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4. Selected publications
5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.
SERI website relaunch
Our new website is now online at www.seri.at with a considerable update in terms of both design and content. As every website, this is of course an ongoing project. Any comments on the content and usability are certainly welcome.
Please write to Axel Nordmann: firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for interns
SERI is constantly looking for students of all
disciplines as interns. If
We ask you to provide a short cv and a letter
of interest stating in which of our research fields you would especially
like to work with. We usually cover for your travel and stay, but can
unfortunately not pay a salary.
SERI and social sustainability
SERI is sharpening its profile in the field
of social sustainability. While preparing project applications, SERI
established contacts to scientists from different disciplines interested
in this issue, and we hope to extend and intensify this network long
before the applications have been decided about and regardless of the
outcome of the decision.
Marcus Stewen finished his PhD exams
Marcus Stewen has finished his PhD exams and
can now be called "Doctor rerum
The theme of his doctoral thesis is:
For more information please mail to: email@example.com.
Francois Schneider in Portugal
Dr. François Schneider will work one year at INETI-Cendes in Lisbon from February 2002 as a visiting scientist. His main activity will be on the dematerialisation at the regional level.
Contact him for discussions on this subject at:
INETI-CENDES Edificio e, Estrada do Paço do Lumiar 22, 1649-038 Lisboa, Portugal, Tel: +351 217 165 141 - 2564, Fax: +351.217154084.
Fred Luks became vice-chairman of VÖÖ
In 2001, Fred Luks has been elected vice-chairman of the
Vereinigung für Ökologische Ökonomie (VÖÖ),
the association of ecological economists in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
More on the activities of the VÖÖ in 2002 will be provided in the next InfoMail.
Click here to learn more about VÖÖ: http://www.voeoe.de.
Roman Mesicek at Helsinki conference
Roman Mesicek spoke on Material flows and natural resources, in the light of current technological advances of society, in front of Government and local administrators, policy makers, scientists and experts, private sector State and Possible Futures of Natural Resources on February 6-7, 2002 in Helsinki, Finland.
The two-day-seminar explored the state and future of natural resources from both scientific and practical perspective. On Wednesday, a mini-seminar for invited delegates dealed with biodiversity, sustainable use of natural resources and policy-making.
Roman Mesicek and Gisela Bosch took part in two workshops
organised by the Project EASEY (www.easey.at) dealing with the impact
the financial market could have on enterprises on their way towards
SERI at the Austrian Council for Sustainable Development
Fritz Hinterberger was invited to join the Austrian Council
for Sustainable Development, a body which mainly discusses Austrian
positions in international processes such as UNCSD or WTO.
EU project on sustainability research in Europe
The EU Commission has awarded SERI its first EU project
as project coordinator. Its duration is 18 months and is called:
Together with our five partners (The University of Durham, Centro de Estudos Informação e Formação para o Ambiente - CEIFA, The Wuppertal Institute, European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies - IPTS, and European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen - IPSC) we will link in a mutual learning process several European research programmes aimed at sustainability-related technology development and evaluate them according to a jointly developed set of quantitative and qualitative evidence-based indicators. These indicators will reflect strategies that enabled RTD programmes to envision desirable sustainability futures, and develop means to foresee and overcome obstacles to the realisation of these futures. From these indicators a uniform methodological approach will be developed to evaluate RTD programmes across Europe, and the findings will support recommendations for the creation of pan-European programmes that more effectively integrate scientists, policy makers and stakeholders in the development of more sustainable production and consumption processes.
SERI study on the ecological effects of immigration into Luxemburg
Philipp Schepelmann and Stephan Moll are working on a study for the Environmental Ministry of Luxemburg to evaluate the effects of migration on the environmental pressure to the country.
While Luxemburg has currently a population of around 440.000 the national statistical office is expecting an increase to about 700.000 inhabitants by the year 2050. In a recent poll by Friends of the Earth Luxemburg almost 40% of Luxemburg's population is against any further immigration into Luxemburg. There is a risk that further population growth could have negative consequences on Luxemburg's consumption of resources and quality of life.
In this context SERI has assessed the impact
of a population growth on:
For more details please contact Philipp
New website on EU enlargement and sustainable development
Our project on EU enlargement and sustainability
finished its first phase end of 2002. The project is documented at
www.nachhaltigkeit.at in its second year
The Austrian website of www.nachhaltigkeit.at
is prolonged. Every month a new "theme of the month" is
prepared by one of the participating institutions, ÖIN, IUW and
For March, SERI is preparing the theme of "indicators".
SERI met oikos at the LSE
oikos London invited the SERI president Fritz Hinterberger to a lecture in London. Due to time constraints Joachim Spangenberg had to replace him, giving a lecture on "Labour, Growth and Sustainable Development" at the London School of Economics. The manuscript is available from the SERI homepage.
Click her for more information on oikos/London: http://www.oikoslondon.org.uk.
to download the manuscript [
pdf, 15 kB]
A new book by Fred Luks:
"Die Zukunft des Wachstums.
Theoriegeschichte, Nachhaltigkeit und die Perspektiven einer neuen Wirtschaft"
Sustainable Development requires considering whether more growth of the economy is possible and desirable. In this context, Die Zukunft des Wachstums (in German) analyses different notions of "stationarity" that have been discussed in economic theory since Adam Smith. The relevance of authors like Mill, Jevons, Keynes and Schumpeter for the current discourse on sustainability is shown. To connect the works of these scientists to the work of ecological economists like Boulding, Georgescu-Roegen and Daly remains an important task if economic theory is to contribute to sustainable development.
Fred Luks: Die Zukunft des Wachstums. Theoriegeschichte, Nachhaltigkeit und die Perspektiven einer neuen Wirtschaft. Metropolis Verlag, Marburg 2001. 276 Seiten. ISBN 3-89518-348-2. 29.80 Euro.
Find more information on this pdf
New publication by Dieter Pesendorfer:
"Integrierte Stoff- und Ressourcenpolitik. Beitrag und Grenzen von Material Flow Analysis zu einem inputorientierten Ansatz."
The study discusses the relevance of Material Flow Analysis (MFA) for policy making from a political science point of view.
Published at Peter Lang Verlag, Frankfurt/Main, 2002. ISBN: 3-631-38807-1, 65.40 €.
New publication by K.-H. Robèrt; F. Schmidt-Bleek; J. Aloisi de Larderel; G. Basile; J. L. Jansen; R. Kuehr; P. Price Thomas; M. Suzuki; P. Hawken and M. Wackernagel:
"Strategic sustainable development - selection, design and synergies of applied tools"
The paper maps essential elements for developing sustainability and documents how these elements relate to the application of the respective tools. The objective is to show how these tools and approaches relate to each other and build on each other when used for planning for sustainability.
Published in: Journal of Cleaner Production,
Vol. 10 (3) (2002) pp. 197-214.
Further education in ecology
The coordination group environment-sciences/ecology from
the universities Bern, Freiburg and Neuenburg is offering widespread
possibilities for further education in ecology related subjects.
For detailed information please visit the website "Weiterbildung
in Ökologie" / "Formation continue en écologie"
(in German and French only) at:
ISEE 2002 at Sousse/Tunisia
It is still time to register for this year's conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics (ISEE) in Sousse/Tunisia. The conference will not only bring together the world's leading ecological economists but also the latest research in international issues of sustainability. Among many others, about 10 papers will be presented by SERI members.
Please visit http://www.ecologicaleconomics.org/conf/conf.htm
for further details.
New report from SustainAbility, London
SustainAbility has announced the launch of its latest
For more information on the report please visit www.sustainability.com/media.
"Zukunft bauen" - Sustainability dialogue in Austria
On February 22nd, 2002, the conference "Voraus schauen - Zukunft bauen" (look ahead - build the future") will present the Austrian Sustainability strategy start a dialogue with(in) the Austrian society on sustainability.
To get more details, please surf to: http://www.nachhaltigkeit.at/zukunft_bauen/
The conference will be broadcasted live at www.sustainability.tv.
Have a nice day - Your SERI-Team.
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