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Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment

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Aims

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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Our topic this year is 'Health and Wellbeing'. As in previous years, a panel of three expert 'witnesses' from across and beyond Cambridge will join us each month. They will be a rich mixture of policy- and decision-makers from governments and businesses , and technical experts and each of them will provide their perspective on the gaps in our knowledge and burning questions for future research.

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The Future Cities Programme brings together academic research with commercial expertise and government engagement to contribute to how we design, develop, govern and thrive in cities. It aims to bring together academic study across a broad range of areas to consider the social, economic, political and technical dimensions of cities and to build understanding of the practical issues in developing and managing cities for the future. The programme is led by the Department of Land Economy in collaboration with the Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment.

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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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