Future Earth : Promoting solutions-oriented sustainability research globally and in Canada

Friday, May 19, 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM ET

Societies across the planet face an array of environmental and social challenges that will have a profound influence on their livelihoods, cultures and health and the sustainability of the environment: from securing supplies of clean drinking water to conserving fisheries and other natural assets and building toward low-carbon economies. Addressing these major challenges requires internationally coordinated research. That is the 10-year mission of Future Earth – to provide knowledge and solutions that will support transformations to global sustainability worldwide. It is a mission that depends on greater collaboration among natural and social scientists, scholars in the humanities and artists, as well as engagement between scientists and stakeholders (e.g. governments, NGOs, the private sector, civil society, science policy, …).

During this one-hour online presentation, come meet our team based at the Montreal hub. We will introduce what Future Earth concretely does to achieve its ambitious mission. You will also hear about the State of the planet in the epoch of the Anthropocene considering the great acceleration and planetary boundaries. And finally identify how your work, research can engage with Future Earth. Here are examples of engagement pathways:

1) Creating or taking part in a Future Earth Network for Canada - these national networks essential parts of Future Earth providing the mechanism to make our international research agenda operational. We currently have 20+ Future Earth National Networks across the globe that aim at providing national forums for researchers, stakeholders, and funders on the grand sustainability challenges outlined in Future Earth’s vision. 

2) Future Earth is positioning itself to frame - or contribute to frame - some international research agendas, and collaborative research calls such as those of the Belmont Forum. We think Canada should invest more research money in these type of international research mechanism, for inter and transdisciplinary research; but we need the voice of Canadian researchers. By joining efforts, your research community could help make the case of research priorities in and for Canada, and benefit from designing the themes and ultimately receiving research grants.

3) Join the Open Network powered by Future Earth for free and connect with researchers, stakeholders, early career individuals across the globe