Sustainable Futures Festival: A Conversation About Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations


Faculty Club Ballroom, 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA

Please note this event has been cancelled.

Addressing sustainability challenges requires cross-disciplinary collaborations – but what does it take to break down silos and forge fruitful relationships with other researchers? Join the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative for a presentation and discussion with Michael O’Rourke, professor of philosophy and director of the Toolbox Dialogue Initiative, a consulting and research group based at Michigan State University that investigates and facilitates collaborative, cross-disciplinary research. A lunch will follow the presentation. Registration is required.

Registration is now closed for this event. A recording of the panel discussion will be available on the MSSI website following the event.

We are proud to announce that our event has been awarded Silver Sustainable Event certification by the McGill Sustainable Events program run by the McGill Office of Sustainability.

About the McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative

Shifting to a more sustainable future requires taking a multi-faceted, systems-level approach to some of the world’s knottiest problems. The McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative (MSSI) seeks to mobilize McGill researchers around sustainability challenges and equip the next generation with the skills needed to address these issues. In its novel approach, the MSSI provides opportunities for researchers from very different disciplines to interact and co-design projects that address complex problems from a variety of perspectives. The outcome is a robust and vibrant community of committed sustainability researchers.

A note about accessibility:

The McGill Faculty Club is wheelchair accessible through the rear entrance of the building, which can be reached through an alley. An elevator is available to go down to the ballroom, where the event will be held. However, mobility-restricted bathrooms are on the second and third floors, and they are not wheelchair accessible.

The front entrance is 12 steps up. Inside, there are two steps down to the lounge (no railing), and another two steps down to the ballroom (with a railing).

Gender-neutral bathrooms are on the second and third floors.

The moderator and panelists will be using microphones, and a microphone will be available for audience questions.

If you require any accommodations to improve the accessibility of our event, or if you have questions about the venue, please email Katya Teague at katya.teague [at]

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