Science Forum 2018 : Win more, lose less: Capturing synergies between SDGs through AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH (Stellenbosch, South Africa, 10-12 October 2018)

The CGIAR’S Independent Science and Partnership Council (ISPC*) has opened registration for the upcoming SCIENCE FORUM 2018 (SF18) on “Win more, lose less: Capturing synergies between SDGs through agricultural research”.

SF18  will be held from 10-12 October 2018 in Stellenbosch, South Africa

The objective of this year’s Forum is to identify substantial interactions among : 

  • the Sustainable Development Goals (both positive and negative), 
  • the role of agricultural research in augmenting synergies and managing trade-offs, and 
  • the ensuing implications for the science-policy interface.

Results will contribute to the discussion of developing research themes and frameworks in CGIAR.

Key topics include:

  • Interactions between increasing staple crop productivity, resilience to climate change, improving nutrition and sustaining agro-biodiversity
  • Interactions between intensifying livestock production for food and nutrition security, and: a) increased vulnerability to antimicrobial resistance and zoonoses; b) land use change
  • Water-energy-food (WEF) nexus interactions
  • Strengthening the science-policy interface 

* ISPC is a part of CGIAR, - a global research partnership for a food secure future dedicated to achieving a world free of poverty, hunger and environmental degradation. The ISPC is a standing panel of scientific experts whose mission is to help strengthen the quality, relevance, and impact of CGIAR research by enhancing the CGIAR System Council’s capacity to make evidence-based decisions in support of effective agricultural research programs for sustainable development.

Bringing in external perspectives to engage in discussion with CGIAR stakeholders is fundamental to the Forum’s success so please feel free to promote the event through your networks or share details via social media (#scienceforum2018):   

SF18 website:


* 28 June, 2018: Join free Webinar on Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) National Reporting

Policy coherence for sustainable development 2018. This report applies the institutional, analytical and monitoring elements of the “policy coherence for sustainable development” framework to identify challenges and opportunities facing governments as they move to implement the SDGs, both at the national and global levels. (Paris, 234 pp.)

* Data & Citizens in the African Open Research Data Space ; New & Emerging Technologies in Agriculture (SciDataCon, International Data Week, November 5-8, 2018, Gaborone, Botswana)

Call for CODATA Task Groups 2018-2020 that will be approved during International Data Week (DEALINE 18 July 2018)

Turning FAIR Data into Reality - EC Expert Group Report and Action Plan: consultation and feedback (DEADLINE 5 August 2018)

FAIR data use-cases from a lot of experience in working with agricultural dataAgricultural Data Interest Group (IGAD) | RDA11 meeting, 21 - 23 March, 2018 (Berlin, Germany)

GODAN Free e-learning course on Open Data & Research Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition and related resources 

* Research4Life TRAINING Materials : Be an advocate for the quality RESEARCH in AGRICULTURE, health, environment, law, development and innovation

* eROSA - A Roadmap for a pan-European e-Infrastructure for Open Science in Agricultural and Food Sciences

* GODAN Report “Open Access & Open Data at PUSH Universities” (June, 2018)

* Building a Culture of Data Citation ... with Persistent Identifiers 


FAO launched (June 2018) new program to increase productivity in Africa 

* Open Access Week 2018 Globally (22-28 October 2018)

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