SRI2023 events in Panama and online. Register today!

26-30 June 2023

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The Sustainability Research & Innovation (SRI) Congress is the world’s largest transdisciplinary gathering for the global sustainability community. Starting June 26, SRI2023 will be hosted by the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Panama (SENACYT) and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).

As part of the congress, we have two great hybrid panel discussions for you to check out. Sessions are in Spanish with English translation available:

1. Panama’s Indigenous Perspectives Towards Protecting Territories of Life by 2030. Date: Monday June 26, 12PM – 1:30PM (EDT)

In this interactive dialogue, speakers from the Panamanian Indigenous Nations of Embera and Ngobe-Bugle will focus their presentations on art, traditional botany, and storytelling as alternative methodologies they have used to address the socio-environmental conflicts that threaten their territory. We will begin the session with a reflection on the problems of land tenure in the region by the moderator. We will continue with speaker presentations covering topics related to (1) governmental support to Indigenous Nations, (2) encroaching settlers in traditional territories, (3) Indigenous-led projects to restore traditional plant knowledge, (4) youth and female perspectives to land change in traditional territories.

2. Resilient Communities: Innovation and Community-Based Solutions in Latin America. Date: Tuesday June 27, 4PM – 5:30PM (EDT)

This session aims to highlight adaptive solutions to increase climate resilience and sustainable natural resource management in vulnerable communities in Latin America. The session will begin by highlighting the value of community-based initiatives for the implementation of long-term sustainable solutions and their importance in achieving regional and international environmental goals. Subsequently, each speaker will present the community-based initiatives they represent, highlighting their environmental challenges and solutions. These presentations will touch on adaptive measures to extreme environmental events linked to climate change, such as sargassum accumulation in coastal areas, flooding, water scarcity, and sustainable forest management as an alternative to deforestation and fragmentation.

Be part of the entire SRI2023 experience including sessions, networking and more. Register today:

“Where Love Is Illegal” art exhibitions

Seventy-two countries around the world have criminal laws against sexual activity by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex people. That’s 72 countries where people who love each other must do so in secret. Moreover, the brutality of punishments – which include fines, imprisonment, torture, and, in some cases, death – is shocking in all these countries. The team behind “Where Love Is Illegal” believes stories have the ability to connect people, transform opinions, open minds, and change policies. Led by photographer Robin Hammond and his non-profit organization Witness Change, “Where Love Is Illegal” captures personal testimonies of survival from the LGBTQI+ community around the world.

Part of Sustainability in the Digital Age’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion involved making these thought-intensive exhibitions happen in Latin America. Our team member Santiago Ramírez Said helped bring this work to Panama and Colombia in the month of June to complement Future Earth’s work at the SRI2023 congress.

The exhibitions, held at the Panama Museum of Contemporary Art in Panama City and the Colombian National Museum in Bogota, will be open to the public until July. We invite you to come and learn from these survival and courage-filled stories if you are around Panama City or Bogota.

Join us for SRI2023!

Date: 26-30 June 2023
Platform: Hybrid (in-person in Panama and online)