This is the latest from Future Earth, the global research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate our transformations to a sustainable world.
Welcome to the April 2014 Future Earth Newsletter, bringing you the latest news on the initiative.

What should the future of global change research look like?

If the future of global change research were in your hands, what would you focus on? Identifying extinction hotspots, understanding the impacts of sea level rise, or investigating how cultural values influence perceptions of risk?

Future Earth has launched a community consultation to identify the most important and most critical challenges for global change science to address in the next 5 years. These challenges will be used to develop the Future Earth Strategic Research Agenda 2014 – a set of research priorities that will be co-designed with stakeholders from the funding, business and policy communities to help funders focus their resources. Following an initial solicitation of research questions from international science communities, an open consultation process has been launched to seek feedback on the priorities that have been identified so far, and to gain new ideas from global societal stakeholders of Future Earth.

You can contribute to the development of our Strategic Research Agenda by completing our online survey, which will remain open until May 13 2014.

The results of this consultation will be developed into a set of research priorities that require international collaboration across scientific disciplines.

Call for Funding Proposals: Transformations to Sustainability

Transformations to Sustainability is a new global research funding programme implemented by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and intended to make a major contribution to the work of Future Earth. This preparatory call for seed funding will support up to 30 proposals of up to €30,000 per successful proposal, and will be followed by an open call for proposals for Transformative Knowledge Networks that will each receive up to €300,000 per year over a three-year period.

Transformations to Sustainability will promote research on the fundamental and innovative processes of social transformations needed to secure effective, equitable and durable solutions to some of today’s most urgent problems of global change and sustainability, including climate change, biodiversity loss, water and food security, energy production and consumption, poverty and growing inequalities.

The programme will support researchers from the social, behavioural and economic sciences to take the lead in developing international Transformative Knowledge Networks that will bring together researchers from different disciplines and fields of science. Networks will focus on the needs and opportunities for social transformation in concrete contexts of application, and will engage stakeholders in the co-design and co-production of solutions-oriented knowledge and the development of networks of knowledge exchange and mutual learning.

A full description of this programme is available for download. This call will be implemented by the ISSC, and the deadline for submissions is 31 May 2014. The open call for Transformative Knowledge Networks will be issued towards the end of October 2014. The ISSC anticipates implementing this call in partnership with the Belmont Forum.

Call for Funding Proposals: Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability

The Belmont Forum, a group of international science funders, has released a call for proposals on Arctic Observing and Research for Sustainability. Grants of between €200,000 and €1 million are available for interdisciplinary, multinational research projects.

Arctic Observing and Research for SustainabilityIn recent decades, the Arctic has undergone rapid change – a dramatic decline in sea ice extent and volume, extensive erosion of sections of the Arctic coastline, permafrost thawing, shifting migration patterns of both people and animals, a growing demand for oil and energy infrastructure, and increased interest in seasonally ice-free intercontinental transport routes. These stressors, whether natural or human-induced, have elements of potential benefit and also possible harm for the Arctic system and human wellbeing.

This Call seeks to bring together integrated teams of natural scientists, social scientists and stakeholders to develop innovative approaches to these challenges and opportunities, and to support decision-making towards a sustainable Arctic environment.

For more information about research themes, eligibility, proposal submission documents, and to access the researcher matching tool, please visit the funding website. The closing date for submission of proposals is 31 July 2014.

Future Earth website launched

We're delighted to launch our new home on the web after over six months in development. The Future Earth website contains up-to-date news from the Future Earth community, including science highlights from the research projects and initiatives linked to Future Earth, and details of how to get involved. The Future Earth blog continues to run, providing commentary and opinion articles on issues relating to Global Environmental Change.

More news and events from the global change community...

Frank Biermann, chair of the Earth System Governance research alliance, speaks at UN General Assembly in an Interactive Dialogue on Harmony with Nature

Meeting global food needs with lower emissions: IPCC report findings on climate change mitigation in agriculture

Polar Educators, International (PEI),launch series of polar science webinars sponsored by CliC and the Arctic Research Consortium of the US  

Upcoming Events

4 - 8 May 2014
Resilience 2014, Montpellier, France

12 May
Adaptation Futures 2014, Fortaleza Ceará, Brazil

12 - 16 May 2014
4th iLEAPS Science Conference: Terrestrial ecosystems, atmosphere, and people in the Earth system

25 - 31 May 2014
Young Scientists Networking Conference on Integrated Science, Villa Vigoni, Italy

19 - 20 May 2014
Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, Bonn, Germany

7 - 9 June 2014
2nd IRDR Conference: Integrated Disaster Risk Science - A Tool for Sustainability

23 - 27 June 2014
Future Oceans, Bergen, Norway

1 - 3 July 2014
2014 Norwich Conference on Earth System Governance - Access and Allocation in the Anthropocene

14 - 17 July 2014
'Trending Now: Water' 7th International Scientific Conference on the Global Water and Energy Cycle

More events can be found on our website.
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Photos: 1.Jack Wolf via Flickr; 2.Andrea Taurisano/Norwegian Polar Institute via Flickr.

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