The Sustainability Science Days concept is a continuum to our events in 2018 and 2019. In previous years, the conference dived into the themes of disruption, climate action and sustainable consumption. The events so far have been a success, with 500+ visitors both times including high-ranking researchers and policymakers.
The two-day conference is organized jointly by Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and Aalto Sustainability Hub (ASH). The next Sustainability Science Days are held through Wed 6th – Thu 7th May 2020 and the conference will concentrate on radical changes that are indispensable for creative solutions to the present sustainability crisis.
About the University of Helsinki & HELSUS
University of Helsinki is one of the top 1% research universities in the world, with the mission to produce research-based knowledge for the benefit of the whole world. A community of 40,000 students and employees creates solutions that will shape the future of our planet and all of humanity. Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) is a new cross-faculty research unit in sustainability science within the University of Helsinki. The mission of the institute is to contribute to sustainability transformations of societies by means of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and education.
About Aalto University & Sustainability Hub
Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community of bold thinkers, where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto University is committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto has six schools with 12,000 students. Aalto Sustainability Hub was founded in 2018 to increase interdisciplinary collaboration and to promote sustainability in teaching, campus development and other operations at Aalto, with a mission to create a world-class research and learning environment focused on sustainability and circular economy.
About the Sustainable Development Goals 9 & 11
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Steady progress has been made in the manufacturing industry. To achieve inclusive and sustainable industrialization, competitive economic forces need to be unleashed to generate employment and income, facilitate international trade and enable the efficient use of resources.
Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With over half the world population now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies.
Technological progress is also key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, such as providing new jobs and promoting energy efficiency. Promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation, are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development.
More than 4 billion people still do not have access to the Internet, and 90 percent are from the developing world. Bridging this digital divide is crucial to ensure equal access to information and knowledge, as well as foster innovation and entrepreneurship.
Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
More than half of us live in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of all humanity—6.5 billion people—will be urban. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.
The rapid growth of cities—a result of rising populations and increasing migration—has led to a boom in mega-cities, especially in the developing world, and slums are becoming a more significant feature of urban life.
Making cities sustainable means creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies. It involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in participatory and inclusive ways.