Future Earth Australia workshop

Academy President Professor Andrew Holmes addressing the Future Earth Australia workshop in April

A two-day ‘Future Earth’ sustainability workshop in April brought together leading thinkers from Australia and the region to discuss the complex interplay of environmental, economic, cultural and social issues, and examine ways to enable Australia to design a sustainable future.

Future Earth Australia is a project of the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) led by the Academy of Science that is seeking to develop an Australian node of the international Future Earth Program. Future Earth is a major international research program sponsored by the Science and Technology Alliance for Global Sustainability that brings together over 60,000 natural and physical scientists and has leveraged over $10 billion sustainability research investment around the world.

Following the workshop, a strategic plan for Future Earth Australia will be finalised and it is anticipated that an establishment phase will commence with support from CSIRO and university groups from July.

A blog post by the Academy’s policy intern, Megan Evans, provides more information on the workshop.

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