Sustainability issues are unavoidable in any social development sector. The terms ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable’ have become popular parlance since the Sustainable Development perspective initially gained footing almost four decades ago. Academicians, policy makers and regulators, media, industry, and the public in general intertwine these concepts into their discourse. Sustainability challenges are diverse and broad. Ecological sustainability is the foundation of much of sustainability thought and science. Ecological sustainability includes biodiversity loss, deforestation, depletion of marine fish stocks, global ill-health, land degradation, land use change and water scarcity; to name a few concerns. The emergence of a “new kind” of science called Sustainability Science has converged from these various efforts.
Sustainability Science is use-driven, a problem- or need-oriented, science. A transdisciplinary approach inclusive of a human-environment systems is a needed perspective. Solutions are sought for present and future environmentally-related problems. To arrive at these solutions a sustainable society is needed and should include changes of values, attitudes, and actions; not just the scientific and technological developments.
There is no single definition of sustainability science (SS). SS as a discipline is strongly related toward transformation to a sustainable society (Komiyama and Takeuchi, 2006). It also means setting the foundation for sustainable development from scientific perspective (Keitsch, 2010). Sustainability Science can also be defined as a transdisciplinary effort ranging from the basic sciences to multiple social stakeholder involvement (Bergendahl, et al., 2018). It needs to address the nexus of human activity and the environment (Rapport 2007). Even with these differences in perspectives, some basic fundamental principles exist. These characteristics include transdisciplinary, integrated systemic analysis, and action-orientation (Kauffman, 2009).
Ecology as the backbone of sustainability science is still developing and forming new theories and concepts that are important to advancing sustainability science. Sustainability science as an emerging science needs theories integrated with practice. Sustainability science needs this integration given the definition as a use-driven science. Practice-oriented sustainability science is challenging due to its complexities. Applied and action research are needed, linkage to sustainable development goals (SDGs) is one of several potential mechanisms; many of which, along with theory, need further development, debate, discussion, and implementation.
It is for these reasons that we are inviting actors from the broad global stakeholder community to come to this conference, dialogue, develop, and present directions for science, theory and practice.
To commemorate Dies Natalis 60th of Universitas Padjadjaran, The Conference on Sustainability Science will be held with the central theme topic Ecology and Sustainability Science: from Theory to Practice. We invite scholars, practitioners, and policy makers from throughout the world to contribute in one of the most ecologically diverse and sensitive nations in the world.
The conference will include discourse and progress on academic, institutional, and societal challenges. It will explore how ecology is fundamental to sustainability science advancement. We encourage a particular linkage to how these efforts, theory and practice, aid in achievement to SDGs.
Jointly organized by
Universitas Padjadjaran and Greening for Industries (GIN)
The Institute of Ecology, Graduate Program on Ecology Studies and Graduate Program on Sustainability Science
to commemorate Dies Natalis 60th Universitas Padjadjaran
of Universitas padjadjaran
Academic and Students Affairs
Planning, Finance and Information System
Research, Community Services, Collaboration, Innovation & Academic Corporation
Governance and Resources
1. Prof. dr. Oekan S. Abdoellah, MA. – Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
2. Prof. dr. Ir. Hendarmawan, M.Sc – Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
3. Prof. dr. Johan Iskandar, MA. – Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
4. Prof. dr. Erri N Megantara – Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
5. Dr. Tb. Benito A Kurnani, Dipl., EST – Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
6. Dr. Chay Asdak, M.Sc.- Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
7. Dr. Parikesit – Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
8. Dr. Budhi Gunawan, MA. – Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
9. Dr. Sunardi, M.Si. – Universitas Padjadjaran
10. Dr. Teguh Husodo, M.Si – Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
11. Keynote and invited speakers
1. Dr. Susanti Withaningsih, M.Si
2. Dr. Cipta Endyana, M.T
3. Dr. rer.nat Fani Cahyandito, SE
4. Dr. Gemilang Lara Utama, M.I.L
5. Dika Supiyandi, SP., MDP
6. Indri Wulandari, S.Si., M.I.L
7. Ghea Sakti Maharani, S.Si., M.I.L
8. Sumarna, SP
Prof. dr. Joe Sarkis
Prof. dr. Diego Vazquez-Brust
Dr. Laura Franco-García
Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia
Chay Asdak, Ph.D.
Dr. Susanti Withaningsih, M.Si.
Sunardi, M.Si., Ph.D.