GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE FUTURE NETWORK (GSFN) CONFERENCE, 1O DECEMBER 2021

GSFN CONFERENCE 2021:

“Co-creating sustainable knowledge infrastructure and mobilising the power of transformative innovation policy and practices for societal and environmental challenges.”

The global sustainable future network (GSFN) invites you to join the 2021 GSFN Conference, to be held virtually on 10 December 2021, 12:00-18:00 PM GMT. The theme of the Conference is “co-creating sustainable knowledge infrastructure & mobilising the power of transformative innovation policy and practices for societal and environmental challenges.”

Dr Renuka Thakore is delighted to announce the programme for the 2021 GSFN Conference. This will be the first annual Global Sustainable Futures Network (GSFN) conference. Renuka is pleased to offer this virtual conference to increase the mobility and engagement opportunities in constrained current atmosphere challenged by COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is open until the last minute of the conference.

Register your attendance:

Registration Form >

Please take a look at the sessions which are grouped around themes and topics. I am looking forward to seeing you online!

DETAILS

 

VENUE

GSFN is hosted on Sparkle, a social spaces platform, as well as Zoom and YouTube.

SPARKLE

Sparkle is optimised for laptop or desktop computers using Chrome or Edge browsers.

Preparation 

  • Please ensure you have the latest version of Zoom installed
  • Please use headphones to minimise background noise or feedback.
  • For full interactivity, you are encouraged to use a webcam.
  • A stable fast internet connection will make your experience better.

(If you are on a network with security restrictions or are unsure, you can test this in advance).

If you can only access via a mobile device, you may use alternate links below to the zoom rooms.

Access

Sign up to the event

While you may sign up in advance, the event will officially open at noon UK on Friday 10th December 2021.

You are encouraged to use a profile picture when you register so other guests can interact with you.

Exploring

Sparkle uses visual maps to make exploration easy.

You can click on items to explore them and look out for notifications.

There is a schedule that is adjusted to your local time zone on the top left-hand side.

There is a chat system on the right-hand side.

ZOOM

Zoom link for the speakers and registered attendees:

BREAKING BOUNDARIES

Main auditorium for main presentations

ACTIVATING HOPE

Room for collaborative exercises (workshops)

PREFRONTAL ENGAGEMENT

Room for one-to-one meetings

YOUTUBE

The conference is recorded, public and live on YouTube Please feel free to share this link with your Network.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

BREAKING BOUNDARIES

Enter the main auditorium ‘Breaking Boundaries’ through Sparkle or Zoom

12:00 – 12:10 GMT

OPENING AND WELCOME

OPENING of the GSFN conference

Founder, Dr Renuka Thakore

Headshot Renuka Thakore

WELCOME

Chief Guest, Ashley Wheaton, Principal, UCEM

Ashley UCEM Principal

12:10 – 13:15 GMT

SESSION 1: SOCIETAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES OF OUR TIME

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 1 KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2
Dr Ernesto Cordero

Prof KOFLER Walter Wolfgang

Challenges after COP26 and GSF Initiatives Omicron and the South-North-processes an “executive summary” of A guide through the COVID-19 jungle
KEYNOTE SPEAKER 3 KEYNOTE SPEAKER 4
Dr John Perez

Michael Rada

The effect of global warming, ocean intrusion and salinization of estuaries in the growth dynamics of the mangrove Kandelia obo-vata from Xinfeng Natural Reserve, Hsinchu County, Taiwan. “SEVENTEEN”
SPEAKER 1
Ussi Abuu Mnamengi

Climate justice require climate action
13:15 – 13:30 GMT

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FOR PARTICIPATION

Sponsor & Presenter, Aled Williams, UCEM

Aled Williams

13:30 – 15:00 GMT

SESSION 2: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE KNOWLEDGE INFRASTRUCTURE

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 1 KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2 KEYNOTE SPEAKER 3
Dr Patricia B Lagunda

Dr Ayobami Popoola

Dr Alex Rizzo

Education for Sustainable Development: A Baliuag University Perspective The Inclusivity Agenda: Dilemmas, Discussions and Voices along the Urban-Rural Divide The Impact of Enterprise Education on Students Pursuing Professional Higher Education in Malta: A Grounded Theory study
KEYNOTE SPEAKER 4 SPEAKER 1 SPEAKER 2
Dr Jaco Quist

Zuhura Ahmad Shaweji

Shreya Some

Envisioning sustainable futures to enable transitions to sustainability Role of youth in biodiversity and environmental conservation Demand side climate mitigation options and SDGs
15:00 – 16:30 GMT

SESSION 3: TRANSFORMATIVE INNOVATION POLICY AND PRACTICES

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 1 KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2 SPEAKER 3
Prof Emerlita S. Naguiat

Dr Taddeo Rusoke

Soudamini Desai

Green Economy for Water Sanitation and Hygiene Practices in the Coastal Ares Improving Human-Wildlife Coexistence through Inclusive Sustainable Conservation Models (ISCM) in Africa Remarkable Contract between Mitsubishi and Drax on carbon footprints reduction
SPEAKER 1 SPEAKER 2 SPEAKER 3
Prof Abimbola Windapo

Sriramnadh Mandali

Shivedita Singh

Assessing the Structural properties of the Sandbag wall for alternative housing construction Green Power free carbon technologies Energy Management in Buildings
16:30 – 18:20

SESSION 4: MOBILISING THE POWER OF INNOVATION

PLENARY SPEAKER KEYNOTE SPEAKER 1 KEYNOTE SPEAKER 2
Philip J Vergragt

Zack Abdi

Ben Baker

Sustainable Lifestyles: a necessity for fighting global warming Fixing Economy is to Fix Climate Change Telling the Story of Change
SPEAKER 1 SPEAKER 2 SPEAKER 3
Ewa Duda

Tina Renier

Prerna Prasad

GREEN HEAT – towards collaborative local decarbonization Development Strategies and Decent Work: The Case of Jamaica’s Free Zones Promoting Sustainable Tourism
SPEAKER 4 SPEAKER 5
Dr Sinéad Mitchell

Clinton Prophecy Ankutakpuie

Sustainable last Mile Delivery
– are Drones a more sustainable option?
Invest to help mitigate Climate Change in Africa.
18:20 – 18:30 GMT

CLOSING AND THANKYOU

CLOSING of the GSFN conference

Founder, Dr Renuka Thakore

ACTIVATING HOPE

Enter the room ‘Activating Hope’ for collaborative exercises (workshops) through Sparkle or Zoom.

13:30 – 15:00 GMT
WORKSHOP 1 (30min) WORKSHOP 2 (60min)
Valentine Montazel

Dr Jennifer Dustow

Climate Fresk Workshop: a game to spread climate awareness Bilateral exercises to address behavioural with children diagnosed under the autism spectrum

PREFRONTAL ENGAGEMENT

Enter the room ‘Prefrontal Engagement’ for one-to-one meetings through Sparkle or Zoom.

Breakout rooms will be set up for one-to-one meetings. You can arrange among yourselves using private messages through the chat function.

 

NETWORKING

Please feel free to network using the chat function throughout the conference.

Self-nominate yourself

If you have engaged with the Network activities, please self-nominate yourself to share your activity/experience with the Network. Your actions could include attending this conference, engaging with social media, presenting or attending Monthly seminars, participating in panel discussions, participating in publications, or other activities organised/facilitated by the Network. Depending on your activities/engagement with the Network, you will receive a certificate accrediting your involvement with the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.

Fill this form to self-nominate yourself: Self Nomination Form

Contact

Dr Renuka Thakore, r.thakore@ucem.ac.uk

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Conference Sponsor

Aled Williams, University College of Estate Management

Conference Supporter

Thomas O’Duffy, Sparkle.com

AIMS

The aims of the conference are twofold:

  1. To develop and share knowledge
  2. To support innovation for sustainable economies and societies

GSFN and associated networks will be representatives of this conference. Several worldwide leading academics, governmental institutions, NGOs, and technical organisations will attend. This conference is timely and will contribute massively to the discourse of a sustainable global future.

The uniqueness of this conference is an attempt to bring together multiple disciplinary experts and potential research capacities both at practical and policy front from the design phase to its future implementation.

The conference thus invites talks/research projects/industry projects/community projects/workshops/panel discussion on the following:

 

Illustration/Evidence of Innovation on the priorities to tackle global issues:

  • Working together – partnerships, teamwork, cooperatives
  • Imparting education, creating self-employment, and entrepreneurship opportunities to
  • tackle poverty
  • Socio-technical production – development of complimentary social assets for water
  • management, energy, and food production
  • Creating political commitment working with local governance bodies, authorities, mayors,
  • and people
  • Imparting knowledge and providing training
  • Creating sustainable community knowledge
  • Working conscientiously and in partnerships to tackle urbanisation
  • Sustainability of infrastructures
  • Tackling desertification and climate change impacts

Any innovative talk/presentation/article/game/workshop in any medium is acceptable.

Background

There is an ongoing need to engage academics, businesses, communities, non-governmental organisations, government, and regulatory bodies worldwide for climate change and sustainable development goals. There is also a need for integrative multi-institutional projects, to incorporate multi-dimensional practical, sustainable solutions, and to deliver a sustainable future with a central focus of ‘leaving no one behind.’

The challenge to execute an excellent transdisciplinary environment for the knowledge exchange activities in the current times have increased due to reasons such as a) the uncertainties around the COVID-19 pandemic’s short-term and long-term impacts; b) limited resources and opportunities available to interested groups to disseminate their project/business/research findings, c) the ongoing changes in the urban fabric and accelerating population growth exaggerate these challenges, d) many regions have a constant struggle between multiple, different social groups and their use of urban land.

Many of us have unique and divergent economic capacities and political will to support transdisciplinary projects. However, creating a homogenous worldwide project with the capacity among varied regions poses several challenges and issues. They need careful attention to arrive at workable initiatives for sustainable futures.

Given this context, we must provide a platform for researchers and sustainability professionals to strengthen research capacity and sustainability capabilities worldwide, with the fundamental ingredients of capacity development’ knowledge’ and ‘skills’, engagement of the key players – academics, researchers, industry professionals, provocative technocrats, and research-oriented institutions, and responding to the ongoing and emerging climate change, environmental and sustainability challenges in the world’s various regions.

We at GSFN have deliberately built an open, engaging, transparent worldwide platform with multi-dimensional sustainable development (SDGs) framework that integrates all the above listed elements.