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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a virtual workshop on November 30-December 2, 2020 to examine scientific progress and gaps in sustainability science around six cross-cutting themes. These themes include the challenges of measuring progress toward sustainability; promoting equity and justice in sustainability efforts; adapting to change; moving beyond incremental change to transformational change; effectively linking knowledge with decision making; and governance of complex nature-society systems. The workshop was designed to explore opportunities for science to contribute to research-based knowledge in sustainability, and to provide scientific input to the National Academy of Sciences Grand Challenges in Science and the Nobel Prize Summit "Our Planet, Our Future," scheduled for April 2021. Invited speakers from academic institutions around the world were selected by the planning committee to discuss opportunities to contribute to research-based knowledge and use that knowledge in decision-making. Workshop participants included approximately 150 invited scholars and nearly 800 registrants from government, the private sector, academia, and non-governmental sector who viewed the virtual workshop. This proceedings in-brief provides a high-level summary of the presentations and discussions that took place.

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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities for Sustainability Science: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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