About Future Earth

Future Earth builds on more than three decades of global environmental change research that began with the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), DIVERSITAS and the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP). Future Earth was officially announced in June 2012 at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be created as a global initiative to strengthen the interface between policy and science. Future Earth became fully operational with a permanent Secretariat at the end of 2015.

Today, Future Earth is a network of scientists, researchers, and innovators designed to provide the knowledge needed to support transformations towards sustainability. Its research focus is on systems-based approaches, seeking to deepen the understanding of complex Earth systems and human dynamics across different disciplines.  This understanding is used to underpin evidence-based policies and strategies for sustainable development.

Future Earth’s Knowledge-Action Networks and Global Research Projects are the mechanism for addressing these complex systems, delivering its research strategy and are the essential links to its key focal challenges.

AIMES is a global research project of Future Earth.



Future Earth’s 20 Global Research Projects explore interactions among humans and the planet’s land, air, water and biodiversity. Future Earth develops and partners on initiatives that experiment with technology, data, media, and new ideas.


Future Earth’s networks link policy, business and civil leaders with researchers to address themes like health, urbanization, natural assets and more.  


Future Earth helps incorporate the latest science into global decision-making and engage in conversations on sustainability solutions. See 10 New Insights in Climate Science and award-winning Anthropocene Magazine for more.

News About Future Earth and its Global Research Networks

SRI Program Is Now Available!

SRI Program Is Now Available!

SRI Program Is Now Available!The program for the 2022 Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2022) is now available.  SRI2022, the second edition of the world’s largest gathering dedicated to transdisciplinary research and innovation in sustainability,...

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