Apply now to present your work at SRI2020

January 22, 2020
Share the stage with global experts in sustainability research and innovation. Applications are now open for speakers in Popcorn Sessions at SRI2020.

Submit an abstract by February 16, 2020 for the opportunity to deliver a 7-minute talk during a Popcorn Session presenting your research or work.  

The sessions are designed to bring people together to learn about the latest and most compelling advances in sustainability in a particular discipline, theme, and/or geography.

“Popcorn Sessions are made up of eight short presentations by different speakers on the same topic. The idea is that they collectively show different ways of approaching a sustainability challenge,” explains Makyba Charles-Ayinde, co-chair of the SRI2020 Program Committee.

“We’re looking for speakers who can present cutting edge, high-quality work that is solution oriented.”

Popcorn Sessions run for 90 minutes, featuring 8 speakers who each present 20 slides for 20 seconds per slide. The sessions are divided into two rounds of four talks. After each round, the four speakers move to the corners of the room, and the audience engages in discussion with one or more speakers of their choice for 14 minutes. 

This interactive format offers an opportunity for both knowledge sharing and learning and for participants across disciplines to interact and connect.

Criteria for speaker abstracts: 
  • Applicability to Popcorn Session topic and description (see below).
  • Intellectual merit of presentation: cutting edge, high-quality and solution oriented. 
  • Clear focus on any of the SRI2020 themes, or a coherent linkage among these areas.
  • Novelty and creativity of the approaches and solutions proposed.
  • Abstracts should be a maximum of 300 words, submitted through the SRI2020 submission portal
  • Diversity (in geography, career stage, professional background, gender, etc.)
Popcorn Session topics

Please refer to the detailed listing of SRI2020 Popcorn Sessions for more information on these sesison topics.

  • Developing an industrial ecology marketplace for plastic waste
  • Past global changes as indicators for future changes and strategies for sustainability
  • Transformations to sustainability through transformations in air travel – Perspectives from science
  • Advances in Earth observation for biodiversity and ecosystem monitoring
  • Integrativity in complexity: knowledge co-creation at the food-water-energy nexus
  • The role of biodiversity for transformative change towards sustainable development
  • Sustainability, the Asian way (or Sustainable transformations, can Asia lead the way?)
  • Critical social-science perspectives on transformations to sustainability – emerging framings and approaches
  • North-South participation through engaging communities for implantation of Sustainable Development Goals harnessing science, research and innovation

Applications close March 1, 2020.