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Retrospective and a look ahead to the next 10 years

An #esi10 event

An Environment and Sustainability Institute social event
Date25 May 2023
Time13:00 to 19:00
PlaceEnvironment and Sustainability Institute

While most of this day will be an in-person event, some of the talks will be hybrid and interested participants outside the ESI can join us on MS Teams. Please email for the link.

We are proud to be celebrating the ESI’s first decade of successful operation and are hosting a big event on 25 May to mark this occasion with the launch of our retrospective infographic, with our Vice Chancellor Professor Lisa Roberts and other distinguished guests.

1 - 3.30pm Peter Lefort (Green Futures Network) will facilitate an interactive workshop to explore the issues to come in the next ten years, and how the ESI can respond.
4 - 7pm Party and the launch of our retrospective infographic with Vice Chancellor Professor Lisa Roberts and guests.


Since 2013, the ESI community has been focused on identifying solutions to environmental challenges through interdisciplinary collaboration and research. Our work has included attention to the smallest micro-organisms alongside planetary processes, and we work in partnership to develop ideas and solutions across traditional silos. As we look ahead to the next decade, we need to draw together our collective knowledge on new and emerging issues of environmental concern, to help us plan for, nurture, and support future activity, reflecting our core aim of ‘working with natural systems for sustainable futures’.

Our aim

We are proposing to run a horizon scanning process at ESI over the coming months, culminating in a participative workshop to coincide with the ten–year celebration event on 25 May 2023. The aim is to identify ten priority research areas for ESI over the next decade (towards 2033). We will then visualise the interdisciplinary connections between the emerging ideas, and collectively identify opportunities to work across boundaries to ensure that the ESI is making the most of its diverse and unique community.

Who can contribute?

We encourage the whole of the ESI community to get involved – ESI staff and students, affiliates, external partners and anyone in the wider community who would like to contribute. 

How will it work?

We are inviting the ESI community to submit up to ten ideas or topics of importance via this online form [LINK]. Topics will be collated by theme into a long list, identifying commonalities and gaps. These initial clusters will then be visualised to help us find links between them. At our community workshop event in May, these topics will then be further refined through facilitated group discussions, and we will collectively generate a final list of interdisciplinary themes.


December 2022 - February 2023 Collect initial responses
February - April 2023 Visualise the initial ideas and share for further feedback
May 2023 Open workshop and celebration event on Thurs 25 May

Please complete the form before 12 February and share with other internal and external members of the ESI community.

ProviderEnvironment and Sustainability Institute
Intended audienceWhile most of this day will be an in-person event, some of the talks will be hybrid and interested participants outside the ESI can join us on MS Teams. Please email for the link.
OrganizerEnvironment and Sustainability Institute

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