Science for a Sustainable Future

A virtual conference series

Harnessing Science for a Sustainable Future - May 3, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about mass global disruption and presented a significant setback to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet, it has also paved the way for more science-informed decision-making, enabling the research, scientific, and policy communities to join together like never before, and proving the importance of interdisciplinary approaches to combating the crisis, developing effective policies, and accelerating innovation. 

On the sidelines of the UN Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation, join Springer Nature and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) for a special virtual debate on how to bridge the divide between the research and policy communities to accelerate innovation on the SDGs and build resiliency post COVID-19. The debate will also draw on insights from a new white paper on how to foster greater collaboration and inclusive problem-solving between these communities.

The event will feature a keynote by María Cortés Puch, Vice President of Networks at SDSN, and Laura Helmuth, Editor-in-Chief of Scientific American, will moderate the debate. Panelists will include:

  • Magdalena Skipper, Editor-in-Chief, Nature
  • Dr. Cameron Allen, Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash Sustainable Development Institute and Senior Advisor, SDSN TReNDS
  • Dr. David Smith, Director of the Center for Environmental Management, University of West Indies, and Coordinator of the Institute for Sustainable Development 
  • Dr. Aparajita Banerjee, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the College of Business, University College Dublin

Annual Science for a Sustainable Future Conference – Watch the recordings

On October 8 2020, Springer Nature and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) with its Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS) hosted a three hour virtual conference on science for a sustainable future. This global virtual conference brought together policymakers, government representatives, UN officials, as well as leading scientists from around the world to discuss the role of science in achieving the SDGs.

You can tune into each of the individual sessions below. 

About SDSN

SDSN-logo-standardThe UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) was established in 2012 under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General. SDSN mobilizes global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for sustainable development, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. SDSN works closely with United Nations agencies, multilateral financing institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

Visit the SDSN website here.