The UK's national academies – the British Academy, the Royal Society, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Academy of Engineering – have collaborated to convene the UK national committee for Future Earth. UK Future Earth will bring together representatives from academia, government, research councils, business and societal partners to provide a UK platform for engaging with Future Earth's global environmental change agenda.
Future Earth is a 10-year major international research platform for providing the knowledge and support to accelerate durable transformations to a sustainable world. Future Earth aims to develop a new type of science that links disciplines, knowledge systems and societal partners to support a more agile and innovative global response through the co-design and co-production of knowledge. The UK national academies, by coming together in this exciting collaboration, hope to support the delivery of this aim.
Professor Tim O'Riordan OBE FBA DL, the British Academy's representative for UK Future Earth, said: "We are at a vital stage in bringing together global research, stakeholders, business and societal partners in a common endeavour to cooperate, through dignity and capability, to create a decent and creative society fit for the rest of this century and beyond. This is the mission of Future Earth and one that the humanities and social sciences have a critical part to play in".