SDGs Symposium 2021: Interdisciplinary science solutions for food, water, climate and ecosystems Sustainable Development Goals

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    Springer Nature
    The University of Tokyo

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The wellbeing of our planet contributes directly and indirectly to human wellbeing in multiple ways. Our environment is a major source of food, materials and livelihoods to millions of people globally, while at the same time providing a habitat to millions of species, and regulating hydrological cycles and the global climate. However, ecosystems face multiple pressures including climate change, habitat loss, pollution and species overexploitation, many of which are often driven by economic growth, trade and urbanization. The combined effect of these pressures has important ramification for the sustainability of the planet, including human societies.

The interconnectivity between social and natural systems, also suggests the strong intersection between multiple Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs*) such as SDG2(Zero Hunger), SDG6(Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG13(Climate action), SDG14(Life below water) and SDG15(Life on land). Considering the important ramifications of ongoing climate and ecosystem change for sustainable development, there is an urgent need to generate interdisciplinary knowledge to understand these linkages and develop solutions at the interface of these SDGs.

Ultimately, achieving progress for the SDGs will require academia, business, policymakers and civil society to work together in a transdisciplinary manner. Nature, Nature Sustainability, Sustainability Science and its publisher, Springer Nature, play an important role in advancing the discovery and dissemination of evidence-based sustainability research. To highlight and strengthen these connections, on 26 March 2021 we are holding a symposium at The University of Tokyo. We wish to take this opportunity to invite some of Japan’s renowned researchers working at this interface to discuss with the editors the best ways for research to both explain these multi-faceted phenomena and develop effective solutions. We look forward to your participation in this event.

*SDGs: Sustainable Development Goals are the 17 Goals for sustainable development, ratified by the 193 member states of the United Nations in 2015, for delivery by 2030

  • 16:30-16:35
    Opening remarks

    Makoto Gonokami(President, The University of Tokyo)

  • 16:35-16:55
    Keynote Speaker1
    "How researchers, their institutions and their publishers can boost their impacts on major societal challenges"

    Philip Campbell(Editor in Chief, Springer Nature)

  • 16:55-17:15
    Keynote Speaker2
    "Data and curiosity driven earth system science for the SDGs"

    Taikan Oki(Professor, The University of Tokyo)

  • 17:15-17:20
  • 17:20-17:50

    “Linking of ocean science and SDGs through numerical simulations” (Hiroyasu Hasumi)

    “Unraveling the sustainability trade-offs of commercial agriculture in Sub-Saharan Africa in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals” (Alexandros Gasparatos)

    “How do we reconcile a long-term climate goal and sustainable development?” (Tomoko Hasegawa)

  • 17:50-18:50
    Panel discussion

    Taikan Oki(Special Advisor to the President, and Professor at Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University, Japan Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations)

    Hiroyasu Hasumi(Professor, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo)

    Alexandros Gasparatos(Associate Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo)

    Tomoko Hasegawa(Associate Professor, College of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University)

    Philip Campbell(Editor in Chief, Springer Nature)

    Hiroko Kuniya(Journalist)

  • 18:50-19:00

    Antoine Bocquet(Managing Director, Springer Nature)


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