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Nature Sustainability expert panel on the 'Science of cities'
If cities are central to life on Earth, knowledge about our planet from an urban perspective is central to the integrity of present and future living conditions. Yet responding effectively to contemporary city challenges requires a step change in both scientific capacity and science-policy collaboration. This ethos was at the heart of the establishment, in April 2017, of an independent and international Expert Panel on “Science and the future of cities” endorsed by Nature Sustainability. The Panel gathered twenty-nine experts in contemporary urban scholarship from across disciplines and perspectives. Panellists were tasked to survey the challenge of science-policy interactions, and the issue of developing a ‘global urban science’ that has reach across academia and enables more effective interfaces between research and practice. The report Science and the Future of Cities offers an overview of the key challenges, messages and recommendations emerging from the Panel’s deliberations, highlighting pathways for reform in science and policy.