Unsustainable patterns of production and consumption are causing loss of biodiversity, irreversible damage to soils, widespread environmental pollution, and a warming climate. The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is a universal call to action to protect the planet, end poverty, and ensure that all people live in peace and prosperity by 2030. The digital revolution could help building a climate-safe and equitable world through focused collaboration among researchers, tech innovators, policy and business leaders, civil society, and citizens.
Two ENAC Clusters were created in 2020 to contribute to specific challenges linked to digitalization and sustainable territories through inter- and transdisciplinary research. The Clusters strive at bringing together specific expertise to provide sustainable solutions of urging academic, political, economic and social needs. One of the Clusters aims at leveraging the benefits of digital technologies to address issues ranging from land-use change, housing, urban development, transportation, to public health, water supply and waste management. To encourage ENAC scientists to focus on the convergence of sustainability, transdisciplinarity and digital imperatives, the ENAC dean’s office has decided to launch for the first time a call for “ENAC Transdisciplinary Cluster grants”. The call opens on June 9, 2021, and closes on August 12, 2021.