Conferences / Seminars / Workshops 67


Sustainability Workshop: Back to basics to build back better

November 6, 2020

Along with the current context, the focus of this event will be a reminder of the urgency and the importance for us to take sustainable decisions for the future of our world, its people and our sports. Long-term strategy needs short-term action.

The agenda includes the topics of resilience, a global perspective on the circular economy and how it can all help your triple bottom line. It will also feature some of the best sustainability practices in the Olympic Movement.

As usual, you will be hearing from many other IFs, athletes and the IOC and GAISF. Among those who you might not recognise are from some of the top leaders in sustainability and sports featuring among others:

  • Lord Sebastien Coe – President of World Athletics and IOC Member, member of the IOC Tokyo 2020 Coordination Committee and council member of the ASOIF. He won four Olympic medals and set a total of 12 world records during his athletics career and now leads World Athletics’ commitment to a cleaner, greener, more equitable world.
  • Johan Rockström – Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Johan is an internationally recognised scientist on global sustainability issues. He led the development of the Planetary Boundaries framework for human development, a system for government and management agencies as a precondition to sustainable development. Author of over 150 publications and advisor to the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the UNFCCC among others.  
  • Nina Seega - Research Director for Sustainable Finance at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). She is an expert in the use of risk management tools to address environmental sources of risk in the financial sector. Since 2016 she has co-led the CISL team serving as Knowledge Partner for the risk analysis track of the G20 Green Finance Study Group.
  • Giulia Carbone - Deputy Head of IUCN’s Global Business and Biodiversity Programme. She is in charge of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative and the development of a standard for aluminium sustainability. Before joining IUCN, Giulia worked for 8 years for the United Nations Environment Programme’s Division of Technology.
  • Antonia Gawel - expert on clean energy, environment and sustainability policy. Currently heading the World Economic Forum's Circular Economic Initiative, she has worked in Bhutan as an advisor on environment and clean energy programmes and at the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Download the program here

Location: Virtual

2020 Green Sports Alliance Summit

October 13, 2020 - October 14, 2020
Green Sport Alliance

The Summit seeks to highlight better practices for enhancing performance and fostering a dialogue with stakeholders and fans about environmental stewardship.

Location: Virtual
Climate Action

Sport positive summit 2020

October 1, 2020 - October 2, 2020
Sport Positive Summit

Sport positive summit convenes sports leaders from accross the globe to support the advance towards sustainability.

We've all been through the ringer this year, with so much disruption to our global sport calendar, and while things still aren't back to normal, it's been so heartening to see sport begin again, even behind closed doors.
While we still think about those who have been directly impacted by COVID-19 every day, our community must still come together, to continue to drive our work forward in combatting climate change.
So the Sport Positive Summit is coming to you virtually! We've had to change things up from our programme in March; with a global audience we can't have the full 2-day live agenda that we had planned. We're condensing our live content into 3 hours each day, but there will be additional content, the opportunity to network and partake in 1-2-1 meetings across the entire 48 hours of the Summit, no matter what timezone you are on.
More info on all aspects of the Sport Positive Summit are coming your way in short order, so keep an eye on the website and your email for those.

Affordable and Clean EnergyClean Water and SanitationClimate ActionLife Below WaterLife on Land

Unlocking value and carbon reductions through technology and partnerships

September 17, 2020
The Sustainability Report

The industrial sector holds one of the keys to a low carbon future. As a sector, it is responsible for a significant proportion of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – and therein lies the opportunity. By harnessing sustainable technology in manufacturing and tapping into nature-based solutions, forward-thinking organisations can drastically reduce their environmental impacts and unlock a portion of the $23tn opportunity that comes from addressing climate change.

Join Svetlana Oglobina (Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions), P.J. Marshall (Restore the Earth Foundation), Simon Phillips (NatureBank) and Faye Miller (Dow Industrial Solutions) to learn about how these organisations are working together to find solutions and increase their positive impact.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What technologies the industrial sector is leveraging to reduce its carbon footprint
  • Why organisations are investing in nature – and what the business case is
  • How sports marketing partnerships can accelerate sustainable innovation across a number of sectors

Location: Virtual
Climate ActionLife on Land

2nd International IAKS Swimming Pool Conference: On the way to sustainability for public pools

September 23, 2020 - September 24, 2020

The 2nd IAKS International Pool Conference is the perfect forum for discussing current trends in the fields of management, architecture and technology and for exchanging ideas with operators / owners, planners / consultants and manufacturers in the pool industry on the international level. Learn from experts from Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and the UK!

The conference opens on 23 September with a visit to the indoor pool in Asker, which was built in 2017 to passive house standards and, in view of its energy efficiency, is considered an exemplary project of the Norwegian FutureBuilt programme. The tour will be followed by a networking dinner in Asker, which will also be attended by the IAKS Expert Circle on Pools.

Location: Asker Town hall - Asker, Norway
Climate Action

Climate Week NYC

September 21, 2020 - September 27, 2020
The Climate Group

The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way in which the world operates – at a personal, business, governmental, and inter-governmental level. As the focus shifts to how we rebuild, Climate Week NYC 2020 will explore what lessons we can learn in our pursuit of a net-zero future that embraces a just transition and leaves no one behind.

We must rebuild the global economy for us all – people and planet – as we begin to recover. And we must halve global emissions by the end of this decade.

COP26 has been postponed and the upcoming U.S. election will determine the approach of the world’s largest economy to climate change for the next four years and beyond. This is our opportunity to put people at the heart of climate action.

With this, Climate Week NYC has never been more important and our “For New York, For The World” approach has never been more timely. We must have crucial conversations and do the hard work now to shape the coming years, even if much of it cannot be in person. As one of the few international climate events now taking place this year, hosted in association with the United Nations and the City of New York, all eyes will be on Climate Week NYC as we step up to the challenge to build a better future.

Location: Virtual
Affordable and Clean EnergyClean Water and SanitationClimate ActionLife Below WaterLife on LandResponsible Consumption

Global Dialogue Forum on Decent Work in the World of Sport

January 20, 2020 - January 22, 2020
ILO (International Labor Organisation)

The purpose of the Global Dialogue Forum was to discuss current and emerging issues related to the promotion of decent work in the world of sport, with the aim of adopting points of consensus, including recommendations for future action by the International Labour Organization and its Members.

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Champions of the future

July 2, 2020

A conversation on how the paradigm has shifted in the sport of sailing and beyond.

Join the SDG Sport Lab on Thursday 2 July and and Thursday 9 July to hear from former elite athletes how to connect with athletes and stakeholders and develop a plan to embed sustainability in your event? 


  • Part 1: Showing leadership, defining your vision, setting goals and engaging stakeholders
  • Part 2: Embedding sustainability in your event


Location: Webinar
No HungerNo Poverty

World Ocean day

June 8, 2020
World Ocean Day

World Oceans Day takes place annually on the 8th of June. The concept was originally proposed in 1992 by Canada's International Centre for Ocean Development and the Ocean Institute of Canada at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Location: Global
Climate ActionLife Below Water

World Environment Day

June 5, 2020
Time For Nature

The foods we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the climate that makes our planet habitable all come from nature.

Yet, these are exceptional times in which nature is sending us a message:
To care for ourselves we must care for nature. It’s time to wake up. To take notice. To raise our voices. It’s time to build back better for People and Planet. This World Environment Day, it’s Time for Nature.

Location: global
Climate Action