Sustainability in the Digital Age brings together cross-sectoral and interdisciplinary groups from around the globe to share knowledge and co-create. These collaborations spark bold ideas and strategic research and innovations for leveraging the digital age to drive transformative system changes for a climate-safe, sustainable, and equitable world.

Past events

2020 Virtual Event - Innovative Session: Roundtable on the interlinkages between Artificial Intelligence and Earth System Governance

September 15-17, 2020

2020 Virtual Forum on Earth System Governance. Between precarity and possibility: Implications of disruption for Earth System Governance. During the event, challenging questions will be explored about the current and ongoing nature of disruption in multiple domains of sustainability governance. This encompasses not only the impacts of the global COVID-19 crisis, but also other ongoing issues within the scope of earth system governance, i.e. the climate and biodiversity crises, as well as broader issues of political polarization, economic downturn, and technological change.

TRANSGOV project's launch event at 2020 Virtual Forum

September 17, 2020

A selection of high-profile researchers and policy experts will present in this semi-plenary on the Transformative Potential of Transparency in Global Climate Governance, including Aarti Gupta, Professor of Global Environmental Governance and Global Fellow of Sustainability in the Digital Age.

Digital TEDx Bonn edition: Experience Digital Humanity

September 17, 2020

Join and explore how will technological transformation create a better tomorrow? What role can Digital Humanities play in this? Speakers include CIFAR AI and Society workshop participant, ​Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency (UBA).

UNESCO is requesting a citizen deliberation on AI: We want to hear from Canadians!

July 28, 2020

Join us for an online citizen deliberation on UNESCO’s draft recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI) and the environment. What standards are needed to ensure that the design, development, and deployment of AI support a sustainable and equitable future for people and the planet?

Virtual Side-Event to the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2020 - Digital Solutions to Reach the 2030-Agenda

July 9, 2020

Hosted by the German Environment Agency (UBA), UNDP, UNEP, Future Earth and the International Science Council (ISC)

This virtual dialogue in the context of the High-Level Political Forum 2020 will introduce an initiative in the nexus of digitalization and sustainability. Recently UNEP, UNDP, ISC, Future Earth and the German Environment Agency (UBA) have joined forces to create opportunities to better implement the 2030-Agenda through digitalization. We agree that it is the moment to strengthen our collaboration in order to accelerate joint action, supporting existing key initiatives and identifying needs for new activities.

The Digital Transformation for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda - Virtual Workshop

June 22-23, 2020

A small group of experts in digitalization and sustainability from science, politics, national authorities and the tech organizations gathered to join a discussion on the vision for the Digital Planet for Sustainability, the current landscape, gaps and needs, and actions that can be taken to accelerate the transformation towards just, sustainable digital societies. The goals and objectives of the workshop were to align on a common vision for Digital Planet for Sustainability, to assess the digital fitness for purpose of participating organizations, to identify the roadblocks to the vision and to agree on the road map for collaborative action within a possible joint initiative on “A Digital Planet for Sustainability”.

CIFAR AI & Society Workshop: Sustainability in the Digital Age

September 18-20, 2019

This workshop brought together experts in tech innovation, systems-science, sustainability, and policy, to explore issues related to the Digital Disruptions for Sustainability (D^2S Agenda), with a particular focus on near-term actions, the opportunities and challenges for identifying levers for systemic change

Expert Advisory Committee Workshop: Digital Disruptions for Global Sustainability (D2S Agenda)

August 29, 2019

An international team of diverse experts convened to guide the development of the D^2S Agenda. The meeting was hosted by the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA).

Google Earth Engine: Planetary scale analysis for societal benefit

March 29, 2019

A dialogue with Noel Gorelick, Google’s Chief Extraterrestrial Observer, during which he provided an overview of the Earth Engine platform and how it is being used to address some of society’s biggest challenges. Followed by an open discussion.