UNU interactive seminar: Introducing sustainability science

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    2011•11•14    15:00 - 17:00

    UNU Interactive Seminar on Global Issues # 14

    Developing a Sustainable Future: Introducing Sustainability Science

    Sustainability science is an emerging field of study that uses interdisciplinary methods to research and promote sustainable development. Among the two largest promoters of the sustainability science concept are Harvard University and the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), a consortium of leading Japanese universities in which each contributes its own respective field of excellence to the development and advancement of sustainability science.

    In this seminar, Professors Takeuchi, Hanaki, Osaki, Ueta and Sumi, all contributors to or editors of books in the recently-published UNU Press series on Sustainability Science (which includes the titles Sustainability Science: A Multidisciplinary Approach; Climate Change and Global Sustainability: A Holistic Approach; Establishing a Resource-Circulating Society in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities; Designing Our Future: Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity; and Achieving Global Sustainability: Policy Recommendations) will introduce the audience to the exciting new academic discipline that is sustainability science. This is a field of study that is multi-disciplinary in nature and was developed to address some of the world’s most challenging problems and focusing on helping to build a sustainable society by developing solutions to climate change, deforestation, ecological destruction and other environmental crises that threaten the future of humanity.

    The speakers will present both sustainability science’s responses to global crises and recommendations to ensure the sustainability and longevity of the planet. These include building urban–rural partnerships, finding ways to mitigate climate change, assessing biomass utilization, and creating a renewable, resource-circulating society. Although many of the problems presented are global in scope, the presenters will stress the importance of incorporating the wisdom and experience of societies at the local level when developing solutions.

    The seminar will be followed by a general discussion among the participants and audience, and conclude with a reception. Attendance is free to all.

    Advance registration is required. Registration closes on November 13, 2011.


    Elizabeth Rose Hall, United Nations University, 5-53-70 Jingumae. Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925, Japan