The Pathways Autumn France 2024

Pathways Autumn School

School brings together early career researchers working in sustainability science to reflect on current research practices and learn to better engage inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations to contribute to deep societal transformations.

Pathways Autumn School

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The 3rd edition of the Pathways Autumn School will take place from 25-29 November 2024 in Aussois, in the French Alps. It will gather 50 young researchers and senior researchers to share and reflect around the theme “Transformative Research for a Just World and a Habitable Planet”. The call for applications opens on April 4th and closes on May 22nd.

Pathways Autumn School 2024
The Pathways Autumn School aims to foster exchange of knowledge and learning through critical dialogue between early career researchers and senior researchers from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. It supports the urgent task of a more practical, inter- and transdisciplinary and inclusive approach to research capable of responding to interlinked environmental and social habitability challenges. By participating in the 5-day programme of workshops, keynote sessions and discussions, participants will be able to learn and reflect on how research can better contribute to creating conditions for a ‘good life’ for all on a habitable planet.

Transformative Research for a Just World and a Habitable Planet
Societies are confronted with the urgent task of achieving a ‘good life’ for over 9 billion people in 2050 while safeguarding planetary boundaries. Humanity has, however, been surpassing critical planetary processes at a pace far exceeding its efforts to meet the fundamental needs of the population. Furthermore, the pursuit of a ‘good life’ in the wealthiest regions has impeded the prospects for others, and for future generations and nature, to achieve the same.

A good life requires, as a minimum, the fulfillment of basic needs such as clean air and water, adequate nutrition, housing, mobility, healthcare, education and social participation. While the ways these can be fulfilled are highly dependent on socio-cultural contexts, basic needs are universal. Creating the conditions for a good life for all and for improving our planet’s habitability means providing everyone with their basic needs and protecting our climate and ecosystems. Technological change is part of the response. However, technical solutions continue to neglect the root issues fostering environmental destruction. They fall short in challenging the power dynamics and inequalities embedded within the broader social, cultural, and political dimensions inherent in sustainability and habitability concerns. Our growth-dependent global economy continues as status-quo. The necessary degrowth in global production and consumption to safeguard our planet’s boundaries should go hand in hand with social justice.

Achieving these multiple goals requires transformations at all levels. For the research community, contributing to these transformations takes many forms that will be at the core of the 2024 Pathways Autumn School: reassessing our modes of social, economic and institutional organization and understanding why they continue to deepen the environmental crisis and to impede our capacity for action; redefining how we relate to and live within nature; learning from, designing and experimenting with other modes of inhabiting the planet and fulfilling basic needs; exploring new ways of influencing decision making and engaging with society beyond reiterating evidence-based warnings; contributing to amplify the impact of potentially transformative options.

Important Information
Where? Centre Paul-Langevin, 24 rue du Coin, 73500 Aussois, France
When? 25-29 November 2024, with the possibility to arrive on Sunday 24
Contact: pavel.kambersky@futureearth.org
Call for applications: opens on 4 April and closes on 22 May at midnight CEST
Accommodation, meals and teaching costs are fully covered by the organizers. Upon request, travel costs can be covered for PhD students and post-doc researchers in some specific cases including but not limited to participants working in European middle income countries. To limit the carbon impact of the school we strongly encourage avoiding flights.
Organizing Committee
Cristina O’Callaghan Gordo, Barcelona Institute for Global Health
Guntra Aistara, Central European University
Helmut Haberl, Institute of Social Ecology, BOKU Vienna, Global Land Programme
Nathalie Blanc, CNRS, Centre des Politiques de la Terre, Université Paris Cité
Nigel Yoccoz, University of Tromsø, Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment Programme
Pavel Kambersky, CNRS, Future Earth
Sandrine Paillard, CNRS, Future Earth
Shonali Pachauri, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Victoria Reyes-García, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona
Wolfgang Cramer, CNRS, French National Committee for Future Earth
Speakers – TBA
We are currently composing this year’s panel, check last year’s speakers!

Provisional Programme – TBA
Our programme is currently under construction, you can check last year’s programme to get an idea of what it will look like!

Who can apply?
We invite doctoral researchers and researchers who finished their PhD in the last 10 years (excluding periods of parental leave) who are living and working in Europe to apply.

We aim at assembling a group of early career researchers from across Europe with a variety of backgrounds in terms of disciplines, approaches, visions, themes, and research practices, who share the wish to reflect and act on how research can better contribute to societal transformations.

As a prerequisite for participation, applicants need to be pursuing research related to the autumn school’s core themes and questions. Additionally, applicants are expected to have sufficient proficiency in English to be able to actively participate in the School.

How to apply
Please fill in the application form before May 22 or click on the image below

The Venue
The Autumn School will take place in Aussois, a charming village on the doorstep of the Vanoise National Park (French Alps) in a resort owned by CNRS: the Centre Paul Langevin.

The closest railway station is Modane. To get to Modane, you can use the French and Italian high speed trains (4h from Paris, 1h30 from Torino).

We will organize local transport to pick you up at the TGV station of Modane and bring you back to the station on Friday after lunch (about 15 min by bus to reach the venue).

Participants can arrive between Sunday evening and Monday morning.

Autumn School 2023
The 2nd edition of the Pathways Autumn School took place between the 15-20 October 2023 in Aussois in the French Alps. It gathered 53 participants, including 29 early career researchers, from all over Europe and across the natural and social sciences & humanities to share and reflect on the topic: « Sustainability science framings and practices in Europe: How do we leverage transformative research?”

Click here to know more about the 2023 edition.

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