June 14-17, 2020

Brisbane, Australia

Future Earth, which supports the largest global community of systems-focused sustainability researchers and innovators, and the Belmont Forum, the world’s largest consortium of transdisciplinary global change and sustainability research funders, are joining forces to establish a marquee congress in which the world’s foremost research and innovation communities come together to share successes, exchange views, and work across disciplines and sectors to support a global transformation to sustainability.


Investing in Sustainability, Research and Innovation

SRI2020 will be the first in a congress series that will serve as a focal point in the sustainability science and innovation calendar, a venue for


Connecting diverse knowledge systems, academia with a range of stakeholders, policy prescribers with informed constituencies, funders across sectors, and innovators with clientele


Building capacity in understanding, co-developing, and co-implementing sustainable solutions, supporting legacy learning, exploring viral communications approaches, and enhancing transparency through open data and open access

Partnership Building

Creating robust communities of practice, supporting cross-sectoral funder dialogue and action, and connecting local implementation with global frameworks

Knowledge Exchange Opportunities

Sharing lessons learned and best practices, building a meta-synthetic understanding of sustainability, co-developing metrics for evaluation of sustainable development and investment, demonstrating innovative solutions to achieve the SDGs, publishing in diverse accessible media outlets for maximum uptake and dissemination.

The SRI2020 congress will gather leads in sustainability science, innovation, funding, communication, and implementation, providing opportunities for career development, engagement, and active participation not possible in the sector or discipline-specific meetings.

Through a multi-sectoral, diverse, inclusive and supportive environment, we hope to amplify existing efforts and conversations in sustainability, create a native domain for the sustainability community, and build a space for fierce advocacy for sustainability scholarship, innovation, and knowledge to action. Ultimately, SRI2020 will serve to establish the legitimacy and global scaffold for a global community of sustainability and serve as an umbrella under which metrics and programming can be developed to guide growth in sustainability-forward communities while encouraging best practices in stakeholder engagement, legacy activities and accessibility of outcomes.

Future Earth

At Future Earth, we believe that research, innovation, and collaboration can transform the world toward sustainability. We harness the experience and reach of thousands of scientists, practitioners and innovators from across the globe. Together, this global community facilitates research, mobilises networks, sparks innovation, and turns knowledge into action.

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 interdisciplinary and 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.

Future Earth Australia

Future Earth Australia is a national peak initiative that enables Australian scientists, governments, industry and NGOs to collaborate both with each other and with international networks and programs across Australia. We envision Australia and its people thriving in, and contributing to, a sustainable and equitable world. We achieve this by coordinating, enabling, performing, and promoting research and practice to address the sustainability challenges facing Australia, our regional neighbours, and the rest of the world.

Sponsorship Opportunities

All partners and sponsors have a direct financial (direct or in-kind) commitment to the event.  

If you are interested in partnering or sponsoring, please contact

Hosting Consortia