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Workshop in Fukuoka, Japan, connects projects from the original and newly launched T2S programmes

Part of the group outside one of the Rainwater Society initiative projects.

Transformations researchers from all over the world are meeting in Fukuoka, Japan, for the fifth ‘Transformative Knowledge Workshop’, which begins today.

The meeting is the latest in a series of such workshops run by the original T2S programme. But it’s the first to bring together researchers from the projects selected under the NORFACE-Belmont Forum T2S programme alongside members of the Transformative Knowledge Networks funded by Sida under the first T2S programme. The three ‘Transformative Knowledge Networks’ from the original ISSC T2S programme are winding down in 2018/19, while the 12 projects funded under the NORFACE–Belmont Forum T2S programme are just getting started.

The workshop will provide a meeting ground for the two generations of T2S projects to explore learnings for transdisciplinary research for sustainability, drawing on the experiences of the original and new projects.

The workshop has four main objectives:

–          To refine and build a shared understanding of the vision of the Transformations to Sustainability programme;

–          To extend and deepen the connections among the global community of researchers on transformations to sustainability;

–          To share and develop concepts and measures of outcomes and impact in research on and for transformations to sustainability, from the perspective of mature and fledgling projects, as well as research funders; and

–          To develop a perspective and plans for programme-level activities and engagement in 2019 and beyond.

The fast-growing city of Fukuoka – itself a meeting place of old and new, historical and modern – will be the backdrop to this exchange, and the workshop will include a field trip to visit the ‘Rainwater Society’ Projects in the Fukuoka area. The Rainwater Society initiative aims to promote decentralized water management subsystems, in part by encouraging different generations of people to work together to harvest rainwater and develop green spaces.

The workshop takes place on the eve of the 2018 World Social Science Forum taking place in Fukuoka, and many of the participants will also participate in the Forum.

More information from the workshop, including an agenda and links to presentations, can  be found here.


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