ISDRS 2020 Core Themes and Tracks

The Budapest conference will feature the traditional themes and tracks of previous ISDRS conferences with a special topic to serve as the main thread of discussion in both plenary and breakout sessions relating to Sustainable Development.

The list of conference sessions, their intended focus and chairs is available below by clicking on the name of each topic.


Special topic

'Sustainability in Transforming Societies'


1. Sustainability and science

1a. Theoretical approaches

1b. Research methods and methodologies 

1c. Assessing sustainability

2. Education

2a. Provision, quality of and access to education

2b. Educating for sustainability

3. Biodiversity and ecosystem services

3a. Life on land

3b. Life below water

3c. Ecosystem services

4. Climate change & Energy

4a. Predictions and responses

4b. Affordable and clean energy

5. Production, consumption and innovation

5a. CSR and sustainable entrepreneurship

5b. Design for sustainability

5c. Circular economy

5d. Value chains and trade

5e. Sustainable consumption and consumers

5f. Food security and agriculture

6. Sustainable cities and communities

6a. Innovation levers

6b. Nexus relations and dynamics 

6c. Urban resilience and adaptivity

6d. Smart transformations

7. Social-economic aspects of sustainability 

7a. Global inequality and poverty

7b. Employment and good work

7c. Smart, inclusive and green growth, de-growth and planetary boundaries

8. Social foundations of sustainability

8a. Gender, inclusivity and human rights 

8b. Health and well-being

9. Governance, power and institutions and weakness of SDGs

9a. Peace and security

9b. Collaboration and co-creation for sustainability, SDG initiatives and scale of governance

9c. Public participation and the role of stakeholders

9d. Legal aspects of sustainable development

10. Special themes

10a. Sustainability and Africa