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10 steps to transformation

Creating the knowledge we need most demands a more proactive approach to research funding, say Flurina Schneider and Anu Lannen.

Why should we bother studying, ask climate-striking school children, if the overwhelming evidence of planetary crisis goes ignored? The question is aimed at political leaders, but it might also be a call to researchers for more engaged science that supports a transformation of society from the grassroots to the halls of power.

Many researchers are ready to respond, with transdisciplinary research that emphasises collaboration between scientists, policymakers, citizens and others. They seek to shed light on thorny, contested issues, set out joint goals, and create roadmaps for achieving them.

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