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ECR STS 2.0 : Enhancing Research Cultures for Global Collaboration

The Early Career Researcher Sustainability Training School (ECR STS) Global recently concluded its second edition, marking another significant milestone in the journey towards fostering a transformative and transdisciplinary research culture at Warwick. Building on the success of ECR STS 1.0 held in June 2023, this year's event aimed to further enhance research, impact, and networking opportunities, while investing in a new generation of planet-conscious researchers dedicated to sustainable development.

ECR STS 2.0, held from 15th to 19th April 2024, expanded its reach across borders, bringing together early career researchers (ECRs) from 18 countries and 5 continents. Participants from Indonesia, the Philippines, Ghana, Nepal, Bangladesh, Turkey, South Africa, and Australia, among others. This global representation not only enriched the discussions but also highlighted the universality of the sustainability agenda. One of the hallmarks of ECR STS 2.0 was its focus on innovative training methods developed by Warwick researchers. Participants had the opportunity to engage in participatory film-making, serious games, and citizen assemblies, offering a unique and immersive learning experience.

A distinguishing feature of ECR STS 2.0 was the active involvement of IGSD Thematic Fellows and the inaugural cohort of ECRs as mentors and trainers. This mentorship model fostered collaboration, knowledge exchange, and peer learning, creating a supportive environment for professional growth and development. Additionally, partnerships with the EUTOPIA consortium and the Commonwealth Futures Climate Research Cohort, ACU, further enriched the experience, underscoring the importance of collaborative research initiatives in driving meaningful change.

ECR STS is not just a training programme; it is a catalyst for transformative action and collaboration. By convening policymakers, practitioners, and young researchers, ECR STS facilitates dialogue, knowledge sharing, and the co-creation of solutions to complex sustainability challenges. As Warwick's flagship initiative with a focus on sustainability, ECR STS is poised to become an initiative that crosses geographical boundaries and contributes to building a more sustainable future for all.

As we at IGSD reflect on the success of ECR STS 2.0, we are reminded of the collective effort and commitment towards advancing sustainable development goals. The diverse perspectives, innovative approaches, and collaborative spirit demonstrated during the training school, serve as a testament to the power of collective and relational action in addressing global challenges. Join us for STS 3.0 in 24/25!


WUB-HUB: new funding for Warwick's Ukraine-Belarus (WUB) hub awarded to Prof. Elena Korosteleva

Prof. Elena Korosteleva has been awarded Policy Support Impact (PSF) funding to connect her Oxford Belarus Observatory work with Warwick's Ukraine-Belarus hub (WUB-hub). The project will focus on the topical issues in the relations between the two peoples, in the context of the ongoing Russia's war against Ukraine. The project will run webinars, podcasts, policy briefs, workshops and a conference in the summer 2024, and prepare the ground for a large bid. Watch the space! Elena is grateful for the support of Rachael Kirwan and RIS in designing this project.

Warwick University Appoints EKKI Co-CEO Kanishka Arumugam as IGSD Honorary Fellow

Kanishka Arumugam, Co-CEO of EKKI Water Technologies, has been appointed as an Honorary Fellow at the University of Warwick's Institute for Global Sustainable Development (IGSD)Link opens in a new window.
Kanishka joined us at Scarman in June 2023 for our Sustainability Training SchoolLink opens in a new window and gave an innovative plenary to our successful early career researcher closing the week for our cohort. We hope to welcome Kanishka again to speak and inspire the cohort at our training school in April 2024.

Welcome to IGSD Honorary Fellow

Today we welcomed John Wood CBE,Link opens in a new window as one of our Honorary FellowsLink opens in a new window joining IGSD. John attended our collaborative Net Zero Supply ChainLink opens in a new window event on 19th July 2023 at Prince Philip House RAEng. John was delighted to receive his IGSD pin badge and to offer his experience and expertise to IGSD and develop our thematics. John will also be able to share his wealth of knowledge with our IGSD Thematic FellowsLink opens in a new window, Photo GalleryLink opens in a new window. To learn more about our Strategic objectivesLink opens in a new window and initiative please see here

Thu 20 Jul 2023, 15:30 | Tags: Net Zero IGSD Honorary Fellow 2023