European Forum on Science & Education for Sustainability
6 October 2020, virtual event - live from Berlin

Reversing Inequalities

Sustainability is not only relevant for climate, consumption and energy. "Reducing Inequalities", SDG 10, is one of the SDGs not yet sufficiently achieved within and among countries. Inequalities persist or are on the rise, even. On the other hand, there is a large knowledge base of research on inequalities. How does this body of knowledge contribute to "leaving no one behind" and to help society on its way to sustainable transformation? What is needed to harvest this knowledge and transform knowledge into action and results? Which topics are the most urgent?

Humanities and social sciences research in particular has the potential to contribute to achieving a fairer, less unequal, more sustainable world. "Reversing Inequalities" will highlight the contribution of European research to reversing inequalities, for ex. in the areas of educational and income inequalities. The workshop will also identify barriers to translating research into practical outcomes. It will pinpoint thematic priorities and gaps to be addressed in the coming years to further achieve the SDG goals by 2030. It will also discuss which knowledge exchange and transfer instruments are needed to aid society's transformation to sustainability.

"Reversing Inequalities" brings together up to 30 researchers and practitioners working on inequality to demonstrate the social purpose of research and its role in shifting towards sustainable and just economies.

The workshop will briefly present SDG 10 and the state of art in inequalities research in Europe. In a session on "Good Practice: SDG 10 and EU Research" participants will share their insights from European research and discuss basic questions such as:

  • Which role does SDG 10 or the Agenda 2030 play in your research?
  • What makes your research on inequality successful in terms of contributing to SDG 10?
  • Which barriers do you encounter in your attempts to contribute to the SDGs?
  • Which improvements do you suggest?

The next session will move "From Ambition to Action: Topics to Work on in the Future". Here participants will discuss questions such as: Which conditions are needed to link SDG 10 and inequality research, to conduct targeted and effective research, to translate findings into measures? Is there enough knowledge already which just needs to be communicated to the right people? Are there actors missing in defining research priorities?

The workshop will end with "Securing the Results" in a Conference Paper and take the discussion outside of the workshop and inform policy makers, research funders and researchers as well as stakeholders in order to strengthen research that will help reversing inequalities in Europe and beyond.

The workshop is organized by the German National Contact Point Society in Horizon 2020 on behalf of BMBF. The NCP Society is located at DLR Project Management Agency.

Workshop leaders: Prof. Dr Olaf Groh-Samberg, Professor at University of Bremen, Department Dynamics of Inequality in Welfare Societies; topic: inequalities and Prof. Dr Imme Scholz, Deputy Director German Development Institute (DIE); topic: SDGs/Sustainability

Speakers: María del Pilar González Pantaleón, Policy Officer "Social Cohesion" at the European Commission and Isabell Kempf, Head of UNRISD Programme "Integrating Knowledge and Capacity Development for the SDGs"