Apologies for cross-posting. This online conference may be of interest.


All the best  Iain Hay


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Subject: Save the date: Humanities and Social Sciences for Sustainability


Dear Colleagues, dear chairs of the national committees and IGU commissions, dear geographers,


As Chair of the IGU Commission on Global Understanding and the German National Committee I am pleased to announce the online conference „Humanities and Social Sciences for Sustainability“ from October 21 & 22. During the conference a group of leading international experts will present and discuss strategies to strengthen the humanities and social sciences in sustainability research and policies. Hereby we want to explore new ways to integrate the cultural, social and regional dimensions in sustainable development policies.


The natural sciences have driven the world’s attention to the ecologically harmful consequences of modern lifestyles. These insights were and remain highly important. But what has become more and more obvious over the last decades is that they are not sufficient for motivating and implementing a sustained and self-responsible change of the ways of living. For this we need a broad humanistic approach. For the benefit of all, the inclusion of the insights of the humanities and the social sciences is required. In the long run, deep and peaceful societal transformations without the social sciences’ and the humanities’ insights are hardly feasible.


Getting people engaged and involved on a broad front for deep societal transformations is asking first of all a respectful appreciation of cultural and social diversity and particularities across different regions of the world. Consequently, we need to find regionally and culturally differentiated paths to reach that goal. This is the background for the thematic alignment of the conference.


The partners of the conference include the Canadian Commissions for UNESCO as patron, the German Commission for UNESCO, the World Academy of Art & Science, the Academia Europaea, The Club of Rome, the International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences and the International Geographical Union. Our newly elected president, Mike Meadows is delivering the welcome address on behalf of the IGU.


To access to the conference on October 21 and 22, please use the following link:




Please forward this message on to your national organizations, universities, institutes and department of geography as well as to the members of the different IGU commissions.


I’m looking forward to meeting you virtually at the conference!


With very best wishes




Benno Werlen




Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

UNESCO-Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability

Prof. Dr. Benno Werlen

Löbdergraben 32

07743 Jena


Telefon: 0049  (0)3641  9 48840

Email: unesco@uni-jena.de