World-leading sustainability science and innovations to be featured at the Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2021


20 May 2021

Hundreds of global experts and leaders from across disciplines, industries and sectors will gather at the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021) to share the latest in sustainability science and innovation to tackle the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges.

The event will take place both online and onsite at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia from June 12-15 and will feature 100+ sessions including scientific presentations, panel discussions, workshops and social events.

Sustainability research is growing at twice the rate of science in general and progress is needed more than ever as the world grapples with increasing natural disasters, biodiversity loss, environmental destruction, climate change and human health crises.

SRI2021 will bring together over 1000 participants providing a unique opportunity to not only share knowledge but for expert participants to create new plans and strategies to advance sustainability pathways.

Plenary speakers include: Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation; Meg Parsons, climate change adaptation specialist and IPCC author, University of Auckland; Joshua Gilbert, Australian Indigenous agriculturalist and innovator.

The congress will be opened by Paul Bertsch, Director of Land and Water, CSIRO; Tayanah O’Donnell, Director, Future Earth Australia (Australian Academy of Science); Erica Key, Executive Director, Belmont Forum; and Joshua Tewksbury, Interim Executive Director, Future Earth.

SRI2021 will cover themes including disaster and risk, climate adaptation, biodiversity, water and oceans, planetary health, Indigenous knowledge and much more.

Australia was chosen as the host country for the event in recognition of its mix of world-class sustainability scholarship, green innovation, cross-sectoral engagement and inclusive dialogue.

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SRI2021 is convened by Future Earth, Belmont Forum and Future Earth Australia:

Future Earth

Future Earth is a global network of scientists, researchers, and innovators working to provide the knowledge needed to support transformations towards sustainability. With a strong focus on systems-based approaches, Future Earth seeks to deepen our understanding of complex Earth systems and human dynamics across different disciplines, and leverage this understanding to underpin evidence-based policies and strategies for sustainable development. Learn more at

Belmont Forum

Established in 2009, the Belmont Forum is a partnership of funding organizations, international science councils, and regional consortia committed to the advancement of transdisciplinary science. Forum operations are guided by the Belmont Challenge, a vision document that encourages: International transdisciplinary research providing knowledge for understanding, mitigating and adapting to global environmental change. Learn more at

Future Earth Australia

Future Earth Australia forges strategic collaborations between experts, sectors and communities on Australia’s most significant sustainability priorities across economy, society and environment. Future Earth Australia is a national node of the international Future Earth network and is hosted by the Australian Academy of Science. Learn more at

To arrange a media pass to attend SRI2021 online or in-person in Brisbane and discuss which speakers and sessions interest you for media opportunities, please contact:

Holly Holmes
Cultivate Communications