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1st Postgraduate Forum on Sustainability in Africa

Important Announcement: The 1st Postgraduate Forum on Sustainability will take place at the Cape Sun Hotel, Strand Street, Cape Town, one day before the 6th World Sustainability Forum 2017!

Cape Town, South Africa, 26 January 2017

Sustainability in Africa will take centre stage in world affairs, given its significance for global food security, population growth, migration, urbanization, and international development potential. The 1st Postgraduate Forum on Sustainability in Africa is dedicated to advanced-level education, network development, and capacity building for research and knowledge transfer on sustainability in Africa. The workshops are offered to future sustainability leaders to promote leadership, research capacities, career development, skill development, and, ultimately, future-oriented and policy-relevant sustainability research. 

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Prof Thandi Mgwebi
Director for Research, University of the Western Cape, South Africa



Stream 1
Prof Klaus Leisinger
University of Basel and Global Values Alliance, Switzerland
Agenda 2030 and the UN SDGs

Stream 2
Dr Franck Vazquez
Publishing in peer-reviewed journals


Lunch and visits to the sustainability exhibitions



Stream 1
Prof Mary Scholes
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Advanced introduction to applied systems analysis

Stream 2
Prof Masafumi Nagao
Visiting Professor and Programme Adviser, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability, United Nations University, Japan
Transdisciplinary research

Cost and Registration

Participation is free of charge but requires registration. To register for the 1st Postgraduate Forum on Sustainability in Africa, please email Matthias Burkhalter

Bursaries for the World Sustainability Forum 2017 in Cape Town, 27-28 January

A limited number of bursaries are available to participants of the 1st Postgraduate Forum on Sustainability in Africa to attend, free of charge, the World Sustainability Forum in Cape Town (WSF2017). If you want to be considered for a bursary, please submit a letter of motivation to before 30 September 2016.

Organizers and Sponsors

Dr. Thandi Mgwebi, University of the Western Cape
Prof. Mark New, University of Cape Town
Prof. Masafumi Nagao, Education for Sustainable Development in Africa (ESDA)
Prof. Manfred Max Bergman, University of Basel
Ms. Corina du Toit, African Doctoral Academy
National Research Foundation, South Africa
Swiss National Science Foundation, Switzerland
Global Values Alliance, Switzerland
MDPI, Switzerland
United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)

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