Event: Integration across the SDGs and the role of research

10 August, 2018  |  Australia  ,  New Zealand  ,  Pacific  ,  Universities & SDGs  ,  Upcoming Events   


A symposium for early career researchers and practitioners

Future Earth Australia (FEA) and SDSN Australia, New Zealand & Pacific are pleased to invite applications from early career researchers and practitioners (ECRs) to a 2-day symposium looking at how research can help address interactions between the Sustainable Development Goals.

Event Information

17-18 October 2018
Monash Conference Centre,
Level 7, 30 Collins Street,

About the symposium

One of the most innovative and far-reaching aspects of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework is that it recognises the interlinkages between and within the goals, and the need for them to be addressed as an indivisible and integrated whole. Given the complexity of interactions between the goals, and the siloed ways in which many actions are taken, this is also one of the hardest aspects of the SDGs for policy and decision makers to implement.

Research is stepping up to the challenge of helping these stakeholders address the SDGs in an integrated way. Building on insights and approaches from areas such as policy coherence, systems analysis and modelling, and nexus approaches, it is developing new knowledge, approaches and tools relevant to the SDGs.

ECRs are often at the cutting edge of this innovation work. This symposium aims to help these ECRs advance their research, their careers, and the area of SDG integration more generally.

Over two days ECRs and practitioners will:

  • Connect, network and share their work with other ECRs, practitioners and experts working in this area
  • Brainstorm new ideas and methods for addressing SDG integration
  • Identify impact pathways for their research
  • Reflect on how research in this area could be supported and expanded

Who can apply

Applications are open to ECRs in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands working on SDG integration or relevant areas. ECRs are researchers and practitioners who are within the first five years of their career. Current PhD students will also be considered.

Attendance at the symposium is free to all participants. A limited number of travel grants are available to ECRs and practitioners from FEA member organisation on an as needs basis. If you wish to apply for a travel grant please complete the appropriate section on your application form.

How to apply

Places in the symposium are limited and participants will be selected based on an EOI/abstract. Applications should be submitted via this link. The deadline for applications has been extended to Friday 7 September 2018. Applicants will be notified in September on whether they have been accepted.


Dr Tahl Kestin, Network Manager, SDSN Australia, NZ & Pacific tahl.kestin@monash.edu

Dr Tayanah O’Donnell, Director, Future Earth Australia tayanah.odonnell@science.org.au