Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development
Linking science and policy at Rio+20...
A major five-day Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development in the days just prior to the Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro.
The aim was to help establish the research, technology and policy agendas that will be needed after Rio+20.
The Forum brought together leading international scientists, policy-makers, industry, NGOs, journalists and youth from more than 75 countries to explore the key role of interdisciplinary science and innovation in the transition to sustainable development, a green economy and poverty eradication.
Over 1,000 people attended the event, with another 1,000 watching the live webcast and many more interacting via social media.
Two important conclusions stood out: the necessity for social and natural scientists to work closely together, and the need for integrated policy approaches.
Future Earth, a new 10-year interdisciplinary initiative on research for global sustainability that will bring together natural and social scientists, was also launched at the Forum.
Missed the Forum? Want to revisit sessions?
- View all main sessions
- Read the Co-convenors’ recommendations and summaries
- Read the blog
- See photos
Blog and media highlights
- At Rio, a new contract for science?
Chinadialogue, 20 June 2012
- If you were in Rio…
Chinadialogue, 18 June 2012
- 'We told you so,’ and other final messages from the Science Forum
SciDevNet, 17 June 2012
- Harnessing New Scientific Capacity
Science, 15 June 2012
Science, 15 June 2012
- Rio+20 Earth summit: scientists call for action on population
The Guardian, 14 June 2012
- ICSU to launch global initiative for monitoring urban health
SciDevNet, 14 June 2012
- Science is key to our sustainable future
Al Jazeera, 9 June 2012
The Forum was organised by ICSU, in partnership with UNESCO, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.
The Forum was one of ICSU's activities for Rio+20.