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Climate Change, Conflict, Health, and Education: Targeting Interdisciplinary Research to Meet the SDGs 18 Mar - 21 Mar, 2018
SUSTAINABILITYClimate Change, Conflict, Health, and Education: Targeting Interdisciplinary Research to Meet the SDGs18 Mar - 21 Mar, 2018



LOCATIONSchloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg, AustriaMAPFEE AND REGISTRATION INFORMATIONRegistration Deadline
01 Jan, 1970


    How can research be more effectively translated into policy and practice in order to tackle the interlinkages—and tensions—between the Sustainable Development Goals related to climate change, conflict, health, and education? And how might top research funders lead the way? This program addresses a critical challenge facing researchers and decision-makers worldwide.

    The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5bn fund established by the UK Government to help UK researchers work in partnership with researchers in developing countries to make significant progress against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

    Together with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a key GCRF partner, Salzburg Global Seminar will convene a global gathering of GCRF and other researchers, policymakers, humanitarian and development agencies, and philanthropic foundations. The program aims to promote dialogue that spans research, policy and practice, incorporates representative voices in the research agenda-setting process, and examines how research for development is actually conducted, communicated, and translated into impact. An essential prerequisite for its success will be the active participation of senior figures in research and policy from developing countries.

    The multiple and multidimensional interlinkages and tensions between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in climate change, conflict, health, and education present many examples of intractable development challenges. For example, quality education (SDG 4) greatly improves health and wellbeing (SDG 3), but the increased consumption that comes as populations aspire to Western lifestyles may impact negatively on pollution and climate change, locally and globally. Similarly, reducing conflict may have benefits for employment and economic growth, but these cannot be sustained unless inequalities in education and access to health care are also addressed. Without holistic action for equality and social justice, peace may be short-lived or conflict may continue by other means.

    Participant Profile

    Salzburg Global Seminar’s sessions seek to bring together cross-sector and cross-generational change-makers from across the globe to tackle complex challenges.

    For this session, participants will come together on equal terms to explore the opportunities, challenges, and trade-offs involved in developing interdisciplinary approaches to the implementation of selected SDGs. 

    To ensure diversity and inclusiveness, the program will prioritize participation of researchers and policymakers from the Global South.

    International humanitarian and development agencies, philanthropic foundations and relevant United Nations divisions will also participate, together with senior leaders from UKRI’s GCRF program team, UK Government partners, and Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators from universities in the United Kingdom and partner countries.

    This high-level program will convene around 60 thought-leaders and change-makers from different regions, sectors, and disciplines at Schloss Leopoldskron, home of Salzburg Global Seminar.

    Through a series of highly interactive elements, participants will:


    • Map the interlinkages and tensions between SDGs relating to climate change, conflict, health, and education.
    • Build on this analysis and discuss how best to translate into policy and practice cutting-edge GCRF and other research relating to SDGs in climate change, conflict, health, and education. 
    • Identify practical strategies to communicate complexity and to shape evidence-based policy to address the SDGs relating to climate change, conflict, health, and education.


    Key Questions

    Participants will engage in cross-cutting discussions and hands-on exercises to advance solutions to the following questions:

    • What are the interlinkages and tensions between SDGs in climate change, conflict, health, and education, and which are particularly resistant to change?
    • What do the challenges of climate change, conflict, health, and education look like from the perspective of researchers, policy-makers, and agencies in developing countries?
    • What potential solutions could the best GCRF or other research suggest to make progress against SDGs in climate change, conflict, health, and education?
    • How can we better communicate the complexity of the challenges around climate change, conflict, health, and education and shape evidence-based policy and practice?
    • What research and policy gaps exist and how should these be addressed in future GCRF research, building capacity in both developed and developing countries?


    Outcomes and Impact

    Through the program and in the weeks following, participants and staff will co-create the a number of products to disseminate their learnings: 


    • A “Salzburg Statement” will be jointly drafted to respond concisely to the Key Questions and will serve as a call to action to help participants personally as well as their institutions and communities. 
    • A series of Twitter debates will be launched following the program to continue online engagement on a monthly basis around key questions raised through the program.
    • A series of webinars and podcasts will discuss and disseminate the Salzburg Statement and multiply its impact in different settings. 
    • A report will subsequently be published summarizing the program as well as highlights from the Twitter and webinar debates that follow it.



    Michael Aaronson
    Former Director General, Save the Children UK, Surrey, UK
    Valerie Amos
    Former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations, London, UK
    Nelson Torto
    Executive Director of the African Academy of Sciences, Nairobi, Kenya


    Mohamed Abdrabo
    Professor of Environmental Economics, Institute of Graduate Studies and Research, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
    Sutapa Agrawal
    Research Fellow, Public Health Foundation of India, New Delhi, India
    Melanie Austen
    Head of Science, Sea and Society, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Plymouth, UK
    Matthew Baylis
    Oxenhale Chair of Veterinary Epidemiology, Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
    Brian Bingham
    Strategy and M&E Specialist, Higher Education Solutions Network at the United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC, USA
    Harriet Birungi
    Kenya Country Director, Population Council, Nairobi, Kenya
    Catherine Bragg
    Former Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Dublin, Ireland
    Malancha Chakrabarty
    Associate Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India
    Sajid Chowdhury
    Director, Big Blue Communications, London, UK
    Pedro Conceição
    Director, Strategic Policy, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP, New York, USA
    Ian Diamond
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK
    Claire Durkin
    Head of Global Science and Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, London, UK
    Mauricio Alejandro Farias Arenas
    Head of the Inspecting Division, Superintendence of Education (Quality Assurance of the Chilean educational system), Santiago, Chile
    Jude Fransman
    Research Fellow, Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK
    Charles Godfray
    Director, Oxford Martin School and Professor of Population Biology, Oxford University, Oxford, UK
    Laurent Goetschel
    Director of Swisspeace and Professor of political science at the University of Basel, Bern, Switzerland
    Hany Hanna
    General Director, Supreme Council of Antiquities in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt
    Joanne Hughes
    Chair in the School of Education, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, UK
    Alok Mathur
    Additional Deputy Director General, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India, New Delhi, India
    Mary Goretti Nakabugo
    Country Coordinator, Uwezo, Twaweza, Uganda
    Katindi Sivi-Njonjo
    Lead Consultant, LongView Consult, Nairobi, Kenya
    John Ouma
    Professor, Graduate School of Technology Management, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
    Emmanuel Owusu Ansah
    Former Director and Head of the Policy Analysis Unit, the Ministry of Health, Accra, Ghana
    Mark Pelling
    Professor of Geography, King's College London, London, UK
    Luis Andres Peri
    Director of the Research and Evaluation Department, National Administration of Public Education of Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay
    Violeta Petroska Beshka
    Professor of Psychology at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University and Co-Director of the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution in Skopje, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
    Marben Jan Picar
    Partner and Head Facilitator and Swito Digital Storytelling, Davao City, The Philippines
    John Rees
    Director of Science for Earth Hazards, Observatories, British Geological Survey, Nottingham, UK
    Paul Revill
    Senior Health Fellow at the Centre for Economics University of York, York, UK
    Ekraj Sabur
    Director of the International Institute of Peace Studies Asian Resource Foundation, Bangkok, Thailand
    Harvey Sanchez Restrepo
    Executive Director, National Institute for Educational Evaluation, Mexico City, Mexico
    Shekhar Shah
    Director-General, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER), New Delhi, India
    Ita Sheehy
    Senior Education Officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Geneva, Switzerland
    Matthew Shinn
    Rapporteur; Head of Editorial, Whole New Chapter, UK
    Ayesha Shafiq Siddiqi
    Lecturer in Human Geography at the Royal Holloway University of London, London, UK
    Seema Sridhar
    Independent Researcher on Foreign Policy in South Asia, New Delhi, India
    Barbara Stocking
    President, Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
    Stuart Taberner
    Director of International and Interdisciplinary Research, Research Councils UK, London, UK
    Alison Tickell
    Founder and CEO, Julie's Bicycle, London, UK
    Baldwyn Torto
    Head of Behavioural and Chemical Ecology Unit, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya




    The Global Challenges Research Fund forms part of the UK’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment and aims to address the problems faced by developing countries through:

    • Challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research conducted by excellent researchers in the UK and developing countries, working in partnership
    • Strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
    • Providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

    The most significant GCRF investments to-date, Interdisciplinary Research Hubs to Address Intractable Challenges Faced by Developing Countries, will be launched by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) in late 2018, with funding of £8-20m for each of the 10-12 Hubs. Intractable development challenges are multidimensional and complex challenges that have proven to be resistant to change, prone to fragmented responses and which cannot be solved from one sectoral or disciplinary perspective.

    UKRI brings together the seven UK Research Councils, Innovate UK, and Research England within a single strategic research and innovation funding body. It is responsible for over £6 billion per annum in research and innovation funding and is tasked with promoting multi- and inter-disciplinary research, providing a unified voice for the UK’s research and innovation system, and creating enabling improved collaboration between businesses and researchers and better alignment of research outputs with business needs.

    FOR MORE INFO. ON GCRF, PLEASE VISIT: www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf