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SRI Talk: Advocating Knowledge-to-Action

April 21, 1:00 pm New York time

10:00 am Vancouver / 6:00 pm London
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Sign up for the next free live virtual event in the popular SRI Talks series as our high-level expert panel will discuss advancing sustainability science through knowledge co-design.

We already know the significant global sustainability challenges that we face, and scientists around the world are tirelessly exploring solutions and responses to the most pressing global issues.

Often, however, the true challenge lies in translating scientific knowledge into decision-making and practice that adds up to outcomes at a global level.

  • How can we ensure that the actions we take and the decisions we make are informed by the latest research, or by the deepest traditional knowledge?
  • How can we help researchers and innovators make their knowledge and expertise available and accessible to decision makers at all levels of government and in all sectors of society?
  • What mechanisms can we develop and use to co-produce quicker, better decisions in the face of accelerating global change?

These questions are fundamental as the world emerges from the pandemic, and building a resilient social-ecological system is more important than ever.

This SRI Talk theme, Advocating Knowledge-to-Action, is one of the five Congress Pillars of the Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021) which will take place June 12-15, 2021, in Brisbane, Australia.

This free, 90-minute event will be live streamed through the SRI2021 virtual platform, including a moderated discussion and live audience Q&A.

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Meigan Díaz Corona

Meigan Díaz Corona

Sustainable Development Advocate

Meigan graduated with honors from the Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico, and has academic experience at the Global Studies Institute in the University of Geneva. She served as Mexico’s Youth Delegate to the United Nations in New York for Sustainable Development issues, and counts with over three years of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of sustainable development programs, public policies, and campaigns. She was a consultant for the Trust for the Americas and Viacom, and Chief of Campaigns at My World Mexico, role in which she coordinated 2030 Agenda international campaigns that impacted 70,000 people in Latin America. She’s also the founder of the youth-led initiative “Involucratec” that empowers young people to develop sustainable development projects in their local community, and has collaborated with the WFUNA, Global Changemakers, and the German Development Cooperation (GIZ) in Mexico as an intern in the “2030 Initiative”. Meigan was a recipient of MTV’s “Generation Change Award”.

Caleb Behn

Caleb Behn

Legal Policy Advisor to National Chief Perry Bellegarde, Assembly of First Nations

Caleb Behn is Eh-Cho Dene and Dunne-Za from the Treaty 8 Territory of northeastern British Columbia. He is a graduate of the University of Victoria Law Program and was called to the BC Bar in 2015. Caleb’s work has focused on the intersection of water, energy and indigenous law. A former ‘lands manager’ for the West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nations and a Senior Researcher at the Centre for International Governance Innovation Caleb was also a founding member of the Decolonizing Water Research Collective and the subject of the documentary film ‘Fractured Land’. Caleb now resides in Ottawa and is the Legal Policy Advisor to National Chief Perry Bellegarde at the Assembly of First Nations. In his spare time Caleb cares for Elders in his home community, continues to actively hunt, fish and trap in his home territory and undertake projects related to indigenous law and technology, most recently with the Berkman-Klein Centre for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School.

Pamela Matson

Pamela Matson

Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies and Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment

Pamela Matson is an interdisciplinary sustainability scientist, academic leader, and organizational strategist. Dean emerita of Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, she is the Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies and Senior Fellow in the Woods Institute for the Environment, and leads Stanford’s graduate program on Sustainability Science and Practice. Her research has addressed a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems, vulnerability and resilience of particular people and places to climate change, and characteristics of science that can contribute to sustainability transitions at scale. Her recent publications (among around 200) include Seeds of Sustainability: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution (2012) and Pursuing Sustainability (2016). She is chair of the World Wildlife Fund-US board of directors, and chairs or participates in several other advisory boards. She has led and engaged in numerous international science efforts, is an elected member of the US National Academy of Science and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received a MacArthur Foundation award among other awards and honorary doctorates.

Philip Osano

Philip Osano

Africa Centre Director, Stockholm Environment Institute

Philip Osano is the Centre Director of SEI Africa. Prior to being appointed to this position, Philip served at SEI in different capacities, including as Acting Center Director, Centre Deputy Director for Capacity Development and Partnership, and as Research Fellow and Programme Leader for the Natural Resources and Ecosystems Programme. His interest is in environmental policy, development and international affairs. He is an environmental policy expert with diverse research on biodiversity and ecosystem governance; land use change; pastoral and rangeland management; climate change adaptation; agricultural policy; water and land management; and integrated environmental planning. Philip has 20 years of experience in applied research, project coordination, policy analysis, and teaching and has worked in 15 countries in Africa and Asia, as well as Canada and the United States.  He is currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Advisory Board of the United Nations University – Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in Japan.


Erica Key

Erica Key

Executive Director, Belmont Forum

Dr. Erica Key is the Executive Director of the Belmont Forum, an international partnership of funding, resource, and science coordination organizations committed to transdisciplinary, transnational approaches to global environmental change. She leads membership and strategic development for the Forum, building a funding ecosystem capable of supporting a range of knowledge types and geographies in collaborative research and action with stakeholders.  Erica has also supported the implementation of the Forum’s Open Data and Open Access Policy and Principles in all elements of its funding and review program, including targeted funding for innovative re-use of Belmont Forum data and digital objects.  She is a co-founder and Executive Committee member of the annual global Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress.  Erica draws on her experience as a program director at the U.S. National Science Foundation, interagency agreements lead, and a global change researcher to elevate Belmont Forum activities through transparent communication, flexible partnering, and active engagement with a spectrum of sustainability knowledge holders, implementers, and investors.  She holds a Ph.D. in meteorology and physical oceanography from the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School for Marine Sciences.