AAAS DAY 4: IN PURSUIT OF COOPERATION

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 4: Sunday 18 Feb 2007   One of the highlights of the entire conference was an evening plenary lecture by Mohamed Hassan, Executive Director of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences) and a member of the STEPS International…

AAAS Day 4: KNOWLEDGE SYSTEMS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 4: Sunday 18 Feb 2007 Issues of related to the credibility, salience and legitimacy of knowledge were also explored in a session on “Knowledge Systems for Sustainable Development: Mobilizing Research and Development for Decision-Making.” This was reporting the results of an international project led by Bill Clark…

AAAS Day 4: SUSTAINABILITY OF SCIENCE & RATIONALES FOR RESEARCH

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 4: Sunday 18 Feb 2007   This was another largely US-focused event, which nevertheless raised some intriguing issues about the how the rationales for scientific research on sustainability are defined and who sets the agenda. In the US, two pillars sustain bipartisan political support for science: national…

AAAS Day 4: WATER – FROM LOCAL TO GLOBAL

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre memberAAAS Day 4: Sunday 18 Feb 2007 I was attracted to this symposium by its title, as it links two key areas of our STEPS work – the governance theme with the water domain. It didn’t quite live up to my expectations, however, as the focus was mainly on Northern…

AAAS Day 4: DECISIONS, DECISIONS

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 4: Sunday 18 Feb 2007   Another day, another half-dozen sessions at the AAAS Annual Meeting I would like to attend. Time being of the essence, however, I was forced to split my time between a handful of symposia and topical lectures.

AAAS DAY 3: FORUM FOR SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE PROGRAMME ROUNDTABLE

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 3: Saturday 17 Feb 2007 Given the inherent multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, AAAS believes it is well positioned to catalyse such discussions among scientists, social scientists and engineers. This is part of a broader effort within AAAS to develop a diverse community of researchers addressing…

AAAS DAY 3: IN PURSUIT OF SUSTAINABLE SOCIO-ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 3: Saturday 17 Feb 2007 Another interesting topical lecture was given by Elinor Ostrom (pictured left) Co-Director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Institutional Diversity at Arizona State University on “Sustainable…

AAAS DAY 3: HIV/AIDS – LEARNING FROM US EXPERIENCE

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre memberAAAS Day 3: Saturday 17 Feb 2007An important ‘topical lecture’ was given by Anthony Fauci, Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), on ‘HIV/AIDS: 25 Years and Counting.” Fauci noted that despite an increasing US federal research budget and more powerful drugs have led to…

AAAS DAY 3: GRAND CHALLENGES OF SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 3: Saturday 17 Feb 2007 This session featured some of the leading architects of the sustainability science field – Bill Clark, Bob Kates, Pam Matson, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Billie Lee Turner II, as well as Edward Miles and Elinor Ostrom. Even John Holdren, President of the AAAS,…

AAAS DAY 3: AN EMERGING SCIENCE OF SUSTAINABILITY

BY JOHN THOMPSON, STEPS Centre member AAAS Day 3: Saturday 17 Feb 2007 Today is the day I have been waiting for at AAAS, as there are a series of symposia and topical lectures on the theme of ‘Science and Policy of Sustainability’, all of which relate to one degree or another to ‘Sustainability Science’….