Seedbeds of Transformation Conference Highlights
June 20, 2018

Seedbeds of Transformation: The Role of Science with Society and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa brought together over 300 researchers, practitioners, industry leaders, policy makers, and others to discuss tensions and opportunities towards sustainability in Africa.

The event was hosted by Future Earth, the South African Government Department of Science and Technology, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and START. It took place from 9 to 11 May 2018 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The events opening session. From left to right: Mmampei Chaba, Chief Director: Multilateral Cooperation and Africa, South African Department of Science and Technology, Dorsamy (Gansen) Pillay, Deputy CEO, National Research Foundation of South Africa, Amy Luers, Executive Director, Future Earth, Cheikh Mbow, Executive Director, START, and Peter Messerli, Co-chair UN Panel for the Global Sustainable Development Report and Chair of Future Earth’s Global Land Programme.
Photo: Mark West/Future Earth

The conference provided a collaborative, action-based meeting space for people with diverse backgrounds and drew on a wide range of knowledge and regional contexts to look at different aspects of Africa and that speak to the breadth of experience in the African context.

Thirty-five early career researchers, invited from around the continent, gathered to work together on a tangible publication from the conference.

A summary of the event, and highlights including interviews, photos, and recordings from the sessions, are now available on Future Earth’s website.


Quotes and interviews

  • “[…] How can we do things differently? How can we change […] the scenarios, the trajectories of Africa in a way so that when we come to 2030 we see a different image of Africa that would not be possible without bringing sustainability science into this process?” –Cheikh Mbow, Executive Director, START
  • Interview with Cheikh Mbow on Kingfisher FM
  • Future Earth interviewed Cheikh Mbow during Day 2 of the conference:

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