About the Symposium

Join us on May 11 in Ithaca to explore how science and policy intersect in driving global sustainable development.  


This Symposium is the first in a new series of events, led by the Polson Institute, that will explore topics that define the 'Future of Development'.  By bringing critical voices into dialogue with practitioners and policy-makers, the series is creating opportunities to think through the social and political challenges that influence the effectiveness and fairness of global development. 

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 shapes 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. 

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