"Forums: Science, Policy, Society" is a cross-sectional research area with a particular focus on supporting the IASS' mission by facilitating dialogue between science, policy-makers, and civil society actors. This research area addresses topics of strategic importance, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, as well as providing other research areas at the IASS with forums to build connectivity across science, policymaking and society. The dialogues fostered through these instruments are integral to the mission of the IASS. All of the research groups associated with this area perform research of a transformative nature, with their findings contributing to research across the Institute and flowing from the IASS into processes of transformation towards sustainability. Their findings are based on research focussed squarely on transformations, complementing research conducted across the other five areas in line with the Institute's mission. Forums: Science, Policy, Society works closely with IASS Fellows and this cooperation contributes to the area's strategic goals. The research area touches explicitly on the various levels at which transformations towards sustainability occur: global, national, local. The research area has ties to all of the major actors contributing to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Germany and abroad. It is also building a strategic network of relevant partners within science and the political sphere that are working on climate issues at the intersection of climate and air quality. "Forums: Science, Policy, Society" is an instrument for strategic cooperation, both within science and with actors in politics and society. Currently comprising the research groups "Science Platform Sustainability 2030", "International Dialogues for Pathways to Sustainable Futures", "Climate Action in National and International Processes" and "Sustainability Platform and Sustainability Advisory Board of the State of Brandenburg", this area integrates key actors from the fields of sustainability and climate research and practice into the Institute's activities.