To successfully implement the 2030 Agenda and to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement scientific knowledge is essential to support and improve decision-making on possible development pathways of society. Considering the tight time scale the scientific community is challenged more than ever before to provide answers of the world’s biggest societal and environmental problems.
Today, science faces three big challenges (1) assessing and communicating the science generated over the past 20 years, (2) defining and closing knowledge gaps, and (3) generating (new) knowledge together with relevant societal actors in the context of global sustainability.
In addition to national and regional approaches some challenges benefit from international networks advanced by WCRP and Future Earth. The first German Future Earth Summit focused on new areas for integrated science for Germany; the second Summit addressed the cross-cutting issues around theory, data and assessment while this third Summit will focus on Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs). KANs are expected to create and provide an creative environment for science and stakeholders to advance integrated knowledge generation on global sustainability.
The German Committee Future Earth supports these international efforts and provides a platform for the scientific community on a national level relevant to global sustainability research. Moreover, the German Committee Future Earth partners with the solution network SDSN-Germany and supports science informed decision-making via the newly established ‘Science Platform Sustainability 2030’. Together with the scientific community we want to develop and explore possible new directions in research in Germany and beyond, to bring forward the idea of global sustainable societies.
Science across the KANs is highly integrated. KANs will build on fundamental and solution oriented research, and focus on topics such as Health, Natural Assets, Ocean, Sustainable Consumption & Production, Sustainable Development Goals, Transformations, Urban, Water-Energy- Food Nexus, Finance & Economics. The German Future Earth Summit will provide an opportunity to network and exchange ideas during sessions, roundtables and research posts. We warmly welcome contributions of all this fields.
We cordially invite you, the German Future Earth and WCRP community, and others interested to discuss research in the context of the 8+ Knowledge-Action Networks.
August 2017: Call for proposal opened!
October 2017: Abstract submission deadline (8.10.2017)
October 2017: Author notification (30.10.2017)
December 2017: Registration deadline (22.12.2017)
February 2018: 3rd German Future Earth Summit (8./9.2.2018)