Sustainability Science Days 2022 is now open for abstract submissions for parallel sessions. The call is open until the 21st of February 2022. Welcome to submit an application to our session using the abstract submission form.
Climate Safety, Research and Civil Society
Dr. Rosa Rantanen, INAR, University of Helsinki
Dr. Emma Hakala, Finnish Institute of Foreign Affairs
From extreme weather events to psychosocial distress, climate change poses different types of risks to societies, communities and individuals. Civil society – NGOs, humanitarian organizations, activists and others – plays an important role in disaster preparedness and crisis resilience. In this session, we look for effective ways for the academic community and civil society to co-design research-based solutions for supporting climate safety. The workshop consists of an expert introduction followed by a group-work with scenarios related to climate safety.
We invite researchers of different disciplines, practitioners, students and specialized volunteers to participate in the workshop. We aim to identify synergies, challenges, good practices and new ideas related to climate safety in order to create structures that support collaboration between researchers and civil society in the future.
In the workshop, we adopt a transdisciplinary, innovative use of the term safe climate. Possible approaches to climate safety in the context of research and civil society include:
- mapping out connections between comprehensive climate security and civil society,
- human security,
- health and social wellbeing,
- effects on livelihood and migration,
- conflict and peacebuilding,
- (social) innovations that support climate safety,
- use of scientific data in supporting climate safety,
- gender perspectives on climate safety,
- indigenous and minority perspectives on climate safety,
- improving psychosocial safety and wellbeing in the context of climate change,
- creating a safer, more inclusive space for societal discussion on climate change,
- and others.
Participating in this session does not require a scientific abstract. Instead, participants are expected to send a short overview on their expertise, approach and motivation. No other preparation is necessary. Session conveners will make the final selection of participants.
Guidelines for submitting the application
No abstract is required but the participants are expected to provide a short overview on their expertise and motivation for participating when applying for this session. Please use the abstract submission form to submit your information (max. 200 words). Please save the document by naming it: “Session_number_Lastname_topic”. The document should include the name of the applicant. Submit your abstract via e-lomake.
About the SSD conference
The Sustainability Science Days is an annual two-day scientific conference for breaking sustainability research organized jointly by Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and Aalto University. It is Finland’s biggest international sustainability science conference. This year the conference focuses on systemic transformations to sustainable futures in a globally connected world and highlights the urgency to act now.
Become a part of the SSD2022 community that last year gathered over 900 researchers and practitioners to discuss and engage in inter- and transdisciplinary dialogue that enhance reaching sustainable future!
More information about the conference, different sessions and abstract submission can be found here: www.sustainabilitysciencedays.fi