Sustainability Research & Innovation

The Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2020 (SRI2020) is the world’s first transdisciplinary gathering in sustainability – it will be a space of fierce advocacy for sustainability scholarship and innovation, collaboration and action.

This is an annual event that unites global leaders, experts, industry and innovators to inspire action and promote a sustainability transformation.

Australia, who hosts this year’s Congress, plays a unique role in the global community as a conduit between the Global North and the Global South, and indigenous peoples and traditional sustainability practices. The local hosting consortium features academia, government, and private sector partners from Brisbane and the State of Queensland to meet the breadth of the SRI2020 agenda.

Update: SRI2020 Postponed Until 2021

With the global outbreak of COVID-19, and a serious concern about the health and safety of our participants, the conveners of Sustainability Research and Innovation 2020 Congress (SRI2020) have made the decision to postpone the Congress to mid-2021. The new date will be confirmed in the coming weeks, and announced on our website, newsletter and social media.

SRI2020 and SRI2021 will be held as a combined Congress at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center in Australia. The combined Congress will bring together an even larger and more dynamic group of global changemakers in sustainability. 

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Investing in Sustainability, Research, and Innovation


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


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


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.


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.