Applications now open for hands-on Demonstration Sessions

January 22, 2020
Showcase your innovation to hundreds of leaders, experts and changemakers in sustainability through a hands-on Demonstration Session at SRI2020.

Applications are now open (January 22 – February 16) for Demonstration Sessions at SRI2020. 

These sessions are particularly useful for presenting innovations such as technologies and hardware, visual tools, creative installations and other physical and interactive assets for use in sustainability. 

Sessions will be held in a high-traffic area of the event and allocated a 2.5-hour period during which hosts can schedule multiple demonstrations or exhibits, or run these on a rolling basis, to make up one session.

“This is a really exciting format for private sector, research and community groups alike to showcase their innovation and get direct access to hundreds of leaders in sustainability across government, science, civil society and more,” says Josh Tewksbury, the Future Earth USA Global Hub Director.

“We think that the interactive nature of the sessions will be a hit with congress attendees who’ll be able to engage with presenters and learn more about their innovation.”

“What we’re offering is a flexible session that can be used to showcase anything from applications for decision support, to games, illustrative examples of innovations, or really any technology, service or tool for the global sustainability challenge,” adds Erica Key, the Executive Director of Belmont Forum.

Demonstrations can be followed by a moderated discussion and questions from the audience, and proposals are encouraged to include interactive and innovative approaches that increase audience participation.

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. The congress is a unique opportunity for diverse audiences to connect with the global sustainability community, learn about the latest sustainability science, create novel networks and partnerships, explore new ideas, gain visibility, inspire and be inspired.

Applications close March 15, 2020.

About Demonstration Sessions:


  • Demonstration teams (recommended no more than 2 people/team) will be allocated a 2.5 hour time period, during which multiple demonstrations or exhibits can be scheduled, or run on a rolling basis, to make up one session.
  • Demonstration sessions will each receive a display table area within a high-traffic corridor on the main level of the venue, adjacent to meeting rooms in which concurrent sessions will be taking place. 
  • Demonstration proposals are encouraged to include interactive and innovative designs that increase audience participation, such as live audience polling, social media input, and other forms of audience participation.


  • Demonstration presenters have the flexibility to decide the length of their presentation during their designated time slot, while also allocating time for audience interaction and participation. 
  • Duration of each demonstration must be no longer than 120 minutes, allowing 15 minutes on either end for set-up and tear-down.
  • Sessions must be open to all conference attendees, and amenable to this ‘pop-up’ style, whereby attendees may come and go in the open floor plan.
  • Session facilitators must submit a one-page wrap-up report, or a short video or audio file to conference organizers to by July 15, 2020. This should summarize activities, outcomes, and future plans for sharing material or building on the session outcomes beyond the conference.