agriculture & SDGs"

    ‘The successful implementation of sustainable intensification in agriculture depends on location and region specific conditions. It can only be achieved through a comprehensive interdisciplinary research program, combined with a transdisciplinary approach that involves relevant stakeholders.’

    A key result of the German Committee Future Earth working group on “Sustainable intensification in agriculture” jointly organised with DFG Senate Commission on Agroecosystem Research (2015-2017).

     

    The increase in global population and rapid change in human diets are putting enormous pressure on agricultural production, which already has a limited expansion capacity. By outlining possibilities for the sustainable intensification of agriculture, the research community can make a valuable contribution to alleviating some of these environmental effects and their social ramifications.

    To tackle sustainable intensification research and implementation challenges, the currently prevailing socio-economic and natural science perspective needs to be broadened to include the social sciences and humanities. The new approach, suggested by the working group in their new working paper, should be based on:

    1. globally available, spatio-temporally highly resolved and standardized measurements of basic environmental parameters (including soil quality, all agricultural activities and their environmental consequences), using both satellite and ground-based observation networks;
    2. local, regional and global socio-economic indicators (such as factor productivity, rural development, food security, cultural aspects, livelihood development, diet and consumption patterns); and
    3. a set of integral key performance indicators that both characterize the system and can be used to directly steer improvements. A multi-disciplinary knowledge network could convert this stream of data into region-specific management options to be implemented by individual farmers and extensions services. At the same time, specific socio-ecological indicators need to be developed, which allow verification of the success of SI at the local, regional and global level and its contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    This approach differs from classical verification in that it combines implementation support with verification at all spatial levels. 

    The establishment of this global, but at the same time site- and region-specific, implementation and verification system for Sustainable Intensification poses a massive transdisciplinary research challenge. It will require research agendas that includes a multidisciplinary, multi-scale research approach to sustainable intensification that is embedded in a well-structured process of continuous stakeholder engagement at all relevant levels of decision-making.

     

  • 04.04.2018

    News

    Mitwirkung bei der Ausgestaltung der 3. Mandatsperiode des DKN Future Earth

    Aufruf zur Interessensbekundung für eine Mitwirkung bei der Ausgestaltung der 3. Mandatsperiode des Deutschen Komitees für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth

    Zur Vorbereitung der anstehenden 3. Mandatsperiode des Deutschen Komitees für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth (2019-2021) wird am 8.6.2018 eine ganztägige Sitzung in Berlin veranstaltet, mit ca. 30 eingeladenen Gästen aus Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft. Auf dem Workshop möchten wir sowohl zukünftige Arbeitsschwerpunkte des Komitees diskutieren als auch strukturelle Bedarfe ermitteln.

    Wir laden daher AkademikerInnen aus unterschiedlichsten Bereichen der globalen Nachhhaltigkeitsforschung ein, ihr Interesse zu bekunden, zusammen mit den DKN Mitgliedern und Arbeitsgruppen-SprecherInnen, die Schwerpunkte für die nächste Mandatsperiode zu setzen und möglicherweise aktiv zu deren Umsetzung beizutragen. 

     

    Haben Sie Interesse, uns bei der Gestaltung der dritten Mandatsperiode des DKN Future Earth zu unterstützen?

    Dann freuen wir uns über Ihre Interessensbekundung. Alle übersendeten Interessensbekundungen werden vertraulich behandelt und ausschließlich den Mitgliedern des Komitees zur Verfügung gestellt. Senden Sie bitte Ihre formlose Interessensbekundung einschließlich aller Kontaktdaten, eines kurzen Lebenslaufs (max. 1 Seite) und kurzer Darstellung der Interessen und Motivation (max. 1 Seite) bis 29.4.2018 an eine der folgenden Adressen:

    Geschäftsstelle DKN Future Earth: info@dkn-future-earth.de
    Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck, Vorsitzender: visbeck@dkn-future-earth.de
    Dr. Bettina Schmalzbauer, Geschäftsführerin: schmalzbauer@dkn-future-earth.de

     

  • 29.03.2018

    News

    Science March Germany

    Der March for Science ist eine internationale Bewegung mit dem Ziel, die Freiheit der Wissenschaft zu verteidigen. Am 14. April 2018 werden – wie bereits 2017 – weltweit Demonstrationen und andere Events stattfinden, um gegen jede Einschränkung der Freiheit von Forschung und Lehre zu protestieren.

    Wir in Deutschland sind in der glücklichen Situation, dass unsere Freiheit nicht so direkt bedroht ist wie in vielen anderen Ländern. Aber auch wir haben allen Grund, wachsam zu sein und Fehlentwicklungen rechtzeitig entgegenzutreten: Das Beispiel USA zeigt, wie schnell sich Dinge radikal ändern können.

    Die Wissenschaft in Deutschland und Europa sieht sich einem zunehmenden Vertrauensschwund gegenüber. Demokratiefeindliche Kräfte versuchen, daraus politisches Kapital zu schlagen. Der Terminus „Alternative Fakten“ als das Unwort des Jahres 2017 kennzeichnet diese besorgniserregende Entwicklung.

    Um dieser Vertrauenskrise zu begegnen, muss der Wert wissenschaftlichen Denkens wieder stärker ins gesellschaftliche Bewusstsein rücken. Gleichzeitig muss selbstverständlich auch die Wissenschaft selbst kritisch auf eigene Versäumnisse blicken. Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft sind aufeinander angewiesen. Beide Teile müssen ihren Beitrag leisten, um ihrer Verantwortung gerecht zu werden.

    Auch in Deutschland wird es am 14. April zahlreiche Veranstaltungen geben. Alle sind eingeladen, sich an dieser weltweiten Demonstration für den Wert von Forschung und Wissenschaft zu beteiligen – nicht nur Wissenschaftler/innen!

  • 26.03.2018

    News

    Nachhaltigkeitskongress "Mehr TateN! - Mehr Zukunft"

    Jetzt anmelden!

    Als Höhepunkt und Abschluss des Jubiläums „10 Jahre Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie Baden-Württemberg" findet am Freitag, den 13. April 2018 im Kultur- und Kongresszentrum Liederhalle in Stuttgart der Nachhaltigkeitskongress "Mehr TateN! - Mehr Zukunft" statt.

    Im Fokus stehen Nachhaltigkeits- und Zukunftsthemen, die über die Grenzen Baden-Württembergs hinaus diskutiert werden. Was können wir gemeinsam - in Baden-Württemberg und weltweit - bis zum Jahre 2030 umsetzen? Wie wollen und können wir in Zukunft, etwa im Jahre 2050 leben? Was sind unsere Visionen?

    Die packenden, informativen Vorträge von namhaften Persönlichkeiten und Experten hangeln sich an den Zielen für nachhaltige Entwicklung (SDGs) entlang. Am Nachmittag runden interaktive Zukunftsforen das Kongressprogramm ab.

    Der Beirat der Landesregierung für nachhaltige Entwicklung übernimmt eine tragende Rolle bei der inhaltlichen Kongress-Ausgestaltung. Aber auch am Kongresstag selbst bringen die Beiräte ihre Expertise ein - als Vortragende oder als Moderatoren der Zukunftsforen.

    Die Teilnahme am Kongress ist kostenfrei.

  • 16.03.2018

    News

    Artificial Intelligence and the Society of the Future

    5 July 2018: Deadline!

    The initiative focuses on joint, integrative research approaches in the social sciences and the engineering sciences. Against the background of the current and emerging developments in the field of “Artificial Intelligence” the Volkswagen Foundation wishes to support projects dealing with the development of new perspectives and insights with a view to shaping the future of society as well as technology. The aim is to enable novel project constellations and interdisciplinary cooperations in a scientific and socially highly topical area through a shift in thinking towards new perspectives and solutions.

    An essential challenge and at the same time a special opportunity for the participating disciplines lies in the joint development of a specific topic and the associated research issues as well as in the necessary expansion of the respective range of methods. 

    The funding initiative is aimed primarily at postdoctoral researchers and professors at all career levels in the social and engineering sciences who devote themselves to the challenges of artificial intelligence and society in interdisciplinary research constellations. The integration of the humanities is welcome. In addition to a substantial, longer-term project funding, one-year planning grants can be applied for upfront. 

  • 02.03.2018

    News

    Positions- und Forderungspapier Nachhaltigkeit und Ethik an Hochschulen

    Dieses Positions- und Forderungspapier richtet sich an alle Verantwortlichen in der (Wissenschafts-) Politik auf Bundes- und Landesebene, an alle Hochschulangehörigen und insbesondere die Hochschulleitungen sowie an die Studierendenwerke und weitere Partner der Hochschulen in Deutschland. Es wurde in der Zeit von September 2016 bis Juli 2017 von mehreren überregionalen, vorwiegend studentischen Initiativen gemeinsam erarbeitet, die sich zur Initiative für Nachhaltigkeit und Ethik an Hochschulen zusammenschlossen.

    Angesichts globaler und lokaler Herausforderungen wie dem fortschreitenden Klimawandel, Res­sourcenverknappung, zunehmendem Biodiversitätsverlust sowie zwischen- und innerstaatlichen Konflikten, sozialer Ungleichheiten und Ernährungsunsicherheiten wird ein Umdenken an den Hochschulen in Deutschland und eine Ausrichtung von Lehre, Forschung, Betrieb und Governance am Leitbild der nachhaltigen Entwicklung gefordert. Ein fundamentaler Wandel unserer Wertesysteme und Lebensstile ist notwendig. Daher werden  Hochschulen gebraucht, die Vorbild für gesellschaftlichen Wandel sind und verantwortungsvolle Fachkräfte und Entschei­dungsträger_innen ausbilden.

  • 21.02.2018

    News

    COP23: STRENGTHEN SCIENCE-POLICY EXCHANGE ON 2030 AGENDA AND PARIS AGREEMENT

    From the 6th till the 17th of November 2017, the 23rd United Nations climate conference, COP23, took place in Bonn under the chairmanship of Fiji. This year’s COP, which endeavours to implement the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), focused on specifying national contributions to climate change adaptation. The official political negotiations between the parties to the UNFCCC are accompanied by various events, in which representatives of different sectors from around the world share their perspectives on climate change. German Committee Future Earth, together with its partners, organised several events that outlined the contributions of science to climate and sustainability policy.

     

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    UNFCCC Side Event "Catalysing climate action, realizing the SDGs: 
    science, interconnections & implementation" (Image: DKN)

    The start was made by a UNFCCC Side Event jointly organised by German Committee Future Earth, DFG, the Inter American Institute on Global Change Research, the African Centre for Technology Studies and the German Development Institute, and in close cooperation with Future Earth and WCRP, on the 6th of November. The side event, moderated by Imme Scholz, deputy director at DIE, focused on the contributions of science and innovation to simultaneously implement the sustainable development goals and climate change commitments. Martin Visbeck, chairman of German Committee Future Earth and professor at GEOMAR, opened the event by emphasizing numerous possible interlinkages and interactions between climate change and the 2030 Agenda. His remarks were followed by short input statements by Maria Amparo Martinez, director INECC and delegate IAI, and by Leena Shrivastava, Vice Chancellor of TERI School of Advanced Studies, who demonstrated that the exchange between local political actors and the academic community is crucial for sustainable development. In an extended panel with Edith Adera, researcher at International Research Development Center, and Joanes Atela, researcher at ACTS, our scientists from Norway, India, Canada, Kenya and South America then discussed concrete measures for the implementation of such an exchange, also on the international level. International platforms such as Future Earth or WCRP can help to identify pathways towards sustainability by consolidating different strands of academic knowledge. Ultimately, Martin Visbeck highlighted, this is a responsibility of science: ‘scientists, rather than decision-makers, are tasked to bring scientific insights to the local and regional level’. They play a particularly important role in ensuring that the implementation of the different political aims incorporated in the 2030 Agenda does not conflict. Looking ahead at the possible outcomes of the COP23, Asun St. Clair of DNV GL Norway cautioned that ’we do not have another 25 years to implement the 2030 agenda’.

     

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    UNFCCC Science Hour "Carbon Pricing" (Image: DLRProjektträger)

    In addition, the German Committee Future Earth and DFG organised a German Science Hour on carbon pricing at the UNFCCC German Pavilion, which was run by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Science (BMBF). On the 10th of November, Karen Pittel, member German Committee Future Earth and professor at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and ifo Institute Munich as well as Grischa Perino professor at University of Hamburg and Julia Bingler from Germanwatch convened this meeting. They outlined that Carbon pricing, in the form of carbon taxes and cap & trade schemes, is becoming an increasingly important pillar of climate policy around the world. During the German Science Hour, experts highlighted that carbon pricing could also help to overcome the cooperation problem at the global level. At the same time, concerns about effectiveness, persistently low prices, interactions with other instruments and distributional effects were raised by participants. The session gave an interdisciplinary perspective on the strength and limits of carbon pricing in the pursuit of a low-carbon and inclusive future.

     

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    Public Event COP23 "The contributions of cities to
    Paris Agreement and SDGs" (Image: DKN)

    Last but not least, the German Committee Future Earth invited the public to learn from local government officials and researchers about the contributions of cities to the Paris Agreement and to the Sustainable Development Goals. In co-operation with the city of Bonn and Future Earth' Global Hub in Paris, the German Committee Future Earth Co-Design Project Group “SDGs and cities” (chairs: Florian Koch, Kerstin Krellenberg, UFZ) gathered a variety of expert knowledge on that topic. The participants discussed with Ashok Sridharan, mayor of Bonn, the need of cities ‘to place greater emphasis on the process of a sustainable development." He said that “the city of Bonn already achieved in 2014 its own goal to reduce the CO2 emissions by 20 percent during the period between 1990 and 2020. One of several measures that made this possible is the cooperation with schools: 1.600 children have received a training as climate ambassadors.” In addition, Maria Alexandra Kurth, Cities Alliance Brussels, gave a keynote speech that provided a global perspective on urban sustainability. She pointed out: “If we don’t focus on cities on a global scale, we will not achieve sustainable development. Cities are accepted as global actors in order to realise sustainable development. Among others, cities require science to create the scientific base for climate protection measures.” Four panellists from urban practice, Reiner Erben, City of Augsburg, Peter Pätzold, City of Stuttgart, Cornelia Rösler, German Institute of Urban Affairs and Ashok Sridharan, then took a closer look at the situation in Germany. They agreed, that hard work is necessary to get “easily digestible portions” of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development at the local level. Peter Pätzold recommended pilot projects to promote sustainability in cities, for example, when new residential areas are planned. These discussions provided a stimulating prelude for the expert workshop that followed and had been organised by the Co-Design Project Group. In this workshop urban planning officials and scientists started to discuss a possible coordinated approach for research priorities on the implementation of SDGs in cities in Germany. Both meetings demonstrated that cities have the power to contribute to the implementation of the SDGs if they have the support of global and national institutions as well as of science.

     

     
  • 16.02.2018

    News

    Call for Applications: University Alliance for Sustainability exchange stays

    28 February 2018:  Application deadline for interested participants from Freie Universität!

    The University Alliance for Sustainability is accepting applications for its range of research and study stays offered at Freie Universität Berlin, as well as at its four partner universities.

    The mobility program offers the opportunity of a research stay abroad to academics at all levels, from students to leading scientists, as well as to university administrators, engaging people from across university strata in dialogue about sustainable development. A Sustainability Volunteer Swap is also offered for exchange between student-led initiatives.

  • 12.02.2018

    News

    Themenoffene Ausschreibung zur Förderung von Forschergruppen im Bereich Public Health

    1 March 2018: Spätester Termin zur Vorlage der Antragsskizzen bei der DFG!

    Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) schreibt zur weiteren Stärkung der Public-Health-Forschung in Deutschland die Förderung von Forschergruppen in diesem Themengebiet aus. Alle Forschungsfragen, bei denen die Gesundheit einer Bevölkerung beziehungsweise einer Population im Vordergrund steht, sind in diese Ausschreibung eingeschlossen. Wissenschaftlich besonders ausgewiesene Gruppen werden dazu aufgerufen, sich im Wettbewerb um die Einrichtung einer Forschergruppe zu bewerben.

    Die Forschergruppe dient der Etablierung eines engen und interdisziplinären Bündnisses zur Bearbeitung einer gemeinsamen und eigens gewählten Forschungsaufgabe aus dem Bereich Public Health. Aufgrund der hohen Interdisziplinarität des Faches Public Health, ist die Ausarbeitung von Forschungsthemen, in denen disziplinübergreifende Kooperationen vorgesehen sind, explizit gewünscht. Mit dieser Ausschreibung werden daher Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler insbesondere folgender Bereiche angesprochen: Demografie, Epidemiologie, Gesundheitsmanagement, Gesundheitsökonomie, Gesundheitspädagogik, Gesundheitspolitik, Psychologie, Medizinische Soziologie, Gesundheitssystemforschung, Medizin, Medizingeschichte, Medizinethnologie, Philosophie und Ethik der Medizin, Rechtswissenschaften, Sozialepidemiologie, Sozialmedizin, Statistik und Versorgungsforschung sowie die Forschungsbereiche der Gesundheitsfachberufe.

  • 08.02.2018

    News

    3rd German Future Earth Summit "From Knowledge to Action"

    3rd German Future Earth Summit:

    From Knowledge to Action – What can Global Sustainability Science contribute to urgent policies?

    Berlin, 8th of February 2018. For the third time, the German research community and international partners are convening to discuss prospects of research on global sustainability. Organised by the German Committee Future Earth, the Summit features discussions that explore what science can contribute to a policy-making process that succeeds in achieving global sustainability.

    Opened by Christiane Joerk, DFG, Martin Visbeck, Chairman German Committee Future Earth and professor at GEOMAR, and Amy Luers, Executive Director Future Earth, the conference will explore a wide range of topics essential for the knowledge to action dialogue on a national level as well as worldwide.

    Due to e.g. highly interlinked markets, resource availability and responsibility for future generations, individual nations will be unable to tackle the global challenges alone. International coordination is thus of high importance for the development of more sustainable pathways. International coordination supports synthesis, increases efficiency, as well as the possible impact of scientific results on decision-making. Future Earth’s Knowledge Action Networks (KANs), of which the first once will be fully operational at the end of 2018, will help to coordinate activities in numerous fields of global sustainability, all of which have societal relevance and are interlinked. These fields integrate knowledge domains and actors both horizontally and vertically. They range from topics such as new economic systems and nexus thinking, to climate, ecosystems, labour and lifestyles. It is through the KANs that Future Earth provides both a unique and challenging approach.

    Chadia Wannous, Future Earth Development Team Member and Towards A Safer World Network, and introducing the Knowledge Action Network on Health at the German Future Earth Summit, says “this KAN responds to the planetary health concept. It promotes an integrated approach to understanding the links between health and natural systems by bringing together data and knowledge from different disciplines including the medical sector and fields such as climate change, pollution, disease pathogens, vectors, nutrition and food systems and land use and ecosystem services as well as the filed of disasters, extreme weather events to maintain livelihoods and well-being”.

     

    Philip Vergragt, Future Earth Development Team Member and Tellus Institute points out that “there is an urgent need for a more systemic approach to sustainable consumption and production (SSCP). The Knowledge Action Network SSCP, being introduced at the Summit, will create such an innovative environment for research and practice to enable a transformation in theory and practice”.

     

    The third of 8+ Knowledge Action Networks being introduced at the German Future Earth Summit addresses the ocean. Anna Zivian, Future Earth Development Team Member and Ocean Conservancy, says “To preserve ocean health and to address the interacting challenges of climate change, overfishing, acidification, de-oxygenation and pollution, the Knowledge Action Network on the Ocean will pave the way for new understanding and management of this global common good with the help of a sponsor group comprising Future Earth, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) and the Intergovernmental Oceanic Commission (IOC).”

    The potential of partnerships with societal stakeholders will be an additional aspect of the discussion at the 3rd German Future Earth Summit held between practitioners. The expectations that surround these interactions are high and require reflection. Given the tight schedule of existing political frameworks such as the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, it is timely that researcher (1) assess and communicate science generated over the past 20 years, (2) identify and close knowledge gaps, and (3) generate knowledge together with relevant societal actors.

    This is why, one of two interactive formats at the heart of the Summit focuses on ‘Managing expectations’ regarding a diversity of sustainability issues. The second format links these debates to the ‘Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks’ and thus connects ambitions of the German and the international scientific community. Altogether these activities will connect actors in the German research community and support them to respond to the world’s biggest societal and environmental problems.

     

    For more information, please visit our conference website dknsummit18.org where you can find a detailed programme as well as many Research Blog Posts that provide research evidence in a digital format.

     

    About: The German Committee Future Earth acts as a national research advisory board in the field for global sustainability and for issues related to national and international activities within global the research programme Future Earth and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) as well as strategic issues related to e.g. the Belmont Forum, the International Council of Science (ICSU), and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

     

     

     

  • 05.02.2018

    News

    Helmholtz fördert drei innovative Projekte im Bereich Wissenstransfer

    Helmholtz fördert drei innovative Projekte im Bereich Wissenstransfer

    Ob Klimawandel, Energiewende, Datensicherheit oder die großen Volkskrankheiten – die Wissenschaft in der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft widmet sich den großen Herausforderungen unserer Gesellschaft und trägt dazu bei, sie zu bewältigen. Dabei müssen die neu gewonnenen Erkenntnisse auch verschiedene Zielgruppen in der Gesellschaft erreichen, um ihre Wirkung zu entfalten. Mehr denn je spielt daher der Austausch mit der breiten Öffentlichkeit, Wirtschaft und Politik eine wichtige Rolle. Ein überzeugender Wissenstransfer schafft ein besseres Verständnis für wissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse und Zusammenhänge in der Gesellschaft und kann wichtige Zukunftsentscheidungen flankieren.

    Drei besonders innovative Projekte im Bereich Wissenstransfer wurden Ende 2017 von der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft im Rahmen eines neuen Förderprogramms ausgewählt. Die drei Projekte erhalten nun über bis zu vier Jahre eine Förderung von bis zu je 1,2 Mio. Euro. Die Hälfte des Geldes stammt aus dem Impuls- und Vernetzungsfonds der Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft, die andere Hälfte steuern die jeweils beteiligten Helmholtz-Zentren bei, an denen die Ideen für die Projekte entwickelt wurden.

    Die drei geförderten Projekte sind:

    1. Fit in Gesundheitsfragen
    2. Energietransformation im Dialog
    3. INTERNAS
  • 24.01.2018

    News

    Possibility for Projects between Germany, Mozambique and Zambia in the Field of Agricultural Sciences

    28 February 2018: Deadline for German partners to register!

    15 March 2018: Proposal submission deadline!

    To facilitate and foster collaborative work between research teams from Germany, Mozambique and Zambia, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the Fundo Nacional de Investigação (FNI) of Mozambique, and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of Zambia have issued a call for joint project proposals for the funding period 2018 to 2020 in the field of agricultural and livestock sciences. Collaborations of research teams from these countries are invited to submit bilateral or trilateral proposals with at least one partner in Germany and one partner in Mozambique or Zambia respectively.

    The following are the thematic area of focus:

    • crop sciences (including plant breeding, plant genetics and genomics, plant health, crop production)
    • livestock sciences (including animal breeding, genetic improvement of livestock, livestock production, animal nutrition, livestock health and veterinary medicine)
    • agro-ecological systems in Zambia and Mozambique including socioeconomic aspects
  • 23.01.2018

    News

    VOM STRUKTURWANDEL ZUR TRANSFORMATION – VORBILD NRW FÜR DEN INTERNATIONALEN KLIMASCHUTZ?

    Am 26. Februar findet das Klimaforum NRW 2018 statt. Alle, die mitdiskutieren wollen, sind herzlich eingeladen.

    Nordrhein-Westfalen ist ein gelebtes Beispiel des Strukturwandels. Der Aufstieg und Fall der Montanindustrie hat Deutschlands größtes Bundesland bis heute geprägt. Dennoch ist NRW auch heute noch Europas Energieland Nr. 1 und ein wichtiger Industriestandort, der ebenfalls ambitionierte Klimaschutzziele verfolgt. Die dafür benötigten großen Transformationen funktionieren nur auf einer demokratischen Basis und in Kooperation der verschiedenen Akteure.

    In NRW haben Wirtschaft, Industrie und Gesellschaft schon eine Tradition in dieser Zusammenarbeit. Eine Besonderheit: Die Akteure haben dabei das Thema der sozialen Teilhabe in der Regel nicht aus dem Blick verloren. Ambitionierter Klimaschutz und Wohlstandserhalt sollten kein Gegensatz sein. Inwiefern kann NRW also als Teil einer vernetzten Welt ein Motor für Klimaschutz in anderen industriell geprägten Regionen sein? Kann dabei der Strukturwandel mit seiner sozialen Dimension ein Vorbild für einen nachhaltigeren Klimaschutz sein? Diesen Fragen widmen sich etwa NRWs Wirtschaftsminister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart und der Vorsitzende einer der wichtigsten Beratungsinstitutionen für die Bundesregierung im Bereich Klimaschutz, Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner – auch in der Debatte mit Ihnen.

  • 19.01.2018

    News

    Final Program Summit 2018 out now!

    The final program for the 3rd German Future Earth Summit is now out!

    In addition to information on what to expect, you can find details on the KAN sessions and roundtables, as well as information for Early Career Scientists. Moreover, you get the chance to read the various research blog posts we have been sent. Last but not least, there are several extras to discover: next to Short Biographies, there is information on our Working Groups and Co-Design Project Groups, the Science Platform 2030, the Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks, and the conference venue.

    Content:

    • Welcome
    • Overview (Day One, Day Two, Site Plan)
    • Details (Parallel Sessions, Parallel Roundtables, Early Career Scientists, Research Blog Posts)
    • Extras (Short Biographies, Working Groups, Co-Design Project Groups, Science Platform Sustainbility 2030, Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks (KANs),Venue)
  • 15.01.2018

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    Förderung von Forschungs- und Entwicklungsprojekten zum Thema Klimawandel und Extremereignisse (ClimXtreme)

    31 March 2018: Deadline für Projektskizzen!

    Innerhalb des Rahmenprogramms "Forschung für Nachhaltige Entwicklung" (FONA3) beabsichtigt das BMBF Forschungs- und Entwicklungsvorhaben zu Klimawandel und Extremereignissen zu fördern. Mit dem Förderschwerpunkt "ClimXtreme – Klimawandel und Extremereignisse" verfolgt das BMBF das Ziel, das Verständnis über das Auftreten von extremen Wetter- und Klimaereignissen zu erhöhen und durch neue Erkenntnisse und belastbare Ergebnisse besser damit umgehen zu können. Der Förderschwerpunkt trägt damit innerhalb des Rahmenprogramms FONA3 insbesondere zur Vorsorgeforschung zum Klimawandel bei und leistet einen wesentlichen Beitrag zur Umsetzung der High-Tech-Strategie "Innovationen für Deutschland".

    Unter der Dachbekanntmachung „Naturrisiken“ wird jetzt zunächst die Teilbekanntmachung für "Schwerpunkt A: Klimawandel und Extremereignisse" veröffentlicht. Die Teilbekanntmachung zu "Georisiken" ist für das Jahr 2018 geplant.

    Schwerpunkt A: Klimawandel und Extremereignisse:

    Gefragt sind Beiträge zu einem besseren Prozessverständnis von extremen Wetter- und Klimaereignissen, um den Einfluss des Klimawandels zu bestimmen und durch neue Erkenntnisse und belastbare Ergebnisse bessere Vorsorge leisten zu können. Der Schwerpunkt der Fördermaßnahme liegt auf den Gefahrentypen Hitzewellen, Dürren, Starkniederschläge (inklusive Hagel) und Sturm.

    Antragsberechtigt sind Hochschulen, außeruniversitäre Forschungseinrichtungen, Unternehmen der gewerblichen Wirtschaft – insbesondere kleine und mittlere Unternehmen (KMU) –, und gesellschaftliche Organisationen (z. B. Stiftungen, Vereine und Verbände).

  • 09.01.2018

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    Fraunhofer IAO startet Mitmach-Aktionen zum Wissenschafts¬jahr »Arbeitswelten der Zukunft«

    Arbeiten wir künftig Hand in Hand mit Robotern? Wie können neue Technologien uns das Arbeitsleben leichter machen? Was müssen wir schon heute tun, um die Chancen der Arbeitswelt von morgen richtig zu nutzen? Antworten auf diese und weitere Fragen sowie Einblicke in die »Arbeitswelten der Zukunft« gibt das Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation IAO im Wissenschaftsjahr 2018 mit vielfältigen digitalen und analogen Formaten.

    Neben Fachveranstaltungen für Unternehmen und Organisationen bietet das Fraunhofer IAO gemeinsam mit dem kooperierenden Institut für Arbeitswissenschaft und Technologiemanagement IAT der Universität Stuttgart im Lauf des Wissenschaftsjahrs auch für die breite Öffentlichkeit Gelegenheiten, die Forschungsthemen rund um die Zukunftsarbeit kennenzulernen.

    Der Startschuss fällt am 1. und 2. Februar mit dem Zukunftsforum 2018 im Wizemann in Stuttgart. Dieses lädt unter dem Titel »Zukunftsräume schaffen! Neue Perspektiven für die Arbeit« dazu ein, selbst Teil einer neuen Arbeitswelt und -organisation zu werden. Als Plattform für Inspiration und Kooperation bietet die Veranstaltung die Möglichkeit, aktuelle und vielfältige Erfahrungen aus den Innovationslabors der Forschung und jenen der Unternehmen zu teilen sowie neue Perspektiven für eine neue Arbeitswelt zu entwickeln.

  • 04.01.2018

    News

    Beispiele aus Forschung und Transfer für Best Practices 2.0 gesucht

    19 January 2018: Deadline für Rücksendung von Fragebögen!

    Die erste Auflage ist im Oktober 2016 erschienen – die zweite Best-Practice-Sammlung soll im Mai 2018 folgen. Dazu sucht das netzwerk n...

    • beispielhafte Projekte und Strukturen aus dem Bereich Transfer, um diesen in der Best-Practice-Sammlung zu porträtieren; sowie
    • Beispiele für den Bereich Forschung. Denn bei der 2. Auflage geht es vor allem um Strukturen an Hochschulen, welche inter- und transdisziplinäre Forschung zu nachhaltigkeitsrelevanten Themen ermöglichen.

    Die Best-Practice-Sammlung liefert einen aktuellen Überblick über die sich entwickelnde Nachhaltigkeitsszene an (deutschsprachigen) Hochschulen; addressiert einzelne Studierende bzw. Hochschulinitiativen; sowie Lehrende, Mitarbeiter_innen und Akteure in leitenden Positionen an Hochschulen; trägt zu einer besseren Übertragbarkeit der einzelnen Beispiele auf andere Hochschulen bei; und möchte weitere Akteure motivieren, selbst für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung an Hochschulen aktiv zu werden.

    Wenn Sie/Ihr mit in die kommende Best-Practice-Sammlung aufgenommen werden möchtet, bitte den u.s. Fragebogen ausfüllen und diesen bis zum 19. Januar 2018 zurücksenden. Auf der Basis der Einsendungen wird eine Auswahl vorgenommen und Ihnen/Euch ggf. die Möglichkeit geben, das Projekt für die Aufnahme in die Sammlung ausführlicher zu beschreiben.

  • 12.12.2017

    News

    DKN Future Earth richtet zwei neue Arbeitsgruppen ein!

    Im Oktober 2017 hat das DKN Future Earth wieder zur Übersendung von Vorschlägen für DKN-Arbeitsgruppen aufgerufen. Mit Beschluss der 15. DKN-Sitzung wurde abschließend im Dezember 2017 der Einrichtung folgender zwei neuer Arbeitsgruppen zugestimmt:

     

    Transformationskorridore für Nachhaltigen Konsum
    Co-Sprecher: Prof. Dr. Daniel Fischer, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg; Dr. Melanie Jaeger-Erben, ISInova Institut für Sozialinnovation.

    Shipping Emissions in the German Baltic and North Sea Region
    Sprecher: Dr. Wilfried Rickels, Institut für Weltwirtschaft.

     

    Arbeitsgruppen sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil des DKN Future Earth zur Unterstützung der strategischen Entwicklung von  Forschungsthemen gemeinsam mit der deutschen Community.

    Die Sprecher der Arbeitsgruppen werden als assoziierte Mitglieder zu allen DKN-Sitzungen eingeladen. Die Arbeitsgruppen bringen Wissenschaftler unterschiedlichster Fachbereiche und Institutionen als auch Wissenschaftler und Nicht-Wissenschaftler zusammen, um mögliche Forschungsthemen und -fragen der globalen Nachhaltigkeit zu erörtern und auf konzeptioneller Ebene richtungsweisend weiter zu entwickeln. Die Themen stehen im Kontext von Future Earth und WCRP, und erfordern überwiegend eine integrative Herangehensweise. Die Arbeitsgruppen erhalten eine finanzielle Unterstützung für drei Treffen/Workshops.

  • 11.12.2017

    News

    Register now for German Future Earth Summit 2018!

    The 3rd German Future Earth Summit "From knowledge to action" (8/9 February 2018, Berlin) will provide an opportunity to network and exchange ideas during sessions, roundtables and research posts. Visit our conference website for registration and more information on

    Parallel sessions will focus on Future Earth Knowledge Action Network topics such as

    • Shifting the paradigm - seeking alternative land management approaches for sustainable agriculture
    • SDGs and trade-offs --> nearly fully booked!
    • Challenges of the Water-Energy-Food Nexus --> nearly fully booked!
    • Reconnecting Economics and Finance to Earth
    • Transformative indicators and the transformation of work
    • Global responsibility and spillovers in achieving the SDGs

    Parallel roundtable discussions/workshops "Managing expectations" will focus on topics such as

    • The role of social sciences and the humanities at the interface of environmental sciences and international political fora
    • Policy pathways for healthier, more equitable and more environmental sustainable lifestyles
    • Societal resilience and climate extremes
    • Town and country in the flow - creating sustainable climate landscapes
    • Measuring Global Impacts and Global Responsibility 
    • Beyond “speaking truth to power“? The implications of co-creation for research and policy advice

    !New! Special Event: Networking meeting German Network of Early Career Scientists in Future Earth (7.2.2018, 16:00-18:00, Umweltforum Berlin).

    !New! Research posts online now!

     

     

  • 06.12.2017

    News

    Ausgezeichnet: Vorbilder für Nachhaltigkeit

    Das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) und die Deutsche UNESCO-Kommission ehren herausragende Bildungsinitiativen für nachhaltige Entwicklung. 63 Kommunen, Netzwerke und Lernorte zeichnen Cornelia Quennet-Thielen, Staatssekretärin im Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, und die Präsidentin der Deutschen UNESCO-Kommission, Prof. Dr. Verena Metze-Mangold, am 27. November in Berlin aus. Die Ausgezeichneten tragen dazu bei, Nachhaltigkeit besser in der deutschen Bildungslandschaft zu verankern. Als  Vorreiter leisten sie einen beispielhaften Beitrag zur Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 der Vereinten Nationen und des UNESCO-Weltaktionsprogramms Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung in Deutschland.

    Geehrt werden die Ausgezeichneten auf einem Kongress unter dem Motto Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung – "In Aktion". Akteure aus Wissenschaft, Politik, Wirtschaft und Zivilgesellschaft treffen sich, um gemeinsam die Umsetzung des am 20. Juni verabschiedeten Nationalen Aktionsplans Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung voranzutreiben. Er ist zentraler Bestandteil der Umsetzung des UNESCO-Weltaktionsprogramms Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung (BNE) in Deutschland.

    In einer kürzlich veröffentlichten Studie des Rates für nachhaltige Entwicklung (RNE) zu Umsetzung der SDGs im deutschen Bildungssystem heißt es allerdings, dass bezogen auf die Größe des deutschen Bildungsraumes mit seinen Tausenden von Bildungseinrichtungen auf den verschiedenen Qualifikationsniveaus, sich feststellen lässt, dass die SDGs bislang nur vereinzelt wahrgenommen, kommuniziert und implementiert werden.

  • 23.11.2017

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    Experten und Expertinnen für Mitarbeit im Editorial Board der IPCC-Datenbank für Emissionsfaktoren (EFDB) gesucht

    11 December 2017: Deadline für Interessensbekundungen!

    Geeignete Expertinnen und Experten sind einladen, sich für die Mitarbeit im Editorial Board der IPCC-Datenbank für Emissionsfaktoren (EFDB) zu bewerben. Das EFDB Editorial Board  ist für den Evaluierungsprozess von Emissionsfaktoren für Treibhausgase zuständig und wird von der von der IPCC Task Force on Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) koordiniert.

    Es werden insgesamt 21 Kandidatinnen und Kandidaten gesucht, die Erfahrung mit der Berechnung und Bestimmung von Emissionen sowie den dazugehörigen internationalen Vorschriften in folgenden Sektoren haben:  Energie, Industrielle Prozesse und Produktnutzung, Landwirtschaft, LULUCF (Landnutzung) und Abfall. 16 Expertinnen und Experten sollten unmittelbar zur Verfügung stehen, fünf weitere ab Ende 2018. Die Amtszeit kann zwei oder vier Jahre betragen.

    In Deutschland erfolgt die Nominierung über das Bundesumweltministerium (BMUB) mit Unterstützung der Deutschen IPCC-Koordinierungsstelle. Die Auswahl der Kandidatinnen und Kandidaten trifft der  IPCC-Vorsitzende aufgrund einer Empfehlung des Vorstands der TFI.

    Wenn Sie Interesse haben, wenden Sie sich bitte bis zum 11. Dezember 2017 die Deutsche IPCC-Koordinierungsstelle (de-ipcc@dlr.de), um die Bewerbungsunterlagen zu erhalten. Falls Sie im Ausland leben und arbeiten, wenden Sie sich bitte an den dortigen IPCC Focal Point.

  • 21.11.2017

    News

    Studentische Projekte: MacheN!

    30 November 2017: Deadline für Einreichungen!

    Das KNU fördert Studierende der Universität Hamburg, die in Teams von 4 Personen konkrete Projekte zur Nachhaltigkeit auf dem Campus der Universität Hamburg macheN! Es geht dabei um Projekte von Studierenden für Studierende zu der Frage, wie sich Nachhaltigkeit an der Universität Hamburg dauerhaft implementieren und realisieren lässt.

    Folgender Ablauf ist geplant:

    • Ausgeschriebenes Projekt auf der KNU Website auswählen und formlose Skizze zur Umsetzung des Projekts (Wer wir sind; Wie wir das Projekt umsetzen wollen; Welche Unterstützung und Mittel wir brauchen (Kostenkalkulation); Zeitplan) oder Skizze für eigenes Projekt (Wer wir sind; Was wir machen wollen; Welche Unterstützung und Mittel wir brauchen (Kostenkalkulation); Zeitplan) an knu@uni-hamburg.de.
    • Vergleichende Auswahl besonders origineller und eigenverantwortlich angelegter (Umsetzungs-)Ideen durch ein KNU-Auswahlgremium.
    • Förderung der ausgewählten Teams seitens des KNU durch Beratung, Begleitung und ein in eigener Verantwortung zu verwaltendes Budget von bis zu 1000 Euro.
  • 06.11.2017

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    DFG schreibt Communicator-Preis 2018 aus

    5 Januar 2018: Deadline für Bewerbungen und Vorschläge!

    Zum 19. Mal schreibt die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) den „Communicator-Preis – Wissenschaftspreis des Stifterverbandes“ aus. Dieser persönliche Preis ist mit 50 000 Euro dotiert und wird an Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler für herausragende Leistungen in der Wissenschaftskommunikation vergeben. Mit dem Preis zeichnen DFG und Stifterverband Forscherinnen und Forscher aller Fachgebiete dafür aus, dass sie ihre wissenschaftliche Arbeit und ihr Fachgebiet einem breiten Publikum auf besonders kreative, vielfältige und nachhaltige Weise zugänglich machen und sich so für den Dialog zwischen Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft engagieren.

    Der Preis kann sowohl an einzelne Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler als auch an eine Gruppe von Forschern verliehen werden. Dabei sind sowohl Selbstbewerbungen als auch Vorschläge möglich. Die Ausschreibung richtet sich an Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler, die an Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen in Deutschland tätig sind.

  • 04.11.2017

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    German Committee Future Earth at COP23

    In the next two weeks the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP 23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will convene in Bonn to specify national contributions to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The period from the 6th to the 17th of November will be one of ambitious negotiations that encourages all sectors of society and the economy to align their action with the Paris Agreement and in particular to invest in the transition to low carbon societies and a more sustainable economy. The negotiations will be complemented by a series of events where international climate players from governments, society and science have the opportunity to discuss activities and ideas.

    The German Committee Future Earth is delighted to organise together with Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and many other partners, three events that share the importance of scientific knowledge in support of the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.

    Our activties are:

    Monday, 06.11.2017, 15:00-16:30 (Bonn Zone, room 7)      
    Side event on "Catalysing climate action, realizing the SDGs: science, interconnections & implementation".

    In this side event we will focus on the interconnections between sustainable development and a low-carbon, climate resilient futures. The panellists will particularly examine the contribution of research to better understand these interactions and their trade-offs on-the-ground, that is at the implementation level especially in developing countries. System-thinking and partnerships with decision-makers will be central to this endeavour. Amongst others speakers are Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR Helmholtz Center for Ocean Research & WCRP) & Asun St. Clair (DNV GL & Future Earth). This event is jointly organised by German Committee Future Earth, DFG, the Inter American Institute for Global Change Research, the German Development Institute, and the African Centre for Technology Studies; in collaboration with Future Earth and WCRP.

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    Friday, 10.11.2017, 12:30-13:30 (Bonn Zone, German Pavilion) 
    Science Hour on "Carbon pricing: Making polluters pay or selling out our future?"

    The Science Hour will shed light on the potential and limits of carbon taxes and of cap and trade schemes. Whether carbon pricing can and should become a pillar of climate policy around the world will be discussed by Karen Pittel (ifo) and Grischa Perino (University of Hamburg). They will give an interdisciplinary perspective on the strength and limits of carbon pricing in the pursuit of a low-carbon and inclusive future. The event is jointly organised by German Committee Future Earth, DFG, and the Hamburg University.

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    Wednesday, 15.11.2017, 10:00-12:00 (Wissenschaftsforum,  Ahrstraße 45, Bonn) 
    Public Event on "How do cities contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement & the SDGs?”    

    This dialogue session will discuss the challenges and advances of cities regarding the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. The event will address also how science can support cities in their efforts to become more sustainable. The keynote speaker Maria Alexandra Kurth (Cities Alliance Brussels) will provide a global perspective on urban sustainability. The mayor of the city of Bonn Ashok Sridharan is one of the participants of the discussion panel.  Together with Cornelia Rösler (German Institute of Urban Affairs), Ashok Sridharan and deputy mayors from German cities will discuss the contributions of cities to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. The discussion is moderated by Florian Koch (Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, UFZ, Leipzig) and Kerstin Krellenberg (Tilia GmbH Leipzig). This event is organised by German Committee Future Earth, particularly the Co-Design Project Group "SDGs auf urbaner Ebene", in collaboration with Future Earth, Global Hub Paris.

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    Live stream:
    UNFCCC YOUTUBE
    FUTURE EARTH FACEBOOK

     

    About the German Committee Future Earth: 
    The German Committee Future Earth acts as a national research advisory board in the field for global sustainability and for issues related to national and international activities within global the research programme Future Earth and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) as well as strategic issues related to e.g. the Belmont Forum, the International Council of Science (ICSU), and the International Social Science Council (ISSC). Together with IASS and SDSN Germany the German Committee Future Earth organises the ‘Science Platform Sustainability 2030’ of Germany.

  • 18.10.2017

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    Meet us at COP 23 in Bonn!

    Climate action & global sustainability: strengthen system thinking and interconnected agendas

    The this year's UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) will take place 6-17 November in Bonn, Germany and will be presided over by the Government of Fiji. We are happy to announce that German Committee Future Earth together with Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will organise several events together with numerous partners. 

    Meet us at the following events:

    • 6.11.2017 (15:00-16:30) UNFCCC side event on “Catalysing climate action, realizing the SDGs: science, interconnections & implementation” as part of the consortium with DKN/DFG, Inter American Institute for Global Change Research, German Development Institute and African Center for Technology Studies and in collaboration with Future Earth and WCRP (Bonn Zone, room 7).
    • 10.11.2017 Science Hour on "Carbon pricing: Making polluters pay or selling out our future?" organised by DKN/DFG, Hamburg University and Technische Universität München (Bonn Zone, German Pavillion).
    • 15.11.2017 (10:00-12:00) Discussion on “How do cities contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs?” organised by DKN-Co-Design Project Group "SDGs on urban level" (Wissenschaftszentrum Bonn, free entry).

     

  • 18.10.2017

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    Wirtschaftswissenschaften und sozial-ökologische Transformation

    Wie kaum eine andere Disziplin stehen die Wirtschaftswissenschaften in der Kritik. Nicht erst seit den jüngeren Finanz- und Staatsschuldenkrisen ab 2008 wird danach gefragt, welchen Beitrag die Wirtschaftswissenschaften zur Bewältigung der gewaltigen sozialen und ökologischen Herausforderungen leisten. Dabei wird häufig übersehen, dass in den Wirtschaftswissenschaften eine Vielfalt von Ansätzen existiert, die für die nachhaltige Gestaltung von Transformationen nützlich sein kann. In der innerwissenschaftlichen und mehr noch in der gesellschaftlichen Debatte sind diese Perspektiven häufig wenig bekannt, teilweise sogar marginalisiert. Die Tagung fragt nach dem Beitrag der Wirtschaftswissenschaften für sozial-ökologische Transformationen und zielt auf die Entwicklung von Elementen für eine zukünftige Forschungsagenda.

    Gemeinsam mit Partnern laden IÖW, Cusanus Hochschule, Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik und Wuppertal Institut ein, die vielfältigen theoretischen, methodischen und inhaltlichen Ansätze der Wirtschaftswissenschaften und ihre Wirkungen auf die gesellschaftliche Praxis zu diskutieren. Dafür kommen Ökonom/innen verschiedener Strömungen, Sozial- und Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaftler/innen sowie Expert/innen aus Wirtschaft, Politik und Zivilgesellschaft zusammen.

  • 18.10.2017

    News

    Neue Vorschläge für DKN-Arbeitsgruppen eingereicht!

    Zur Unterstützung der deutschen Community schaffte das Deutsche Komitee für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth mit Beschluss der 6. Sitzung (September 2014) die Möglichkeit Arbeitsgruppen zur Anbahnung fächerübergreifender, integrativer Forschung im Rahmen von Future Earth einzurichten.

    Dem Aufruf im Oktober 2017 folgten zwei Konsortien mit Vorschlägen für Arbeitsgruppen zu folgenden Themen:

    • Transformationskorridore für Nachhaltigen Konsum. 
    • Shipping Emissions in the German Baltic and North Sea Region—Impacts, Incentives, and Regulation. 

    Die Vorschläge für Arbeitsgruppeninitiativen werden aktuell geprüft und begutachtet. Auswahl und Entscheidung über Einrichtung von Arbeitsgruppen erfolgt auf der 15. Sitzung des DKN Future Earth (November 2017).

     

    arbeitsgruppenVorschläge für Arbeitsgruppeninitiativen können jederzeit übersendet werden. Die Begutachtung erfolgt an zwei Sitzungsterminen pro Jahr. Bitte beachten Sie hierzu die Einsendefristen sowie unsere Rahmenbedingungen zur Einrichtung befristeter Arbeitgruppen.

  • 17.10.2017

    News

    Launch of platform DE-US.net: Connecting smart city researchers across the Atlantic

    City developers in Germany and the USA can now exchange experiences, knowledge and ideas more quickly than ever before to develop innovations for the cities of the future. An excellently connected group of experts for sustainable city development has now launched its web-based social platform www.de-us.net and is inviting you to attend their webinars.

    The online platform offers an easy, fast and uncomplicated way to pool ideas, people and projects from Germany and the USA. The aim of this accelerated in-depth exchange is to enable mutual learning from successful case studies, but also learning from mistakes, in order to find the right path for a sustainable development of the cities of the future as quickly as possible.

    City developers in Germany and the USA can now benefit from this successful experience and expertise of transatlantic, interdisciplinary and integrative planning, relating to all topics and challenges of the cities of the future.

  • 16.10.2017

    News

    Die Welt im Wandel: Agenda 2030

    Zum nunmehr vierten Mal findet ab dem 24.10.2017 die Reihe "Die Welt im Wandel" statt. Thematischer Schwerpunkt der kommenden sechs Abende ist die Agenda 2030.

    Die Veranstaltungsreihe „Die Welt im Wandel“ nimmt mit „Agenda 2030“ den Blick der Akteure ein, die für die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 in der Verantwortung stehen. Dabei kommen Expertinnen und Experten aus Wissenschaft, Politik, Zivilgesellschaft und Entwicklungszusammenarbeit zu Wort, die den aktuellen Umsetzungsstand kritisch beleuchten – inklusive der vielfältigen Chancen und Herausforderungen, die die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 mit sich bringt. Diskutiert wird, inwiefern sich hierdurch Handlungsmaximen für staatliche Akteure ändern, welche Rolle Wissenschaft und Medien im Zuge der kritischen Begleitforschung und -berichterstattung haben und wie zentrale internationale Akteure das Erreichen oder Nichterreichen der gesetzten Ziele beeinflussen. Nicht zuletzt lädt die Ringvorlesung zum Dialog und zur Diskussion ein – auch darüber, welchen Einfluss die Agenda 2030 auf die Lebensrealitäten einer jeden Bürgerin und eines jeden Bürgers hat.

    • 24.10.2017: Fokus Wissenschaft: Beobachter und Analysten
    • 06.11.2017: Focus Global Player: The US and Climate policy 
    • 21.11.2017: Fokus Städte und Gemeinden: Global denken, lokal umsetzen
    • 12.12.2017: Focus Government: New ways of thinking and doing politics in Germany and partner countries
    • 17.01.2018: Focus Media: The Right of Access to Information
    • 06.02.2018: Fokus Wir: Auf uns alle kommt es 
  • 09.10.2017

    News

    DKN Summit 2018: Deadline extended!

    Summit deadline ext

    15 October 2017: New submission deadline for sessions, round tables and research posts!

    At the 3rd German Future Earth Summit (8./9.2.2018, Berlin, Germany) we’re offering you various opportunities to actively shape the discussions on global sustainability research. 

    We very much welcome proposals for 

    • sessions on topics that are related to Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks to discuss possible contributions to highly integrated activities.
    • roundtable discussions on „managing expectations“ in the field of global sustainability (1) for scientists to exchange experience on stakeholder engagement, or (2) for stakeholders to find partners for new highly integrated research related activities.
    • research posts "Global Sustainability" to present your research as an online blog post (max. 1000 words).
  • 05.10.2017

    News

    Vorschläge für befristete DKN-Arbeitsgruppen bis morgen übersenden!

    6.10.2017: Einsendefrist für Vorschläge!

    Zur Unterstützung der deutschen Community schaffte das DKN Future Earth die Möglichkeit Arbeitsgruppen einzurichten, die Forschung im Kontext von Future Earth und WCRP voranbringen. Der nächste Abgabetermin für Vorschläge ist der 6. Oktober 2017.

    Arbeitsgruppen stellen ein Kernelement der Organisation des DKN Future Earth dar.  Die Zusammenarbeit mit der Community in themenspezifischen DKN-Arbeitsgruppen ermöglicht einen breiten Meinungsaustausch und die Möglichkeit der umfassenden Aufarbeitung von innovativen Themen.

    Das DKN Future Earth fördert mit der Einrichtung von Arbeitsgruppen die Ausarbeitung von Forschungsthemen in Future Earth und WCRP, die von nationaler Bedeutung sind und im internationalen Kontext der globalen Nachhaltigkeitsforschung und Klimaforschung stehen. Voraussetzung für die Einrichtung einer Arbeitsgruppe sind ein innovativer Themenvorschlag im Sinne der Future Earth 2025 Vision, Future Earth Research Agenda 2014 oder der WCRP Challenges, der anhand der Erfolgskriterien bewertet wird.

    Erfolgreich eingerichtete Arbeitsgruppen können über drei von der DFG finanzierte Treffen verfügen. Die maximale Laufzeit einer Arbeitsgruppe beträgt zwei Jahre.

     

  • 05.10.2017

    News

    DKN Summit 2018: THREE DAYS until submission deadline!

    Teaser Deadline

    8.10.2017: Submission deadline for sessions, round tables and research posts!

    At the 3rd German Future Earth Summit (8./9.2.2018, Berlin, Germany) we’re offering you various opportunities to actively shape the discussions on global sustainability research. 

    We very much welcome proposals for 

    • sessions on topics that are related to Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks to discuss possible contributions to highly integrated activities.
    • roundtable discussions on „managing expectations“ in the field of global sustainability (1) for scientists to exchange experience on stakeholder engagement, or (2) for stakeholders to find partners for new highly integrated research related activities.
    • research posts "Global Sustainability" to present your research as an online blog post (max. 1000 words).

    Activities of Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks are highly integrated, going to contribute to realise 2030 Agenda and cover societal relevant topics such as 

    • Health & Environment
    • Natural Assets
    • Ocean
    • Sustainable Consumption and Production
    • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • Transformations
    • Urban
    • Water-Energy-Food Nexus
    • Finance & Economics
    • Decarbonisation
    • Emergent Risks and Extreme Events

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 04.10.2017

    News

    Think Landscape

    10 November 2017: Application deadline!

    Landscapes worldwide are increasingly shaped through global trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. This leads to a situation in which agriculture, forestry, biodiversity conservation, mining, housing and other land uses are increasingly competing for space. This conflict hampers the achievement of the sustainable development goals and the only way to strike a balance, is addressing it from an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary landscape perspective. A landscape perspective considers the multi-functionality of landscapes, while understanding their complementarity and potential options for integration. The landscape level is increasingly recognised as the appropriate level to negotiate land use options with multiple stakeholders and to mediate conflicts and promote collaboration between them.

    During this course, we will think landscape from a biophysical perspective, taking into account ecological and hydrographical processes defining the biophysical potential of a landscape. But we will also look at landscapes from an economic and a governance perspective.

    If you are an experienced professional with several years of working experience in the fields of natural resources management, forestry, agriculture, rural development, rural livelihoods, sustainable development, spatial planning, governance, and other related areas, you are warmly welcome. Especially invited are graduate students, who want to learn how to position their research into the world of policy and practice.

  • 02.10.2017

    News

    Deutsches Nachhaltigkeitsnetzwerk fordert von neuer Bundesregierung starkes Engagement für 2030 Agenda

    In einem letzte Woche veröffentlichten Aufruf fordert das Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany) den neuen Bundestag und die nächste Bundesregierung auf, die 2030 Agenda mit ihren 17 Zielen nachhaltiger Entwicklung in das Zentrum der inneren und äußeren Politiken zu stellen. Die 2030 Agenda wurde 2015 auf einem Gipfel der Vereinten Nationen von allen Mitgliedsstaaten, auch Deutschland, verabschiedet. Der Aufruf von SDSN Germany formuliert für den neuen Koalitionsvertrag konkrete Empfehlungen zur Umsetzung der Agenda. Die Vorsitzenden von SDSN Germany, Dirk Messner und Gesine Schwan, hatten den Aufruf bereits am Wahlwochenende den Parteien in einem Schreiben an die Bundesgeschäftsführer und Generalsekretäre von CDU und CSU, SPD, DIE LINKE, BÜNDNIS 90/GRÜNE und FDP übermittelt.

  • 29.09.2017

    News

    MOOC: Climate Change, Risks and Challenges

    Registration now open!

    Join the free and open online course on climate change and learn with renowned climate scientists.

    Climate change is one of the major challenges for the international community. However, there is no intuitive approach to the problem. Rather, it can only be grasped through scientific knowledge. This is why the Climate Course explains the scientific basis of climate change, the impacts on nature and society, and identifies potential solutions – so that fact-based knowledge is available for everyone and can guide the transformation process towards a sustainable future.

    Renowned climate scientists from institutions all over Germany give lectures about climate change, risks and challenges. As climate research is a broad and interdisciplinary field they come from many disciplines to take all the facets of the earth system into consideration. Guest contributions from international experts are included.

    The course itself will start on October 1st 2017. After that, all time enrolment is possible.

  • 28.09.2017

    News

    DKN Future Earth richtet neue Arbeitsgruppe ein!

    Im Juni 2017 hat das DKN Future Earth wieder zur Übersendung von Vorschlägen für DKN-Arbeitsgruppen aufgerufen. Mit Beschluss der 14. DKN-Sitzung wurde abschließend im September 2017 der Einrichtung folgender neuer Arbeitsgruppen zugestimmt:

     

    Societal resilience and climate extremes
    Sprecher: Prof. Dr. Markus Reichstein, Max Planck Institut für Biogeochemie

     

    Arbeitsgruppen sind ein wichtiger Bestandteil des DKN Future Earth zur Unterstützung der strategischen Entwicklung von  Forschungsthemen gemeinsam mit der deutschen Community.

    Die Sprecher der Arbeitsgruppen werden als assoziierte Mitglieder zu allen DKN-Sitzungen eingeladen. Die Arbeitsgruppen bringen Wissenschaftler unterschiedlichster Fachbereiche und Institutionen als auch Wissenschaftler und Nicht-Wissenschaftler zusammen, um mögliche Forschungsthemen und -fragen der globalen Nachhaltigkeit zu erörtern und auf konzeptioneller Ebene richtungsweisend weiter zu entwickeln. Die Themen stehen im Kontext von Future Earth und WCRP, und erfordern überwiegend eine integrative Herangehensweise. Die Arbeitsgruppen erhalten eine finanzielle Unterstützung für drei Treffen/Workshops.

     

    Nächster Abgabetermin zur Übersendung von Vorschlägen für Arbeitsgruppen ist der 6. Oktober 2017.

     

  • 21.09.2017

    News

    SPIELRAUM - Urbane Transformationen gestalten

    11 Oktober 2017: Bewerbungsschluss!

    Lebensqualität gewinnt für die Stadt der Zukunft zunehmend an Bedeutung, denn bei der Transformation zur Nachhaltigkeit geht es nicht nur um Stadtgestaltung und Infrastruktur. Die Fragen nach einem guten Leben für alle Stadtbewohner, nach Teilhabe und Mitgestaltung rücken mehr und mehr ins Zentrum. Städte haben dafür einen großen Schatz: ihre Vielfalt und Diversität. Hieraus entsteht Diskussion, die Verhalten- und Lebensweisen verändert, unser Zusammenleben neu gestaltet, Graswurzelbewegungen mehrheitsfähig werden lässt und soziale Innovationen anstößt. Städte sind Nährboden für einen kreativen und erfinderischen Übergang zu einer nachhaltigen Gesellschaft, in der urbanes Leben durch das Denken und Handeln der Menschen gestaltet wird.

    Vor diesem Hintergrund ist es der Bosch-Stiftung ein Anliegen,

    • die Transformationsdebatte mit neuen wissenschaftlichen Ansätzen voranzubringen,
    • ungewöhnliche Allianzen zwischen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen und zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis zu fördern,
    • das Erkunden komplexer (unbekannter) Spielräume zu ermöglichen und dazu beizutragen, dass Visionäres entstehen kann,
    • die stark auf Technologie und Infrastruktur ("Smart City") ausgerichtete Forschung und Diskussion zur Stadt der Zukunft um andere Perspektiven zu bereichern.

    Die Bosch-Stiftung fördert mutige und kreative Forscher, die sich von anderen Wissenschaftlern, anderen Denk- und Herangehensweisen bereichern lassen - kurz: Forscher, die zusammen mehr erreichen wollen. Angesprochen sind Wissenschaftler aus Disziplinen wie Architektur, Kunst oder Design ebenso wie Experten aus allen relevanten Bereichen der Natur-, Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften.

    Der 24-Stunden Workshop vom 11. bis 12. Dezember 2017 in Berlin ist der Beginn eines Wettbewerbs um ungewöhnliche Forschungsideen.

  • 15.09.2017

    News

    Franco-German Fellowship Programme: Make Our Planet Great Again – German Research Initiative

    13 October 2017: application deadline!

    Germany and France are jointly supporting the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Both countries are leading the way with their coordinated German-French Fellowship Programme to promote research in the areas of climate, energy and Earth system science. Under the French "Make our planet great again" initiative, Germany and France are inviting researchers from all over the world to cooperate with German and French partners to advance sustainability research in the following fields:

    1. Research on climate change
    2. Research for the energy transition
    3. Research to understand the Earth system.

    Funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the programme is conducted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Fellows of the programme will be given the opportunity to set up their own research group at a German university or research institution for a period of four years.

    Both junior and senior researchers of all nationalities who have not resided in Germany in the last two years can apply.

  • 06.09.2017

    News

    DFG appoints new DKN member: Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob

    The German Committee Future Earth warmly welcomes Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob as new member.

    Prof. Dr. Daniela Jacob, director of Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) in Hamburg, was appointed as new member of the German Committee Future Earth and succeeds Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Lucht. Climate scientist Daniela Jacob, who holds a PhD in meteorology, has been working on regional climate modelling for many years at research institutes such as the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology. Jacob is main author of the 5th progress report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) and Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC Special Report SR1.5. Daniela Jacob has been head of research projects on regional climate modelling on a national (e.g. REMO) as well as international level (e.g. WCRP CORDEX) for various years. Moreover, she coordinates international research consortia and, being a member of several committees, advises and evaluates international institutions and research programmes. Since 2016, Jacob is visiting professor at the Faculty of Sustainability at Leuphana University Lüneburg.

     

    Daniela Jacob

    Daniela Jacob

  • 05.09.2017

    News

    Survey on Freshwater Life: Document, Understand, Protect

    30 September 2017: Survey closes!

    Freshwaters are fundamental for life on Earth, and yet freshwater biodiversity remains poorly documented, understood, and protected. With a global initiative, scientists from the IGB Resarch Domain Aquatic Biodiversity want to strengthen the perception and importance of freshwaters in science, publics, politics and nature conservation.

    What efforts must be made to achieve this goal? People around the globe who are interested or working in the research and protection of freshwater biodiversity are invited to participate.

  • 01.09.2017

    News

    BMBF fördert die Entwicklung von Indikatoren im Bereich Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung

    10 October 2017: Deadline für Förderanträge!

    Die Vereinten Nationen haben 2015 im Rahmen der Agenda 2030 die Ziele einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung, die sogenannten Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), verabschiedet, die in allen Mitgliedsländern umgesetzt werden sollen. Bildung für nachhaltige Entwicklung (BNE) wurde als ein eigenständiges Ziel aufgenommen. In der Neuauflage der Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie 2016 wurde BNE bereits als eigenständiger Punkt im Kapitel zum SDG 4 festgeschrieben, aber entsprechende Indikatoren wurden noch nicht integriert.

    Das BMBF möchte mit dieser Förderung dieses Desiderat schließen. Die Indikatoren sollen dazu dienen, BNE in der nationalen Bildungsberichterstattung integrationsfähig zu machen, auf nationaler Ebene die Anforderungen an BNE in der Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie zu messen, die Umsetzung des Nationalen Aktionsplans BNE zu überprüfen und auf internationaler Ebene die Vorreiterrolle Deutschlands für BNE durch die Mitentwicklung eines Indikatoren-Sets weiter zu fördern und die Berichterstattung zu sichern.

    Das BMBF beabsichtigt Forschungsvorhaben zu fördern, die entscheidende Beiträge zur Ermittlung eines Indikatoren-Sets für BNE und zur Entwicklung von Messinstrumenten für die BNE-Berichterstattung leisten.  Die Ermittlung von Indikatoren soll sich auf die Bildungsbereiche frühkindliche Bildung, primäre und sekundäre Bildung (Schule), tertiäre Bildung (Hochschule, Berufliche Bildung), non-formales und informelles Lernen sowie Erwachsenenbildung beziehen.

  • 31.08.2017

    News

    Online Survey on “Bioeconomy and the SDG”

    30 September 2017: Survey closes!

    The Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn (Germany) has recently initiated a 5-year research project on the sustainability of the “Bioeconomy” funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). The project STRIVE (Sustainable Trade and Innovation Transfer in the Bioeconomy) integrates multiple research disciplines to improve the knowledge base for the design of sustainable policies and investments in the Bioeconomy.

    Bioeconomy is the part of the economy that relies on biological resources, products, and principles. It is a new field of research driven by diverse expectations about how bio-based innovation could contribute (or not) to sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Please support the project by providing approximately 5 minutes of your time to help obtain a representative overview of how experts around the world expect key dimensions of the Bioeconomy to affect selected SDG dimensions.

  • 28.08.2017

    News

    Einladung zum Mittagsgespräch: Wie können Konsum und Ernährung nachhaltiger werden?

    Eine nachhaltige, gesellschaftliche Transformation kann nicht ohne die Konsumentinnen und Konsumenten erreicht werden. Eine Schlüsselrolle nimmt hierbei der Bereich Ernährung ein. Spannende alternative Konsumkonzepte mit Fokus auf Ernährung, die im Rahmen der Fördermaßnahme „Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften“ (NaWi) des BMBF praktisch in Anwendung gebracht und wissenschaftlich begleitet werden, wollen wir mit Ihnen im Rahmen des Mittagsgespräches diskutieren.

    NaWi zeichnet sich als Bestandteil des Förderschwerpunktes „Sozial-ökologische Forschung“ dadurch aus, dass nicht nur technische Innovationen, sondern auch neue Geschäftsmodelle und neue gesellschaftliche Handlungsformen wie ein verändertes Konsumverhalten explizit adressiert werden. Diese neuen Geschäftsmodelle und sozialen Innovationen sollen in den geförderten Forschungsprojekten zum nachhaltigen Wirtschaften entwickelt und in der Praxis erprobt werden. Im Rahmen des Projektes „Wissenschaftliche Koordination der Fördermaßnahme Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften“ unterstützt die Plattform Forschungswende den Transfer dieser Forschungsansätze.

  • 23.08.2017

    News

    3rd German Future Earth Summit: Call for papers now open!

    8 October 2017: Abstract submission deadline!

    We are pleased to invite you to contribute to the 3rd German Future Earth Summit, the national platform for scientists and stakeholders who are engaged or interested in Future Earth and WCRP related sustainability research. The German Future Earth Summit provides an opportunity to stimulate discussions, and serves to promote the development of integrative research activities.

    The 2018 Summit will focus on topics related to the 8+ Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks (KAN). Activities of Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks are highly integrated, are going to contribute to realise 2030 Agenda and cover societal relevant topics such as Health, Natural Assets, Ocean, Sustainable Consumption and Production, Sustainable Development Goals, Transformations, Urban, Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Finance & Economics.

    At the Summit we’re offering you various opportunities to actively shape the discussions. We very much welcome proposals for sessions, roundtables and/or research posts:

    • KAN related interactive topics
    • Roundtables on “Managing Expectations”
    • Research posts “Global Sustainability”
  • 18.08.2017

    News

    Neuer Max-Planck-Humboldt-Forschungspreis ab 2018

    Die Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung und die Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG) setzen ihren gemeinsamen Forschungspreis neu auf: Der Max-Planck-Humboldt-Forschungspreis ist künftig mit 1,5 Millionen Euro dotiert und wird ab 2018 an eine Forscherin oder einen Forscher aus dem Ausland verliehen. Im Fokus sind Persönlichkeiten, die sich durch herausragendes Zukunftspotenzial auszeichnen.

    Mit dem Preis sollen hervorragende und besonders innovative internationale Wissenschaftler für zeitlich begrenzte Forschungsaufenthalte an einer deutschen Hochschule oder Forschungseinrichtung gewonnen werden. Die Preisträgerinnen und Preisträger können ihr wissenschaftliches Wirken und ihre Vernetzung in Deutschland flexibel gestalten. Der vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung finanzierte Preis löst den Max-Planck-Forschungspreis ab, den die Humboldt-Stiftung und die MPG bislang jährlich an zwei Forscher verliehen haben.

    Der Preis soll jährlich abwechselnd auf den Gebieten der Natur- und Ingenieurwissenschaften, der Lebenswissenschaften und der Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften verliehen werden.

  • 15.08.2017

    News

    Jetzt um Projektförderung im Wissenschaftsjahr 2018 bewerben

    1 September 2017: Deadline für Projektskizzen!

    „Arbeitswelten der Zukunft“ ist das Thema des Wissenschaftsjahres 2018. Dabei geht es um Fragen, wie sich Arbeit in Zukunft verändert und welche Rolle Forschung und Wissenschaft bei der Bewältigung dieser Veränderungen spielen. Das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung fördert Projekte im Bereich der Wissenschaftskommunikation, die sich an den Themen des Wissenschaftsjahres ausrichten. Gesucht werden insbesondere partizipatorische, dialog- und beteiligungsfördernde Formate.

    Die Förderung richtet sich an Projekte, die sich an die breite und interessierte Öffentlichkeit wenden: Kinder und Jugendliche, Studierende und Nachwuchswissenschaftler sowie Multiplikatoren in Wissenschaft, Bildung, Kultur, Medien und Politik. Die Themen des Wissenschaftsjahres sollen dabei auf verständliche Art und Weise vermittelt werden. Insbesondere Formate, die aus methodischer Sicht innovative neue Wege in der Wissenschaftskommunikation beschreiten und die Themen des Wissenschaftsjahres bundesweit kommunizieren, sind förderungswürdig.

    Es werden Vorhaben mit Fragestellungen aus allen wissenschaftlichen Disziplinen sowie mit inter- und transdisziplinären Schwerpunkten berücksichtigt, die das Interesse der Menschen für Fragen zur Zukunft der Arbeit und ihrer Erforschung wecken.

  • 07.08.2017

    News

    Report on Outcomes of the Planetary Boundaries Conference 2017 out now

    The report on the outcomes of the Planetary Boundaries Conference is out now. The international conference “Making the planetary boundaries concept work” took place April 24-25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

    The main aim of the conference was to bring together two groups of individuals: scientists engaged in developing and refining the concept of „planetary boundaries“, and policymakers and practitioners from all sectors of society who apply the concept in their activities („making the concept work“). From that encounter, new ideas, agendas and networks were to be formed.

    The conference achieved these goals in a number of ways. It highlighted the need to mainstream planetary boundaries into existing frameworks and initiatives, in particular those rela­ted to sustainable development and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Several entry points were identified in terms of political strategies and action plans at the national and regional level, to which planetary boundaries could add a global environmental perspective. In the business sector, opportuni­ties were identified where planetary boundaries could add value, for example in assessing new risks, scru­tinizing international supply chains and making investments more sus­tainable. Communicators and media began to formulate new narratives around a safe operating space and opportunities for sustainability transi­tions that invite all relevant actors to make planetary boundaries work.

    Several follow-up activities are now underway that draw on the ideas and momentum generated at the conference.

  • 28.07.2017

    News

    Franco-German Fellowship Programme under the French Initiative "Make our Planet great again"

    The Paris Agreement on Climate Change poses unique challenges for science as the Parties recognized ''the need for an effective and progressive response to the urgent threat of climate change on the basis of the best available scientific knowledge''.

    Germany and France are jointly supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Both countries are leading the way with their coordinated fellowship programme to promote research in the areas of climate, energy and the Earth system. Under the French initiative "Make our planet great again", Germany and France are inviting researchers from all over the world to cooperate with German and French partners in advancing research in the following fields of sustainability science:

    • 1. Research on climate change
    • 2. Science for the energy transition
    • 3. Research to understand the Earth system

    The programme also aims to network researchers. Germany and France will organize joint networking activities for the laureates in order to encourage networking between the laureates and with other international researchers in their discipline.

    The French call has already been published. The German announcement of funding regulations will be published soon.

  • 25.07.2017

    News

    The Sustainable Development Goals—Assessing interlinkages, trade-offs and synergies for policy design

    30 September 2017: Deadline for Paper Submissions!

    For the 10th anniversary of Economics E-Journal a special issue will come up on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Agenda emphasizes that the interlinkages and integrated nature of the SDGs are crucial for their realization. As countries are gearing up to design and implement policies to attain the SDGs, they need to deal with possible trade-offs and try to achieve synergies. Sufficient and coordinated action requires adequate assessment, monitoring, and evaluation procedures. Comprehensive research is necessary to guide policy and facilitate civil society as well as business engagement.

    Invited are disciplinary (in particular from the field of economics and political science) and interdisciplinary research articles and commentaries to address these needs by focusing on:

    • conceptual and theoretical analyses of SDG interlinkages, potential trade-offs and synergies,
    • qualitative and quantitative assessment of potential trade-offs among SDGs and related policies,
    • applications of data dimensionality reduction methods and/or structure revealing methods to measure SDG goals,
    • evaluations and case-studies of sub-national, national, regional, and international action towards achieving SDG, and
    • assessment of the compatibility and synergies with  existing domestic and international policies, agreements, and initiatives (e.g. WTO, EU-regulations, G20) with the SGDs.

    Furthermore, contributions with focus on SDG 17 (Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development) which address the role of finance, technology, capacity building, trade or achieving sustainable development are particularly invited.

  • 19.07.2017

    News

    SDG Index and Dashboards Report 2017

    The 2017 edition of the SDG Index and Dashboards Report is now available.

    The SDG Index and Dashboards Report provides a report card for country performance on the historic Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The annual report shows how leaders can deliver on their promise and it urges countries not to lose the momentum for important reforms. It is produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung. In order to achieve the ambitious goals, immediate and comprehensive action is needed.

  • 17.07.2017

    News

    Call for manuscripts: Understanding the Patterns, Drivers and Consequences of Agricultural Land Use Change and Land-Use Intensity

    31 August 2017: Deadline for manuscript submissions!

    Agricultural land is a widespread land-cover type globally, however agricultural land-use pressure on pristine areas will most likely increase in future due to growing food demands. Land remaining idle and suitable for cultivation is becoming a rare commodity. At the same time, agricultural land abandonment is also a widespread land-use change phenomenon.
    Often underlying and proximate drivers of agricultural land expansion/abandonment are not clear, particularly due to the interplay of a mixed set of proximate and underlying local and distal drivers, for instance via teleconnections.

    This Special Issue on "Understanding the Patterns, Drivers and Consequences of Agricultural Land Use Change and Land-Use Intensity" is dedicated to bring advances in Land System Science on better understanding the proximate and underlying drivers of land-cover change with regard to agricultural land expansion/abandonment and change of land-use intensity..

    You are invited to submit manuscripts about your recent research, as well as review papers, in line with, but not restricted to, the following topics (not limited):
    - Drivers, constraints and trade-offs associated with increase/decrease in land-use intensity, agricultural land abandonment and recultivation
    - Drivers, constraints and trade-offs associated with changes of land-use intensity in grassland ecosystems
    - Understanding the role of distal and proximate drivers and the role of teleconnections with regard to agricultural land change
    - Linkage of agricultural land-use change impacts on biodiversity, ecosystem services.
    - Theoretical advancement of Land System Science with the focus on better understanding the drivers of agricultural production and trade-offs

  • 14.07.2017

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    DFG startet vierte Nachwuchsakademie Versorgungsforschung

    03 August 2017: Bewerbungsschluss!

    Zur Förderung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses im Bereich Versorgungsforschung startet im November 2017 nunmehr eine vierte von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) eingerichtete Nachwuchsakademie in Düsseldorf. In Deutschland gewinnt die Versorgungsforschung wissenschaftlich und gesundheitspolitisch immer mehr an Bedeutung, jedoch hat sie im internationalen Vergleich noch Nachholbedarf. Es fehlt insbesondere an einer ausreichenden Zahl an Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftlern, die wissenschaftlich initiierte und interessenunabhängige Projektideen entwickeln können und die ihr Forschungs- und Antragshandwerk so gut beherrschen, dass hieraus erkenntnisgenerierende Forschungsvorhaben resultieren.

    Durch die Nachwuchsakademie sollen interessierte Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler aus den Bezugsdisziplinen der Versorgungsforschung (zum Beispiel Medizin, Soziologie, Psychologie, Ökonomie, Politologie, Gesundheitswissenschaften, Rehabilitationswissenschaften, Pflegewissenschaften) in einem frühen Stadium ihrer Karriere gefördert werden. Die Akademie soll dem wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs die Gelegenheit bieten, eine eigene Projektidee zu entwickeln, Fallstricke und Unzulänglichkeiten in Forschungsanträgen und im Design von Projekten zu erkennen und sich untereinander zu vernetzen.

  • 12.07.2017

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    Die DFG startet die zweite Nachwuchsakademie "Agrarökosystemforschung und Pflanzenproduktion"

    15 Oktober 2017: Bewerbungsschluss!

    Mit der Nachwuchsakademie sollen besonders qualifizierte junge Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus zum Beispiel den Bodenwissenschaften, der Rhizosphärenforschung, dem Pflanzenbau, der Pflanzenernährung, -physiologie und -züchtung, der Agrartechnik, der Phytomedizin, der (Agrar-) Systemmodellierung und Statistik, der Agrarökologie, -soziologie und -ökonomie oder der Agrarlandschaftsforschung für die Ausarbeitung von grundlagenorientierten Forschungsanträgen mit einer in der Regel zweijährigen Laufzeit gewonnen werden.

    Initiiert von Mitgliedern der DFG-Senatskommission für Agrarökosystemforschung bietet die Nachwuchsakademie diesem Personenkreis die Chance, durch erfahrene Expertinnen und Experten aus den oben genannten Fachgebieten als Mentoren auf die spezifischen Anforderungen einer ersten eigenen Drittmitteleinwerbung vorbereitet zu werden. In einem weiteren Schritt werden die Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer an die eigenständige Durchführung von in der Regel zweijährigen Forschungsprojekten und an die erste Projektleitung herangeführt.

    Ziel der Nachwuchsakademie ist auch die Netzwerkbildung inner-halb der eigenen Community und mit etablierten Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern. Sie bietet die Möglichkeit zum Informationsaustausch über das eigene Fachgebiet hinaus, um disziplinäre Anträge in einen interdisziplinären Kontext zu setzen. Darüber hinaus besteht die Möglichkeit, über die Förder- und Karrieremöglichkeiten und die Arbeit der DFG informiert zu werden.

    Bewerberinnen und Bewerber aus den oben genannten Fachgebieten sollten kurz vor der Promotion stehen oder ihre Promotion in den vergangenen sechs Jahren abgeschlossen haben.

  • 10.07.2017

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    Referent/in (50%) für die Wissenschaftsplattform Nachhaltigkeit 2030 gesucht!

    19. Juli 2017: Bewerbungsfrist!

    Die Geschäftsstelle der Wissenschaftsplattform Nachhaltigkeit 2030, unter der Trägerschaft von IASS (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V.), DKN Future Earth und SDSN Germany, sucht zum nächstmöglichen Zeitpunkt unter Vorbehalt der abschließenden Fördermittelzusage eine/n Referent/in (50%) Wissenschaftsplattform Nachhaltigkeit 2030.

    Der/die erfolgreiche Bewerber/in ist Teil des Teams der Geschäftsstelle des Deutschen Komitees für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth (DKN Future Earth) in Stuttgart und arbeitet eng mit der Geschäftsstelle der Wissenschaftsplattform Nachhaltigkeit 2030 zusammen.

    Das Aufgabengebiet umfasst neben der Unterstützung des Co-Chairs der Wissenschaftsplattform Prof. Martin Visbeck bei der Wahrnehmung seiner Aufgaben auch die Aufarbeitung, Analyse und Synthese komplexer wissenschaftlicher Themenfelder im Kontext der Agenda 2030 unter Berücksichtigung nationaler disziplinärer und fächerübergreifender Forschungsergebnisse.

    Bewerber sollten mehrjährige Erfahrung in der Aufarbeitung und Vermittlung komplexer Inhalte an unterschiedliche Zielgruppen sowie einen akademischen Hintergrund aus den Natur-, Sozial- oder Geisteswissenschaften mit Erfahrung in Mitarbeit oder Leitung interdisziplinärer und/oder transdisziplinärer Projekten und Projektgruppen mitbringen.

  • 03.07.2017

    News

    Nachhaltigkeitstagung 2017

    Nachhaltigkeitstagung 2017

    Die diesjährige Herbsttagung der wissenschaftlichen Kommission Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement des Verbands der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft e.V. findet vom 11. bis 13. Oktober 2017 zum ersten Mal an der Hochschule Fresenius statt. Die Tagung steht unter dem Generalthema:Intra-, Inter- oder Transdisziplinär: Welchen Beitrag kann die Betriebswirtschaftslehre zur sozial-ökologischen Transformation in Unternehmen und Gesellschaft leisten?

    Nachhaltige Entwicklung kann nicht durch isolierte Aktivitäten einzelner Akteure erreicht werden. Unternehmen sind ebenso als zentrale Akteure der modernen Gesellschaft gefragt wie Politik, Zivilgesellschaft und Verbraucher. Forschung zum Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement folgt diesem generellen Querschnittscharakter und der Ausrichtung einer Nachhaltigen Unternehmensführung und ist, im Gegensatz zu vielen anderen Forschungsbereichen, fast immer auf der Schnittstelle zu anderen Bereichen der Betriebswirtschaftslehre (intradisziplinär), zu anderen Wissenschaftsdisziplinen (interdisziplinär) und/oder im Zusammenspiel zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis (transdisziplinär) angesiedelt. Die Herbsttagung der WK Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement greift diese Vielfalt auf und möchte einen offenen Austausch über die Grenzen der eigenen Disziplin hinweg anstoßen. Im Mittelpunkt der Tagung steht dabei die Frage, welchen Beitrag die Betriebswirtschaftslehre zur sozial-ökologischen Transformation in Unternehmen und Gesellschaft leisten kann?

  • 26.06.2017

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    Wie kann die Transformation der Mobilität gelingen?

    01 July 2017: Anmeldeschluss

    Forschung und Innovation in Deutschland im Bereich Mobilität sind häufig eng verflochten mit motorisiertem Individualverkehr und der Automobilindustrie. In dem Mittagsgespräch soll es um die Frage gehen, welche alternativen Mobilitätskonzepte im Rahmen der Fördermaßnahme „Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften“ (NaWi) des BMBF untersucht und teilweise erprobt werden. Vorgestellt werden die Projekte WohnMobil, Green Travel Transformation und PeerSharing.

    NaWi zeichnet sich als Bestandteil des Förderschwerpunktes „Sozial-ökologische Forschung“ dadurch aus, dass nicht nur technische Innovationen, sondern auch neue Geschäftsmodelle und neue gesellschaftliche Handlungsformen wie ein verändertes Konsumverhalten explizit adressiert werden. Diese neuen Geschäftsmodelle und sozialen Innovationen sollen in den geförderten Forschungsprojekten zum nachhaltigen Wirtschaften entwickelt und in der Praxis erprobt werden. Im Rahmen des Projektes „Wissenschaftliche Koordination der Fördermaßnahme Nachhaltiges Wirtschaften“ unterstützt die Plattform Forschungswende den Transfer dieser Forschungsansätze und lädt ein, die Erkenntnisse der Forschungsprojekte zu diskutieren.

    In drei Mittagsgesprächen zu unterschiedlichen Themenfeldern nachhaltigen Wirtschaftens (Mobilität, Ernährung, Gemeinwohlökonomie) werden Befunde zu Transformationspfaden und Hemmnissenaus NaWi-Projektenvorgestellt und mit Praxispartnern reflektiert.

    Die Zielgruppe sind Verbände, Unternehmer und Wissenschaft.

  • 23.06.2017

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    Weltweit wichtigster Umweltpreis für Potsdamer Klimaforscher Schellnhuber

    Die international bedeutendste Auszeichnung für Pioniere der Nachhaltigkeitsforschung wird im Herbst an den Direktor des Potsdam-Instituts für Klimafolgenforschung (PIK), Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, verliehen. Das gab die japanische Asahi Glas Stiftung letzte Woche in Tokio bekannt. Ihr mit 50 Millionen Yen dotierter Blue Planet Prize ehrt Vordenker, die entscheidende Ansätze zur Lösung globaler Umweltprobleme vorgelegt haben. Schellnhuber erhält den Preis für seinen wegweisenden Beitrag zur Etablierung der Zwei-Grad-Grenze der globalen Erwärmung, auf die sich die Staaten der Welt im Klimavertrag von Paris geeinigt haben. Zudem habe der Physiker Schellnhuber die Erdsystemanalyse als wissenschaftliches Feld maßgeblich gestaltet, erklärte die Stiftung, und das einflussreiche Konzept der Kippelemente entwickelt.

    Der Blue Planet Prize wurde im Jahr des Erdgipfels in Rio ins Leben gerufen und mittlerweile im 26. Jahr an herausragende Persönlichkeiten oder Organisationen verliehen. Schellnhuber ist erst der zweite deutsche Preisträger, der mit dem hoch angesehenen Blue Planet Prize ausgezeichnet wird. Zusammen mit ihm erhält die Ökosystemforscherin Gretchen Daily von der US-Universität Stanford die Auszeichnung.

    Mit dem Preis ehrt die Asahi Glas Stiftung Schellnhubers „gewaltige Leistung beim Aufbau der wissenschaftlichen Basis zur Erhaltung der Umwelt“ und die von ihm am PIK erzielten „erstaunlichen Fortschritte im Verständnis des Erdsystems“, heißt es in der Begründung der Jury. Besonders hervorgehoben wird dabei unter anderem seine Leistung in der Kommunikation von Forschungsergebnissen an die Politik.

  • 21.06.2017

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    Forum Nachhaltigkeit: Wo steht die deutsche Nachhaltigkeitspolitik?

    Über Fragen wie diese diskutierten am 13. Juni 2017 rund 100 Expertinnen und Experten aus Zivilgesellschaft, Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Kirchen, Ländern und Kommunen im Bundeskanzleramt. Sie waren der Einladung der Bundesregierung zum ersten "Forum Nachhaltigkeit" gefolgt. Das Forum Nachhaltigkeit wurde mit der Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie 2016 neu eingerichtet. Es dient dem Austausch der Bundesregierung mit zentralen Akteuren über Stand und Zukunft der Umsetzung der Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie und der Agenda 2030.

    Die Teilnehmenden äußerten sich gegenüber Vertreterinnen und Vertretern aller Bundesministerien zur neuen Deutschen Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie, welche vom Bundeskabinett am 11. Januar 2017 beschlossen worden war. Die Strategie sei ein großer Schritt in die richtige Richtung, so die Teilnehmenden. Sehr positiv seien insbesondere die enge Ausrichtung an den Zielen der Agenda 2030 und der gestärkte internationale Blick der Strategie. Die Teilnehmenden kritisierten aber auch, dass einige Ziele der Strategie noch nicht ehrgeizig genug seien. Zudem würden einzelne wichtige Indikatoren fehlen. Die Bundesregierung müsse nun die Strategie kraftvoll umsetzen.

    In der Sitzung wurde auch über bestehende und neue Beteiligungsformate der Bundesregierung zu Nachhaltigkeitsthemen informiert. So berichteten beispielsweise Karl-Eugen Huthmacher, Abteilungsleiter im Bundesforschungsministerium (BMBF) und Patrizia Nanz, Professorin am Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), über die "Wissenschaftsplattform Nachhaltigkeit 2030". Die Plattform wurde als gemeinsame Initiative von BMBF, BMUB und BMZ mit Beteiligung des Bundeskanzleramtes neu gegründet. Ziel ist es, die Stimme der Wissenschaft in der Nachhaltigkeitspolitik zu stärken und Impulse für die Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 zu geben.

  • 19.06.2017

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    Externer Review gestartet für das regionale IPBES-Assessment ‚Die Amerikas‘

    24 July 2017: Deadline für Kommentare!

    Am 29. Mai 2017 ist die achtwöchige externe Kommentierungsphase angelaufen für die zweite Fassung (Second Order Draft / SOD) des regionalen IPBES-Assessments zu Biodiversität und Ökosystemleistungen für die Amerikas (IPBES-Arbeitselement 2b) sowie für den ersten Entwurf der dazu gehörenden Zusammenfassung für politische Entscheidungsträger (First Order Draft / FOD).

    Wenn Sie sich an der Kommentierung beteiligen möchten, so müssen Sie sich zunächst hier als Nutzer der IPBES-Webseite registrieren (falls Sie nicht bereits einen Zugang besitzen) und sich hierüber anmelden. Im nächsten Schritt können Sie dann hier einen Zugang für den Review der einzelnen Kapitel sowie der Zusammenfassung für politische Entscheidungsträger beantragen.

  • 08.06.2017

    News

    Re-launch Ocean MOOC

    The long-awaited re-launch of the OCEANMOOC starts June 14th 2017.

    One Planet - One Ocean: From Science to Solutions is a ten-week course presenting the challenges and opportunities facing oceans today. Led by the teams at GEOMAR, the International Ocean Institute, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, and Future Ocean, the course brings in some of the world's leading experts on ocean science to present the issues and potential solutions grounded in rigorous scientific research. 

    Each weekly module includes video lectures, readings, interactive components and quizzes, and periodic Google Hangouts will be scheduled throughout the course.

    Modules:

    • One Planet – One Ocean
    • Coasts
    • Marine Ecosystems
    • Fisheries and Aquaculture
    • Marine Life and Minerals
    • Ocean and Climate
  • 07.06.2017

    News

    IGB Academy: Lichtverschmutzung – Umweltschutz und nachhaltige Beleuchtungskonzepte

    15 June 2017: Einsendeschluss!

    Die Lichtverschmutzung von aquatischen und terrestrischen Ökosystemen ist von der Forschung als zunehmendes Problem erkannt worden. Zeitgleich ist Beleuchtung auch ein großer öffentlicher und privater Kostenfaktor. Zu aktuellen Erkenntnissen aus der Forschung sowie Maßnahmen zur effizienten und umweltfreundlichen Beleuchtung richtet das Leibniz-Institut für Gewässerökologie und Binnenfischerei (IGB) in Berlin-Friedrichshagen daher am 13. Oktober 2017 die IGB Academy „Lichtverschmutzung – Umweltschutz und nachhaltige Beleuchtungskonzepte“ aus.

    Der kostenfreie Workshop richtet sich im Schwerpunkt an Fachreferenten, Multiplikatoren und Akteure (m/w) aus den Umweltverbänden sowie der Politik, die entweder bereits mit dem Thema Lichtverschmutzung bzw. Beleuchtungsmanagement befasst sind oder große fachliche Nähe mit inhaltlichen Anknüpfungspunkten (Ökosysteme, Biodiversität, Ressourcenschutz etc.) haben.

    Die IGB Academy dient dem Wissenstransfer und soll den Teilnehmenden als informative Starthilfe für eigene Maßnahmen, Initiativen und Projektideen dienen.

  • 31.05.2017

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    Meeresatlas 2017 zeigt beispiellosen Druck auf die Ozeane

    Die Weltmeere stehen unter zunehmenden Druck und verändern sich rapide: Sie sind überfischt, verschmutzt und vermüllt, sie heizen sich auf und versauern, die Artenvielfalt nimmt ab – und zugleich verstärken sich die Auswirkungen dieser Prozesse gegenseitig. Das zeigt der „Meeresatlas 2017“, der Daten und Fakten über unseren Umgang mit dem Ozean präsentiert. Die Herausgeber - Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, der Kieler Forschungsverbund Exzellenzcluster „Ozean der Zukunft“ und die Monatszeitung für internationale Politik, Le Monde Diplomatique - haben in 18 Beiträgen die wichtigsten Dimensionen zur Wechselwirkung zwischen den Menschen, dem Ozean und seiner Küsten zusammengetragen. Gemeinsam fordern sie ein Umdenken und ein umfassendes internationales Kontroll- und Schutzsystem für die Ozeane.

    Der Meeresatlas bietet auf 50 Seiten und in rund 80 Grafiken Daten, Fakten und Zusammenhänge über unseren Umgang mit dem Ozean. Der Meeresatlas wird kostenlos ausgegeben und auf Anfrage Bildungseinrichtungen als Unterrichtsmaterial klassensatzweise zur Verfügung gestellt.

  • 31.05.2017

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    Neue Vorschläge für DKN-Arbeitsgruppen eingetroffen!

    Zur Unterstützung der deutschen Community schaffte das Deutsche Komitee für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth mit Beschluss der 6. Sitzung (September 2014) die Möglichkeit Arbeitsgruppen zur Anbahnung fächerübergreifender, integrativer Forschung im Rahmen von Future Earth einzurichten.

    Dem Aufruf im Mai 2017 folgten zwei Konsortien mit Vorschlägen für Arbeitsgruppen zu folgenden Themen:

    • Transformationskorridore für Nachhaltigen Konsum.
    • Societal resilience and climate extremes

    Die Vorschläge für Arbeitsgruppeninitiativen werden aktuell geprüft und begutachtet. Auswahl und Entscheidung über Einrichtung von Arbeitsgruppen erfolgt auf der 14. Sitzung des DKN Future Earth (Juni 2017).

     

    arbeitsgruppenVorschläge für Arbeitsgruppeninitiativen können jederzeit übersendet werden. Die Begutachtung erfolgt an zwei Sitzungsterminen pro Jahr. Bitte beachten Sie hierzu die Einsendefristen sowie unsere Rahmenbedingungen zur Einrichtung befristeter Arbeitgruppen.

  • 19.05.2017

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    DFG fördert 15 neue Graduiertenkollegs

    Die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) richtet zur weiteren Stärkung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses in Deutschland 15 neue Graduiertenkollegs (GRK) ein, darunter zwei Internationale Graduiertenkollegs (IGK) mit Partnern in Australien und China. Dies wurde jetzt vom zuständigen Bewilligungsausschuss bei seiner Frühjahrssitzung in Bonn beschlossen. Die Einrichtungen werden zunächst viereinhalb Jahre lang gefördert und erhalten in dieser Zeit insgesamt etwa 66 Millionen Euro.

    Die Graduiertenkollegs bieten Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden die Chance, in einem strukturierten Forschungs- und Qualifizierungsprogramm auf hohem fachlichem Niveau zu promovieren. Insgesamt fördert die DFG zurzeit 213 Graduiertenkollegs, darunter 40 Internationale Graduiertenkollegs; die 15 neuen Kollegs werden ab September 2017 ihre Arbeit aufnehmen.

    Die Themen reichen von Malaria bis zur Gegenwartsliteratur; unter anderem sind auch „Die Makroökonomik der Ungleichheit“ und „Geoökosysteme im Wandel auf dem Tibet-Plateau (TransTiP)“ dabei.

  • 18.05.2017

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    ORA – Open Research Area for the Social Sciences 2017/2018 Edition

    5 July 2017: outline submission deadline!

    ORA is an agreement between the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France), the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, Germany), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) and the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, Netherlands).

    In order to strengthen international cooperation in the field of social sciences, wishing to fund high quality scientific research within their own countries, and aware that some of the best research can be delivered by working with the best researchers internationally, ANR, DFG, ESRC and NWO are launching a fifth common call for proposals in order to fund the best joint research projects in the social sciences. The scheme will provide funding for integrated projects by researchers coming from at least two of the four participating countries, in any combination of two to four countries (excluding bilateral applications from French-German teams). The partner organisations will conduct a coordinated peer review and a single common selection process. Funding will be distributed among the partners according to the place of work of the researchers, and generally according to the funding rules of each individual agency.

  • 17.05.2017

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    Deutsche Übersetzungen von IPCC-Berichten und Fachwörterbuch

    In Zusammenarbeit mit dem österreichischen Umweltbundesamt und ProClim (Schweiz) erstellt die Deutsche IPCC-Koordinierungsstelle regelmäßig Übersetzungen von IPCC-Berichten ins Deutsche. Die wichtigsten Texte des Fünften Sachstandsberichts (AR5) und weitere Übersetzungen (Sonderberichte, FAQ) sind nun elektronisch abrufbar.

    Zusammenfassung für politische Entscheidungsträger der drei IPCC AR5 Arbeitsgruppen:

    AR5 Synthesebericht

    Druckexemplare können per E-Mail kostenfrei bestellt werden.

    Im Zuge der Erstellung dieser Übersetzungen ist im Laufe der Jahre außerdem das "Englisch-Deutsche Fachwörterbuch zum Klimawandel" entstanden, das die Übersetzungen der wichtigsten Begriffe enthält.

  • 11.05.2017

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    Conference: The Transformative Power of Cities

    Registration now open!

    It will be decided in cities whether the transformation towards sustainability succeeds worldwide or not. Together with the issue of climate change, the transformation of cities towards sustainability should be right at the top of the agendas at the United Nations, the G7, the G20, the development banks, in bilateral cooperation as well as in national, regional and local politics. If this does not happen, it will be impossible to meet the global sustainability goals. Starting from a global perspective on urbanization the WBGU conference will discuss specific issues from a multi-sector (systemic) and transdisciplinary approach. A specific focus will be given to the issues of real estate markets in urban development and the rise of the digitalization of cities.

     Due to a limited number of participants an early registration is recommended.

  • 09.05.2017

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    “Science Platform Sustainability 2030” Launched in Germany

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    New science platform to support the sustainable development goals of the German Federal Government and the 2030 Agenda

     

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    Berlin, 09.05.2017  Research is crucial to sustainable development: a new science platform will support efforts to implement the German Sustainable Development Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals of the global 2030 Agenda. The Science Platform Sustainability 2030 was presented to the public at the 13th Forum for Sustainability (FONA) on 9 May. Hosted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the conference was opened by the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka, and the Head of the Federal Chancellery, Federal Minister Peter Altmaier. The platform’s operations will be jointly organised by the research networks Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany) and the German Committee Future Earth (DKN Future Earth), together with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam.

     

    “The science platform builds on existing research activities and will address challenges that other approaches have been unable to resolve”, says Patrizia Nanz, an IASS scientific director and a co-chair of the steering group. The platform’s steering group, which convened at its inaugural session on 8 May, brings together prominent figures from academia, policymaking, civil society, and the business sector. “Our focus will lie on overcoming path dependencies and breaking new ground. The Science Platform Sustainability 2030 provides an opportunity to work together in new ways and to foster the emergence of a collaborative relationship that incorporates diverse points of view and prioritises both long-term thinking and a focus on the common good”, outlined the political scientist.

    The science platform is “a decisive step towards the rigorous and effective implementation of the German Sustainable Development Strategy”, explained Dirk Messner, the co-chair of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany). “Transdisciplinary debate, drawing on the best available knowledge and involving actors from academia, society, business, and policymaking, is critical to initiating and accelerating processes of transformation towards sustainability. The science platform provides a framework for this”, explained Dirk Messner, who will also co-chair the steering group.

    Martin Visbeck, the chairperson of German Committee Future Earth (DKN Future Earth) and the steering group’s third co-chair, emphasised that “the scientific community will provide a broad foundation of systematically reviewed knowledge, identify and evaluate trade-offs and synergies, and develop innovative solutions”. Research findings can deliver new insights for implementation strategies to support sustainable development in, with, and through Germany – particularly when viewed in their international dimension.”

    The Science Platform Sustainability 2030 will operate as an independent organisation and will develop actionable solutions for transformation processes to create a more sustainable society. Its activities will be underpinned by both the wide-ranging and excellent research landscape in Germany as well as international cooperation.

    The Science Platform Sustainability 2030 will contribute to the implementation of the German Sustainable Development Strategy. The platform will receive cross-ministerial support throughout its development and operation, in particular from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL), and the Federal Chancellery.

     
    IASS: Funded by the ministries of research of the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Brandenburg, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) aims to identify and promote development pathways for a global transformation towards a sustainable society. The IASS employs a transdisciplinary approach that encourages dialogue to understand sustainability issues and generate potential solutions in cooperation with partners from academia, civil society, policymaking, and the business sector. A strong network of national and international partners supports the work of the institute. Its central research topics include the energy transition, emerging technologies, climate change, air quality, systemic risks, governance and participation, and cultures of transformation.
    SDSN-Germany: In 2014, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany) was launched by leading German research institutions as part of the global SDSN. SDSN Germany mobilizes knowledge, experience and capacity of more than 30 leading German research institutions, advocacy groups and foundations. The members and partners of SDSN Germany share the commitment to foster sustainable development in Germany and worldwide.
    DKN Future Earth: The German Committee Future Earth acts as the national representative for the international research programmes FUTURE EARTH and WCRP. The German Committee Future Earth provides support for interdisciplinary and integrated research. In this regard, the DKN Future Earth encourages the collaboration between natural and social sciences, the humanities and engineering to advance research activities that help shape the pathways for a global sustainable society, to find a systematic approach for problems and to generate societal relevant knowledge. 
  • 08.05.2017

    News

    KlimaCampus Colloquium: Changing Cultures of Climate Understanding: A historical perspective on climate modelling

    Dania Achermann from the University of Aarhus will talk about "Changing Cultures of Climate Understanding: A historical perspective on climate modelling". In her lecture, she will zoom into the German climatological community and discuss these cultural shifts and challenges within the field between the 1930s and 1970s. The historical perspective reveals how climate knowledge production was shaped by the broader socio-political context, how epistemic authority was negotiated in the field, and how the changes in climate research went hand in hand with a changing understanding of climate.

    Further upcoming lectures:

    • 01 June: TBA
    • 15 June: Georg Kaser, University of Innsbruck
    • 22 June: Robert J. Nicholls, University of Southampton
    • 29 June: Toshiro Tanimoto, University of California, Santa Barbara
    • 06 July: TBA
    • 13 July: TBA
  • 04.05.2017

    News

    Exzellenzstrategie: 195 Antragsskizzen für Exzellenzcluster

    In der „Exzellenzstrategie des Bundes und der Länder“ kann die Vorauswahl für die neuen Exzellenzcluster beginnen. Nach dem Ende der Einreichungsfrist für Antragsskizzen steht nun fest, wie viele geplante Projekte an den deutschen Universitäten sich in der Förderlinie der Exzellenzcluster für den Einzug in die Endrunde bewerben.

    Bis zum Ablauf des 3. April 2017 sind insgesamt 195 Antragsskizzen für Exzellenzcluster bei der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in Bonn eingegangen, die gemäß der zwischen dem Bund und den Ländern geschlossenen Verwaltungsvereinbarung den Wettbewerb in der Förderlinie der Exzellenzcluster durchführt. Dies sind drei Skizzen mehr, als die Universitäten im Dezember 2016 in unverbindlichen Absichtserklärungen angekündigt hatten. Insgesamt beteiligen sich 63 Universitäten aus allen 16 Bundesländern mit einer oder mehreren Skizzen an der Vorrunde.

    Die nun eingegangenen Antragsskizzen werden in den kommenden Wochen und Monaten in 21 international besetzten Panels nach wissenschaftlichen Qualitätskriterien begutachtet. Auf dieser Grundlage entscheidet am 28. September 2017 das mit 39 überwiegend im Ausland tätigen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftlern besetzte „Expertengremium“ darüber, welche Skizzen als weiter ausgearbeitete Anträge in die Endauswahl kommen. Für diese fällt dann im September 2018 in der „Exzellenzkommission“ – in der das Expertengremium und die Wissenschaftsministerinnen und -minister des Bundes und der Länder sitzen – die endgültige Entscheidung, welche Exzellenzcluster künftig gefördert werden.

  • 03.05.2017

    News

    SDSN Germany fordert Bekenntnis zu Zielen für nachhaltige Entwicklung im Bundestagswahlkampf

    Das Forschungs- und Expertennetzwerk SDSN Germany hat die deutschen Parteien dazu aufgerufen, sich im Bundestagswahlkampf klar zur Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung zu bekennen. In persönlichen Schreiben an Spitzenvertreterinnen und -vertreter von CDU, CSU, SPD, Die Linke, Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen und FDP fordern die Mitglieder des SDSN-Lenkungsausschusses die Parteien dazu auf, die Agenda 2030 und die darin enthaltenen Ziele nachhaltiger Entwicklung prominent in Ihren Wahlprogrammen zu verankern.

    "Die Agenda 2030 ist eine in die Zukunft gerichtete Antwort auf die Krise der Globalisierung. Sie stellt die Menschen und den Planeten, Wohlstand, Frieden und Partnerschaft in den Mittelpunkt", heißt es in dem von den Ko-Vorsitzenden Dirk Messner und Gesine Schwan gezeichneten Brief, der den Parteien in dieser Woche überstellt wurde. "Wir möchten Sie deshalb nachdrücklich bitten, die Agenda 2030 und die SDGs in Ihrem Wahlprogramm an prominenter und themenübergreifender Stelle zu verankern", heißt es in dem Schreiben weiter. Ein Fokus auf einzelne umwelt- oder entwicklungspolitische Aspekte würde dem universellen und integrierten Charakter der Agenda 2030 nicht gerecht werden. Mit Blick auf die Agenda 2030 seien alle Länder Entwicklungsländer, so die Unterzeichner.

    Die Unterzeichner appellieren an den grundgesetzlichen Auftrag und die Verpflichtung der Parteien, an der politischen Willensbildung des Volkes mitzuwirken. „Sprechen und schreiben Sie über die SDGs und streiten Sie über die besten Wege, sie zu erreichen“, so ihre Forderung. Dies würde auch die vielen ermutigen, die in Unternehmen und Zivilgesellschaft, als Konsumenten und Bürger sowie nicht zuletzt in der Politik den Weg der nachhaltigen Entwicklung einschlagen.

  • 02.05.2017

    News

    Nachhaltigkeit: Neuer Arbeitskreis am IAMO

    Mit der Veröffentlichung der Handreichung "Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement in Forschungsorganisationen" im Herbst 2016 wurde ein Grundstein dafür gelegt, dass Forschungsinstitute neben ihrer jeweiligen inhaltlichen Arbeit Themen der Nachhaltigkeit auch in Organisation und Management verankern. Auf dieser Basis gründete sich am IAMO im Dezember 2016 der Arbeitskreis Nachhaltigkeit.

    Forschungseinrichtungen tragen nicht nur durch ihre wissenschaftlichen Ergebnisse zu einer Nachhaltigen Entwicklung bei. Als wesentliche Elemente des Innovationssystems, als Arbeitgeber und als öffentlich (teil-)finanzierte Organisationen haben sie auch den gesellschaftlichen Auftrag, sich mit ihrer Verantwortung gegenüber Umwelt, Gesellschaft sowie Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern in den eigenen Forschungs- und betrieblichen Prozessen auseinanderzusetzen. Die webbasierte Handreichung LeNa (Leitfaden Nachhaltigkeit) erleichtert den Einstieg in ein forschungsspezifisches Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement. Sie stellt die wesentlichen Handlungsfelder praxisnah dar, damit an bereits bestehende Ansätze angeknüpft werden kann, und lässt ausdrücklich Freiräume für eine individuelle Schwerpunktsetzung.

    Ziel des neuen IAMO Arbeitskreises ist es, die dort vorgestellten Handlungsfelder (Organisationsführung, Forschung, Personal, Gebäude & Infrastruktur, unterstützende Prozesse) anhand von IAMO-spezifischen Schwerpunktsetzungen einzeln und überschneidend zu thematisieren, Handlungsbedarfe zu identifizieren und abgeleitete Maßnahmen systematisch in Abläufe des Instituts zu integrieren. Der Arbeitskreis vereint hierbei Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus allen Abteilungen sowie Mitarbeitende des Stabsbereichs und der Administration und plant im ersten Jahr vier Veranstaltungen in den Bereichen Forschung und Management, Personal und Gebäudemanagement durchzuführen.

  • 26.04.2017

    News

    Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development

    23 May 2017: application deadline!

    The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) hosts the prestigious ”Green Talents – International Forum for High Potentials in Sustainable Development” to promote the international exchange of innovative green ideas. The award, under the patronage of Minister Professor Johanna Wanka, honours young researchers each year. The winners come from numerous countries and scientific disciplines and are recognised for their outstanding achievements in making our societies more sustainable. Selected by a high-ranking jury of German experts the award-winners are granted unique access to the country’s research elite.

    Are you an up-and-coming scientist with innovative ideas and a strong focus on sustainable development? Does your research have the potential to change the world? Then become one of the 25 Green Talents 2017!

    The award is open to all disciplines as long as it is related to sustainable development. In 2017 the award has a focus on “Sustainable Production and Consumption” and this year’s Science Forum, taking place in October, will integrate sustainability hot spots in Germany related to this theme.

  • 20.04.2017

    News

    "The Future Ocean" calls for your research project proposal

    10 May 2017: call closes!

    The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" offers funding for up to 20 postdoc projects in Kiel, Germany. Projects will be funded for up to two years, starting no later than November 1, 2017.

    The Cluster of Excellence "The Future Ocean" is a network of researchers from eight faculties of Kiel University, three research institutes - GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), and Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN), as well as the Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW) and the Muthesius University of Fine Arts and Design. The Cluster's mission is to use the results of multidisciplinary research to predict the future of the Earth's marine environment and to engage in developing solutions in support of sustainable ocean development.

    "The Future Ocean" offers a multidisciplinary environment in marine research with experts from a wide range of scientific areas, excellent research facilities and support particularly for early career scientists within the network of Integrated Marine Postdocs (IMAP).

    Proponents must have completed their doctorate before July 2017. The project must be conducted at a host institution in Kiel.

  • 19.04.2017

    News

    Lecture: Climate Change and Human Health: Impacts and Responses

    02 May 2017: deadline for registration!

    In her public lecture, Kathryn Bowen is going to discuss the importance of understanding the health impacts arising from global environmental change (particularly climate change), provide a global overview of current and future action to respond to these changes, and outline the importance of understanding governance and decision-making processes in order to influence policy and programs.

    Kathryn Bowen is a Senior Research Fellow at the Research School of Population Health at the Australian National University (ANU). Her current research focuses on the nexus of global environmental change, global health and governance issues. Her work is predominantly in developing countries and she will present some examples of the work that is occurring in the Asia Pacific region to respond to the health impacts of climate change, as well as pose some ques­tions around governance approaches.

  • 18.04.2017

    News

    Event series: Drought resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa

    The events series takes place from 06 April to 13 July in Bonn. It is organized by Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Universität Bonn, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), Deutsche Welle (DW), Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ).

    Upcoming events:

    • 24 April 2017: Drought Resilience through comprehensive Early Warning systems
    • 11 May 2017: Drought resilience crops: unapt techno-mix or key indeed to drought resilience?
    • 31 May 2017: Social Protection – A main Pillar in Drought Resilience? Practical experiences and evidence from Sub-Sahara Africa
    • 27 June 2017: Improving drought resilience of Sub-Saharan agriculture: opportunities and challenges in irrigation and water governance
    • 06 July 2017: Interventions in rural dynamics - research and development work in the context of pastoral societies in Afar/Ethiopia
    • 13 July 2017: Drought resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa - Lessons learned for cooperative action

    The event series brings together a wide range of stakeholders, decision makers from administration and government, rural agricultural service providers, civil society, NGOs, development organizations, and scientific institutions. This exchange forms the basis for developing ideas, options, recommendations to improve the current policies on drought resilience and identifying options to bridge research needs with practical demands.

  • 18.04.2017

    News

    Webinar-Reihe zu den Sustainable Development Goals

    Zusammen mit der Bertelsmann-Stiftung und dem studentischen Netzwerk sneep e.V. veranstaltet das Deutsche Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik (DNWE) eine Webinar-Reihe zu den Sustainable Development Goals. Ziel ist es, die praktische Relevanz der SDGs im Rahmen verantwortungsvoller Unternehmensführung aufzuzeigen und Hinweise zu geben, wie Unternehmen (Organisationen) Beiträge zur Erreichung der Ziele leisten können.

    Das erste, einführende Webinar hält Herr Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Klaus M. Leisinger zum Thema Agenda 2030: Neue Rolle(n) für Unternehmen im gesellschaftlichen Reformprozess. Das ca. 30 Minuten dauernde Webinar findet am 26. April 2017 um 13:00 Uhr statt.

    Überblick über die Termine dieser Reihe:

    • 26. April: Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Klaus M. Leisinger, Gründer und Präsident der Stiftung Globale Werte Allianz, Mitglied im Leadership Council des Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Einführung)
    • 01. Juni: Daniel Schmid, SAP AG, Chief Sustainable Officer (zu SDG Nr. 8)
    • 27. Juni: Christina Berghäuser, Flughafen München GmbH, Referentin für strategisches Nachhaltigkeitsmanagement (zu SDG Nr. 9)
    • 27. Juli: Georg Hoffmann, Ritter Sport GmbH & Co.KG, Nachhaltigkeitsmanager und Leiter Arbeitssicherheit und Umweltschutz (zu SDG Nr. 12)

    Die Teilnahme ist nur mit Anmeldung möglich.

  • 10.04.2017

    News

    Vorschläge für befristete Arbeitsgruppen im DKN Future Earth gesucht

    26.5.2017: Einsendefrist für Vorschläge!

    Zur Unterstützung der deutschen Community schaffte das DKN Future Earth die Möglichkeit Arbeitsgruppen einzurichten, die Forschung im Kontext von Future Earth und WCRP voranbringen. Der nächste Abgabetermin für Vorschläge ist der 26. Mai 2017.

    Arbeitsgruppen stellen ein Kernelement der Organisation des DKN Future Earth dar.  Die Zusammenarbeit mit der Community in themenspezifischen DKN-Arbeitsgruppen ermöglicht einen breiten Meinungsaustausch und die Möglichkeit der umfassenden Aufarbeitung von innovativen Themen.

    Das DKN Future Earth fördert mit der Einrichtung von Arbeitsgruppen die Ausarbeitung von Forschungsthemen in Future Earth und WCRP, die von nationaler Bedeutung sind und im internationalen Kontext der globalen Nachhaltigkeitsforschung und Klimaforschung stehen. Voraussetzung für die Einrichtung einer Arbeitsgruppe sind ein innovativer Themenvorschlag im Sinne der Future Earth 2025 Vision, Future Earth Research Agenda 2014, der WCRP Challenges und messbare Erfolgskriterien.

    Erfolgreich eingerichtete Arbeitsgruppen können über drei von der DFG finanzierte Treffen verfügen. Die maximale Laufzeit einer Arbeitsgruppe beträgt zwei Jahre.

  • 07.04.2017

    News

    „Wissenschaft kommunizieren!“ – Summer Schools für Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und -wissenschaftler

    Jetzt anmelden!

    Wie kann ich als Wissenschaftler meine Themen und Ergebnisse in die Medien bringen? Welche sind für Journalisten überhaupt interessant und was habe ich davon, wenn ich mein Wissen vermittle? Welche Möglichkeiten bieten Blogs, Facebook und Co., um mit der Öffentlichkeit zu kommunizieren?

    Nachwuchskräfte aus Wissenschaft, Technik und Kommunikation können in den Summer Schools und Lernwerkstätten diese und weitere Fragen mit Experten aus Forschung und Praxis der Wissenschaftskommunikation angehen.

    Bevorstehende Summer Schools und Lernwerkstätten:

    28.-30. Juni 2017 in der Universität Mannheim

    11.–13. September 2017 im Haus der Wissenschaft Braunschweig 

    25.-27. September 2017 in der TU Wien

    8.–11. November 2017 im Deutschen Museum München 

  • 04.04.2017

    News

    Carbon Feedbacks in the Climate System: Report from the Kick-off Workshop

    The Grand Challenge on Carbon Feedbacks in the Climate System was launched via a kick-off workshop held in Hamburg, Germany, on the 21st and 22nd of November 2016. The objective of the workshop was to strengthen the links between the Grand Challenge's guiding questions and research initiatives as well as to emphasize major gaps and to sharpen the priorities and plans of the program as a whole. Discussions amongst the 35 participants were centered around the Grand Challenge's four research areas:

    • process understanding on land
    • process understanding in the ocean
    • learning from the existing record
    • and towards improving projections.

    The Carbon Feedbacks in the Climate System report from the Kick-off Workshop summarizes these discussions and lists proposed actions for 2017/2018.

  • 15.12.2016

    News

    New DKN Future Earth report out now: The Contribution of Science in Implementing the SDGs

    Our new report published today sets out how science can contribute to successful implementation of 2030 Agenda.

    With the adoption of 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement there are strong signs of cooperation and shared responsibility for the future. However, an agenda as broad as the 2030 Agenda poses many challenges. Major issues in the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are likely to be: consistency with other political processes (e.g. UNFCCC), implementability (e.g. interactions between SDGs) and measurability (e.g. indicators).
    As science can contribute to all these aspects by providing the fundamental knowledge base necessary for decision-making and practical implementation of the SDGs the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) has joined forces with a number of partners such as United Nations University (UNU), Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Future Earth and German Committee Future Earth to further strengthen the role of science in the SDG agenda. 

    In 2015 and 2016 two conferences have proved to be inspiring platforms for future action. The results of these conferences are summarised in the report "The contribution of science in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals" published today. The report underlines the important role of science in the provision of the data, information and knowledge that is required to facilitate the successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the associated SDGs. It is argued that rapid advances in science can best be achieved with an integrated, cross-sectoral and engaging scientific agenda that connects upstream fundamental research with solution-oriented research. 

    The recommendations summarised in the report highlight possible contributions that science can make in the broader context. These recommendations focus in particular on internationally coordinated upstream fundamental research.

    The recommended core fields of action are:

    • To encourage interdisciplinary science to increase the knowledge base needed for the most efficient and coherent sustainable development pathways.
    • To prepare problem- and solution-oriented synopses in order to better understand, analyse and cope with different types of potential conflicts concerning the SDG implementation process
    • To establish platforms for free and open data sharing with transparent metadata that are available to all stakeholders, and can also be used as the basis for creating flexible indicator frameworks.
    • To foster increased international collaboration and exchange of knowledge and scientific capacity on the global level by intensifying projects such as Future Earth.
    • To reinforce the science-policy process by building on good examples such as the UN-SAB (United Nation Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board) national science advisors and the committees that have been set up to ensure that the best scientific knowledge is available to decision-makers.
    • To develop more partnerships between academia, business, civil society and governments in order to find innovative sustainable development solutions through networks such as SDSN.
    • To understand the implementation of the SDGs as a continuous learning process that needs close and regular scientifically based revision.

     

    The report is available online for download. Hardcopies can be ordered for free in 2017.

     

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  • 11.12.2018

    NEWS

    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

    NEWS

    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

    ICCIRP

    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

    NEWS

    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.
     
  • 09.11.2018

    NEWS

    CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR OCEAN SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH

    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.

  • 31.10.2018

    NEWS

    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

    NEWS

    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

    NEWS

    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

    NEWS

    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

    NEWS

    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.

  • 09.10.2018

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    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.

  • 03.10.2018

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    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

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    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.

  • 28.08.2018

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    SPARC 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Neues Buch zu transdiziplinärer Forschung 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

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    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

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    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 that 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.

  • 29.06.2018

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    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).

     

  • 19.06.2018

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    Global Land Programme: Webinar oon-production in the field of land-system science – setting the stage

    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.

    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

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    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.

    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

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    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

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    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

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    Call for applications: Studying and Researching 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

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    Call for nominations for six WRCP 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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    MOMENTUM FOR CHANGE LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY

    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:

    • WOMEN FOR RESULTS
    • FINANCING FOR CLIMATE FRIENDLY INVESTMENT
    • PLANETARY HEALTH
    • CLIMATE NEUTRAL NOW

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    COLUMBUS Blue Society Award for Impactful Knowledge Transfer - Call for Nominations

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

  • 10.04.2017

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    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
  • 07.04.2017

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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)

     

  • 17.12.2018

    Call for Papers: "Nachhaltigkeit zwischen Utopie und Ideologie"