Call for hosts for SRI2022

Future Earth and the Belmont Forum are seeking hosts interested in joining as core conveners in the development of the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2022.

SRI is a new series of gatherings uniting global research leaders, experts, industry and innovators to inspire action and promote a sustainability transformation. A joint initiative of Future Earth and the Belmont Forum, it is a space of fierce advocacy for sustainability scholarship and innovation, transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration and action. The first SRI Congress, SRI2021, will take place in Brisbane, Australia, on June 12-15, 2021 and online.

Hosting SRI2022 is a unique opportunity for networks, universities, research institutions, government agencies, corporations, granting agencies, professional societies, non-profit organizations and other change-makers in sustainability aspiring to strengthen their global profile and thought leadership. The event will build on the outcomes and lessons learned from SRI2021, pushing forward an ambitious agenda for elevating the sustainability sector globally. We will encourage submissions that directly connect with the 2022 Stockholm +50 Conference in May and continue the process of providing input by the science and innovation communities, initiated in the context of SRI2021.

A GLOBAL EVENT

SRI2022 will represent a new type of accessible, green and truly global multi-location event, with several inter-connected SRI hubs scattered across the globe.

We will develop a strong online program to support and amplify in-person sessions, which together will spin into a global discussion generating novel connections between places, participants and ideas.

Hosts should demonstrate the capactiy and experience necessary to provide a venue accessible for up to 700 attendees from around the world for a 3-day conference, with multiple side meetings before and after the event. As virtual participation will be a key element of SRI2022, the hosts are expected to provide facilities that enable interactive online engagement at scale. Hosts will also play a key role in designing and facilitating the meeting, which is why dedicated support of one full- or part-time staff person is requested. SRI2022 will take place between March and June 2022.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF HOSTING SRI2022?

This congress will be a timely opportunity to:
  • showcase the leadership of your nation, region, city, company, or organization in sustainability research and innovation to the world stage
  • meet and engage in substantial conversations with international funders to
  • leverage your investments in international calls
  • exchange with other actors to fine-tune your mechanisms to enable research and innovation for global impact
  • expose your research and innovation community to new opportunities
  • ensure you have a seat in discussions shaping global research and innovation agendas and global environmental governance processes, such as the 2022 Stockholm +50 Summit.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF HOSTING SRI2022?

This congress will be a timely opportunity to:
  • showcase the leadership of your nation, region, city, company, or organization in sustainability research and innovation to the world stage
  • meet and engage in substantial conversations with international funders to
  • leverage your investments in international calls
  • exchange with other actors to fine-tune your mechanisms to enable research and innovation for global impact
  • expose your research and innovation community to new opportunities
  • ensure you have a seat in discussions shaping global research and innovation agendas and global environmental governance processes, such as the 2022 Stockholm +50 Summit.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The Conference Organizing Committee will select the Congress hosts according to the following selection criteria.

Bid capacity

Direct co-funding amount, degree, experience, and breadth of support staff support for the event; Capacity to fundraise and engage local and regional sponsors.

Sustainability and innovation

Commitment and capacity to deliver an event that embodies sustainability in all aspects, and capacity to explore and support next generation conferencing.

For consortia applications

Breadth of consortia and the contributions of the consortia members to the Congress; Solidity and specificity of the management plan for a globally distributed meeting.

Location

Degree to which location represents, or is attractive to a knowledge to action sustainability community representing a breadth of sectors and knowledge holders at national, regional or global scales. We are open to proposals from a single location as well as a consortium of locations.

Community and connection

Host capacity to create connections across communities and between sectors (academic, innovation, private sector, public sector, civil society), as well as create synergies between global events and policy processes.

As diversity and inclusivity are part of our core values, we are particularly eager to accept bids from consortia of organizations that are from multiple nations (particularly including those of the Global South) and from across sectors (business, government, non-profits, granting agencies). Single location bids are also accepted. We further encourage creativity in the meeting format design.

Hosting applications will be accepted until January 31, 2021. An MOU will be signed between the Belmont Forum, Future Earth and the winner(s). The winner(s) of this competition will be announced at a special event at SRI2021 in June 2021.

CONGRESS FORMAT

A global meeting committed to translating knowledge to action.

SRI2022 will draw on the lessons learned from SRI2021, with the major difference that in 2022, we will go deeper in exploring next generation conferencing and move towards greater inclusivity and lower carbon footprint by considering a distributed convening.

Similar to SRI2021, we anticipate an interactive meeting format, with a mix of both plenary and parallel sessions, short “ignite” style presentations, and significant opportunity for mixing and information exchange – panels, trainings, workshops, stakeholder involvement, and innovation demonstrations, with significant space for sponsors and cyber-enabled engagement. We further expect that proposed venues would need to include a plenary hall (100-300+ people, depending the size of the proposed SRI hub) and facilities to support all typical conference amenities (parallel session rooms, mingling / social / poster areas, registration and sponsor areas), and support from an on-site logistics and AV team.

Proposals led by commercial meeting organizers will not be considered.

For more information, please contact Veera Mitzner, Future Earth Network Lead. The SRI team encourages the applicants to get in touch before submitting their applications. We might be able to offer support in connecting potential members of an application consortium.