Welcome to the October/November edition of SERI's InfoMail.
monthly published electronic news bulletin of the Vienna
1. SERI-News: General news from SERI and SERI members
2. Project-Overview: News from our projects, our other work and new research fields
3. Friends: Seri and ... (News about co-operation and partnerships)
4. Selected publications: Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers
5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.
News from Daniel Mittler
Daniel Mittler was the only German NGO representative at the preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development by the UNECE region, which includes all of Europe and North America. He addressed the meeting held in Geneva On September 24th-25th on behalf of Friends of the Earth International and called for the Earth Summit to address trade justice, ecological debt, environmental rights, corporate accountability and better governance.
Sylvia Lorek joined a Colloquium on Energy Efficiency and Consumer Preferences
Sylvia Lorek joined a Colloquium on "Energy Efficiency and Consumer Preferences". It was part of a series of Colloquia entitled Energy efficiency in liberalised energy markets. The focus of interest was to explore how the role of end users of electricity and energy services, the "new" customers, has changed in liberalised energy markets in order to deduct economic and regulative policies suitable to energy efficiency and energy saving goals.
The meeting was organized by Energiestiftung Schleswig-Holstein and the Environmental Policy Research Unit of the Free University of Berlin.
further information please contact Sylvia Lorek: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sigrid Stagl in Leeds
August Sigrid Stagl started working as Lecturer in the School of the
Environment at the University of Leeds, Britain. Up North she continues
her research on ecological economics (especially behavioural and institutional
change and multi-criteria evaluation). The School of the Environment
at the University of Leeds is a rapidly growing, highly research active
interdisciplinary environment department which currently has around
35 research and teaching staff. Research areas of core staff are in
the following fields:
On the teaching side, she is involved in the launch of the University's new Master's programme in Ecological Economics. Core courses of the Master's programme cover principles of ecological economics; tools and applications of ecological economics; research methodology and a seminar in ecological economics with invited speakers. Further, students can choose from the following optional courses: governance, uncertainty and risk; evolutionary economics; environmental ethics; international relations and the environment; European environmental law, and from the following areas of specialisation: sustainable consumption; climate change; biodiversity conservation; sustainable water management; or sustainable regional development.
The programme starts in October 2002 and consists of 9 months courses plus 3 months working on a thesis.
information about the School of the Environment at Leeds can be found
Stefan Giljum in Santiago de Chile
October 2001 to February 2002, Stefan Giljum is visiting scholar at
the Centro de Análysis de Politicas Publicas, Universidad de
A paper with the summary of the results will be available on the SERI website in March 2002.
News from Ines Omann
Omann is given a scholarship for her dissertation by Austrian Academy
of Sciences. It will run for two years, starting with January 2002.
The topic of her dissertation is:
From 3rd to 5th of October she participated at the Meeting of the European Working Group on MCDA in Durbuy near Brussels, where she had contact to different MCDA experts from Belgium, Canada, Italy and Germany.
the near future she will start building up an Austrian working group:
Harald Wille supports SERI at the Vienna office
Since mid-october, Harald Wille is supporting us at the Vienna office. He will primarily work on the marketing of SERI activities and the communication among members.
Christopher Manstein resigned as a director of SERI
of October, Christopher Manstein resigned as a director of SERI due
to excessive work load and some diverging opinions on recent developments
Austria - Sustainable Europe:
together with Sustainability.TV, has started a project initiated by
the Austrian Federal Chancellery, with the aim to increase the Austrian
people understanding and therefore acceptance of the EU enlargement
The content can be found on www.sustainableeurope.net.
"Product Service Systems Methodology - Development of a Toolkit for Industry"
is taking part in the PEER GROUP of the MEPSS Project coordinated by
Price Waterhouse Coopers Environmental Services. Main contribution will
be input für the methodology development.
more information please contact Roman H. Mesicek: email@example.com.
SERI talked at 'die umweltberatung'
On 12th Oct. 2001, Friedrich Hinterberger gave a presentation at the symposium "Thema: Umwelt", organized by "die umweltberatung", Wien (www.umweltberatung.at).
presentation can be obtained by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Efficient-Entrepreneur Calendar
note the new UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Calendar for Small and Medium-Sized
Enterprises, developped by Michael Kuhndt, is now available:
SERI would still like to invite post-doc researchers intending to apply for Marie Curie Fellowships to work with SERI or members of the SERI network in other parts of Europe.
See www.cordis.lu/improving/src/hp_mcf.htm for more, or try the links below for detailed information:
But we are also looking for interesting places of research to which our researchers could go for some time!
"Ecological Information Society - Strategies for an Ecological Information Society"
Published in: Hilty, M.L., P.W. Gilgen (Eds.): "Sustainability in the Information Society", part 2. Metropolis-Verlag, Marburg (2001), p. 831-839.
"Nachhaltige Entwicklung, Wirtschaft und Wirtschaftswissenschaft" (Sustainable Development, economy and economics)
Introductory statement to the workshop "Wann erreicht die Nachhaltigkeit endlich die Ökonomie (when will sustainability reach the economy/economics)?" The answer to this question involves problems of interdisciplinary research as well as the way in which university research is organized. It also involves the question in which way science can contribute to the definition of sustainability. Only if they participate in the societal processes involved, academics will play the necessary role in the development of a society towards sustainability.
in: Lehner, Franz (Ed.): "Erbfall Zukunft. Vordenken für und
mit Nachkommen." München and Mering: Rainer Hampp Verlag (2001),
5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.
Congress of the Science Centre Northrhine-Westphalia
German economy with participation of 21 leading companies such as DaimlerChrysler,
Siemens, Allianz, Gerling und Münchener Rückversicherungs-
Gesellschaft founded a Forum Sustainable Development (Forum Nachhaltige
Entwicklung) in July 2001.
Under the title "Sustainability - a new business area?" representatives from the areas of research, politics and economics will discuss Sustainability and try to find out whether the new guiding principle of Sustainability leads to new business areas and whether values such as confidence, ethical action and aims such as equal rights for future generations are to outlast.
more please surf to:www2.wupperinst.org/annualcongress2001/.
Schweisfurth-Research Award for Ecological Economy
Schweisfurth-Foundation in cooperation with the Association for Ecological
Economy (Vereinigung für Ökologische Ökonomie e.V.) awards
next year for the third time the "Schweisfurth-Research Award for
more information please contact: email@example.com
or surf to: www.schweisfurth.de/preise/oekonomie/html/forschungspreis.htm
ÖKK-Symposium in Laxenburg (Vienna)
Friedrich Hinterberger will make a presentation on "Die Grundlagen Nachhaltiger Entwicklung" at the 5th ÖKK-Symposium "Kunststoffe im Zeichen der Nachhaltigkeit".
Thursday, 9th November 2001 at the conference-center Laxenburg (near Vienna).
See www.okk.co.at for further details.
Seminar on "Dematerialisierung und Rebound - Chancen und Grenzen ökologisch nachhaltiger Entwicklung"
On 12th November 2001, Friedrich Hinterberger will give a seminar at the Technical University of Vienna (Seminar Abfallwirtschaft, Prof. Paul Brunner; http://awsnt.tuwien.ac.at/AWS_2264.htm/AWS_home.htm) on "Dematerialisierung und Rebound - Chancen und Grenzen ökologisch nachhaltiger Entwicklung".
Sem. 225, Institut für Wassergüte und Abfallwirtschaft,
SERI is the first "virtual" research institute with associated researchers all over Europe.
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.
Have a nice day your SERI-Team.
by abono 1999-2001