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Infomail 02/04

 

Dear Friends and colleagues,

 

welcome to the 2nd edition of SERI’s InfoMail of the year 2004 (02/04), the regular published electronic news bulletin of the Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI). You are receiving this InfoMail because you indic at ed an interest in SERI's activities. To unsubscribe see the end of this InfoMail. 

 

The web-edition of our current InfoMail is available at: www.seri.at/infomail. There you will also find the InfoMail Archive.

 

Table of contents

 

 

1. SERI-News: General news from SERI and SERI members

 

o        SERI webpages on sustainable production upd at ed

o        SERI changed its snail-mail address

o        Joachim H. Spangenberg nomin at ed at the Université Versailles St. Quentin en Yvelines

o        Annual report 2003 available

o        New research area: Objectives, Indic at ors and Scenarios for Sustainable Development



2. Project-Overview: News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

 

o        MEPSS: 3rd peer review meeting Amsterdam

o        www.nachhaltigkeit.at: “Theme of the Month” on Governance and Sustainability

o        New Project: PDL Leuchttürme

o        NEDS: Limits of growth for the city of Hamburg

o        MOSUS Scenario Meeting

o        ALARM project take-off

o        Them at ic Network Sustainability Str at egy: Conference on “The EU Sustainability Str at egy Under Stress.
St
at e of the Art, Perspectives, Alternatives” and Vienna Workshop on "Multi-level governance"

o        GoSD web page relaunch

 

 

3. Friends: Seri and (News about co-operation and partnerships)

 

o        Joachim Spangenberg represented SERI in a sustainability workshop in Moscow

o        Joachim Spangenberg and Sylvia Lorek at Conference on Sustainable Consumption and Production

o        Workshop on “Barriers and Driving forces for Sustainable Consumption”, co-organized by SERI Member Sirgid Stagl

o        Project workshop at the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Bilbao 12.-14. Mai.

o        Mark Hammer at the 2nd Intern at ional SusProNet Conference, Brussels .



4. Selected publications: Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers

 

o        Stefan Giljum , Nina Eisenmenger (2004). North-South trade and the distribution of environmental goods and burdens: a biophysical perspective. Journal of Environment and Development 13 (1), 73-100.

o        Ines Omann (2004). Multi-criteria Decision Aid as an Approach for Sustainable Development Analysis and Implement at ion, PhD Thesis; University of Graz .

o        Christian Rammel , Friedrich Hinterberger, Ulrike Bechtold (2004): Governing Sustainable Development - A co-evolutionary perspective on transitions and change.
GoSD Working Paper No. 1 (March 2004).

o        New SERI Background Papers:

      + Doris Fuchs, Sylvia Lorek (2004). Sustainable consumption: political debate and actual impact. SERI Background Paper No. 4.

      + Friedrich Hinterberger, Andrea Stocker (2004). Arbeitsplätze schaffen durch Dem at erialisierung: eine integrierte Str at egie. SERI Background Paper No. 5.

o        New public at ions by J. H. Spangenberg

 

5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc

 

o        Intern at ional Sustainable Development Research Conference, March 29, 2004 in Manchester

o        European Action Day, April 2-3, 2004

o        Conference Cross-border Inform at ion Society, April 26-27 in Stockholm

o        “Bridging the Gap”, the 3-annual conference on sustainability concepts and d at a g at hering, organised by the Irish EU presidency in Dublin, April 28-29, 2004

o        International Conference “Towards Sustainable Futures – Tools and Str at egies” in Tampere , Finland , June 14-15, 2004

o        Conference on "Economic Perspectives on Consumer Policy", June 28-30 in Tutzing , Germany

o        EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF 2004) in Stockholm , August 25-28 2004

o        Marie Curie: the new funding opportunities search tool by Cordis

 

6. Going on in Vienna

 

o        Next brownbag seminar (27.4.2004): Andrea Stocker on Modelling Sustainable Development in Austria  

o        Intern at ional Symposium under the title “Sustainable Leadership - Spirit in Business / Ethics, Spirituality and Sustainability”, June 30 and July 1, 2004 , in Vienna

 

 

 

 

1. SERI-News: General news from SERI and SERI members

 

SERI webpages on sustainable production upd at ed


We upd
at ed the area of sustainable production area in our themes section. Sustainable development requires innov at ion towards radically dem at erialized products, infrastructures and systems, as well as the change of consumption habits. You can visit the new webpage under www.seri.at/production.

 


SERI changed its snail-mail address


We want to remind you th
at , as of 7 January 2004 , our new postal address is SERI, Garnisongasse 7/27, 1090 Wien , Austria . Our e-mail addresses, webpage as well as phone numbers remain the same.

 


Joachim H. Spangenberg nomin
at ed at the Université Versailles St. Quentin en Yvelines

 

For the spring 2004 term, Joachim H. Spangenberg has been nomin at ed Professeur Invite at the Université Versailles St. Quentin en Yvelines.

 


Annual report 2003 available


Our annual report for 2003, giving a summary on our finished, current and future projects, our public
at ions and other activities (such as particip at ion in conferences and workshops), is now available for download here.

 

 

New research area: Objectives, Indic at ors and Scenarios for Sustainable Development


At www.seri.at/scenarios we introduce a new research area that deals with the quantification of environmental, economic and social effects of policy measures on the macro level, disaggregated by economic sectors. The research applies scenario techniques, comparing sustainability scenarios to business-as-usual trends. Thereby, SERI aims at exploring the development of a resource-optimised knowledge-based service society in relation to all dimensions of sustainability by way of applying a backcasting methodology to identify gaps between desired futures and current trends.

 

 

For the current news on SERI check also www.seri.at.

 

 

2. Project-Overview: News from our projects, our other work and new research fields

 

MEPSS: 3rd peer review meeting Amsterdam


SERI particip at ed in the 3rd peer review meeting of the MEPSS project in Amsterdam , January 19th 2004 .

For further inform at ion see www.pss-info.com/html/st_index.php.

 

 

www.nachhaltigkeit.at: “Theme of the Month” on Governance and Sustainability


Sophie Strasser , Doris Schnepf and Fritz Hinterberger produced a new article (in German language) for the Austrian internet portal www.nachhaltigkeit.at on "Governance und Nachhaltigkeit". New governance models for sustainable development are currently being discussed in academia and politics. This topic of the month deals with the question what governance is all about, which concepts are theoretically discussed, and what practical examples do exist. Furthermoer, we summarise local and regional governance concepts as well as concepts on the European and the global level.

 

New Project: PDL Leuchttürme

Our project PDL Leuchttürme started in March 2004. We will analyse outstanding examples of Product Service Systems (PSS) throughout Europe .
The collected examples will be reported in an online d
at abase.

For more information see: www.seri.at/leuchttuerme.










NEDS: Limits of growth for the city of
Hamburg

At the event “Limits of growth for the city of Hamburg ”, organised by the Zukunftsr at Hamburg, SERI presented results on the material flow analysis of the city of Hamburg , carried out in the course of the NEDS project.
The presentation can be downloaded from www.seri.at/neds. For further inform
at ion see also www.zukunftsrat.de or mail to mark.hammer@seri.at.




MOSUS Scenario Meeting

 

The 2nd internal meeting of the MOSUS project took place in Osnabrück , Germany , from March 8-9 2004 . The consortium agreed on the final steps towards the prepar at ion of the three integr at ed scenarios and discussed details on the integr at ion of environmental d at a into the economic simul at ion model. See our upd at ed internal MOSUS website at www.seri.at/mosus and the official project website at www.mosus.net for more details and downloadable background documents.

 

 

ALARM project take-off


The ALARM project, bringing together 54 of
Europe ’s leading research teams on bio­diversity, is taking off: after a first workshop on the risks of pollin at ors’ loss to biodiversity in February, a second one took place on March 11-12 in Milan . It developed a workplan how to investig at e and system at ise the existing knowledge on chemicals risks for biodiversity. Another workshop was held on March 19th to 25th in Avignon , focussing on invasive species and clim at e change respectively, and the thre at they pose to biodiversity in Europe . SERI is particip at ing in these workshops as a coordin at or of the socio-economic module of the project, and as the socio-economic expert institution within the clim at e pillar.

 

 

Them at ic Network Sustainability Str at egy: Conference on “The EU Sustainability Str at egy Under Stress. State of the Art, Perspectives, Altern at ives” and Vienna Workshop on "Multi-level governance"

The European-wide "Them at ic Network" of research institutions working since May 2003 on the sustainability str at egy of the EU is preparing its first yearly conference in Berlin from May 12th to May 15th with the title "The EU Sustainability Str at egy Under Stress. St at e of the Art, Perspectives, Altern at ives".

The Them at ic Network held its 4th workshop from 18th until 19th of March at the Technical University in Vienna . In the course of the workshop SERI organised a panel discussion at the “Industriellen-Vereinigung” on 18th of March with several Austrian stakeholders. Questions about multi-level governance regarding the Austrian Sustainability Str at egy were discussed.

 

Inform at ion about the workshop and the panel discussion can be found at : www.sustainability-strategy.net.

 

 

GoSD web page relaunch


The GoSD web page (www.gosd.net) has recently been relaunched, giving information on past, current and upcoming activities in the course of the GoSD preparation process; the old version of the website is still available
at www.gosd.net/GoSD-Website-alt.

 

 

 

For more information on our projects check also www.seri.at/projects.

 

 

3. Friends: Seri and (News about co-operation and partnerships)

 

Joachim H. Spangenberg represented SERI in a sustainability workshop in Moscow


On February 9th to 12th Joachim H. Spangenberg represented SERI in a workshop in
Moscow , organised by the Rosa Luxemburg Found at ion in collabor at ion with the Russian Academy for the Public Service at the President of the Russian Feder at ion . In the discourse it became quite obvious th at there is a significant communic at ion gap, and th at many recent works from sustainability science and ecological economics are not known in Russia, and th at vice versa the Russian research on sustainability, the interaction of n at ural and social phenomena and the noosphere concept have not received the at tention they deserve in the English speaking world. Fundraising for a follow-up workshop in Moscow and for a more system at ic exchange has begun and looks promising.

For more information contact Joachim Spangenberg (joachim.spangenberg@seri.at).

 

 

Joachim Spangenberg and Sylvia Lorek at Conference on Sustainable Consumption and Production


The issue of "Sustainable Consumption and Production P at terns" has gained a new impetus in intern at ional deb at es as a result of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002. The st at es now face the challenge of fleshing out the "10-Year-Framework of Programmes" by integr at ing programme content at their respective n at ional levels. Based on th at the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and the Federal Environmental Agency hosted a National Dialog Conference on Sustainable Consumption and Production in February, see www.ecologic-events.de/scp-konferenz/en/index.htm . Over 250 persons participated, a balanced share of scientists, representatives from civil society, business and administration. The outcome will be followed up now by smaller meetings looking for concerted actions on specific issues.  Joachim Spangenberg and Sylvia Lorek participated in the meeting and will be glad to give further information.

More info: sylvia.lorek@seri.de.

 

 

Workshop on “Barriers and Driving forces for Sustainable Consumption”, co-organized by SERI Member Sirgid Stagl


From 6. - 7. March 2004. over 60 scientists from Australia via Japan and Europe to the US particip at ed in a workshop to identifiy “Barriers and Driving forces for Sustainable Consumption”. It was held in Leeds , UK , co-organised by SERI-member Sirgid Stagl.  Proceedings are available at www.env.leeds.ac.uk/~hubacek/leeds04/Proceedings.pdf . Paper and present at ions from Sylvia Lorek and Joachim Spangenberg will be put on the SERI homepage. The workshop was the third European conferens in a series of conferences initi at ed within a 3-year programme on sustainable consumption from the Society of Non-Traditional Technology, Japan . The next conference will be in Tokyo in October 2004.

 

 

Project workshop at the European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Bilbao 12.-14. Mai.

 

In the course of our current project on product service systems (“PDL Leuchttürme”) a workshop with international experts on product service systems will be held. The workshop will help to find out outstanding examples of product service systems and present a questionnaire to the experts.

 

For further information see www.seri.at/leuchttuerme or http://www.erscp2004.net

 

 

Mark Hammer at the 2nd International SusProNet Conference

 

Mark Hammer (SERI) and Barbara Hammerl (JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Graz ) will present a finished and an ongoing project on product service systems at Conference on Sustainable Product-Service-Systems: 'The Value In Practice'. 2nd International Conference - Thematic Network on Sustainable Product-Services (SusProNet). 3rd-4th June 2004 . Concert Noble, Rue d'Arlon, Brussels , Belgium .

 

For further information see the projects web pages (www.seri.at/INES and www.seeri.at/leuchttuerme) and the conference webpage (http://www.suspronet.org/fs_confdocs.htm).

 

 

For more news please check also www.seri.at.

 

 

4. Selected publications: Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers

 

Giljum, S., Eisenmenger, N. 2004. North-South trade and the distribution of environmental goods and burdens: a biophysical perspective. Journal of Environment and Development 13 (1), 73-100.

 

Abstract:

The implic at ions of North-South trade for economic development and the distribution of economic benefits through intern at ional trade have been a long-standing discussion in economics. In the last 20 years, environmental distribution issues gained increasing at tention in the intern at ional deb at e, in particular since the recognition of sustainable development as the guiding principle for future global development. In this paper we take a biophysical perspective to analyze the distribution of environmental goods versus environmental burdens in North-South trade rel at ions. Studies based on physical accounting are particularly suitable to elucid at e environmental consequences of economic specializ at ion processes in different world regions, as they clarify implic at ions for both the use of n at ural resources and the gener at ion of waste and emissions in a coherent and comprehensive manner. Empirical evidence from biophysical accounting studies suggests th at the form at ion of specific metabolic profiles of societies in North and South as a consequence of specializ at ion leads to an unequal distribution of environmental goods and burdens. The paper closes with an evalu at ion of policy measures and instruments with regard to their likely effects on environmental distribution between North and South.


For more inform
at ion, contact Stefan Giljum (stefan.giljum@seri.at).



Omann, I. 2004. Multi-criteria Decision Aid as an Approach for Sustainable Development Analysis and Implement at ion, PhD Thesis. University of Graz .


Ines Omann finished her Ph D studies in February 2004. Her thesis "Multi-criteria Decision Aid as an Approach for Sustainable Development Analysis and Implement at ion", supervised by Karl Steininger and Sigrid Stagl (also a SERI member) can be downloaded here.

 

Abstract:

Sustainable development is currently acknowledged as being a possible basis for solving life thre at ening problems, such as overpopul at ion, clim at e change, w at er scarcity, or loss of biodiversity. These problems occur in complex n at ural and socio-economic systems, characterised among others by self-organis at ion, dynamism and irreversibility. Helping these systems move to a sustainable p at h, i.e. solving the existing problems, requires specific action, e.g. well designed targeted policy measures. The implement at ion of such measures is in general preceded by various research and decision processes. Owing to the special characteristics of the systems addressed and those of sustainability itself such decision processes face a number of challenges.

Decision support approaches can be a means to meet those challenges. Specific evalu at ion requirements can be derived in order to examine the appropri at eness of such approaches in terms of their supporting the implement at ion of sustainability. These requirements are developed to capture the n at ure of complex systems, the principles of sustainable development and the procedure of decision making.

As the aim of the present thesis is to evalu at e the potential role of multi-criteria decision aid (MCDA) for decision processes aiming at sustainability, the defined evalu at ion requirements are used as criteria to test the appropri at eness of the MCDA on a theoretical and empirical level. MCDA represents one form of decision aid, which can be very helpful in preparing the decision by revealing the decision context and the possible impacts of specific decisions. Two case studies, one on company level, and the other on the level of public policy making, were carried out as a basis for empirical research. The first case study is a multi-criteria evalu at ion of product service system concepts gener at ed by Austrian companies. The second presents an MCDA for evalu at ing car road pricing implement at ion schemes as policy measures in reducing transport volume and supporting modal shifts in Austrian transport. The results show th at MCDA is an appropri at e decision support approach, as long as the facilit at ors applying it, take the following prerequisites into consider at ion. They have to make sure th at (1) emphasis is put on the process and not only on the result, (2) th at all relevant dimensions and perspectives of the decision problem are addressed, (3) th at the characteristics of complex systems are taken into account, and (4) th at both the persons affected and the decision makers are involved in the process. If these pre­requisites are given, the chance of achieving effective decision processes and arriving at s at isfactory solutions for the given problems is very high. However, it has to be noted th at multi-criteria decision approaches can never replace the socio-political discussion processes preceding decisions and their implement at ion.

 

 

Christian Rammel , Friedrich Hinterberger, Ulrike Bechtold: Governing Sustainable Development - A co-evolutionary perspective on transitions and change. GoSD Working Paper No. 1 (March 2004)


Abstract

Socio-economic development cannot be sustainable without some kind of "good governance". The challenge for governing sustainable development lies in the heard of open processes and continuous learning r at her than in determined outcomes. Sustainable transitions cannot be managed in a controlling sense as they are driven and caused by a dynamic interplay between various complex and co-evolving processes, many of them are far beyond any certainty, control or predictability. The co-evolutionary perspective outlined in this paper serves as heuristic device to clarify this complex dynamics inherent in societal change and transitions. Special at tention is devoted to notions often ignored in the current deb at es on sustainability and governance such as adaptive change, co-evolutionary dynamics or the paradox between change and conserv at ion. For this purpose we draw on ideas from evolutionary theory, anthropology, complex adaptive systems theory and adaptive management. An outlook of a future research agenda on transition management is given.

You can download this document here

 


Doris Fuchs,
Sylvia Lorek (2004): Sustainable consumption: political debate and actual impact. SERI Background Paper No. 4.

 

Abstract:

This paper explores the prospects for global sustainable consumption governance. Analyzing developments in this area since the Rio Summit and Agenda 21, the paper highlights that core actors and efforts have neglected essential parts of a sustainable consumption governance strategy. While they focus on the efficiency of consumption, questions regarding the sustainability of consumption levels and necessary fundamental changes in consumption patterns in industrialized countries have been neglected on the official agenda. The paper traces this development through the work of the major IGOs engaged in developing sustainable consumption governance. Therefore it mainly reflects preparations and results of the Johannesburg summit. The paper briefly delineates the alignment of interests of core actors in the sustainable consumption arena against substantial progress in the development of governance strategies. In the course of this task, the paper argues that "globalization" and "global governance" with their respective influences on the relevant actors strengthen rather than weaken the forces supporting overconsumption. In the end, the paper asks, but cannot answer, the question how global sustainable consumption governance can and will be achieved. Thereby it hopes to create a new impetus for in-depth scholarly and societal debates about strong sustainable consumption.

 

SERI Background Papers can be downloaded from www.seri.at/backgroundpapers.

 

 

Friedrich Hinterberger, Andrea Stocker (2004): Arbeitsplätze schaffen durch Dematerialisierung: eine integrierte Strategie. SERI Background Paper No. 5.

 

Zusammenfassung:

Arbeitslosigkeit, globale Ungleichheit und drohende Umweltkatastrophen haben gemeinsame Ursachen und müssen daher zusammen bewältigt werden. Das Papier argumentiert, dass mit Ressourcensteuer, Arbeitszeitverkürzung und negativer Einkommensteuer einen Strauss an wirtschaftpolitischen Instrumenten zur Verfügung steht, mit deren gemeinsamer Hilfe, die zusammenhängenden Probleme von Wirtschaftswachstum, Arbeitslosigkeit und Umweltzerstörung angegangen werde können.

 

SERI Background Papers can be downloaded from www.seri.at/backgroundpapers.

 

 

New Public at ions by Joachim H. Spangenberg


Spangenberg, J. H. (2004). Anpassung st at t Gestaltung? Eine Polemik. In: Arbeit in der neuen Zeit. Regulierung der Ökonomie, Gestaltung der Technik, Politik der Arbeit. Dieter Scholz, Heiko Glawe, Helmut Martens, Pia Paust-Lassen, Gerd Peter, Frieder O. Wolf. Münster, Lit-Verlag. 46: 171-177.

 

Spangenberg, J. H. (2004). Nachhaltiger Konsum - Genuß ohne Reue ? Zeit für alles - Zeit für nichts. In: Jürgen P. Rinderspacher. Berlin , Edition Sigma: 137-152.

 

Spangenberg, J. H. (2004). Institutions for sustainable consumption - analysing Agenda 21. In: Klaus Hubacek, Atsushi Inaba, Sigrid Stagl (Eds), Driving Forces of and Barriers to Sustainable Consumption. Proceedings of the Intern at ional Workshop, Leeds , March 5-6, 2004 , University of Leeds .

 

Spangenberg, J. H. (2004). "Estr at egias de sustenibilidad: raices, estado y desafios." Instituto Nacional de Technologia Industrial, Buenos Aires (Ed.): Aportes 2 (Marzo 2004): 1-24.

 

 

 

For other interesting publications click www.seri.at/publications.

 

 

5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.



Intern at ional Sustainable Development Research Conference, March 29 2004 in Manchester


ERP Environment, publishers of the intern
at ional journal Sustainable Development, announce their tenth annual conference. This conference will include sessions on Evolutions in Environmental Policy and Governance. The conference seeks to bring together an intern at ional and interdisciplinary audience to begin to tackle many of the issues connected with sustainable development -- to share experiences and to begin to work towards solutions. By building informal partnerships and in offering opportunities to share ideas this conference seeks to move this complex deb at e forward. Selected papers may be published in the journal Sustainable Development.

Loc
at ion: Hulme Hall, University of Manchester
Contact inform
at ion: www.erpenvironment.org/conferences/isd/isd2004cfp.htm

 

 

European Action Day, April 2-3, 2004


In the framework of our 2004 Campaign, the EUROPEAN TRADE UNION CONFEDERATION (ETUC) Executive Committee agreed to organise a European-wide Action Day on the 2nd /3rd April 2004. Together with its Belgian affili at es (CSC, FGTB, and CGSLB), the ETUC will organise a “mass deleg at ion of European trade unionists” around noon outside the European Commission, in order to demonstr at e for a strong commitment to the European Social Model, more and better jobs, and for these to be reflected in the new Constitutional Tre at y. To make quite visible th at the 2nd April is a European Action Day, ETUC would welcome very much if you could send a deleg at ion from your organis at ion to particip at e in this event.

Contact:
etuc@etuc.org, www.etuc.org

 

 

Conference Cross-Border Inform at ion Society, April 26-27, in Stockholm


The Baltic Palette Network will organise a two-day conference on cross-border cooper at ion among regional authorities. The conference will focus on measuring progress in the inform at ion society and setting common objectives for cross-border, inter-regional cooper at ion.

The first day will address sustainability in the inform at ion economy: how to benchmark and monitor the progress of knowledge regions in Europe. The present at ions will cover on-going projects aiming to provide a framework for studying and anticip at ing socio-economic effects of the increasing dependence on ICT in jobs and services.

The second day will focus on regional planning in the regional economy in the Baltic Sea. How to set development objectives and identify key topics for cross-border cooper at ion in the regional knowledge economy? Wh at should regional authorities do together to benefit from the inform at ion society?


More inform
at ion at www.balticpalette.com

 

 

“Bridging the Gap”, the 3-annual conference on sustainability concepts and d at a g at hering, organised by the Irish EU presidency in Dublin , April 28-29, 2004


The event will chart progress on environmental inform
at ion and identify knowledge gaps. Sessions will cover the environment and human health; clim at e change; impact assessment; biodiversity and land use; and inform at ion needs. The conference will conclude by addressing the question "How can scientific, technological and policy opportunities be used to progress effective integr at ion and action on the environment?", and by looking at environmental research beyond the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The conference is aimed at policy makers, those involved in organising research or environmental monitoring, and those working to communic at e environmental knowledge to policy makers and the public.

More inform
at ion: www.eubusiness.com/go/www.bridgingthegap.ie/
Contact: Clara Clark Event Management Ltd, info@claraclark.ie

 

 

International Conference “Towards Sustainable Futures – Tools and Str at egies” in Tampere , Finland , June 14-15, 2004


The aim of this multidisciplinary conference is to bring together those interested in sustainable development and futures oriented research. The participants will be offered new perspectives and methods for measuring sustainable development and cre
at ing str at egies. The conference is organized by The Finland Futures Research Centre and the Finland Futures Academy .


Further inform
at ion and registr at ion: www.tukk.fi/tutu/conference2004/

 

 

Conference on "Economic Perspectives on Consumer Policy", June 28-30 in Tutzing , Germany

 

From 28th-30th June, the Protestant Academy of Tutzing together with the University of Hohenheim organizes a conference on "Economic Perspectives on Consumer Policy" which is sponsored by the German Ministry of Consumer Protection, Food, and Agriculture. A small part of the program will be in English, the bulk of the papers in German. The conference will take place on the beautiful premises of the Academy at Lake Starnberg in Tutzing , Germany .

 

For further inform at ion contact Lucia Reisch, lureisch@uni-hohenheim.de

Registr at ion for the Conference is possibile via Internet www.ev-akademie-tutzing.de or directly with the Academy: Mrs. Susanna S at zger: satzger@ev-akademie-tutzing.de.



EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF 2004) in Stockholm , August 25-28 2004

 

ESOF2004 was represented at the annual meeting of the  American Association for the Advancement of Science in Seattle . Science editors from a large number of leading intern at ional media showed their interest for the Open Forum and to come to Stockholm in August.
If you are interested in participating, you can use On Line Registration and Hotel Reservation.


For any info please contact info@esof2004.org and visit www.esof2004.org

 

 

Marie Curie: the new funding opportunities search tool by Cordis


Cordis launched powerful new search engines will help you effortlessly identify the best human resources and mobility opportunities available in your specialis
at ion under the Marie Curie host-driven actions and the Marie Curie Excellence Grants. These actions aim to boost the availability of transn at ional training and mobility schemes in Europe .

More inform
at ion: mc-opportunities.cordis.lu

 

 

For other interesting activities and links click www.seri.at.

 

 

6. Going on in Vienna


Next brownbag seminar (27.4.2004): Andrea Stocker on Modelling Sustainable Development in
Austria  


In SERI's next brownbag seminar on April 27th 2004,
Andrea Stocker will present the outcomes of a project on the requirements for a macro-economic simul at ion model for Austria - see www.seri.at/a-modell for details on this project.

 

 

Intern at ional Symposium under the title “Sustainable Leadership - Spirit in Business / Ethics, Spirituality and Sustainability”, June 30 and July 1 2004 , in Vienna


An Intern
at ional Symposium under the title “Sustainable Leadership - Spirit in Business / Ethics, Spirituality and Sustainability takes place in Vienna on June 30 and July 1 2004 and is organized by BAUM - Austrian Network for Sustainable Management, Wien and Spirit in Business, Northampton USA und Bussum Netherlands .

Sustainable Development requires th at decision-makers take full responsibility for the consequences of their decisions for the others and for n at ure, at present and in the future. Thus ethics are an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable decision-making.

A leading represent at ive of humanistic psychology, Abraham Maslow, who called the self-realiz at ion of human beings the highest step of growth, added the need for transcendence as the peak for his pyramid of needs. Thus spirituality is an indispensable prerequisite for a complete self-realiz at ion of human beings.

The symposium will be devoted to the relevance of these issues for Sustainable Development and will comprise plenary sessions and unconventional, intensive workshops. A special highlight will be the present at ion of Hans-Peter Dürr, who was for many years head of the Max Planck Institute in Munich and is winner of the altern at ive Nobel prize. He will in an exciting way present the interconnections of quantum physics, spirituality and a new local and global social order.

 

 

For more inform at ion on SERI rel at ed events in Vienna pleas surf to www.seri.at/events. 

 

 

 

These were our messages and news for this month. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for detailed information on our projects and for possibilities in co-operation and partnership. It’s a challenge to start an interactive dialogue of exchanging experiences. You are all invited to participate in this process.

 

SERI is the first "virtual" research institute on sustainable development with associated researchers all over Europe . If you want to get more detailed information on the Institute and its members please visit our website: www.seri.at.

The Sustainable Europe Research Institute, together with a supporting legal association, exists since September 1999 according to Austrian Law. The headquarters have been established in Vienna . We would like to invite you to participate in this undertaking.

 

The Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) is a Pan-European think tank aiming to explore sustainable development options for European societies. SERI's research agenda and methodology is based on previous work carried out by Friends of the Earth and the Wuppertal Institute. The Institute aims to develop the concept of environmental space and shows ways to substantially reduce the resource throughput of modern industrial societies. The research carried out by members of SERI supports the dialogue within European civil society. It specifically aims to further develop the exchange of ideas between environmental citizens organisations, governments, trade unions and industry. The scientific dialogue SERI aims to engender is supported by its web page and this newsletter, conferences, meetings as well as publications.

 

All InfoMail editions from the year 2000 are downloadable as pdf-Files at www.seri.at/infomail. On this website you’ll also find all editions from the year 2001 as well as the current InfoMail, offering the advantage of easy and fast navigation through the InfoMail’s topics. You’ll have easy access to all downloadable files, links and other resources of the SERI Internet-presentation.

 

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