First Sustainability Challenge workshop in February 2025

The proposal ‘Human-Biodiversity Relationships Across Scales’ has been selected as the first workshop in the framework of the Sustainability Challenge, a joint initiative of the Lorentz Center and the Dutch Climate Research Initiative KIN. 

The Sustainability Challenge is aimed at seeking workshop ideas that address the question of how science and research can facilitate, guide, and accelerate system transitions towards sustainable, climate-resilient, and equitable societies and environments. 


The authors of the proposal are:

Paco Barona Gómez, Leiden University  
Rob Dunn, North Carolina State University  
Ana-Liisa Laine, University of Helsinki  
Kathryn Stewart, Leiden University
Esther Turnhout, University of Twente


The workshop will take place between 3 February - 7 February 2025 at the Lorentz Center.


Citing from the evaluation: 
 "There is no doubt that the topic is interesting: developing a transdisciplinary approach to biodiversity is a much needed advance. They aim to do this from the perspective of mismatching/synergistic scales. This requires discussions among various groups and actors from society that not regularly meet. The workshop contributes to bridging these gaps. ... From a transition perspective this workshop is an excellent contribution to KIN as biodiversity is critically important in solving the climate crisis and the methods developed will be of benefit to KIN."


The Lorentz Center provides in-kind support, covering the costs for the workshop venue and facilities. On top of this, the Lorentz Center grants a budget of €15.000,- towards support for accommodation, travel and/or lunch for participants in the workshop.


We congratulate the authors of the winning proposal and are looking forward to organizing this exciting workshop. Further, we extend our thanks to thank all the other applicants for participating in this call.

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