Michael Battaglia attends Knowledge Systems for Sustainability (KSS) in Trento, Italy

July 25th, 2018

Knowledge Systems for Sustainability (KSS), 10-13 July 2018

This meeting was funded by Climate-CIK – Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership focused on climate innovation to mitigate and adapt to climate change.  Michael Battaglia travelled with Mike Grundy along with leaders from Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARES) to make an “Australian” team. The aim of the meeting was to refresh the KSS agenda and connect with funding bodies  interested in supporting integrated analytics around food security.

Workshop Objectives

  • Build consensus on blueprints and near-term steps for core programs with systems level investments in improved productivity, improved ability to meet short and longer term provisioning demands, and to better inform responses to markets, humanitarian needs and resource management challenges.
  • Highlight and confirm exemplary collaborations (private-private, public-private and public-public) with respect to the sharing of information, analytics, opportunities and risks related to humanity’s provisioning demands improved food, energy, climate and water security within sustainable natural resource limits.
  • Leverage innovative platforms and prospective strategies and approaches that promote alignment, sharing and integration of data, information and knowledge assets where partners can realize mutual benefit for quantifying risk in food, energy, and water systems, improving decision-making under uncertainty, achieving improved livelihoods, and improving food, energy, climate and water security within sustainable natural resource limits.

Knowledge Systems for Sustainability (KSS) delivers decision-relevant insights based in science on risk and resilience at the land-water-energy-climate-security nexus. KSS originated when globally premier research organisations came together in a sustained partnership to build and test “knowledge systems for sustainability” – to spark demand for and provide improved analytics regarding risk and resilience at scale. At this workshop,  prospective partners from notable global institutions discussed priority needs and scoped out mutually consequential opportunities, near-term next steps on – partnerships, work programs, and projects.

Artists impression of the workshop discussions

Workshop Outcomes

  • Identification of partnerships with sponsors, donors, and governments for impact at scale. Scheduled series of regional workshops in countries of interest.