Seedbeds of Transformation: The Role of Science with Society and the SDGs in Africa

The organisers of the conference are seeking proposals for conference sessions,applications for travel grants for African innovators, and applications for SDG Labs focused on Africa.

The organisers of the "Seedbeds of Transformation: The Role of Science with Society and the SDGs in Africa" conference (to take place in South Africa in May 2018) have recently announced three calls related to the conference. They are seeking (1) proposals for conference sessions, (2) applications for travel grants for African innovators, and (3) applications for SDG Labs focused on Africa. 

More information, including session proposals and participant travel funding, can be founds at the following link:

https://seedbeds.futureearth.org/ 

A major objective of the Seedbeds conference is to advance African research and action for sustainability that also serves to grow Future Earth's presence in the Global South. Towards this end, the organizers wish to engage the Future Earth Global Research Projects (GRPs) to communicate their work in Africa and work that is directly relevant to Africa. In addition, Seedbeds will offer opportunities to foster new connections between the Future Earth GRPs and African sustainability researchers and practitioners.

In the spirit of Future Earth, the conference is open to people from research, policy and practice realms (not just a science conference) and it is being structure to maximize active debate and discussion rather than overly relying on formal presentations. Thus, sessions are expected to maximize discussion-based problem solving while minimizing time spent on one-way presentation of science papers. 

While there will likely be some academic outputs (papers, reports) from the conference, there will be a strong focus on developing key messages for platforms (e.g. from regional platforms up to the High Level Political Forum for the SDGs) and developing a strategy for engaging networks in Africa around the SDGs that builds Future Earth's presence in the region, in particular giving credibility and visibility to the nascent Future Earth structures in Africa (the South Africa Future Earth office for the Southern Africa region and the Africa Future Earth Committee).

For more information: contact Jon Padgham (jon.padgham@futureearth.org) at the Future Earth Colorado Hub

Deadline for applications/proposals is February 5th 2018