Supporters Primary Signatories

The participants of the conference on “Humanities and Social Sciences for Sustainability“ (October 21–22, 2020) are the primary signatories of The Jena Declaration and are the Steering Committee.

Carlos Alvarez-Pereira

Member, Executive Committee, The Club of Rome


From fear to wonder: let´s explore the ways to equitable wellbeing in a healthy planet!

Howard Blumenthal

Founder of Kids on Earth and Producer of Reinventing School; The University of Pennsylvania


Everyone represents a tiny portion of the natural world— but our individual decisions affect every form of life on earth.

Dr John Crowley

Chief of Section for Research, Policy and Foresight in the UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences


We need to find urgently a peaceful way from exploitative to regenerative incorporation of nature in our ways of living!

Dr Mathieu Denis

Science Director, International Science Council (ISC)


I am equally concerned with insufficient use of science in our responses to today’s crises, as I am with the problems generated by unfettered scientific and technological advances.

Prof Tiago de Oliveira Pinto

UNESCO Chair on Transcultural Music Studies, University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar; Member, Academia Europaea


Music is the universal language

Prof Fadwa El Guindi

Trustee, World Academy of Art & Science; University of California, Los Angeles (Retired)

Egypt & U.S.A.

Scientific knowledge is critical for our survival as a species.

Garry Jacobs

President and CEO, World Academy of Art & Science

For deep societal transformations we need a broad, global movement.

Dr Joanne Kauffman

Independent Expert for Sustainability Science; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Retired)


To be effective, policies for sustainability must reflect sensitivity to cultural diversity.

Prof Melissa Leach

Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex; Member, Academia Europaea


We need now – more than ever – new pathways to global Sustainability including non-western perspectives.

Prof Martin Leiner

Co-Founder & Director, International Association for Reconciliation Studies; Friedrich Schiller University Jena


Reconciliation is a basic requirement for solidarity, the key force for transformation!

Dr Lutz Möller

Deputy Secretary-General, German Commission for UNESCO


Humanities and Social Sciences are more important for sustainability transformations than ever before!

Prof Luiz Oosterbeek

President, International Council for Philosophy and the Human Sciences (CIPSH); UNESCO Chair on Humanities and Cultural Landscape Management, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar


Nothing is more difficult to change than habits and routines!

Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Co-President, The Club of Rome; Co-Founder of ReimagineSA

South Africa

Emancipation starts with self-liberation!

Prof Thomas Reuter

Executive Member & Trustee, World Academy of Art & Science; Member, Academia Europaea; Professional Fellow, University of Melbourne


We must remind ourselves that we are creators, that successful and responsible action is not just about science and technology but about the conscious application of imagination, values and holistic wisdom to anticipate and avoid unintended consequences.

Prof Hartmut Rosa

Director, Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt; Professor, Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Member, Academia Europaea


Balanced relationships of mutual respect – resonant relationships – are key for deep societal transformations.

Prof Paul Shrivastava

Director, Sustainability Institute and Chief Sustainability Officer, Pennsylvania State University; Member, The Club of Rome


Sustainable solutions call for a keen understanding of cultural values.

Branko Šmon

Conceptual Artist


We need to see the big picture: Often logic and energetic, mostly factual, but always poetically.

Dr Anne Snick

Transdisciplinary Education in STEAM, KU University Leuven; Member, The Club of Rome; Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science


We need to move from ‘being employed for profit’ to 'being valorized for contributing to the wellbeing of the community’.

Dr Lucilla Spini

Independent Expert for Sustainable Development


Our immense diversity is the key towards inclusive wellbeing.

Prof Sander van der Leeuw

Director, ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems, Arizona State University; 2012 United Nations Champion of the Earth for Science and Innovation

The Netherlands

Sustainability is not an environmental issue, it is a societal one!

Prof Liette Vasseur

President, Canadian Commission for UNESCO; UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: from Local to Global, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario


Societies have been built on cultures, traditions and local knowledge. This must be considered into any successful actions related to sustainable development.

Prof Benno Werlen

UNESCO Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability, Friedrich Schiller University Jena; Fellow, World Academy of Art & Science; Member, Academia Europaea


It's time to take global sustainabilty in our own hands!

Prof Tilo Wesche

Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg


We need to unite property rights and sustainability obligations!