Global Challenges: Achieving sustainability. The IARU Sustainability Science Congress

22.10 - 24.10.2014  
Copenhagen, Denmark

This international and solutions orientated 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 science-policy interface relevant for global challenges.

This conference builds on the influential 2009 Copenhagen conference that was organised by many in the IGBP community.


The congress is a full three day event from October 22 -24

The opening session with representatives of IARU, the Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee, Professor Katherine Richardson, EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and others will emphasize why research is an essential partner to politicians and private enterprise in shaping the societal response to global sustainability challenges and set the scene for the coming day’s deliberations. The congress is held back-to-back with the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), a high level event for politicians and business leaders initiated by the Danish Government in collaboration with the governments of China, Kenya, Mexico, Qatar and Rep. of Korea. The opening session will reflect on the outcomes of 3GF bringing the solutions and commitments in focus for public-private partnerships into the scientific arena.

The closing panel debate with leading representatives from research and policy will look ahead towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the IPCC Synthesis Report to be presented for policymakers in Copenhagen shortly after the congress.

Plenary talks and parallel theme sessions will take place throughout the three days of the congress. Confirmed plenary speakers are announced on the website with a description of each session:


Submit abstracts by 31 March 2014
Register by 8 October 2014