Connecting the Urban: Linking ECRPs With Urban KAN Steering Committee Members



Future Earth Australia in partnership with the Future Earth Urban Knowledge-Action Network (Urban KAN) presents: Connecting the Urban: Linking Early Career Researchers and Practitioners With Urban KAN Steering Committee Members. This event will bring together early career researchers and practitioners (ECRPs) to share their work and network across disciplines associated with the urban theme. Participants will have the opportunity to connect with the extensive international experience of the Steering Committee members of the Future Earth Urban KAN. This event will be held at the Australian Academy of Science, Canberra on Tuesday 12th of November.

Future Earth’s Urban KAN is a global network of researchers and innovators in policy, business, civil society, and more. The Urban KAN is working to solve some of the most pressing challenges facing cities worldwide. The Urban KAN does so by building new knowledge and tools to accelerate real-world transitions and transformations toward cities that are sustainable and livable.

Prior to the annual Steering Committee meeting, the Urban KAN Steering Committee will be convening in Canberra. Future Earth Australia is taking the opportunity to connect our vibrant ECRP cohort with this esteemed group.

Participation is open to ECRPs based anywhere in Australia with an interest in urban sustainability and livability. The organising committee is interested in receiving applications from ECRPs working in any discipline relating to the urban, across humanities and arts, physical and natural science, health, engineering, built environment, and vocational studies. For the purpose of applications, an ECRP is defined as someone employed in academia, industry, government, or a not-for-profit organisation who is within 7 years of obtaining their most recent qualification (allowing for career interruptions).

Connecting the Urban will be purposefully kept small, with a maximum of 12 applicants selected to participate. This will ensure that everyone has the chance to listen to and speak with all other participants and thereby build lasting connections. The program will consist of ECRP presentations and a scenario-based activity in which participants will receive scenario-specific mentorship from members of the Urban KAN Steering Committee.

Following on from the event held at the Academy of Science, participants will then attend a public event focusing on urban issues featuring local and international panelists, followed by a networking opportunity at the Australian National University Fenner School of Environment and Society at the conclusion of the event.

Successful applicants from Future Earth Australia financial member organisations (full list here: who do not live within reasonable driving distance to the Australian Academy of Science will be eligible for a travel allowance of up to $300 towards a return domestic flight from their city of origin. Note that you do not have to be employed at a Future Earth Australia member organisation to apply.

Submission Guidelines:

To apply, please email the attached registration form with an abstract of up to 250 words to by 11.59pm Sunday 20 October 2019.

Successful applicants will be required to give a 10-12 minute presentation expanding on their abstract and to contribute to the forum.