Sustainable Futures Symposia Series

The St Andrews Global Challenges Forum will host a four-part symposia webinar series in October 2021 on the overarching theme of ‘Sustainable Futures’. We are aiming for an inspirational set of symposia with both St Andrews and global partners represented. Chaired by Professor Thomas Meagher, each session will welcome three or four speakers and focus on one of the cross-cutting impact topics of:


Equality Matters (7 October 2021, 14:00-16:30 BST)


You can download the Equality Matters programme here.


Professor Bruno Brulon, Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO) and International Committee for Museology (ICOFOM)

Professor Lisa Smith, University of Leicester


Dr Margarita Vaysman, School of Modern Languages

Dr Juliana Bowles, School of Computer Science

Dr Rehema White, School of Geography & Sustainable Development

Sustainable Livelihoods (14 October 2021, 14:00-16:30 BST)


You can download the Sustainable Livelihoods programme here.


Professor José Antônio de Oliveira Puppim, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)

Dr Gabriela Di Giulio, University of Sao Paulo

Chrissie Hirst, Corra Foundation

Jim Mather, Visiting Professor at Heriot-Watt University & Former Scottish Government Minister


Professor Nina Laurie, School of Geography & Sustainable Development

Dr Wilber Sabiiti, School of Geography & Sustainable Development

Professor Karen Anne Spencer, School of Psychology and Neuroscience

Professor Richard Bates, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Social Justice (21 October 2021, 14:00-16:30 BST)


You can download the Social Justice programme here.


Robert Anderson, African Lakes Company

Stephen Gethins, Former MP for North-East Fife


Bennett Collins, Abdikarim Hersi and Yahye Xanas Mohamed, The Third Generation Project

Dr Bernadette O’Hare, GRADE Project

Ronald Martinez-Villarreal and María Laura Villalobos Pacheco, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica

Dr David McCollum and Slyamzhar Akhmetzharov, StAKz Hub

Evidence-based policy (28 October 2021, 14:00-16:30 BST)


You can download the Evidence-based policy programme here.


Dr Rebekah Widdowfield, Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)

Dr Josefina Takahashi Sato, Universidad Cientifica del Sur

Professor Gibson Kibiki, East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC)


Dr Tim Stojanovic, School of Geography & Sustainable Development and Judith Ochieng, A Rocha Kenya

Dr Derek Sloan, School of Medicine and Dr Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, Makerere University

Professor Thomas Meagher, School of Biology and Dr Marcelo Freire Moro, Universidade Federal do Ceara

The St Andrews Global Challenges Forum was formed in 2018 and builds on the University’s commitment to the Global Challenges agenda. The forum supports the University’s extensive Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) challenge-led research base, funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) GCRF QR Grant and contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Our vision for these themed sessions is that each will consist of two to three paired talks from St Andrews researchers and their ODA partners. Followed by a panel presentation and discussion. These topics are applicable to the SFC-funded GCRF projects portfolio as underlying issues are being addressed with more discipline-specific research. We intend that they will form the basis for substantive interdisciplinary discussions. Find out more about GCRF at St Andrews on Facebook and Twitter. For further information, please email [email protected]