NEWS 28.08.2018

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).