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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. In our fourth year, we are focusing on connections between health, wellbeing and sustainability and we will be exploring different aspects of this area 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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Our outputs include a series of reports which provide a bird's eye view of each of our themes and highlight key ideas and research questions generated during monthly Forum meetings.

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Public events

More than 1,700 people have come to our public events, aimed at catalyzing debate around key issues related to sustainability and the environment and highlighting the University’s research in this area.

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Research Horizons: Issue 22

The October 2013 issue focuses on sustainability and the environment.

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Research Horizons: Issue 30

In May this year, Research Horizons threw a spotlight on some of the University's latest research into Future Cities.

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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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A series of articles draws on ideas from across all our topics to explore some of the cross-cutting themes emerging from the discussions.

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Our latest report - Cities of the Future - uses Forum discussions to explore and generate new research questions related to where and how we live in cities, and how they respond to change.

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Over the last 4 years, we have explored a range of topics from cities to land-use change, how to supply bioenergy to off-grid communities and connections between health, wellbeing and sustainability.

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The second Forum brought together a 69 early career researchers from 20 departments, institutes and centres for a series of four meetings to talk about knowledge gaps and future research questions related to our land-use change topic.

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The Future Cities PhD Prize Fellowship competition winners for 2017 presented their papers at the Future Cities conference in June, co-hosted by the Forum and the Department of Land Economy.

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