Published on Jul 10, 2015

The Earth System Governance Project was well represented at the 2015 Future Earth Young Scientists Networking Conference held from 24-30 May 2015 at Villa Vigoni, Italy. A total of 6 Research Fellows from the Earth System Governance network were selected in a highly competitive global call for applications which gathered together 32 participants from across all continents of the world.

The conference focused on linking science and policy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and was hosted by Future Earth, the International Council for Science (ICSU), and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).

The participants spent 5 full days immersed in presentations, conversations and debates about the SDGs, challenges and opportunities for linking science and policy, the role of scientific advice, and the contribution of Future Earth to the SDG agenda. Approximately half the time was dedicated to presentations from experts in science-policy, global sustainability, and development. The other half of the conference involved intensive self-driven activities targeting key themes and gaps identified in current debates on the SDGs.

Many exciting ideas were sparked, and the Earth System Governance Research Fellows are all now working on concrete outputs and collaborations arising from the conference. This includes joint papers, developing and co-designing ideas for future proposals, and blog posts to elaborate on the debate and themes tackled at the conference. Particular high-priority topics being addressed include governance for implementation of the SDGs, and the role of transdisciplinary approaches for working towards the SDGs. The Research Fellows all tremendously enjoyed the conference and the fabulous setting by Lake Como, and are excited to continue their collaboration.

Earth System Governance Research Fellows participating in the 2015 Future Earth Young Scientists Networking Conference, Villa Vigoni, Italy. From right to left: Leopoldo Cavaleri Gerhardinger, Carolina Adler, Nicholas Cradock-Henry, Kathryn Bowen, Fabiana Barbi, and James Patterson