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Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment

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The Forum aims to stimulate cross-disciplinary conversations about some of the great sustainability challenges the world faces in the future and the research pathways which will help to prepare for and address those challenges.

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Our focus

The overarching theme of the Forum is 'sustainability in an uncertain future' and we change topics each October. This is our third year and we are focusing on risk, resilience and response and we will be exploring different aspects of this each term.

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How we work

Each month, the Forum brings together experts from across and outside Cambridge who are interested in sustainability and work in areas ranging from energy, biodiversity and food security to anthropology, architecture, history and economics.

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First topic: Sustainable cities

In 2013/2014, the Forum brought together a rich mixture of policy and decision-makers, technical experts and researchers to talk about where we live in cities, how we live and how we respond to change.

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Second topic: Land use change

Between October 2014 and June 2015, the Forum switched its focus to the land outside towns and cities and how that land is used to support people through agriculture, ecosystem services, and biodiversity.

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Research Horizons

The October 2013 issue focuses on sustainability and the environment.

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Featured article: The Forum catalyzes a new EPSRC cities research programme

Discussions during the Forum's sustainable cities topic formed the basis of a new £4.1 million research programme on 'Managing Air for Green Inner Cities' (MAGIC). This 5 year project will be led by the University of Cambridge and is one of seven new EPSRC research programmes that aim to tackle some of the UK’s major science and engineering challenges.

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More news stories

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This term, we are focusing on ‘Energy resilience – Energy sustainability’ and at the third meeting in the series, the three witnesses will help us to explore 'a circular photosynthesis concept'.

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A rising world population, declining resources and a changing climate are all reshaping where we live and how we live. This public lecture on the 18th November explored how groundbreaking satellite images from Europe’s new Copernicus Earth Observation Programme will provide new perspectives on how our planet is changing and ways this information will be used to support policies related to sustainable development.

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What is your vision of Cambridge is 2065? This is the question being ask in a Foresight-inspired report released on the 7th September, co-led by the Forum and the Centre for Science and Policy.

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