ICSS2010 2nd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABILITY SCIENCE / 23 - 25 June. Rome, Italy
ORGANIZING INSTITUTIONS
C.I.R.P.S. Centro Interuniversitario di Ricerca Per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, Sapienza Universitŕ di Roma - logo Interuniversity Research Centre on Sustainable Development (CIRPS) - Sapienza University of Rome:
CIRPS, founded in April 1988, is a Interuniversity Research Centre created by eleven Italian Universities and located at Sapienza University of Rome. As an advanced University Institution, CIRPS promotes Master and Ph. D. Courses, but also co-ordinates and manages a number of interdisciplinary activities carried out by the Member Universities in collaboration with other private and public partners, both Italian and International.
The most important objectives of CIRPS are to promote and develop research and educational activities, to provide scientific and technological consulting services and to co-operate with national and international companies and organization in the sustainable development field. Sustainabilty Science is the most recent strategic initiative started by CIRPS.
In order to ensure coordination and synergies, various multi- and interdisciplinary Thematic Sections were started off, as Agro-food, Energy, Environment, Industrial Development, Social Research and Development, Policies for Women Empowered, often involving several different Units.

U.N.U. United Nations University  - logoUnited Nations University (UNU):
The mission of the United Nations University is to contribute, through collaborative research, capacity development and advisory services, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The UNU functions as a global network of Research and Training Centres and Programmes in 13 UN Member States, coordinated by UNU Centre in Tokyo.
United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)
The UNU-ISP is established and became operational on 1 January 2009 it is based in Tokyo, Japan. It is established to exploit the strengths of the former UNU Environment and Sustainable Development and UNU Peace and Governance Programmes.
The UNU-ISP's main thematic section are Global Change and Sustainability; Peace and Security; and International Cooperation and Development. It takes innovative, integrated, and transdisciplinary approach towards Sustainability and bridges these cross-cutting issues through research, educational, and collaborative initiatives with the aim of solving current problems and anticipating future challenges. It works in collaboration with other UNU Research and Training Centres and Programmes as well as through co-operative relationships with the global academic and policy-making communities. It aims at cross-fertilizing natural science and social science methodologies through teams working on institute-wide, cross-cutting themes. Integrated, holistic approaches to identify practical solutions are promoted. It provides opportunities for postgraduate students and professionals to obtain a wider understanding of relevant issues. Integrates the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities into a trans-disciplinary approach that contributes to the development and strengthening of policy frameworks and management actions at all levels. UNU-ISP will undertake graduate degree programmes leading to the granting of master's and doctorate degrees on themes relevant to UNU-ISP's focus on sustainability and peace.

IR3S Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science - logoIntegrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) - University of Tokyo:
The Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) is a research network founded to serve as a global research and educational platform for sustainability scientists. Administered by The University of Tokyo and composed of eleven participating or cooperating institutions in Japan, IR3S is actively engaged in collaborative research with universities and institutes around the world.
The goal of the IR3S is to form cross-linkages among a variety of existing academic disciplines in order to uncover possibilities for new knowledge in the quest to achieve global sustainability. There are two main challenges facing the IR3S going forward, first is the development of a worldwide sustainability science network and the second challenge is education.
The IR3S is working to establish master's degree programs at five universities: the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, Hokkaido University, and Ibaraki University. By incorporating a new networking style and new types of education and research, the IR3S hopes to provide society with sound guidelines for the future of humankind.

A.S.U. Arizona State University  - logoArizona State University (ASU):
Is a New American University, a public institution promoting excellence in its research and among its students and faculty, increasing access to its educational resources, and working with communities to positively impact social and economic development. At ASU, sustainability is a fundamental precept underlying teaching, learning, research, and business missions. It is a place where knowledge informs decision-making, research and study transcend academic disciplines, students learn from the world around them, and local solutions have a global impact.
ASU's School of SustainabilityThe School of Sustainability, established in 2007, brings together multiple disciplines and leaders to create and share knowledge, train a new generation of scholars and practitioners, and develop practical solutions to the most pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges of sustainability - especially as they relate to urban areas.
ASU's Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of ASU's sustainability initiatives. The Institute advances research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world. Its School of Sustainability, the first of its kind in the U.S., offers transdisciplinary degree programs that advance practical solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges.