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With efforts to move towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, sustainability has become a very hot topic. While there are many events and conferences that focus on sustainability around the globe, there are few that create a space for early career scientists and professionals to voice their perspectives and share insights.
An online conference taking place this week, will aim to fill this gap, as it will solely focus on perspectives of early career researchers working with global sustainability challenges, and in particular the relationship between society and the environment. This conference, Early career perspectives on Future Earth: Ecology and civilization, will take place 14-18 August 2017 for any young scholar interested in participating. Registration to the conference is free, and can be completed on Future Earth’s Open Network platform.
This conference will give an overview of the latest and highest-quality early career research insights on the future of sustainability and human interaction with the planet. This topic is inherently an intergenerational issue, which is why contributions from leading early-career researchers and practitioners are crucial in providing a sense of direction – for science and society in future.
Ecology and civilization as a conference also aims to reduce its carbon footprint, and keep costs low in how its set up: online. While traditionally meetings are held face-to-face, conference organizer Peter Søgaard Jørgensen sees this as a, “step towards implementing online communication tools for the international community of sustainability researchers to share ideas, all while minimizing their environmental footprint.”
The Ecology and civilization conference programme will hold a total of eight sessions, with topics ranging from the future of biodiversity in the Anthropocene, to the role of law in ecology and civilization.
Stockholm Resilience Centre, a co-host of the conference, will hold a session on 15 August at 16:30 (UTC), with centre researchers Steven Lade and Andrew Merrie speaking about resilience science and solutions for planetary stewardship. SRC-affiliated PECS programme will also be hosting a session on placed-based research and stewardship on 16 August at 11:00 (UTC), with centre PhD candidate Megan Meacham.
The conference is also jointly hosted by Future Earth, the International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), the International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists (INNGE), and the Early Career Researchers Network of Networks (ECR NoN).
If you are a young sustainability scholar and would like to participate in the Ecology and Civilization conference, please RSVP at Future Earth’s Open Network. If you do not already have a free account with Open Network, you will need to create an account with a valid email address to be able to RSVP to the conference.
Each of the sessions will then take place in different virtual meeting rooms, as outlined in the programme. You will need Adobe Connect software (free) installed on your computer to access the meeting rooms. If you do have Adobe Connect already installed on your computer, you should be prompted with a download link if trying to access a meeting room.