We live in a world where people, places and problems are increasingly interconnected. Actions at the local scale can have planetary effects. At the same time, some parts of the world are more vulnerable than others to extreme events or food insecurity driven by climate change. In this context research on global change and sustainability cannot be conducted in isolation. It was this realization that led to the setting up of initiatives such as the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, which harnessed the collective abilities and experiences of global networks of researchers. In recent years new initiatives such as Future Earth, the Thriving Earth Exchange, and numerous smaller-scale projects are expanding the frontiers of collaborative research.
This session assesses the value added by research coordination on sustainability topics and explores innovative approaches to enhancing collaboration, both globally and among disciplines. We invite contributions that share experiences and discuss ways forward.
Primary Convener: Thorsten Kiefer, Future Earth, Global Secretariat Hub, Paris, France
Conveners: Karen Louise Smyth, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, Stockholm, Sweden, Ninad R Bondre, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden and Julien Emile-Geay, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States
Chairs: Thorsten Kiefer, Future Earth, Global Secretariat Hub, Paris, France and Julien Emile-Geay, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, United States
OSPA Liaison: Thorsten Kiefer, Future Earth, Global Secretariat Hub, Paris, France