IIASA and the International Science Council (ISC) will present reports outlining key findings and insights drawn from the work of the IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform over the last 7 months as part of the 2-day fully interactive virtual series: COVID-19 – From Recovery to Sustainability, hosted by the ISC.

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As part of an initiative to explore how the world can recover from the coronavirus crisis sustainably, IIASA and the International Science Council (ISC) partnered to create a Consultative Science Platform "Bouncing Forward Sustainably: Pathways to a Post-COVID World" – to facilitate consultation, deliberation, and collaboration among scientists, policymakers, and representatives from civil society.

On 26 January, IIASA Director General Albert van Jaarsveld, IIASA Deputy Director of Science Leena Srivastava, and IIASA researcher Luis Gomez Echeverri will introduce participants to the IIASA-ISC Consultative Science Platform and key outcomes of the initiative to date. In addition, four parallel discussions will take place around the thematic reports of the platform: Governance for SustainabilityStrengthening Science SystemsResilient Food Systems, and Sustainable Energy, highlighting findings from the expert contributors.

This event is part of a virtual two-day series "COVID-19 – From Recovery to Sustainability" organized by the ISC and builds on the presentation of the “UN Roadmap for the COVID-19 Recovery” on January 25 at 16:00 CET (15:00 UTC), by Steven Hoffman (Scientific Director, Institute of Population & Public Health, Canadian Institutes of Health Research) who led the development of the Roadmap. This will be followed by two parallel sessions to discuss the Roadmap with Aisen Etcheverry (National Director, National Research and Development Agency ANID, Chile) and Isayvani Naicker (Director of Strategy, Policy and Partnerships, African Academy of Sciences).

The entire series will take place on the engaging virtual event platform Hopin, which will enable participants to stay online and connect after the conclusion of discussions for networking opportunities and explore the virtual exhibition space. The ISC is offering a 15-minute introduction, prior to the program, for a live demonstration on how to navigate Hopin.

This is a free online event that requires registration:

Background

In May 2020, IIASA and the International Science Council (ISC) launched the IIASA – ISC Consultative Science Platform: Bouncing Forward Sustainably – Pathways to a post COVID World. The two organizations have drawn on their combined strengths, expertise, and large scientific communities, to come up with a set of insights and recommendations based on a series of online consultations that have brought together over 200 experts from all regions of the world. 

These online consultations have focused on four themes: strengthening science systems, responsive governance, resilient food systems, and sustainable energy, co-led by scientists from IIASA and the ISC. 

The platform is informed and supported by an advisory board under the patronage of the former UN Secretary General, H.E. Ban Ki-moon and the Chair of the Elders H.E. Mary Robinson. Currently, the initiative has the following partners: Ban Ki-moon Center, Future Earth, the Earth League, and the Vienna Energy Forum.

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