The world’s largest transdisciplinary gathering for the global sustainability community is currently being held at the University of Pretoria’s Future Africa Institute and Campus. The Sustainability, Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2022) unites more than 2 000 global research leaders, government and civil society experts, funders, and innovators to inspire action and promote sustainability transformation.

This week on Womanity-Women in Unity, as part of our commemoration for #AfricaDay, which is celebrated on 25 May, Dr. Amaleya Goneos-Malka talks to Dr. Heide Hackmann, the Interim Director and Advisor on Transdisciplinarity and Global Knowledge Networks at the Future Africa Institute | University of Pretoria.  Prior to this role Dr Hackmann served as CEO of the International Science Council.

 

The ground-breaking One Health High-Level Expert Panel's 2021 (OHHLEP) annual report has just gone live. What makes this noteworthy is that Professor Wanda Markotter is one of two global experts on the OHHLEP.

Happening today!

#CLABAfrica Webinar 3

Tuesday 24 May 2022

15:00-16:30hrs (SAST)

Zoom Webinar, register here: http://cutt.ly/zHX2rVt

 

Brought to you by the Future Africa Institute at the University of Pretoria, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network - FANRPAN , Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Agence Française de Développement

The future we want to live in is on the horizon. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a target framework to achieve this ideal, but a realisation of many goals requires innovation – institutional, policy, technological, and societal – and a willingness to change.  Additionally, the interlinked and interdependent nature of the SDGs makes it important to take a systemic perspective, which is, in itself, not part of the structural/cultural landscapes of many of our governments and institutions.

The 2022 Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress Programme is now available. 

The congress will gather global leaders, experts, industry practitioners, and innovators in the field of sustainability.

The ECRLF is an initiative of the Future Africa Institute at the University of Pretoria (UP) funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). It serves early career research leaders in basic and applied sciences, engineering, social sciences, the humanities and the arts.

UP welcomes international science diplomat, advisor and policy maker, Dr Heide Hackmann (former CEO of The International Science Council) on staff as the Interim Director at the Future Africa Institute. Born in Kwa-Zulu Natal and having travelled abroad acquiring multiple scholarly and career achievements, she returns to South Africa after nearly 30 years with a determined vision to help empower the African science community with her wealth of knowledge, networks, and capacitation expertise.

SRI Inkundlas are a series of four interactive and inspirational events organised every month leading up to the 2022 Sustainability Research and Innovation (SRI) Congress, to be held at the Future Africa Institute at the University of Pretoria, South Africa from 20-24 June 2022. The SRI pre-Congress Inkundlas aims to emphasise the collaborative, inclusive and engaging nature of the Congress, while honouring the traditions and culture of the 2022 host, South Africa.

SRI InkundlaBuilding Peace for Sustainability through Science
Join us for the second SRI Inkundla, Building Peace for Sustainability through Science and engage with two free virtual events held from 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm SAST on March 28, 2022 (view your local time) and 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm SAST on March 31, 2022 (view your local time). Addressing critical questions around peace, science and sustainability, these events will bring together two different sets of academics and practitioners with both theoretical and lived experience in advancing peaceful dialogue through science.

UP academics Professor Irma Eloff and Dr Kgadi Mathabathe are two women from diverse backgrounds who are working together through community empowerment, spearheading the South African leg of the research project, Teach4Reach. The initiative explores how teacher education programmes in the Global South and the Global North can be leveraged to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).