Newsletter 2/2018


Liebe Future Earth-Interessierte,


willkommen zum zweiten Newsletter in 2018 des Deutschen Komitees für Nachhaltigkeitsforschung in Future Earth.

Die folgenden Bekanntmachungen, Veranstaltungshinweise, Ausschreibungen und Stellenangebote bieten einen kurzen Überblick über aktuelle Entwicklungen mit Bezug zu Future Earth und dem World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). Wöchentlich aktualisierte Neuigkeiten finden Sie auf unserer Webseite oder folgen Sie uns einfach auf Twitter.

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July 2018: New Paper out on Transdisciplinary Sustainability Research and Citizen Science: Options for Mutual Learning. Dr. Lisa Pettibone and Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink examine how citizen science can help transdisciplinary researchers learn about the many different ways of engaging knowledge holders as well as producing and sharing knowledge by focusing on the three key challenges: knowledge integration, quality criteria and normativity. MORE INFORMATION

July 2018: Launch of the International Science Council. The International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) have merged into a new organisation that articulates the voice of science clearly, carefully and responsibly in relation to a wide range of contemporary issues. The vision for the new International Science Council is to look both towards society and towards the scientific community. It endeavours to increase both political awareness of scientific findings and research challenges, scientist’s awareness of political priorities and societal challenges. DKN Future Earth Chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck is on the Executive Board of the newly launched International Science Council. MORE INFORMATION


July 2018: Report Launch - Six Key Transformations Needed To Achieve The UN Sustainaible Development Goals. The World in 2050 (TWI2050) initiative has launched a new report, with contributions from several authors from Future Earth projects, setting out the six key transformations that will enable the world to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). MORE INFORMATION

June 2018: Working Group Roundtable: Sustainable Work. The UNDP report on “Work for Human Development” emphasizes the need for “moving to sustainable work” with regard to the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 8 (“Decent work and economic growth“). Sustainable work refers to work that promotes global human development while ensuring sustainability, and suggests a comprehensive societal transformation of labour society. Thus the working group objectives were to intensify the dialogue on work and sustainability, to identify thematic priorities and to enhance cross-linkages. Apart from solely focusing on the topic of green jobs the working group addressed the dynamic relationship between ecological and social sustainability, and aims of economic development. MORE INFORMATION

AG Nachhaltige Arbeit


June 2018: Draft WCRP Strategic Plan Open for Public Comment until August 31st! 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. MORE INFORMATION

May 2018: Belmont Forum grants Twelve Transnational Projects 11.5 million Euros for Research on Transformations to Sustainability. 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. MORE INFORMATION

3rd German Future Earth Summit

February 2018: 3rd German Future Earth Summit "From Knowledge to Action" 2018. This year's German Future Earth Summit main focus was on the development of Knowledge Action Networks and the importance of generating new knowledge together with relevant societal actors in the context of global sustainability. The programme consisted of various panel discussions, community forums and roundtable discussions all around these topics and all relevant topics.
Stay tuned for the Summary Report which will be available soon on our Website!

Veranstaltungen / Deadlines


February 2019: Leverage Points (6-8.2.2019, Lüneburg, Germany). Lüneburg will host a major international conference on sustainability research and transformation in February 2019. MORE INFORMATION

31 Oktober 2018 Bewerbungsfrist: Fokus Mittelstadt: Inter- & Transdisziplinäres Graduiertenkolleg über Zukunftsfragen kleiner Mittelstädte. Zehn Promovierende sollen mit vierjährigen Stipendien von der Robert Bosch Stiftung die Möglichkeit erhalten, Forschung und verantwortliche Projektarbeit in Kommunalverwaltungen zu verbinden. MORE INFORMATION

October 2018: Regristration open for EEAC Annual Conference 2018: Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030 (11.-12.10.2018, Berlin, Germany). To advance on our journey on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within and beyond Europe we have to push key leverages for transformation. The 26th EEAC Annual Conference will be dedicated to identifying some of these key leverages and to foster our common European debate on the implementation of the SDGs in Europe. MORE INFORMATION

September 2018: Registration open for World Social Sciences Forum (25-28.9.2018, Fukuoka, Japan). The World Social Science Forum 2018 is the fourth in a series of international, interdisciplinary social science conferences focusing on contemporary global challenges. MORE INFORMATION

September 2018: Frontiers in Ocean Sustainability - Co-designing Research and Solutions (19-21.9.2018 Halifax, Canada). Research alumni of marine sciences in Kiel currently working at institutions in North America are invited to exchange their views with current researchers from 'The Future Ocean' and Dalhousie University on social, economic and environmental consequences of anthropogenic impacts on the ocean and on chances and challenges of co-designing research questions for sustainable ocean development. MORE INFORMATION

September 2018: Anmeldung für Agenda Konferenz der sozial-ökologischen Forschung offen (19-20-9.2018, Kassel, Germany). In der diesjährigen Agenda-Konferenz für sozial-ökologische Forschung liegt der Fokus auf der Erarbeitung zukünftiger Forschungsthemen und Forschungsfragen, sowie auf der methodischen Ausrichtung im Bereich der gesellschaftsbezogenen Nachhaltigkeitsforschung.MORE INFORMATION

September 2018: Discussion of GSDR Report at the Fringe of T20 Summit. (16.9.2018, Buenos Aires, Argentina). The Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) was mandated by the United Nations Member States for the follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the High-Level Political Forum, with a first report due at the end of 2019. An independent group of fifteen scientists (IGS) is currently drafting the report, which will provide guidance on the state of global sustainable development and transformative pathways. The report will help address the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by highlighting emerging trends and acting as a science-policy interface. For more information please contact Sven Grimm ( or Anna Schwachula (

September 2018: Registration open for Leibniz Conference on Sustainable Development (12.9.2018, Berlin, Germany). The particular objective of this conference is to present and discuss key findings from basic and application oriented research that are relevant for solutions towards specific SDGs and the nexus between them. Researchers, administrative heads, policy makers, further stakeholders and citizens are invited to partake in transdisciplinary exchange. MORE INFORMATION

1 September 2018: Deadline for letters of intent to host the WCRP International Project Office for the Climate and Cryosphere. MORE INFORMATION

27 August 2018: Forum Citizen Science Anmeldeschluss (6-7.9.2018, Frankfurt am Main, Germany). Das Forum Citizen Science bietet alljährlich der Citizen-Science-Community eine Plattform für Diskussion, Erfahrungsaustausch und Vernetzung MORE INFORMATION

27 August 2018: Registration Deadline for EURAGRI Conference 2018 (24-25.9.2018, Oslo, Norway). The Norwegian Research Council and EURAGRI invite you to address the various dimensions of SDGs and their implementation in research and innovation. MORE INFORMATION

6 August 2018: Deadline for Call for PEGASuS 2 Research Projects. PEGASuS 2: Ocean Sustainability is an open call for research projects with a focus on synthesis research for ocean sustainability. Based on the successful model implemented by NCEAS, PEGASuS 2 will support up to four separate working groups to be based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, California. Additionally, one postdoctoral fellow will be supported to engage with selected research teams. MORE INFORMATION

Karriere / Career


July 2018: Application Deadline for UNEP/UNESCO/BMUB Courses. The postgraduate training program initiated by UNEP, UNESCO and BMU is implemented by CIPSEM at TU Dresden since 1977. The target group of the program are young environmental specialists and leaders from developing and emerging countries. Each year, a six-month long-course with a comprehensive range of topics, as well as three four-week short-courses on selective environmental topics take place. Application periods vary between courses .MORE INFORMATION

20 July 2018: Application Deadline for Four Positions as Postdoctoral researcher for IDIV. Tthe German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research Halle-Jena-Leipzig, invites applications to four postdoctoral researcher positions for candidates who have a strong background in integrative biodiversity research and are keen to develop scientific networks. They will play a vital part in enhancing iDiv’s scientific strategy and sharpening the research profile of iDiv in key thematic areas. MORE INFORMATION

15 September 2018: Application Deadline for DLGS Dresden Leibniz Graduate School.The DLGS offers Doctoral Fellowships at the TU Dresden for up to three years. Applications are reviewed once a year. The ninth DLGS cohort is oriented towards making cities and regions more sustainable, resilient and inclusive. Doctoral Candidates will investigate new concepts, instruments and policies to promote social development, economic growth and environmentally sustainable urban and regional development. MORE INFORMATION


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