7 October 2013

Ten top-universities behind congress on global challenges and sustainable solutions


The congress invites experts across disciplines to break down academic barriers and jumpstart a broader collaboration on sustainable solutions relevant for society. Also targeting businesses and policy makers, the congress aims to provide a platform for new solutions to global challenges.

The International Alliance of Research Universities is behind next year's major international conference hosted by the University of Copenhagen. With a focus on climate, resources, economy, nature, health, education and society as inextricably linked factors, the congress opens up for a broader approach to global challenges by bringing together experts from all disciplines. The aim is to stimulate the scientific community to work together for holistic solutions.

Professor Katherine Richardson, head of the Sustainability Science Center at the University of Copenhagen and the Scientific Steering Committee of the congress, explains:

"Most scientific congresses attract only contributions from a limited number of disciplines. A congress like this represents a paradigm shift in the research world, where we have the opportunity to bring together our academic fields. The reason for it happening right now is a clear societal need for sustainable solutions to global challenges. Such solutions require a holistic approach and the convergence of disciplines."

With 15 theme sessions with topics ranging from biomass to geoingineering, health, education and food security, the congress opens up for an interdisciplinary platform for researchers, business people and policy makers.

A number of international top name speakers have already been announced.

Confirmed keynote speakers include

  • Professor Jane Lubchenco from Oregon State University and former climate adviser to Barack Obama Professor
  • Johan Rockström from Stockholm University and head of the Stockholm Resilience
  • Professor Shiyi Chen from Peking University and director of the China Center for Economic Studies
  • Connie Hedegaard, EU climate commissioner
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The International Alliance of Research Universities includes Australian National University, ETH Zürich, National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of California, Berkeley, University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of Tokyo, Yale University and University of Copenhagen who is the local host for the congress. The VILLUM FOUNDATION is the main sponsor.

Program and more information

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Press can participate for free and register in advance.
It will be possible to join a press tours during the congress highlighting sustainable solutions in and around Copenhagen, Denmark

All other participants should register here.

Contact information

Please contact head of communications Elisabeth Wulffeld
Tlf: +45 21 17 91 40