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Translating knowledge into sustainability action

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. Our Congress Pillar, advocating knowledge-to-action, seeks to advance sustainability science through knowledge co-design. There are many sessions that link directly to this theme, view them all here.

We have selected five sessions that focus on turning knowledge into sustainability action. Check them out.

Advances in Earth Observation for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Monitoring

The remote exploration of the earth surface advances in leaps and bounds, capturing new and improved information about land and vegetation cover as well as changes in biodiversity even in the most remote regions of the planet. This session will highlight how earth observation data can be used to identify the response of biodiversity and ecosystem function to environmental change, to exploring the impacts of drivers of change and their interactions and feedbacks with ecosystems.

June 14, 2021, 7:00 pm Brisbane
10:00 am London / 5:00 am New York

 

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Will a Sustainability Transition Be Sufficient?

The question “How much is enough?” has been a latent and largely unarticulated consideration in studies of sustainability transitions to date. This session aims to take stock of the recent wave of research on cultural and civic conceptions of sufficiency and to consider its implications for future work on socio-technical transitions. Contributions will address a range of issues including how lessons from overconsumption of healthcare could usefully inform discussions about sufficiency and sustainability transitions, governance of “sufficient” mobility in India, determination of globally sufficient thresholds for sustainable housing, and reframing sufficiency from the standpoint of more effective communication strategies.

June 14, 2021, 7:00 pm Brisbane
10:00 am London / 5:00 am New York

 

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the Way – the Water – the Walk… a river system simulator: communicating through community engagement, interactive art, and public participation

In this session members of The Pump open the way for conversations combining systems science with principles of potential thinking, narrative construction, and the South African philosophy of interconnectedness – Ubuntu: ‘I am because you are’. Get involved and get moving! This interactive session includes an easy body movement routine, an opening provocation, participatory think think and short documentary.

June 14, 2021, 7:00 pm Brisbane
10:00 am London / 5:00 am New York

 

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Pathways for Upscaling Shared Mobilities Coupled with Disruptive Technologies: Potential impacts on land use

We probably have enough modelling to state that sharing mobilities constitute a key to unlock more sustainable, equitable mobility now and in the future, but the mind-set shift required calls for further understanding. This session will explore notions to do with behavioural change and marketing to co-design strategies grounded on nuanced underlying mechanisms that could help unlock a mobility mindset shift from product ownership to service usage.

June 15, 2021, 8:00 am Brisbane time
June 13, 11:00 pm London / 6:00pm New York

 

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Green finance: overcoming capital cost barriers to low-carbon energy projects through public-private partnerships

Discover how innovative public-private sector finance arrangements can overcome upfront capital cost barriers to renewable energy projects in large institution applications. In this session, presenters will use the award winning $10 million low-carbon infrastructure partnership between the University of the Sunshine Coast and Veolia as a case study to describe the more general characteristics of institution-level low carbon infrastructure projects that are favourable to private sector investment and the steps required to identify, assess, negotiate, and implement them.

June 15, 2021, 8:00 am Brisbane time
June 13, 11:00 pm London / 6:00pm New York

 

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