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Young Scientists gather to focus on Sustainable Development Goals

Kathryn Bowen is pictured third from the left.

Kathryn Bowen is an Associate of MSSI and a social epidemiologist working at the nexus of global change, health and governance issues. Recently, Kathryn was selected to attend the Future Earth Young Scientists Networking Conference in Lake Como, Italy, in the last week of May 2015. 

The purpose of the event (auspiced by the International Social Science Council and the International Council for Science) was to gather 32 multidisciplinary scientists from 23 different countries to focus on ways to engage with the debate and research in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are due to be adopted in September this year, however a much smaller amount of work has been done to date on their associated targets and indicators, and there is still opportunity to influence the ways these are being shaped. Much of the discussion in the conference focused on the role of scientists as advocates for policy change.

Planned outcomes of the conference include 'honest broker' short and provocative pieces of writing for mainstream media (such as the Guardian's Science and Policy blog), as well as commentary and longer discussion papers for academic and policy audiences.

For more information contact Kathryn Bowen

Lake Como, Italy.