The Belmont Forum, founded in 2009, is an association of funding organizations, international scientific organizations and regional associations that want to jointly advance and promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. The German Members are the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). One of the tasks of the DKN is to advise on the participation of German funding institutions in the programs of the Belmont Forum.
The work of the Forum is guided by a document entitled "The Belmont Challenge". The members of the Forum cooperate to meet the challenges described there by promoting research topics of high international importance and issuing calls for "Collaborative Research Actions (CRA)". The focus is on international transdisciplinary research that generates knowledge for understanding and coping with global environmental change.
Science Platform Sustainability 2030
As part of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 (wpn2030), a project funded by the BMBF since 2017, DKN supports the contribution of science to the implementation of the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in political decision-making processes on the national level. Being a central instrument to provide scientific reflection on urgent questions of sustainability policy, the wpn2030 accompanies the further development of the German Sustainability Strategy (DNS) at the interface between science and politics.
The scientific supporters of the wpn2030 are, besides the DKN, the Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS) and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Germany (SDSN Germany) with the respective co-chairs Prof. Dr Daniela Jacob (DKN), Prof. Mark Lawrence (RIFS) and Prof. Christa Liedtke (SDSN Germany).
In order to intensify the exchange with societal actors on sustainability issues, the DKN entered into a strategic partnership with the German branch of the international "Sustainable Development Solutions Network" (SDSN Germany). This cooperation takes place as part of a close exchange and in particular in the joint support of the Science Platform Sustainability 2030 (wpn2030).
SDSN Germany was founded in 2014 by leading German knowledge centres and partners from civil society and the private sector as part of the global SDSN to promote sustainable development in the country and encourage Germany’s commitment to sustainable development in the European Union (EU) and around the world.