Universities, higher education institutions, and knowledge institutions have a critical and unique role in helping achieve the SDGs through their teaching, research and operational practices. To help fulfil this critical role, there is an urgent need for the sector to accelerate and scale up action on the SDGs. In 2017, SDSN AusNZPac and ACTS worked together with institutions in our region to publish Getting Started with the SDGs in Universities, a definitive guide to how the sector can implement the SDGs with examples of what was (at the time) best practice. Since then, many SDSN AusNZPac and ACTS member institutions have greatly increased their sophistication of working with the SDGs across different areas, and their experience with what works and what doesn’t. Other institutions are just starting their SDG journeys. The aim of this forum series is to help lift the collective response of the sector in our region to the SDGs by providing a space for our member institutions to share and discuss approaches, challenges and learnings about SDG implementation. The forums will also look for opportunities for follow up collaborations and for how we can share learnings with the broader community. Each forum will focus on a different topic relating to SDG implementation at universities. We invite members to propose ideas for future forums. The forums will take place via online videoconference, and are open to any staff at SDSN AusNZPac and ACTS member institutions who have an active interest in the areas relating to the forum topic. As this is a discussion forum (not a webinar), we strongly encourage all participants to take an active part in the conversation. Application for the forums will be through an EOI process, to helps us design the session to ensure it responds to participants’ interests and experience. Depending on technological limitations we may also need to cap the number of participants.
We invite SDSN AusNZPac and ACTS members to submit ideas for topics that would be of interest to them for future forums.