Networking conferences for young scientists

The third Future Earth networking conference on integrated science, on the topic of “Future sustainability – the role of science and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” takes place at Villa Vigoni, Italy, from May 24th - 30th 2015.

2015 is a pivotal year for sustainability, with a series of major new initiatives on disasters, climate change, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Each one of these signals transformative changes in policy, action, and research. Knowledge, evidence and science will play central roles in each of these arenas.

What new knowledge is needed? What is the role of research and researchers in these processes? How should knowledge be produced to inform, support, and guide them? There is now a broad appreciation that producing socially robust knowledge requires new forms of engagement between science and society. Science itself is being transformed by new expectations for new ways of connecting knowledge to action.

The SDGs are set to begin in 2016 with a timeline to 2030, and achieving the targets laid out requires the best available evidence-base from both the natural and social sciences. The research community is charged with making key global sustainability targets measurable, quantifiable, and evidence-based.

The conference will bring together senior and leading scientists and researchers with a diversity of perspectives to identify priority questions for future research on the topic of 'Future Sustainability - the role of Science in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)'. It will provide an opportunity to interact and network with peers and senior researchers, forging new collaborations and fostering innovative integrated research.


James Wilsdon, Professor of Science & Democracy at the University of Sussex (UK) and former Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy.

Sir Peter Gluckman KNZM, FRS, FMedSci, FRSNZ, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and Chair of the International Network for Government Science Advice*.

Teddy Ruge, the founder of a number of businesses and initiatives working on cutting-edge solutions for social change.

Dr Yuko Harayama, Council for Science and Technology Policy, Cabinet Office of Japan

Ehsan Masood, Editor at Research Fortnight

Fabiana Barbi, State University of Campinas UNICAMP

Aysha Fleming, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Leopoldo Gerhardinger, UICN Brazil

Nicholas Cradock-Henry, New Zealand Landcare Research

Kathryn Bowen, University of Melbourne/Australian National University

El Mostafa Jamea, MENA Renewables and Sustainability institute

Florian Koch, Universidad del Norte

Anna Augustyn, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Groupe de Bruges

James Patterson, University of Waterloo

Gabriel Habiyaremye, Independent Institute of Lay Adventists of Kigali

Grace Villamor, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn

Akeem Ayofe Akinwale, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Miao Guo, Imperial College London

Tiina Häyhä, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University

Jessica Vogt, Furman University

Ali Kharrazi, University of Tokyo

Nibedita Mukherjee, University of Cambridge

Shazwin Mat Taib, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Karl Marx Quiazon, Central Luzon State University

Samir Doshi, US Agency of International Development

Ruth Delzeit, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Nele Schmitz, Collegium-ENS de Lyon

Alice Hughes, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanic Garden: Chinese Academy of Sciences

Silvia Terzago, CNR, Istituto di Scienze dell’Atmosfera e del Clima

Christa Hasenkopf, U.S. Department of State

Juan Mariano Fressoli, CONICET – STEPS AL/CENIT

Laura Sonter, University of Vermont

Daniela Serra, University of Otago

Nadia Sitas, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Sohail Ahmad, Laboratory for Integrated Research and Action for Human Settlements (LabSet)

Carolina Adler, ETH Zurich

Steven Hoffenson, Stevens Institute of Technology

*The conference also serves as an informal platform for the newly launched International Network for Government Science Advice.