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Venice, Italy, 20-22 October 2006
The goals of the workshop are: 1) to prepare an integrated sketch of the principal challenges of research, training, and capacity building facing the rapidly emerging field of sustainability science; and 2) to use that sketch to help encourage connections and synergies among a series of related initiatives linking science and technology with sustainability concerns that are now taking shape under the leadership of workshop participants. Questions to be addressed include:
Where are we now? What are the internationally accepted goals of sustainable development? What are the principal international R&D agendas now being pursued in support of efforts to achieve those goals?
What’s missing? What are the exceptional opportunities for additional or intensified R&D that could enable effective action on the ground to achieve priority goals of sustainable development over the next decade?
What should be taught? What kind of materials – textbooks? Training courses? Curricula? – are most needed to facilitate the training and professional development of the next generation of sustainability scientists?
What’s to be done? What sort of joint initiatives – among our own institutions and between institutions such as ours and governments, foundations, civil society and the private sector – are most needed to facilitate the knowledge creation, application and training for sustainable development that we have discussed in this workshop?
William Clark, Co-Director, Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University
John Holdren, President, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Professor, Harvard University
Robert Kates, Co-Chair, Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability
Alessandra Fornetti, Conference Coordinator, Venice International Univ, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elisa Carlotto, Conference Coordinator Assistant, Venice International Univ, email@example.com, tel. +39 041 2719547
Nancy Dickson, Sustainability Science Program, Harvard Univ, firstname.lastname@example.org