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Synthetic Biology in Cambridge


A new project launched by the University of Cambridge aims to connect young people, researchers, and creatives to address the challenges and opportunities of developing a sustainable future.

In an era of increased uncertainty, pandemics, climate change and habitat loss, of unmitigated exploitation of natural resources amid conflict and poverty – how can we think about, plan and implement sustainable futures? Complex problems require responses that lie at the intersection of different disciplines, generations, cultures, social and political lives and practices.

The Sustainable Futures Academy (SFA) is a joint project between the University of Cambridge, the Berlin School of Public Engagement and Open Science, the Museum für Naturkunde and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. This innovative project connects young people, researchers, and creatives across borders to grapple with the challenges and opportunities of developing a sustainable future.

It does so in a uniquely collaborative format that channels questions, ideas, and solutions into a variety of co-produced artistic outputs. These outputs allow exchange and interaction with wider audiences at the Berlin Science Week and the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science in the UK.

SFA Participants are trained by experts from Berlin and Cambridge in the processes and practice of audience centred public engagement and research communication. They are then matched based on their preferences and ideas into six interdisciplinary and inter-generational teams that collaborate with a creative trainer towards a research-informed output that speaks to the theme of sustainability and designs of the future. The SFA and the teams are moderated by a group of expert facilitators and the project process is documented by a film crew. All outputs and the film are showcased as part of a joint event between the 7 and 10 November 2020 as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences and the Berlin Science Week. All training and workshops take place in a digital space, defying any restrictions or physical limitations during the pandemic.

Are you:

  • Between 18 and 25 years old and live in the UK or Germany

Or are you:

  • An early career researcher from the social or natural sciences in the UK or Germany

And, are you up for connecting digitally with people from all over the world, to work together and give yourself a creative voice? – Please come and join us where creativity meets research meets innovation: at the Sustainable Futures Academy 2020!

Learn more and apply >>


Originally posted on the Unversity of Cambridge Public Engagement pages: