Monday, November 30, 2020 (All day) to Wednesday, December 2, 2020 (All day)
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Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Sustainability Science: A Workshop

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will convene a virtual public workshop, Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Sustainability Science on November 30, December 1, and December 2, 2020 (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday). 

The workshop will review the state of cutting edge research that can help societies meet the goals of sustainable development, and provide scientific input to the ongoing discussions of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Grand Challenges in Science initiative and to the Nobel Prize Summit “Our Planet, Our Future” that will be held in Spring 2021.

The workshop has been designed by a Steering Committee of the following NAS members:  Pamela Matson (co-chair), William Clark (co-chair), Arun Agrawal, Partha Dasgupta, Ruth DeFries, Carl Folke, Robert O. Keohane, Diana Liverman, and Stephen Polasky. It is structured around six themes that research has shown to be important in the pursuit of sustainability: (1) measuring progress toward sustainable development; (2) promoting equity and justice in sustainability efforts; (3) adapting to shocks and surprise; (4) fostering innovation for transformational change; (5) linking knowledge with action; and (6) managing and governing complex nature-society systems. Each theme will be addressed in a panel featuring presentations by, and discussions among, a half-dozen or so leading scholars from around the world.

Details are available below, including a list of panelists and other speakers, an agenda including timing of the individual panels, and a set of background readings. Please register in advance to receive information on how to view the workshop. 

Monday, November 30, 2020 (8:00 - 11:45 am EST)

Framing Remarks
Pamela Matson (NAS, Stanford University, workshop co-chair) and William Clark (NAS, Harvard University, workshop co-chair)

Panel I:  Measuring Progress Toward Sustainable Development
Moderator: Stephen Polasky (NAS, University of Minnesota)   
Panelists: Marshall Burke (Stanford University), Eli Fenichel (Yale University), Elena Irwin (Ohio State University), and Shunsuke Managi (Kyushu University)
Discussant: Catherine Kling (NAS), Cornell University

Panel II:  Promoting Equity and Justice in Sustainability Efforts
Moderator: Arun Agrawal (NAS, University of Michigan)
Panelists: Flor Avelino (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Jaboury Ghazoul (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich), Melissa Leach (Institute of Development Studies), and Laura Pulido (University of Oregon) 
Discussant: Yadvinder Malhi (Oxford University)

Tuesday, December 1, 2020 (8:00 - 11:30 am EST)

Panel III:  Adapting to Shocks and Surprise
Moderator: Carl Folke (NAS, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences)
Panelists: Marty Anderies (Arizona State University), Victor Galaz (Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University), Christina Hicks (Lancaster University), and Belinda Reyers (University of Pretoria)
Discussant: Neil Adger (University of Exeter)

Panel IV:  Fostering Innovation for Transformational Change
Moderator: Ruth DeFries (NAS, Columbia University)
Panelists: Reinette (Oonsie) Biggs (Stellenbosch University), Frank Geels (The University of Manchester), Harini Nagendra (Azim Premji University), and Garry Peterson (Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University)
Discussant: Steve Carpenter (NAS, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 (8:00 am - 1:00 pm EST)

Panel V:  Linking Knowledge with Action
Moderator: Diana Liverman (NAS, University of Arizona)
Panelists: Sara Burch (University of Waterloo, Canada), Meaghan Daly (University of New England), Maria Carmen Lemos (University of Michigan), and Esther Turnout (Wageninen University)
Discussant: Lorrae Van Kerkhoff (Australian National University)

Panel VI:  Managing and Governing Complex Nature-Society Systems
Moderator: Robert O. Keohane (NAS, Princeton University)
Panelists: Harriet Bulkeley (Durham University), Michael Osterholm (NAM, University of Minnesota), and Leah Stokes (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Discussant: Chukwumeiji Okerke (Alex-Ekwueme Federal University, Nigeria)

Workshop Synthesis:  Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability Science
Moderator: William Clark (NAS, Harvard University, Workshop Co-Chair)

Sustainability Science as a Growing Field of Scholarship
B. L. Turner II (NAS, Arizona State University)

Sustainability Science as a Guide to the Pursuit of Sustainability
Pamela Matson (NAS, Stanford University, Workshop Co-Chair)

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