Hosted by the Australian Academy of Science, Future Earth Australia is a partnership of Australian universities, research institutes and industry, government, and civil society to advance sustainability.

The Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) invested in the development of a strategic plan to establish an Australian and regional node of Future Earth program in early 2015. An interdisciplinary working group of Fellows from Australia’s four learned Academies developed this plan and engaged in extensive consultation with the research community, government, the arts, and the private sector throughout Australia.

The aims and objectives of Future Earth Australia are to:

Coordinate and leverage research relevant to the eight focal challenges identified by Future Earth globally – water, energy, food for all; decarbonize socioeconomic systems; safeguard natural assets; build healthy resilient cities; sustainable rural futures; improved human health; sustainable consumption and production; social resilience to future threats – as well as other key challenges for Australia and the Oceania region.

Link the expertise of networks of researchers with policy-makers, business leaders, industry, practitioners and community stakeholders and facilitate interdisciplinary activities and partnerships to collaboratively produce solutions-oriented research.

Deliver research products and services including convening a periodic Future Earth Australia conference, and linking Australian and regional activities to Future Earth internationally.

Contribute to knowledge and solutions that will support transformations to global sustainability.

Future Earth Australia provides essential services as an international platform to Australian scientists for deep engagement with leaders in research, policy, business, industry, civil society and community to generate solutions and have an impact.

Future Earth Australia is overseen by a steering committee comprising representatives of member organisations and broader community representatives. The Executive Committee of the Australian Academy of Science’s Council provides high level oversight. The Future Earth Australia advisory council includes thought-leaders and influencers in Australian sustainability.


Tayanah O’Donnell

Executive Director, Future Earth Australia