The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (iSEE) invites proposals to organize a Critical Conversation on a topic that presents a complex sustainability challenge that has different interest groups that would be affected by possible solutions. Preference will be given to topics of regional significance with international relevance.Submission form here >>>
A Critical Conversation is a facilitated, constructive, and inclusive discourse, under the Chatham House Rule, among individuals that bring widely differing perspectives. A successful Critical Conversation often has the outcome of clarifying a research agenda to find effective solutions that address the problem. A Critical Conversation requires curation of an invited list of participants well informed about the topic from industry, academia, government, and non-governmental or community-based organizations to share their viewpoints on a complex, multi-faceted, coupled human-environment problem and identify potential technical, market and policy pathways for finding a solution.
The proposing team works closely with the Institute, which will provide organizational support to hold the Critical Conversation. iSEE staff will work with the proposing team to convene planning meetings, invite a keynote speaker, panelists, and participants, and organize the venue and travel. The Institute will also arrange for an external moderator to facilitate the conversation. All direct costs for the event will be borne by iSEE.
Read more details at https://sustainability.illinois.edu/outreach/critical-conversations/.
The deadline to fill out the online submission form is Nov. 17, 2023. The event will be scheduled for Fall 2024 with planning meetings beginning early Spring 2024.