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ONLINE EVENTS

Pioneering Sustainability Publishing
A Conversation and Q&A with Chief Editors Monica Contestabile of Nature Sustainability, Lewis Collins of One Earth, and Bronwyn Wake of Nature Climate Change.

United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) GEMS Series – Water, Oceans and Air
A three-part exploration of different Global Environmental Monitoring Systems for the Earth’s vital shared resources.

Youth Leadership Q&A
Strengthening global youth collaboration to protect biodiversity, a Panel and Q&A with the Trust for Sustainable Living

Science for Stockholm 50+
Mobilizing SRI2021 for the 2022 UN Stockholm 50+ High-Level Meeting

AS-MOST by Academia Sinica
Capacity and leadership in sustainability science of Taiwan – Development and Opportunities

Oceans Film Festival
A film festival featuring film and series screenings followed by in-congress discussions with the producers and scientists involved. The Oceans Film Festival is convened by the Oceans Knowledge-Action Network and #VirtualBlueDecade. Watch the films on the SRI2021 Congress Platform, and join the in-Congress discussions!

Oceans Film Festival Discussion 1: Arctic Bloom and Under the Pole
14 June 10:00-11:00 pm AEST
A discussion on films, personal journeys, and sustainability storytelling with producers of Arctic Bloom and Under the Pole, and the #VirtualBlueDecade member.

Oceans Film Festival Discussion 2: Our Planet and Reaching Blue
15 June 11:00-12:00 pm AEST
A discussion on films, personal journeys, sustainability storytelling with the director of Oceanic Films, the producer of Reaching Blue, and a member of #VirtualBlueDecade.

The Economics of the Water-Energy-Land-Food Nexus: How to Contribute to Restoration Goals?
An agenda-setting panel will discuss a nexus approach to understanding and developing pathways to meet challenges to delivering water, energy, and food for all in a sustainable and equitable way, exploring new ideas for policy and societal engagement from a cross-sectoral and inclusive perspective.

BRISBANE ONSITE

Opening Plenary: Welcome to Australia (Onsite Broadcast)
13 June 8:00-9:00 am – Boulevard Rooms 1-3, Livestream to the SRI Congress Platform

The local plenary focused on Oceanic Perspectives on Advancing the Global Sustainability Agenda, will give an insight into how experiences and worldviews from different communities across Oceania shape research and innovation, to forge both sustainable futures both at home and more broadly.

Welcome to Country
13 June 9:00-9:20 am – Sky Room and Terrace
SRI2021 will be opened by Nunukul Yuggera on behalf of the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which Brisbane is based. This ceremony includes a short speech by an Elder or Representative, welcoming guests to the Traditional Homelands from the Yuggera, Nunukul, Koombermerri and Nugi Tribes, and a smoking ceremony to cleanse the area of bad spirits.

Opening Breakfast
13 June 9:30-11:00 am – Sky Room and Terrace
Gather to celebrate the beginning of SRI2021 with breakfast overlooking the Brisbane River. All guests with an onsite pass are welcome to join us to reconnect with existing friends and make new ones.

Sustainability & Science Showcase (Brisbane, Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist)

Hosted at the Queensland Museum on Sunday 13 June, the Sustainability & Science Showcase will highlight the latest scientific research and present ideas for saving our precious planet:

  • Find out why being sustainable matters and what practical tips you can try
  • Hear from scientists and community sustainability experts
  • Discover Queensland citizen science projects
  • Learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and pledge to do your bit to address global challenges like climate change.

Learn more on the Brisbane CitySmart website.

Particular events:

1. Brisbane Bird Walk with the Queensland Chief Scientist
13 June 6:45-8:30 am, meet at the Wheel of Brisbane
Register via Eventbrite (spaces are limited)

2. Forum: Creating a healthy environment for your local flora and fauna to thrive
13 June 11:00 am-12:00 pm

3. QuestaGame #CitizenScience demonstration
13 June 11:15 am AND 12:15 pm at the Whale Mall – Briefings will be held with the QuestaGame team at: 10.15 am | 11.15 am | 12.15 pm | 2.15 pm

4. Forum: How to reduce waste in your home
13 June 12:30-1:30 pm

5. Forum: Australia’s progress on Sustainable Development Goals including climate action
13 June 2:00-3:00 pm – Queensland Museum Theatre, Level 2

Encore: Welcome to SRI2021 & Opening Plenary
13 June 11:00 am-12:30 pm – Boulevard Rooms 1-3
Join us to revisit the SRI2021 opening and the opening plenary.

Closing Drinks
Gather with us to close out SRI2021 with drinks overlooking the Brisbane River before watching the closing plenary together. All guests with an onsite pass are welcome to join us.

Coffee Cart
14 June 11:00 am – Sky Terrace
15 June 11:00 am – Sky Terrace

Coffee is on us! Make your way to the Sky Terrace after watching a morning session to get a coffee overlooking the Brisbane River.

Community Meet and Greet
14 June 9:00 am: Planetary Health Community coffee – Olio Cafe
14 June 4:00 pm: Climate Adaptation, Disaster and Risk Community drinks – the Charming Squire
15 June 1:00 pm: Water and Oceans Community coffee – Olio Cafe

Head to the onsite watch parties for sessions in topical threads and meet with other kindred minds for a coffee or drink.

Sustainable Solutions and Responsible Innovation in Indigenous Australian livelihoods
14 June, 2:00-3:30 pm
Sustainable and diversified social and economic development is a primary objective for Indigenous traditional owners on their customary lands. This collaborative session provides presentations and analyses of Indigenous co-research initiatives regarding sustainable solutions and responsible innovation.

In Conversation: Tech for Whom?
15 June 6:30-7:30 pm
Sustainability requires that the human race live within the means of the planet in an equitable and just manner, as articulated in the Brundtland Report, the Millennium Development Goals and now the Sustainable Development Goals. Technology development and deployment for sustainability requires that we ask; does tech have a place in sustainability? This panel will get back to basics, with panelists drawing on their experience and background as innovators, users and leaders to answer these important questions.

In Conversation: Culture as the Fourth Pillar of Sustainability
14 June 6:30-7:45 pm

Carnival of the extinct animals: Performance by Robert Davidson
15 June 4:30-5:00 pm
This musical composition is a collection of piano duos that are based on audio and film recordings of now-extinct or threatened animals. Please note that this composition, performance and presentation has been crafted exclusively for SRI2021 and has been pre-recorded.

Learning from Indigenous ways of knowing and doing across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand: Part 1 (Knowledge)
13 June 3:00-4:00 pm
How do we learn from each other to support a deep transformation to enabling sustainable societies and communities? This session will learn from a variety of First Nations contributors from Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Learning from Indigenous ways of knowing and doing across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand: Part 2 (Frameworks)
15 June 10:00-11:00 am
As explored in Part 1 (Monday 13 June, 3 pm), indigenous communities have, over thousands of years, developed sophisticated ways of knowing and being. As holders of knowledge and tradition, First Nations peoples lead in the utilisation of these frameworks. This session will respond to researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, funders and managers asking, “where do I start?”, and introduce examples of some of the best practice frameworks and tools which have been developed across different parts of Oceania.

FUTURE AFRICA SATELLITE

In partnership with SRI, the Future Africa Research Institute at the University of Pretoria and the Future Earth Regional Office for Southern Africa (FEROSA) will be hosting the SRI2021 Africa satellite event. The hybrid event (with both in-person and online attendees) convenes experts from across Africa on the SRI Congress Platform through live streaming on 14 and 15 June 2021 from 14:00-17:00 SAST on each day. Both in-person and online attendees can experience two days of connecting with the global sustainability community, learn about the latest sustainability science, create novel networks and gain visibility.
The event will showcase two onsite panels from Africa which will be streamed live to the SRI Congress platform and two Africa focused panels which will be streamed live from the SRI Congress platform. All panels will include a moderated Q&A. The Satellite event will form part of the main SRI Congress with its sessions live streamed to main SRI Congress.
Join the Africa Satellite Event on the SRI2021 Event Platform here.
Download the PDF programme.

Particular Events, June 14

1. Opening and Welcome
14 June 2:00-2:20 pm SAST
14 June 10:00-10:20 pm AEST

2. Sustainability Research to Accelerate Innovation in Africa
14 June 2:20-3:20 pm SAST
14 June 10:20-11:20 pm AEST

3. The Regional Dimension of Future Earth and its Role for a Sustainable World
14 June 4:00-5:00 pm SAST
15 June 12:00-1:00 am AEST

4. Recap of Day 1
15 June 2:00-2:15 pm SAST
15 June 10:00-10:15 pm AEST

Particular Events, June 15

1. Socialising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Enhanced Awareness and Effective Implementation: Opportunities and Constraints
15 June 2:15-3:15 pm SAST
15 June 10:15-11:15 pm AEST

2. Building climate resilience: key findings from the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA)
15 June 3:30-4:30 pm SAST
15 June 11:30 pm-16 June 12:30 am AEST

3. Discussion and Closing Ceremony
15 June 4:30-5:00 pm SAST
16 June 12:30-1:00 am AEST

4. Refreshments for Physical Participants
15 June 5:00-7:00 pm SAST
16 June 1:00-3:00 am AEST

BELMONT FORUM

Towards Sustainability of Soils and Groundwater for Society Kick-Off
13 June 10:00 pm-1:00 am AEST
This closed event will convene the project awardees and funding agencies from the Belmont Forum “Towards Sustainability of Soils and Groundwater for Society” CRA.

Roundtable on International and Cross-Sectoral Co-Funding
14 June 8:00-10:00 am AEST
This event is a roundtable follow-up to the “Partnering Across the Resource Ecosystem” Pre-SRI workshop. Roundtables will be set up to include funders from different sectors given a scenario that they have to work through to identify pathways and working models for collaboration on collaborative projects

Virtual Idea Market Session 1
14 June 11:00am-12:30 pm AEST
Students, young professionals, and innovators will have a chance to share their advances, concepts, designs, prototypes, and products in a global Virtual Idea Market. Participants will upload a short video or digital presentation of their idea, and the top two submissions will be presented with an award.

Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (DR3) Belmont Forum Workshop
14 June 7:00–8:00 pm AEST
This session is designed for the project teams to give introductions to their progress on findings and progression. Also, they can interact with funding agencies in this session to seek assistance if necessary.

SUGI Urban Nexus Innovation Showcase: Think Like a Mayor!
14 June 10:00–11:30 pm AEST
At this event, several projects under the SUGI initiative will showcase some of their key findings with the jury panel in the form of policy-oriented pitches. The session presents new ideas and solutions from some of the ongoing projects under the SUGI initiative in the context of the Food-Water-Energy Nexus that promote integration in thinking, policy, and action for sustainability.

Training Future Leaders in Global Sustainability: A Belmont Forum Scoping Event
14 June 10:00 pm–12:30 am AEST
This Belmont Forum scoping event will consult the international leadership and training community to lead the development of the new Future Leaders CRA.

Virtual Idea Market Session 2
15 June 12:00-1:30 am AEST
Students, young professionals, and innovators will have a chance to share their advances, concepts, designs, prototypes, and products in a global Virtual Idea Market. Participants will upload a short video or digital presentation of their idea, and the top two submissions will be presented with an award.

Climate, Environment, and Health 2 (CEH2) Coffee Hour Scoping Event
15 June 7:00–8:00 am AEST
This Belmont Forum scoping workshop will convene funders and experts interested in climate, environment, and health to identify priority thematic areas of research.

Great Barrier Reef – A Discussion on Collaborative Reef Planning and Management
15 June 4:00–5:00 pm AEST
This event will feature a presentation by Distinguished Professor Stewart Lockie followed by a Q&A session facilitated by Dr. Kira Gee. The session will include a presentation by Prof. Lockie, followed by a discussion with Dr. Gee, where key challenges, insights and responses will be elaborated and deepened.

Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production Scoping Event
15 June 6:00–7:30 pm AEST
The Belmont Forum Scoping event will focus on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SSCP). The scoping will be led by Belmont Forum member Ministry of Science and Technology of Chinese Taipei. This event will synthesize the information gathered in the previous scoping workshops to develop the SSCP call text, which will involve an interactive program to maximize the opportunity for attendee input.

Bridging Local Policy and Community for Sustainable Transformations
15 June 10:00–11:30 pm AEST
This session will introduce engagement methods and evaluation frameworks for strategic, effective collaboration at the local science-policy interface and focus on transdisciplinary activity within and across communities to support informed decision-making.

Towards circular urban economies and regenerative cities: Lessons learned from nature-based solutions and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus
15 June 10:00–11:30 pm AEST
In this session, representatives from different nexus and nature-based collaboratives and initiatives will present challenges and opportunities that make this transformation possible and discuss how to connect with activity ongoing in cities around the world. It will combine a round table discussion with 5-6 researchers/speakers and interactions from a wider sustainability audience via MENTI. The aim is to connect SUGI FWE Nexus projects and topics with a larger community of researchers dealing with issues related to Food-Water-Energy-Nexus, Nature-based solutions, and Regenerative Green Neighbourhoods and cities.

Pathways to Sustainability Kick-Off Meeting
16 June 9:00 pm–12:00 am AEST
This closed event will convene the project awardees and funding agencies from the Belmont Forum “Transdisciplinary Research for Pathways to Sustainability” CRA.

VIRTUAL NETWORKING

Early Career Networking Hour
13 June 6:00-7:00 pm AEST
This will provide an opportunity to share and exchange your ideas with other young researchers and professionals, create professional networks and expand both knowledge base and network of contacts.

Social Open House
14 June 3:00-4:00 pm AEST

Social Open House
14 June 6:00-7:00 pm AEST

Early Career Networking Hour
14 June 10:00-11:00 pm AEST
This will provide an opportunity to share and exchange your ideas with other young researchers and professionals, create professional networks and expand both knowledge base and network of contacts.

The science policy nexus and the need for open, transdisciplinary global change research in Latin America and the Caribbean
14 June 10:00-11:00PM AEST
This networking session will open a discussion on the importance of open and transdisciplinary research in the science-policy nexus, its contribution to policy decisions, the gaps for implementation, and the main obstacles in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Cats, Coffee, Cocktails
15 June 9:00-10:00 am AEST

Early Career Networking Hour
15 June 2:00-3:00 pm AEST
This will provide an opportunity to share and exchange your ideas with other young researchers and professionals, create professional networks and expand both knowledge base and network of contacts.

Social Open House
15 June 3:00-4:00 pm AEST

Social Open House
15 June 6:00-7:00 pm AEST