SERI Infomail 01/05

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Table of contents

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

  • Ines Omann will receive the "Josef-Krainer-Award 2005" for her PhD-thesis.
  • Georg Nossek responsible for communications and IT
  • Event series 5 Years SERI: sustainable regions and sustainable international development

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

  • Modelling the economic impacts of climate policy
  • ARTEMIS: German webpage launched
  • MOSUS: Modelling meeting in Osnabrück, Germany
  • Workshop on "Eco-efficiency and Sustainability"
  • eCommunity - Presentation at CORP 2005

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

  • Collaboration with EOI Escuela de Negocios

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

  • Behrens, A., Giljum, S. (2005): Erste Zeichen einer Entkoppelung. Die materielle Basis der Weltwirtschaft und ihre globale Ungleichverteilung. In: Ökologisches Wirtschaften. 1/2005, pp. 28-29 [in German].
  • Luks, Fred (2005): Innovationen, Wachstum und Nachhaltigkeit. Eine ökologisch-ökonomische Betrachtung. In: Innovation und Nachhaltigkeit. Jahrbuch Ökologische Ökonomik 4. Marburg: Metropolis [in German]

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

  • EASY-ECO 2005-2007. Evaluation of Sustainability. European Conferences and Training Courses
  • Post-doctoral fellowships on Sustainable Production - Consumption Systems at USER
  • EPSRC Network on Product Life Spans - workshop & seminar (31 March & 1 April 2005)
  • 6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community

6. Going on in Vienna

  • Event: SERI brownbag seminar on 22.03.2005

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

Ines Omann will receive the “Josef-Krainer-Förderungspreis 2005” (Josef-Krainer-Award 2005) for her PhD-thesis.

The award will be given to her on 18.3.2005 by Mrs. Waltraud Klasnic (prime minister of Styria).

Georg Nossek responsible for communications and IT

Georg Nossek replaces Tomislav Autischer as the person in charge of the technical department. You can contact him at georg.nossek@seri.at.

Event series 5 Years SERI: sustainable regions and sustainable international development

The next two events in the series "5 Years SERI" will focus on sustainable regions and sustainable international development.
The event on sustainable regions is planned for the 25th of April 2005 and will take place in Vienna. We will present the results from our research project "NEDS - Nachhaltige Entwicklung zwischen Durchbruch und Symbolik (Sustainable Development between Throughput and Symbolism)" and discuss them with the broader public. External presenters will complete the picture concerning the implications for regional sustainable development. For further information on the programme and location please see the event homepage at www.sustainableeurope.net/ or contact Mark Hammer (mark.hammer@seri.at).

The event "Closing the global sustainability gap" is organised in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation (www.boell.de) and will take place in Berlin on the 9th of May, 2005. This event will bring together leading representatives from science, policy and civil society in order to discuss strategies for reforming the world economy towards sustainability and for reducing injustice between world regions in economic, social and environmental terms. Among the speakers are Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and Reinhard Loske (both members of the German parliament) and Martin Rocholl (Director, Friends of the Earth Europe). For more information visit www.sustainableeurope.net/gap.html or contact Arno Behrens (arno.behrens@seri.at).

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

Modelling the economic impacts of climate policy

On behalf of the Lebensministerium (Austrian Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water) and in cooperation with the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO) SERI investigates the economic impacts of climate policy measures for the Austrian economy in the context of achieving the Kyoto goal. Since at the time being, no simulation model (neither CGE nor a macro-econometric multi-sector model) exists for Austria, which fulfils the requirements of modeling the impacts of climate policy in a suitable way, an appropriate model framework must be developed first. This model framework is based on existing models of WIFO and will be supplemented with new modules, which are judged to be necessary to investigate the question. Within the project SERI is responsible for modelling foreign trade and quantifying the CO2 leakage effects.
For further information contact andrea.stocker@seri.at.

ARTEMIS

The German version of the project homepage has now been finalized and is online at: http://www.project-artemis.net. In addition to the English homepage you can find news about the ongoing case studies. For the local case study two communities have been selected for the participative multicriteria process - these are Raabau and Lödersdorf. For more information please visit the webpage or contact Lisa Bohunovsky (lisa.bohunovsky@seri.at).

MOSUS

Stefan Giljum and Arno Behrens visited the Institute for Economic Structures Research (GWS) in Osnabrück, Germany, to finalize the integration of the global economic model with the material input models developed by SERI. The integrated economic-environmental model will be used to calculate total resource consumption of European countries and to simulate sustainability scenarios for Europe. The baseline scenario will be discussed at the next internal MOSUS meeting to be held at IIASA on 14th and 15th April, 2005. For more information, see www.mosus.net or contact Stefan Giljum (stefan.giljum@seri.at).

Workshop on "Eco-efficiency and Sustainability"

Andrea Stocker organised a workshop on “Eco-efficiency and Sustainability” in cooperation with Mikulas Luptacik (WU Wien) on the 10th of December. Further information will soon be available at www.seri.at/scenarios/wu-workshop.

 

eCommunity - Presentation of the project at the CORP 2005

SERI presented the eCommunity project and interim results on eParticipation and sustainable urban planning at the CORP 2005, Geo Multimedia 05, meeting place for planners, the 10th international symposium on information & communication technologies in urban & spatial planning and impacts of ICT on physical space. The meeting took place from February 22-25 2005 at the University of Technologiy Vienna. This conference attracts over 400 planners from all countries and is one of the most well known conferences in this field. The conference offered a unique possibility to discuss results of the project with experts and practitioners working in the same area of ICT use. The paper contribution of SERI can be downloaded at www.corp.at.

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

 

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

Collaboration with EOI Escuela de Negocios

In July 2004 SERI and EOI Escuela de Negocios, a recognised Spanish business school and pioneer in environmental management training, signed a collaboration agreement that will enhance the pursuit of common objectives in training and research. In 2005 SERI will provide a teaching module on sustainability in the production sector for the “International Master in Sustainable Development” recently launched at EOI Escuela de Negocios. A Joint Committee will be set up to plan and monitor additional collaborative activities in the future. For more information contact Fritz Hinterberger (fritz.hinterberger@seri.at).

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

 

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

Behrens, A., Giljum, S. (2005): Erste Zeichen einer Entkoppelung. Die materielle Basis der Weltwirtschaft und ihre globale Ungleichverteilung. In: Ökologisches Wirtschaften. 1/2005, pp. 28-29 [in German].

Zusammenfassung: Neue Daten zeigen, dass sich der Ressourcenverbrauch der Weltwirtschaft kontinuierlich erhöht. Während Industrieländer nach wie vor am produktivsten mit Ressourcen wirtschaften, haben sie auch die höchsten Pro-Kopf Extraktionsraten. Um langfristig die Sicherung von Wohlstand in allen Weltregionen zu gewährleisten, muss eine absolute Entkoppelung von Wirtschaftswachstum und Ressourcenverbrauch erreicht werden.
For more information see www.oekom.de/verlag/german/periodika/oekowirt or contact Arno Behrens (arno.behrens@seri.at).

Luks, Fred (2005): Innovationen, Wachstum und Nachhaltigkeit. Eine ökologisch-ökonomische Betrachtung. In: Innovation und Nachhaltigkeit. Jahrbuch Ökologische Ökonomik 4. Marburg: Metropolis [in German].

For more information see http://www.metropolis-verlag.de/cgi-local/katalog.cgi?r=108&id=497 or contact Fred Luks (LuksF@hwp-hamburg.de).


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

Post-doctoral fellowships on Sustainable Production - Consumption Systems at USER

The Unit for Social and Environmental Research is looking for two post-doctoral researchers to join them for a period of 12 – 15 months to carry out research in support of the activities of an international working group on sustainable production-consumption systems. The working group will be jointly developing a research agenda and implementation strategy with aim of improving the links between knowledge and practice. The fellows will be carrying out research they help design to test and illustrate ways that barriers may be overcome and significant progress made in going from knowledge-to-action. There is thus scope for studies dealing with many different aspects of production-consumption systems. The working group is, in turn, contributing to a larger initiative on Sustainability Science and Technology and its work will be an integral part of an international Science-Practitioner dialogue in 2006
[more information]

EASY-ECO 2005-2007. Evaluation of Sustainability. European Conferences and Training Courses

EASY-ECO-2005-2007 is a series of seven conferences and training courses, which are scheduled to take place in Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the UK. About 600 academics and practitioners from all over Europe are expected to participate. EU-funding will be available for young researchers.
It starts with its first European Conference Impact Assessment for a New Europe and Beyond on June 15-17, 2005, Chancellors Conference Centre, University of Manchester, UK
For details on the call of papers, the application procedure and grants please see www.sustainability.at/easy.

EPSRC Network on Product Life Spans - workshop & seminar (31 March & 1 April 2005)

The Centre for Sustainable Consumption is pleased to announce that the second event to be held as part of the EPSRC Network on Product Life Spans will take place on 31st March/1st April 2005. A half day workshop starting at 14.00 on 31st March will develop a research agenda on product life spans from research ideas raised at the first EPSRC seminar. A full day policy seminar on 1st April will discuss how longer lasting products might be encouraged through public policy within the context of the Government's framework for sustainable consumption. A booking form can be found here.

6th Open Meeting of the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change Research Community

The meeting entitled “Global Environmental Change, Globalization and International Security: New Challenges for the 21st Century”will take place at the University of Bonn, Germany, 9-13 October 2005.
More details, including information, application forms, timelines and deadlines, are available at the Open Meeting website, http://openmeeting.homelinux.org. More information can be obtained by contacting the Open Meeting Coordinator, Lis Mullin, at openmeeting.ihdp@uni-bonn.de.

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

 

6. Going on in Vienna

Event: SERI brownbag seminar on 22.03.2005 (12.30)

Andrea Stocker will present the results of the Project “Eco-efficiency and Sustainability”.
The project analysed past developments in eco-efficiency and sustainability of the Austrian economy by applying an extended make-use model.

 

For more information on SERI related events in Vienna pleas surf towww.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.

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