Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other digital technologies have the potential to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems, such as climate change, food insecurity, public health risks, and more. Yet, global sustainability is not an inevitable outcome of the digital revolution, as such there is a need and an opportunity to focus AI development towards a holistic approach that considers full human-natural systems and prioritizes problems worth solving. To address this challenge and opportunity we will work with leaders and innovators from artificial intelligence (AI), Earth systems science, environmental policy and advocacy communities to develop a Research and Innovation Agenda that outlines the “problems worth solving” and the transformative opportunities that can lead to systems change for addressing climate change and global sustainability more broadly.
The Research and Innovation Agenda will be developed through consultations and research led by a team at the Montreal Hub. The scope of work will encompass the following phases (1) background research on range of opportunities and challenges; (2) online consultations; (3) an in-person workshop convening 40-70 technology and sustainability experts in Montreal 2019; (4) final report preparation, and launch of the agenda.
FUTURE EARTH IS SEEKING TO HIRE TWO QUALIFIED CANDIDATES TO LEAD THIS WORK AT THE MONTREAL HUB. RESPONSIBILITIES AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR EACH OF THE POSITIONS ARE DETAILED BELOW.
Future Earth – About us
The challenges facing the planet and its people today are vast and complex. At Future Earth, we are convinced that the way to accelerate transformations to a more sustainable and equitable planet, is to draw on collective knowledge. We harness the experience and reach of thousands of scientists and innovators from across the globe. Together, this global community facilitates research, mobilizes networks, sparks innovation, and turns knowledge into action. Future Earth has five global hubs located in the US (Colorado), Canada (Montreal), Japan (Tokyo), Sweden (Stockholm) and France (Paris), connected through a dynamic network that also includes regional centres, national networks and partner organizations.
Applicants for all two positions are requested to submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter describing how their skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. Please also include the name and contact details for two references. Documentation should be combined in one PDF file. Applications should be sent via email with ‘Sustainability in the Digital Age’ in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no closing date for applications, we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. Interviews will be held in Montreal or online as necessary.