Programme Overview

Programme Overview

The 2020 SDG Research Symposium is a fully online three day symposium. The four keynote plenary sessions will be fully available via streaming to all, while the parallel panel sessions will be accessible only for registered participants in order to allow for focused discussions. We have two online social events scheduled in the programme.

Are you interested in reading the full papers? Please find links to those that have been submitted accompanying their abstracts.


Tuesday 9 June

Wednesday 10 June

Thursday 11 June

09.00 - 10.30

Implementation 11: Individual Action and Values
Integration and Interlinkages 3: Interlinkages among SDGs (Part 3)
Integration and Interlinkages 8: Integration and Cooperation
Inclusiveness 1: Inclusiveness (Part 1)
Planetary Integrity 1: Addressing Biodiversity Loss
Plenary III: Revisiting Multi-Layered Governance for Sustainable Development
Måns Nilsson, Imme Scholz & John Thwaites

10.30 - 11.00



11.00 - 12.30

Implementation 4: Impacts at National Level (Part 1)
Implementation 6: SDG Impacts on National Policy Processes
Inclusiveness 2: Inclusiveness (Part 2)
Integration and Interlinkages 2: Interlinkages Among SDGs (Part 2)

12.30 - 14.00

Early Career Lunch (hosted by Jennifer Bansard, Potsdam University, Ina Möller, Wageningen University and Research, and Sandra van der Hel, Utrecht University)


14.00 - 15.30

Plenary I: The Transformative Potential of the SDGs
Frank Biermann & Pamela Chasek
Plenary II: The Universal Aspiration of the SDGs
Debapriya Bhattacharya, Sheila Oparaocha & Sébastian Treyer
Implementation 3: International Organisations
Implementation 10: Implementation at Local Level
Integration and Interlinkages 5:Integration and Coherence (Part 2)
Integration and Interlinkages 7:Integration and Coherence (Part 4)
Inclusiveness 4: Indicators for Inclusiveness

15.30 - 16.00




16.00 - 17.30

Implementation 1International Governance
Implementation 9: Ports and SDG Implementation
Inclusiveness 3: Inclusiveness (Part 3)
Integration and Interlinkages 1: Interlinkages Among SDGs (Part 1)
Implementation 2: International Law and Norms
Integration and Interlinkages 4: Integration and Coherence (Part 1)
Planetary Integrity 4: Forests and the SDGs
Indicators and Methods 1: Knowledge in SDG Implementation


Welcome Drinks - SDG Pub Quiz

(more information to follow)

Plenary IV: Wrapping Up and Looking Ahead
Michelle Scobie & John Thompson

Timezones: We assume for all participants that they will participate from the location of their main institution. Please contact us if on 9-10-11 June you will be based in a time zone different from that of your main academic institution.

Draft version 04 June (soon to be fully integrated into the symposium website)

Are you interested in being a chair or discussant?

The role of chairs and discussants will be essential in the new virtual format. They will be key to ensuring lively sessions and that presenters are provided with genuine substantive feedback on their papers.

The role of discussant involves reading 3-4 papers beforehand and discussing them in a virtual panel session. The role of the chair will be to organize an orderly discussion in an online environment (technical help will be provided in each session).

If you are interested in serving as chair or discussant in a parallel session, please e-mail as soon as possible and let us know which panel you find most fitting to your expertise (see programme).