Chair of Future Earth Science Committee Visits RIHN
4th Future Earth in Asia seminar

We are pleased to announce that the chair of Future Earth Science Committee, Dr. Mark Stafford Smith will be the guest speaker for our 4th Future Earth in Asia seminar, “Future Earth and engaging with societal priorities: the Sustainable Development Goals as a case study” which will be held on Monday, November 17th. We would like to invite you all to participate in this seminar/discussion to share your ideas and exchange opinions.

Date: Monday, November 17th
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Venue: Lecture Hall, RIHN( → Access)

Mark Stafford Smith
【Chair of Future Earth Science Committee】

Title: “Future Earth and engaging with societal priorities: the Sustainable Development Goals as a case study”
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■ About the seminar

Future Earth aspires to contribute more directly to societal decision-making about global sustainability. This is a challenging aspiration, which is at the heart of our desire to encourage more co-design and co-production of knowledge in our research, yet sustain the basic quality of that research. This seminar will outline how Future Earth is developing and using the very topical issue of Sustainable Development Goals as a case study to discuss how we contribute to a more nimble global innovation system.

■ Biography of Dr. Mark Stafford Smith

Dr. Mark Stafford Smith is the Science Director of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship in Canberra, Australia, where he oversees a highly interdisciplinary programme of research on many aspects of adapting to climate change. He has more than 30 years experience in drylands systems ecology, management and policy, including senior roles such as Program Leader of CSIRO’s Centre for Arid Zone Research in Alice Springs, and then CEO of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre. During this time he was a task leader under the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). He was also a key contributor to the AridNET international network of drylands researchers that devised the Dryland Development Paradigm. In the past decade his research focus has turned more to adaptation to climate change. He was an ICSU-appointed member then vice-chair of IGBP’s Scientific Committee during 2003-2009; and co-chair of the Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions conference on global environmental change in the lead up to Rio+20 in 2012.