POSTPONED: ECRP Event: Beyond SDG 11: A focus on urban transformations

This event has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Future Earth Australia, in partnership with Western Sydney University, presents Beyond SDG 11: A focus on urban transformations. The aim of this event is to bring together early career researchers and practitioners to share their work and network across all disciplines associated with social and environmental sustainability and liveable cities. This event will be held at the Parramatta City Campus, Western Sydney University from Monday 20 April to Wednesday 22 April.

With over 4.2 billion people living in cities worldwide and an expected population of 6.5 billion in the year 2050, the need to focus on the liveability of our cities has never been greater. This event aims to be truly cross-disciplinary, and we encourage applications from any early career researcher and practitioners whose work aligns with Sustainable Development Goal 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. This can include but is not limited to those conducting research/practising in engineering, science, urban planning, public health, built environment, urban design, geography, economics, and business.

Beyond SDG11 will be purposefully kept small, with a maximum of 20 applicants selected to participate. This will ensure that everyone has the chance to present their work as well as to listen to and speak with all other participants and thereby build lasting connections. The program will consist of presentations and professional development workshops on Days 1 and 3, and a field trip to local instances of urban liveability and sustainability on Day 2. In addition to these activities, morning and afternoon teas, lunch, and a welcome dinner will be provided for all participants.


Participation is open to early career researchers and practitioners (ECRPs) based anywhere in Australia with an interest in social and environmental sustainability and liveable cities. For the purpose of this event, an ECRP is defined as someone who is either studying for their PhD or employed in academia, industry, government, or a not-for-profit organisation who is within 7 years of obtaining their PhD (allowing for career disruptions).

Please note that you do not have to be from a Future Earth Australia member organisation to apply to attend Beyond SDG11. However, only successful applicants from Future Earth Australia member organisations will be granted a travel bursary.

Travel Bursary Information

Successful applicants from Future Earth Australia financial member organisations (full list here: who do not live within reasonable driving distance to the University of Western Sydney will be eligible to apply for a travel bursary of $500 to assist in paying for travel and accommodation.

Submission Guidelines:

To apply, please email the attached registration form (at right) with an abstract of up to 250 words to by 11.59pm 8 March 2020.

Successful applicants will be required to give a 10 minute presentation expanding on their abstract at the event. They will also be asked to contribute to the forum and workshop discussions with fellow participants and forum partners.