Welcome to the Xmas/holiday edition of SERI's InfoMail.
monthly published electronic news bulletin of the Vienna
wish all of you, your families and friends, nice, quiet and especially
PEACEFUL holidays, "Merry Christmas" as well as a happy and
successful New Year 2002. We look forward to (further) cooperation with
you in the field of sustainable development. May 2002 bring (further)
improvements of the global environment, social and international relations,
equity and prosperity.
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.
SERI at ISEE 2002
Many SERI members will participate at the ISEE 2002, the Seventh Biennial Conference, taking place in Sousse, Tunisia on March 6- 9, 2002.
topic of the SERI presentations will be:
out more about the speakers or to download the abstract please go to:
Workshop on "Social Sustainability"
On September 5th, the Loccum Academy hosted a workshop on behalf of the German Federal Government, dealing with "social sustainability". Amongst international business leaders and trade unionists, Joachim Spangenberg was invited to present SERI's view.
A manuscript (to be published in the proceedings) is available from the author, so far unfortunately only in German. Please mail to: JoachSpangenberg@aol.com.
paper is available
Government's Politics and Sustainability
behalf of the chancellor's office Joachim Spangenberg was invited to
draft a position paper describing the government's politics from a sustainability
point of view.
statement is available as hardcopy in German and French.
Briefing on Sustainability indicators in Brussels
of the Earth Europe and Greenpeace Europe called SERI (Joachim Spangenberg)
for a briefing on sustainability indicators in Brussels, September 28th.
They welcomed the work on environmental space and material flow analysis
and took the initiative to suggest to the European Commission to include
the indicator of Total Material Requirement TMR into the regular sustainability
reporting as adopted in Gothenburg earlier this year.
SERI participates on "Futur" - The German Research Dialogue
German ministry of research has started a process to identify the core
research issues for a future society, called "Futur". For
this behalf, 400 representatives have been chosen for the "inner
circle", and some 2000 for the "outer" one. SERI's Ines
Omann, Sylvia Lorek and Anke Valentin have been suggested for the outer
circle, Joachim Spangenberg is a member of the inner circle. The results
of a first major conference in Berlin, Sept. 26th, are available on
Futur - Workshop on "Cities of tomorrow"
On December 3rd, the German ministry of research has invited to the expert workshop "Cities of tomorrow". It was one of five workshops in the context of the "Futur"-dialog for the outer circle (see above or internet-link below). About 20 predominant young scientists follow this invitation and develop four research issues for a Sustainable City. Surprisingly, the social goals weighted much higher than the ecological ones. So in the end, the following issues have been worked out: (1) New kinds of learning in an urban area, (2) Possibilities to separate mobility for shopping and for spare time, (3) Efficient use of renewable energy (especially algaes), (4) More place for fantasy and participation in a grey city.
more information on this project surf to: www.futur.de.
New SERI intern Tobias Doeppe
Tobias Doeppe, will be an intern at the SERI Vienna office the end of February 2002. His focus will be to prepare a cooperation of SERI and NGOs (probably BUND, maybe ATTAC and development NGOs) to produce a position paper with a sustainable vision of globalisation in the upcoming of the Johannesburg summit. The NGOs are looking for scientific expertise in the field, and SERI wants to introduce its basic concepts like environmental space etc. in the globalisation discussion.
Tobias studied political science at the Otto-Suhr Institut of the Free University of Berlin and most recently at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. Since May he participates in the course "The Future Pilots" (www.zukunftspiloten.de) organized by the German environmental umbrella organization DNR (Deutscher Naturschutzring), which is designed to provide necessary skills to environmental activists. Some scholars of this course will also participate in the project.
If you have questions, suggestions or comments to make, please feel free to contact Tobias at email@example.com.
Website update for the new year
two years in place, we are substantially refurbishing our website. The
new site will be launched by the end of this year, by which we hope
to make it easier for you to access relevant information on our projects,
publications and people.
is dealing with Product Service Systems in two projects:
information about the SERI approach in these two projects and the first
results will be posted on our website at:
New project on research and policy for sustainable development
the beginning of 2002, we are starting a project for the European Commission's
STRATA programme on "Adaptive Integration of Research and Policy
for Sustainable Development - Prospects for the European Research Area"
(AIRP-SD), in which wie will together with partners from 6 member states
and 2 EU research centres on the capacity of RTD programmes to contribute
toward sustainable development. We will develop criteria from best practices
in Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Sweden, learn about
common features and differences and try to develop a common approach
to reinforce community programmes on RTD.
Material input for electricity production in Europe
Hacker started, after working as an electronics technician at CERN,
his studies in electronics and computer science at the University of
The work shall bring electricity-MIPS-data for all 15 member countries and serve as an complement to the Wuppertal-MIPS-data. Scenarios for different energy technologies can be drawn on that basis. Data quality is a special topic and an overview will be given.
persons interested in the work and results are invited to
"Coalition for a better policy"
In Germany, political opposition is being aired against the "Third way" politics of the so-called red-green government. Supported by the metal workers, the food workers and other trade unions, a broad "coalition for a better policy" has established itself by publishing a memorandum and holding meetings and workshops in different cities. A close cooperation with ATTAC Germany has been established (which in return is supported by the service sector trade union).
The coalition was one of the organisers of the peace demonstrations in late October, bringing some 60,000 people to the street. With the Worlds two biggest trade unions, environmental and development NGOs, human rights organisations etc. as supporters, it is foreseeable that the work for a more sustainable politics will continue over the next years.
a meeting on October 20th in Frankfurt, Joachim Spangenberg has been
elected member of the national coordination.
SERI represented the EEB at an OECD workshop in Paris
(Joachim Spangenberg) represented the European Environmental Bureau
EEB at the OECD workshop on waste prevention indicators in Paris, Oct.
8th-10th. During the workshop we could draw on earlier work on sustainability
and consumption indicators, as well as on a recent SERI project by Sylvia
Lorek et al. regarding household consumption.
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!
"Was ist Meso?" (in German)
The paper is for download at: http://www.meyer-stamer.de/2001/Report55.pdf.
New paper by
SPACE AND THE PRISM OF SUSTAINABILITY:
New publication by
Stefan Giljum and Klaus Hubacek:
trade, material flows and land use:
Interim Report 01-59. International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). Laxenburg, Austria, 2001.
The full text of the report can be downloaded in pdf-format from the IIASA homepage: http://www.iiasa.ac.at/Publications/Documents/IR-01-059.pdf.
Charles Kibert, Jan Sendzimir, and G. Bradley Guy (eds.):
"Construction Ecology: Nature as the Basis for Green Buildings"
Gisela Bosch and Jan Sendzimir were core contributors in a team that produced a new book on sustainability, which has just been published. Gisela was one of the key organizers of the conference that started the project, and Jan moderated discussions during the conference and edited the chapters written by ecologists. A short overview follows.
For decades wave after wave of new ideas have expanded our understanding of sustainability. Yet the fundamental challenge remains the same. Systemic reform is blocked so long as short-term gain constrains our experiments to small scale tinkering with existing means of production and consumption. Starting in the 1980s, Industrial ecology and metabolism took up this challenge, and now a new wave is pushing the envelope of sustainability ideas to take advantage of the latest insights of systems ecology. A new book describes this initiative to build a discipline for the theory and practice of creating a sustainable built environment: Construction Ecology. Kibert, Sendzimir and Guy, a construction engineer, systems ecologist and architect, have teamed as editors of a discussion between some of the leading green architects with systems and industrial ecologists. The systems ecologists range from long-established figures (H.T. Odum), to veterans in their prime (Kay and Allen) to rising new stars (Peterson). The industrial ecologists include European (Robert Ayres, Sefan Bringezu, and Fritz Balkau) and North American (Iddo Wernick) perspectives. The architects (Bisch, van der Ryn, Pena, and Wells) demonstrate experience gained working on commercial and residential projects in urban and suburban/rural environments. The book reflects efforts to build a new conceptual framework based on links and contrasts between the ideas underlying these different disciplines.
Published by Spon Press, London, 2001 (www.sponpress.com).
interim report of the Enquete-Commission
Enquete-Commission "Globalisierung der Weltwirtschaft - Herausforderungen
und Antworten" (Globalisation of the world's economy - challenges
and answers) of the German Parliament chaired by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
issued a first interim report.
Dialogue paper of the German Council for Sustainability
At www.nachhaltigkeitsrat.de/dialog you'll find a dialogue-paper of the German Council for Sustainability (in German only).
Everybody who is interested in the issue of Sustainability is invited to read the paper and comment it in the Council's Online-Discussion-Forum or by e-mail.
The Councils aim is a broad discussion through a broad and active distribution of the dialogue-paper. So please send this information to all who might be interested in a active participation.
SERI brownbag seminar: "Sustainable technologies: low and/or high tech?"
and time: January 11th 2001, 12-2:30 p.m.
We want to discuss the question of sustainable technologies/technologies for SD. Are they high tech or low tech. Impulse talks by Roman Mesicek and Patrizia Nessmann.
more information see www.seri.at/brownbag.
Founders of Enterprises in the spotlight"
Hinterberger moderated a Discussion with the Topic
After that young founders were be awarded a price for their business plans and ideas in the field of sustainable development.
further information please click: www.uniun.at.
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