Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape


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  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•12•14    14:00 - 15:30

    On 14 December 2015, UNU-IAS and Elsevier will co-organize a public seminar on Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape at UN University Headquarters.

    A report on sustainability science in a global landscape was developed by Elsevier in collaboration with The Lancet and SciDev.Net. As the first of a series of activities that aim to provide valuable insights into the global research landscape surrounding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this report contributes to the understanding of sustainability science as a research field and the dialogue between science and society in sustainable development. In this relatively young field, this study establishes a baseline, both in the definition and the understanding of sustainability science, from which we may follow its progression and trajectory. Six key themes that encompass the 17 SDGs are examined in the report: dignity, people, prosperity, planet, justice and partnership. This seminar provides an overview of this report and discusses future directions for sustainability science research and capacity development.

    A related UNU-IAS seminar entitled UNDP on Monitoring and Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals will be held on the same day at the same venue from 16:00–17:30, followed by a joint reception for participants of both seminars from 17:30.


    14:00–14:05 Opening Remarks

    Osamu Saito (Academic Programme Officer, UNU-IAS)

    14:05–14:10 Video interview of the 3 Japanese experts from the report

    14:10–14:40 Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape report

    Anders Karlsson (Vice President, Global Academic Relatons, Elsevier)

    14:40–15:05 Taking an Integrated Approach to the SDGs: A Role for Sustainability Science

    Eric Zusman (Principal Policy Researcher, Institute for Global Envrionment Strategies (IGES))

    15:05–15:15 Commentary

    Yuya Kajikawa (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

    15:15–15:30 Q&A and discussion on ways forward, closing remarks by Anders Karlsson


    This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required (by 17:00 on 11 December 2015). Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

  • Sustainability Science in a Global Landscape

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    United Nations University 2F Reception Hall
    5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925