The environmental challenges which we are facing today are rooted in unprecedented and deeply interlinked crises in the relationship between humans and the planet. These challenges combine geo-ecological, political, economic and social problems. To better understand them, and to be able to address these challenges, research needs to undergo profound transformations.
Despite considerable advances of knowledge over the last decade, and the efforts towards collaboration between a broad range of disciplines to understand the systemic complexities which underlie sustainability challenges, the scientific community has so far failed to bring about the transformations that would be necessary to achieve and sustain acceptable living conditions for humans and ecosystems. This raises fundamental questions about the role of research, the use of knowledge and the social and political impact of science.
As a scientific community, we need to abandon the classic linear view through which science feeds into action, and instead start building better conditions for the appropriation of scientific knowledge by private and public actors. This requires experimenting with new ways of producing and sharing knowledge with decision-makers and actors on the ground, and exploring a wider range of narratives for the future, ranging from full recognition of the current crisis to desirable scenarios exploring radical system shift.
The Autumn School will allow the participants to share and reflect on the various ways science communities in Europe frame sustainability science and transform their practices to better address sustainability challenges and make a greater contribution to societal transformations. This should enable participants to integrate new concepts and practices into their future research portfolios.
* The call for applications is now closed *
Applicants will be notified by the end of June
Accommodation, meals and teaching costs are fully covered by the organizers.
Upon request, travel costs can be covered for participants working in European middle income countries (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine).
Nathalie Blanc, CNRS
Wolfgang Cramer, CNRS
Rebecca Fenn, CNRS, Future Earth
Helmut Haberl, BOKU
Pavel Kambersky, CNRS, Future Earth
Jacqueline Loos, Leuphana University
Joan Martinez Alier, ICTA, UAB
Sandrine Paillard, CNRS, Future Earth
Alban Thomas, INRAE
What is the Autumn School about?
The Autumn School offers a programme of keynotes and small group activities to encourage discussion, collective reflection, interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration among all participants: speakers, organizers and early career researchers.
Main topics include:
- How can historical perspectives contribute to understanding the present and exploring possible futures?
- How can positive narratives or utopia enable actions?
- How can integrated research on biophysical and social conditions help identify leverage points towards a more sustainable future?
- What role does, should, could and can research play in opening up the space for more pluralistic and radical visions for sustainability?
- How to steer and engage in transdisciplinary projects?
Speaker Session, Autumn School 2022
Sabine Barles, University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne | Paris, France
Nathalie Blanc, CNRS, University of Paris Cité, LADYSS | Paris, France
Wolfgang Cramer, CNRS, Mediterranean Institute of Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology | Aix-en-Provence, France
Helmut Haberl, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences | Vienna, Austria
Gerhard Krinner, Institute for Environmental Geosciences (IGE), CNRS | Grenoble, France
Joan Martinez Alier, ICTA, UAB | Barcelona, Spain
Anke Schaffartzik, Central European University | Vienna, Austria
Hanna Straß-Senol, Rachel Carson Center | Munich, Germany
Klement Tockner, Senckenberg Society of Nature Research | Frankfurt, Germany