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Attend the 2018 International Conference on Sustainable Development


Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI), with the support of Monash Abroad, is offering travel scholarships for Monash students to attend the 2018 International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD 2018) in New York.


The International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) is the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s (SDSN) premier annual global gathering and a significant global conference on sustainable development.

ICSD brings together academics and students with stakeholders from government, the United Nations, international agencies, NGOs, and business to identify and share practical, evidence-based solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local and national levels. ICSD generally has around 1000 attendees and many well-known speakers.

ICSD 2018 will take place on 26-28 September 2018 in New York City, with an overall theme of Breaking Down Silos: Fostering Collaborative Action on the SDGs. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels.

The opportunity

As a leading participant in SDSN and a leader on the implementation of the SDGs, MSDI is excited to have support from Monash Abroad to provide travel scholarships for Monash students to attend ICSD 2018 and present a poster.

Four scholarships of $2000 each are available and are open to any Monash undergraduate or Masters students (based in Australia) who will be enrolled during Semester 2 of 2018.

ICSD takes place during an exciting and busy time for sustainable development in New York, with the UN General Assembly and New York Climate Week happening around the same time. So in addition to ICSD, students may have an opportunity to attend other high profile forums and events in the days before and after the conference.

Application process

The travel scholarships will be awarded based on an abstract submission.

The abstract submission must be:

  • at least 300 words, but not exceeding 500 words
  • in English
  • addressing one topic only.

Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the following topics:

  1. Linking Policy, Operations, and Workforce toward Meeting Global Health Goals
  2. Opportunities of Marine Natural Capital for Sustainable Blue Growth
  3. Metrics and frameworks for assessing Sustainable Urban Development
  4. Ensuring Public Engagement and Accountability for Sustainable Urban Development
  5. Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Towns and Small Cities
  6. Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building in Agriculture
  7. Economics and Demography of Natural Disasters
  8. Clean and Affordable Energy as a Keystone for Sustainable Development
  9. Globalization, Value Chains and Decent Work
  10. Indigenous Approaches to Understanding and Practicing Sustainable Development
  11. Mainstreaming Gender in Agenda 2030: Interlinkages between Sustainable Development Goals
  12. Breaking Down Silos in Government Administration
  13. Breaking Down Silos in Universities: Imaginative Interdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Development Research, Education, and Practice
  14. Collaborative Arts & Culture to Help Achieve the SDGs
  15. What’s Law Got to Do With It? Legal Preparedness for Delivering the SDGs

How to apply

Fill in the application form here. You must be logged on with your Monash username to have access. Additional questions are included on the submission form. 

Please note: submission of the same abstract under multiple topics is likely to result in the abstract being declined for acceptance at the conference.

Successful applicants will be informed around mid-to-late June. Planning for travel and conference related activities will commence early July. Complimentary travel insurance and support for professional printing of the posters for presentation will also be made available to the successful applicants.

The application deadline is strictly 11:59 pm Sunday, 10 June 2018.

Aleasha McCallion - Monash Sustainable Development Institute