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Sustainability & Beyond: Colloquium Series

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham’s UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development is organizing Sustainability & Beyond Colloquium Series from October 13, 2021 – March 31, 2022.


With less than a decade left to fulfill the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the coming years play a crucial role in making the world a sustainable place to live. With the world continuing to recover from the pandemic, it’s time to reimagine the conversations in a post-pandemic era. In this regard, a series of colloquiums are being conducted as a part of the ongoing activities of the UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development and Amrita School for Sustainable Development.

The colloquium will feature speakers from UNESCO, Amrita’s partner universities, industry, and academia covering several thematic areas aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals such as Climate Change and Risk Assessment (SDG 13), Gender Equality (SDG 10), Livelihood (SDG 8), Education (SDG 4), Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3) Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Energy (SDG 7), Agriculture (SDG Indicator 2.4.1) and Environment (SDG 15). The colloquium series aims to bring in thinkers, experts, and practitioners in various fields to garner ideas, explore technologies, challenges, and opportunities to devise sustainable pathways in the various thematic areas.

The month of October and November focused on the area of Climate change and Risk Assessment featuring a total of 18 national and international speakers.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham along with its parent organization Mata Amritanandamayi Math has been a pioneer in the area of Disaster Risk Reduction for the past many decades.

The colloquium series aims to bring in thinkers, experts, and practitioners in various fields to garner ideas, explore technologies, challenges, and opportunities to devise sustainable pathways in the area of disaster risk reduction and multi-hazard resilience.

Organized By: Amrita School for Sustainable Development and UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development

Dates and Times: October 13, 2021 – March 31, 2022, 6:30 PM to 08:00 PM IST

Themes – January

  • Theme 1: Health and Well Being (UN SDG 3)
  • Theme 2: Education (UN SDG 4)

About Amrita School for Sustainable Development

Amrita School for Sustainable Development knows that our strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives. Back in 2000, our Non-Profit Organization realized that by working together we could overcome our challenges much more efficiently, and that is why we ultimately decided to launch Amrita School for Sustainable Development.

About UNESCO Chair on Experiential Learning for Sustainable Innovation and Development

The Chair addresses the Global Education 2030 Agenda with a distinct emphasis on Education that transforms life, building knowledge societies and thereby leveraging science and innovation for a sustainable future. The Chair will facilitate the development and implementation of a global curriculum, applicable to fourteen selected UN SDGs through an experiential learning framework that will enable a deeper understanding of challenges faced by members of remote communities, and better designing of sustainable solutions in collaboration with them.

Date and Time Speaker(s) Topic
January 13, 2022 Dr. Dipu T. S.
Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Vaccine Equity & role of booster vaccine to mitigate the threat of Emerging covid 19 variants
January 13, 2022 Dr. Sumanta Chakraborty Assistant Professor, Bankura Sammilani Medical College, West Bengal Agricultural GI’s (Geographical Indications) and Sustainable Production
January 6, 2022 Dr. Angan Sengupta
Assistant Professor, School of Business, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
Healthcare Market, Market Imperfections and Health Policies in India: A populist Argument
January 6, 2022 Dr. Chiranjiv Roy
Senior Vice President, Data Science and Analytics, SG Analytics
Demistifying a successful data scientist for Corporate
December 30, 2021 Lalitha Narayanan
Professor, Gujarat Institute of Development Research
Agricultural GI’s (Geographical Indications) and Sustainable Production
December 30, 2021 Prof. Peter Lund-Thomsen
Professor, Copenhagen Business School
Empowering women-owned bamboo micro-enterprises in India: challenges of economic, social, and environmental upgrading
December 23, 2021 Dr. Madhu Vishwanathan
Professor Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne
Subsistence and Sustainability: A Bottom-Up Approach to SDGs
December 23, 2021 Dr. Ajay Kumar Singh
Assistant Professor, DIT University, Dehradun, India
Determinants and Assessment of global sustainable development
December 16, 2021 Ms. Asmita Satyarthi
Trustee, Bal Ashram Trust and Director, Global Sustainability Network
Importance of Compassionate and Collaborative Action to Achieve True Sustainable Development
December 9, 2021 Ms. Anusri Unnikrishnan
AVP & Branch Head, AVP & Branch Head
Gender Equality & Importance of Financial Independence for Women
December 9, 2021 Dr. Rajiv Nair
Associate Professor & Chairperson, Dept. of Management, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus
Reprioritizing SDGs in the post-Covid-19 Global Context: Will a Mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility Regime help?
December 2, 2021 Dr. Sophia von Lieres
Assistant Professor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham
The Impact of Women’s Self-Help Groups in Rural India on Gender Equality
December 2, 2021 Prof. Aparna Rayaprol
Professor, University of Hyderabad
Social Inequalities in Contemporary India
November 25, 2021 Dr. Nava Subramaniam
Professor of Accounting, RMIT, Australia
Climate Change Risks, Social Learning and Community Resilience: Transformational Adaptation Implications
November 25, 2021 Dr. Pradeep Panigrahi
Head – Corporate Sustainability, Larsen & Toubro Ltd
Sustainable Pathways for disaster risk reduction and multi-hazard resilience
November 18, 2021 Dr. Kishore Gopala Krishna Pillai
Dean, Amrita School of Business
Sustainable Marketing
November 11, 2021 Dr. Sudesh Wadhawan
Adjunct Professor at Amrita University,
Former Director General, Geological Survey of India
Risk Applied Geosciences for landslide risk management strategies and sustainable development – challenges and prospects in India
November 11, 2021 Prof. Falk Huettmann
Professor, UAF EWHALE Lab
Risk Forecasting with Machine Learning: Examples beyond Probabilities
November 4, 2021 Anand Patwardhan
Professor, University of Maryland, College Park
Reshaping research for adaptation and resilience
November 4, 2021 Nicola Casagli
President of International Consortium on Landslides, University of Florence
Prevention and sustainable mitigation of geo-hydrological hazards
October 26, 2021 Mr. Saibal Ghosh
Director (Geology), Geological Survey of India
Spurt in recent landslide occurrences in India, and its impact to the infrastructure and the community
October 26, 2021 Christian Arnhardt
Engineering Geologist, British Geological Survey
Landslide Early Warning Systems – Some theoretical considerations and practical examples
October 21, 2021 Dr. Chandra Sekhar Bahinipati
Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati
Do Socio-economic Factors Enhance Households’ Resilience to Climate Extremes? Empirical Evidence from Cyclonic Storms and Floods in India
October 21, 2021 Dr. Sekhar Kuriakose
Visiting Scientist, the University of Twente, The Netherlands
Empowering communities through sustainable development and resilience building
October 21, 2021 Dr. Mauro Rossi
Senior researcher, CNR IRPI (Research Institute)
Landslide early warning: lessons learnt after a 15-years’ experience in Italy
October 18, 2021 Prof. N. Vinod Chandra Menon
Chief Mentor and Data Evangelist, India Excellence Foundation
Multi Hazard Risk Reduction in Covid Times and Post Covid World
October 18, 2021 Mr. Vikas Brahmavar
Founder Director, Transwater Systems
Sustainable Pathways for disaster risk reduction and multi-hazard resilience
October 13, 2021 Dr. Maneesha V. Ramesh
Dean, Amrita School for Sustainability & UNESCO Chair for Experiential Learning in Sustainable Innovation and Development
Disaster Resilience: Lessons from Implementing Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction
October 13, 2021 Dr. Manoj P.
Associate Dean, Amrita School of Business
Evaluation of Relief Efforts – Way Forward for Effective Disaster Preparation
October 13, 2021 Dr. Prem Kumar Nair
Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
Disaster Risk Reduction and Building Resilience in Healthcare
October 13, 2021 Dr. Sreevalsa Kolathayar
Assistant Profesor, National Institute of Technology
Engineering Interventions in DRR towards Sustainable Well-being
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