Happening at SRI2022: Research Priorities for Sustainability Science

Panel discussion of the German Committee Future Earth

With the increasing urgency of the climate, biodiversity, and food crises, sustainability research can constructively support the development of solutions and the transformation toward a sustainable society. The current global political situation also increases the need for action, ideally based on a solid knowledge base.

Building on its position paper “Research Priorities for Sustainability Science”, the German Committee Future Earth (DKN) aims to discuss current challenges and important future research fields within its panel discussion on 23 June 13:30 – 15:00 SAST. Focal points of the session will be interrelations of sustainability and climate sciences using the example of the food crisis, implications of sustainability and climate politics as well as the potential of public investment to foster resilience of society and economy.

Together with our guests below, we aim to discuss the manifold epistemological, theoretical, and methodological challenges of sustainability science and foster motivation to engage across these disciplinary boundaries.

  • Prof. Michael Bollig, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Cologne, Germany / DKN
  • Dr. Daphne Frank, Senior Climate Coordinator Africa, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Dr. Ibrahima Hathie, Research Director “Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale”, Senegal
  • Prof. Daniela Jacob, Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) / DKN
  • Prof. Corine Pelluchon, Department of Philosophy, Université Gustave Eiffel, France
  • Prof. Chris du Preez, Department of Soil, Crop and Climate Sciences, University of the Free State, South Africa
  • Prof. Markus Reichstein, Department Biogeochemical Integration, Max-Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Germany / DKN

Due to the relevance of the topic for future research, early-career researchers are especially encouraged to actively engage in this session.

We are looking forward to an exciting discussion on the panel as well as with the audience on site and online!