Schedule of Events
& Panel Discussions
The 2018 symposium, ‘Bridging Science and Policy in the Sustainable Development Era’, addresses the commitments of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to - “free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.” With seventeen ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, how do we develop robust and measurable indicators that can keep us accountable to our commitments? And yet at the same time, how might we be sensitive to the social and political factors that shape how knowledge is created, shared, and used? We'll be exploring these questions through six discussion panels of leading thinkers and practitioners of sustainable development over a full day of ideas and conversation.
What does evidence mean? What are the societal gains of evidence-based policy?
How can we better attend to questions of power, representation, and identity in examining how both scientific evidence and policy are produced?
In an era of doubt, what does transdisciplinary research look like? How can researchers and policy makers advance better outcomes for all, amidst changing structures of validity and accountability?
What are the social, cultural, linguistic, and political dimensions of translation between scientific, policy, and development communities?
The symposium will bring together speakers representing multiple geographies and disciplines, from nonprofits and community organizations to academia, think tanks, and beyond.
Dr. Eeva Furman
Professor and Director of the Environment Policy Centre, Finnish Environment Institute
Dr. Farhana Sultana
Research Director for Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts, PARCC, Syracuse University
Senior Consultant, Global Health Visions