Host the 2021 Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress

January 30, 2020

Help shape the global sustainability transformation. Future Earth and the Belmont Forum are seeking a host or hosts for the next Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress 2021.

The Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI) is a new annual series of gatherings uniting global leaders, experts, industry and innovators to inspire action and promote a sustainability transformation.

A joint initiative of Future Earth and the Belmont Forum, it is a space of fierce advocacy for sustainability scholarship and innovation, trans-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration and action.

The first Congress, SRI2020, will take place in Brisbane, Australia from June 14-17, 2020. Registrations are now open for attendees.

Hosting SRI2021 is a unique opportunity for networks, universities, research institutions, government agencies, corporations, granting agencies, professional societies, non-profit organizations and other change-makers in sustainability aspiring to strengthen their global profile and thought leadership.

The event will build on the outcomes and lessons learned from SRI2020, pushing forward an ambitious agenda for elevating the sustainability sector globally. It will also go deeper in exploring next generation conferencing, emphasizing virtual event participation to reduce emissions from travel.

“Hosting the next SRI event is an opportunity for applicants to showcase the leadership of their nation, region, city, company, or organization in sustainability research and innovation to the world stage. It will open up conversations with international funders and give hosts a seat in discussions that will shape global research and innovation agendas,” says Josh Tewksbury, Future Earth Global Hub Director.

“As diversity and inclusivity are part of our core values, we’d really like to see bids from consortia of organizations that are from multiple nations, particularly including those of the Global South, and from across sectors,” he adds.

The next edition of SRI will continue the dynamic and interactive event championed at SRI2020, with a mix of both plenary and parallel sessions, short ‘ignite’ style presentations and many opportunities for participants and speakers to interact. 

An MOU will be signed between the Belmont Forum, Future Earth and the winner(s), with the winner(s) announced at the SRI2020 closing ceremony. 

Applications are due by March 8, 2020.