We are excited to be a part of the 10th World Sustainability Forum (WSF) and to participate in the expansion of knowledge surrounding this fascinating and deeply important idea through the Singapore WSF2023 Hub. Sustainability is the idea of being able to avoid the depletion of resources and maintaining growth and the improving of people’s lives.
What is sustainability?
There are many different ways in which sustainability is defined as a concept. Two of the most important definitions are for sustainability and sustainable development. UNESCO defines them as,
“Sustainability is often thought of as a long-term goal (i.e. a more sustainable world), while sustainable development refers to the many processes and pathways to achieve it.”
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Agreed upon in 2015 by the United Nations, these are a series of goals that aim towards addressing matters such as poverty, health, gender equality, and more. There are 17 such goals, ranging from ending poverty, to building resilient infrastructure, to promoting peaceful societies.
They are noble goals, all aiming to produce a better and more sustainable world.
Sustainability for Social and Community Impact
This year’s forum focuses on potential and realized social and community impacts of sustainability. This also includes efforts towards social and community good, the challenges in achieving this, and looking at innovative means to create even greater impacts. This theme thus inspires and showcases collaborative efforts among different groups within the community. This can include social groups, industry, institutions, and individuals, who are aiming at co-creating sustainable solutions for current and future problems.
World Sustainability Forum Events
Coordinated with universities in Singapore, Basel (Switzerland) and Toronto (Canada), this will be a 24-hour event. Held in the three locations, as well as online for worldwide participation in this global event, the forum will have four main subjects distributed at the three locations.
Kicking off in Singapore, the focus will be on sustainability for social and community impact. Then, on to Basel, where the Chairs will lead discussions on sustainability in interdisciplinary sciences – tools, organizations, and approaches. Finally, in Toronto, the focus will be on sustainability in the built environment.
As a hybrid event, it will provide scholars, industry, and the community with the opportunity to attend the event in-person at one of the three conference sites or, most sustainably, online. We invite the community to participate in this event.
Basel WSF2023 Sessions
The Basel WSF2023 sessions will be focusing on two different Tracks:
These fascinating areas will open up avenues for discussion for many people interested in the future of food research and the food industry.
At 11 a.m. (Basel time), the first session will take place, and will focus on sustainability through innovation. There will be paper presentations and a showcase to discuss the matter, and we invite the community to think deeply on the questions related to this topic.
Basel Event Co-Chairs
We are thrilled that Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak will be chairing the first Track of events, “Towards low carbon emissions processing and digitization in the food industry”. As noted,
“[The] central scope of the session are innovations towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the food industry.” It is an exciting area of focus and will be followed by “Impact of food research on society, economy, and environment”.
Chaired by Dr. Lela Mélon from ESCI-UPF, Spain and msg global, the second Track of the events will focus on “Sustainable Transition”. As Dr. Mélon notes,
“[The] session is aimed at showcasing the intrinsic interrelation between the two topics, based on the current ever growing need for additional consulting services which should gradually be replaced with inherent inside knowledge on sustainability related concerns at the level of C-suite and below.”
Being Part of WSF2023
We encourage the submission of abstracts for the World Sustainability Forum. Participating in this conference is something that can help the dissemination of ideas to the wider community and allows a bigger platform for visibility.
If you want to participate in the events, you can also register online and directions to get to all of the venues, be it by plane or train, are available on the website. We look forward to seeing you there!
Don’t forget, the while the deadline was June 4th, 2023, there are still ways to participate in the upcoming events.
MDPI Sustainability Foundation
Finally, we would like to draw your attention to the MDPI Sustainability Foundation.
From the website,
One of MDPI Sustainability Foundation’s main purposes is to promote scientific dialogue and the exchange of information among interested organizations. As part of this effort, it has initiated the World Sustainability Forum (WSF), an international conference where the Award is presented, as well as its smaller counterpart—the local Sustainability Forum.
To learn more be sure to visit the site.