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At Future Earth, we believe that research, innovation, and collaboration can transform the world toward sustainability. We harness the experience and reach of thousands of scientists and innovators from across the globe. Together, this global community facilitates research, mobilises networks, sparks innovation, and turns knowledge into action.

“We urgently need a radical shift in how global society interacts with Earth. Human activities today are disrupting our planet in ways that threaten our air quality, water reliability, food security, and the stability of our climate and ecosystems. Real transformations to overcome these challenges will only happen if we work together – science, technology, business, government, and civil society – as one.”

– Amy Luers, Executive Director, Future Earth

Our organisation is rooted in the work of 20 Global Research Projects. These networks have a long history, in some cases stretching back decades, of generating research at the forefront of sustainability science. They played a critical role in forming the field of Earth system science – which considers how all of the parts of the planet, including human societies, connect to and shape each other. Our Global Research Projects also led in defining the Anthropocene, a new epoch in the geologic history of Earth marked by the influence of humans on the planet.

Future Earth builds on this scientific legacy to accelerate transformations to sustainability through research and innovation. We are a major international convenor that fosters a culture of an engaged research based on the co-design and co-production of knowledge and tools.

We work to incorporate the latest research findings into government, business and community decisions and policies. The Global Carbon Project’s annual projections of greenhouse gas emissions, for example, have helped to shape the targets of the Paris Agreement on climate change. We experiment in generating new ideas, innovations, and collaborations. In that vein, we are working with tech companies to develop new approaches to reducing carbon emissions. We also foster networks of early career researchers and other innovators, encouraging new ways of thinking about how sustainability research and practice gets done.

August 31, 2020
In a statement by NOMIS scientist Josh Tewksbury, interim executive director of Future Earth, the researcher examines the opportunities for change brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Future Earth in […]
August 10, 2020
In a Future Earth blog post, researcher Alfredo Giron shares his experience as a postdoc in the NOMIS-supported PEGASuS program. The PEGASuS Program: A New, Exciting Model for Postdoctoral Researchers […]
December 20, 2019
As part of the NOMIS-supported project PEGASuS 2, Stanford experts help guide Palau’s initiative to create one of the world’s largest marine sanctuaries. The protected area will diversify food options […]
April 30, 2019
Two new postdoctoral researchers for the NOMIS-supported PEGASuS 2: Ocean Sustainability project have been profiled in a Future Earth blog post. PEGASuS 2 builds on the Future Earth Program for Early-phase […]
November 12, 2018
The NOMIS-supported PEGASuS 2: Ocean Sustainability project has announced two new working groups. PEGASuS 2 builds on the Future Earth Program for Early-phase Grants Advancing Sustainability Science (PEGASuS), which aims […]
August 17, 2017
On August 15, 2017, Future Earth announced the winners of the first round of grants for the Program for Early-stage Grants Advancing Sustainability Science (PEGASuS). The winning projects include topics […]