The 2018 'Future of Development' Symposium

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Bridging Science and Policy in the Sustainable Development Era - The 2018 Polson Institute 'Future of Development' Symposium

8:30am to 6:30pm, May, 11, 2018 in Klarman Hall Room KG70, 232 East St., Ithaca, NY, 14853

This Symposium is the first in a new series of events, led by the Polson Institute, that will explore topics that define the 'Future of Development'. You can find detailed information about speakers and the agenda at If you're interested in attending the symposium, please register here in advance, as seating is limited.


By bringing critical voices into dialogue with practitioners and policy-makers, the series is creating opportunities to think through the social and political challenges that influence the effectiveness and fairness of global development.

The 2018 symposium, ‘Bridging Science and Policy in the Sustainable Development Era’, addresses the commitments of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to - “free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet.” With seventeen ‘Sustainable Development Goals’, how do we develop robust and measurable indicators that can keep us accountable to our commitments? And yet at the same time, how might we be sensitive to the social and political factors that shapes how knowledge is created, shared, and used? We'll be exploring these questions through six discussion panels of leading thinkers and practitioners of sustainable development over a full day of ideas and conversation.