Transformations to Sustainability is a Belmont Forum-NORFACE Joint Research Programme


Celebrating the impact of the Transformations to Sustainability programme

The team at the ISC are sad to announce, on behalf of its NORFACE and Belmont Forum partners, that this is the last scheduled newsletter of the Transformations to Sustainability programme, which formally ended in December 2022.

In November we had the enormous pleasure of bringing together nearly 50 programme members and funders at the final meeting of the Transformations to Sustainability programme in Paris. As the first face-to-face meeting since the kick-off meeting of the programme in Fukuoka in September 2018, the value of human connection was palpable. We hope to help the community stay in touch in the years to come, and invite you to stay in touch with us at

We are very proud of the work done by the projects over the past four years, under truly exceptional circumstances. Some of the difference they have made in the world is documented in twelve 'impact stories' just published on our mini-website, which also hosts the seven films produced earlier in 2022. Please help us share these stories and films.

Resources round-up: latest outputs from the T2S community

Articles, blogs, videos, media coverage and more from the T2S programme projects and the wider transformations research community...

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News from the T2S community:

Marlon Howking - web

Climate observers meet to analyse data in Nicaragua

Between October and November 2022, the network of climate monitors accompanied by Nitlapan in the framework of the TRUEPATH project in Nicaragua held meetings at each of the weather stations, inviting nearby producers to analyse the data collected. In 2022 there were moments of intense rainfall in some sites, high humidity, and variation in temperature and winds, and weather observation allowed the community to have an early warning system and to make decisions in the face of meteorological events such as hurricanes.

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New films from the Gold Matters project

Three collaborative films from the project give an insight into lives of small-scale miners and mining communities in different locations:

Ricardo Safra de Campos appointed to UK Young Academy

We would like to congratulate Ricardo Safra de Campos, a member of the MISTY project, on having been selected as one of the UK Young Academy’s first cohort of Members.

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GoST partners organize national consultation on proposed changes to environmental jurisprudence in India

The Environment Support Group (ESG), a partner in the GoST project, in collaboration with the National Law School of India University, organized a national consultation on proposed fundamental changes to key environmental laws of India.

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Reading recommendations

Charli-Joseph, L., Siqueiros-García, J.M., Eakin, H. et al. 2022. Enabling collective agency for sustainability transformations through reframing in the Xochimilco social–ecological system. Sustain Sci.

Roderick J. Lawrence. 2022. Transdisciplinarity: Science for the public good. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Calls and other opportunities

Reminder: Register to attend the 2023 UN Water Conference via the ISC
The United Nations are seeking strong engagement from the scientific community in the upcoming UN 2023 Water Conference (22–24 March, New York). The ISC has been allocated 60 registration spots, and we invite you to share this invitation with your colleagues, members and wider networks. Individuals who are interested in attending the conference should register by 20 February by contacting Anda Popovici (

First external review of the IPBES transformative change assessment (first draft of the chapters) now live
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced that the start of the first external review of the thematic assessment of the underlying causes of biodiversity loss, determinants of transformative change and options for achieving the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity (transformative change assessment) is open from 3 February to 17 March 2023 (6 weeks).

Call for proposals: Turning the 2021 World Risk Poll into action
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a global safety charity, invites organizations to apply for grant funding in the range of £250,000 and £750,000 under three calls related to data and findings of the World Risk Poll carried out in collaboration with Gallup in 121 countries. The three calls focus on:
  • “A Changed World? Perceptions and experiences of risk in the Covid age”
  • “A Resilient World? Understanding vulnerability in a changing climate”
  • “Digital Word – Perceptions of risk from AI and misuse of personal data”
The deadline is 28th February 2023.

Seeking expressions of interest for TD 'train the trainer' workshop at Sustainability Research + Innovation 2023 (SRI '23) in Panama!

Are you interested in developing your skills as a transdisciplinary research trainer? If you are, and you are also:
  • Familiar with the basics of transdisciplinary research either as the lead or key participant in several projects; or
  • A "boundary spanner", someone who has worked with academic researchers and societal actors on sustainability projects; or
  • A faculty member who has taught courses on transdisciplinary research,
    this training event is for you!
Note, this is not a transdisciplinary (TD) research training but rather a how-to session for those familiar with TD, who would like to help train others in TD skills. Doing so helps expand the number of scholars who work in this way. As such it will help normalize TD practice, expand the network of TD researchers and trainers, and further build the TD field. The training is free, but participants must be registered for SRI '23 to be eligible. Participation is by application and we will select no more than 15 participants for this in-person train-the-trainer experience.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact Margaret Krebs. More information about the workshop and application materials will be supplied.


Pathways 2023: Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference and Training
31 May - 3 June 2023
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Registration now open

IOS Fair Transitions / LANDac Conference 2023
28 - 30 June 2023
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Call for sessions now open

Transformations Gathering 2023
12-14 July 2023
Online and in person in Sydney, Australia
A call for proposals is now open

World Symposium on Climate Change Policies: Science and Technology in Support of Policy-Making in Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
19-20 September 2023
Manchester, UK
A call for abstracts is open until 30 March.

2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance
24-26 October 2023
Radboud, The Netherlands
The theme of the 2023 Radboud Conference is Bridging Sciences and Societies for Sustainability Transformations. A call for abstracts and proposals for panels and sessions is now open.

See our website for all forthcoming events.
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