SDG Academy Announces Colloquium Series for Graduate Students and Early Career Academics

Agenda 2030 calls on all global stakeholders to actualize the robust and comprehensive goals the United Nations set out to achieve in 2015. Such stakeholders are identified in the 2030 Agenda, and noted below:

“We the peoples” are the celebrated opening words of the Charter of the United Nations. It is “we the peoples” who are embarking today on the road to 2030. Our journey will involve Governments as well as parliaments, the United Nations system and other international institutions, local authorities, indigenous peoples, civil society, business and the private sector, the scientific and academic community – and all people. Millions have already engaged with, and will own, this Agenda. It is an Agenda of the people, by the people and for the people – and this, we believe, will ensure its success. 

(Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [A/RES/70/1], p. 12)

Specifically, the scientific and academic communities are pivotal to achieving the future we want. In keeping with the theme of global cooperation in contribution to the present sustainable development narrative, the SDG Academy would like to extend the opportunity to share research discussions and findings across our global network. In this effort, a new engagement opportunity for students will be implemented, and we seek your support and collaboration in creating this exciting opportunity! 

The SDG Academy, in collaboration with our Community of Practice member organizations, aims to host regularly scheduled colloquium events – built around the premise of sharing research and dialogue from our global community. 

In 2021 and 2022, we open contributions from students enrolled in graduate school programs and early-stage researchers engaging with some element of sustainable development in their personal research. While this is a rather broad heading, we welcome contributions relating to the following themes and beyond:

  • Research explicitly engaging with the SDGs at any level 
  • Research building on themes of the MDGs or SDGs historically 
  • Thematic work rooted in people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership
  • Case studies or singular examples from local, regional, national, or international best-practices in embedding sustainable development 

Submissions to the colloquium are welcomed at this time. Please submit to the Oxford Abstracts portal, under the heading: SDG Academy Graduate Community Research Colloquium. Completed submissions will be reviewed by the SDG Academy team. A complete submission consists of the following elements:

  • Title
  • 600 word abstract
  • Author Names, Emails, Institutional Affiliations and Locations for each collaborating author
  • Researcher-level and availability
  • Permissions

At this time, only oral presentations completed virtually will be considered. Please note: presentations will be 20 minutes with 10 minutes following for Q&A and discussion. 

Once your submission is complete you should receive a confirmation email from Oxford Abstracts, ultimately be contacted by SDG Academy staff about the decision, and, if accepted, with potential presentation dates. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and presentation dates will be assigned first come first serve.

Please share the application details with your network! We look forward to diverse and robust contributions. Please reach out to and with any questions.