SERI Infomail 02/05

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Table of contents

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

  • 5 Years SERI: The Party
  • Event series 5 Years SERI: sustainable regions
  • Event series 5 Years SERI: sustainable international development
  • Sylvia Lorek co-chairs Production-Consumption Partership Team

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

  • MOSUS: 3rd internal project meeting
  • MATISSE kick-off meeting
  • SERI at the International Workshop on Sustainable Taiwan
  • Teaching Sustainable Development at a Spanish Business School
  • SERI at the Evangelische Akademie in Loccum, Germany
  • Sustainability Strategy Workshop in York, UK
  • German Dialogue Process on Sustainable Consumption

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

  • Website on cooperation partners launched

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

  • New paper by Andreas Bockermann, Bernd Meyer, Ines Omann, Joachim Spangenberg
  • New SERI Study by Daniela Jölli and Stefan Giljum
  • New Journal: Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy

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

  • Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships
  • Internship at the Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Summer Academy on Local Economic Development
  • LIPHE4 Summer School
  • 10th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Postgraduate MSc programme "Management of Protected Areas"
  • Conference "Environmental Accounting and Sustainable Development Indicators"
  • Chairs in the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds
  • Training on "Making Governance Gender Responsive (MGGR)", October 23-29, 2005
  • Conference: Complexity, Science & Society, 11-14 September 2005, Liverpool, UK
  • International symposium on “Consumer Policy: Strategies for Economic Success”, 8-9 June 2005, Berlin
  • Political Consumption - Online Conference
  • Olso Declaration on Sustainable Consumption

6. Going on in Vienna

  • Event: SERI brownbag seminars on 26th of April (by Jill Jäger) and on 28th of April (by Fred Luks)

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

5 Years SERI: the Party

SERI is celebrating its 5th successful year of applied research in the field of sustainable development in Austria and all over Europe. Beside the organization of a series of lectures and conferences (see also the webpage www.sustainableeurope.net), this gives us reason to host a big birthday party to which we would cordially like to invite all our colleagues and friends to celebrate with us. The party will not only be accompanied by (live) music and buffet, but also by a “Vernissage” presented by Bärbel Nowitzki. It will take place on April 22nd at 7 pm in our office in Vienna – Garnisongasse 7/27; 1090 Vienna. The revenue will go entirely to the self help group “Down Syndrom Vienna and Lower Austria” (www.down-syndrom.at/wien).

Event series 5 Years SERI: sustainable regions

The event on sustainable regions will take place on the 25th of April 2005 in the MUMOK 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).

Event series 5 Years SERI: sustainable international development

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).

Sylvia Lorek co-chairs Production-Consumption Partership Team

Sylvia Lorek was invited to co-chair a project on Consumption-Production Systems. The “Production-Consumption Partnership Team’s” task is to articulate key science needed to facilitate solutions to sustainability problems in the area of integrated management of production/consumption systems. The P/C Team is located at Chiang Mai University and part of a larger project coordinated by Harvard University. The results will feed into a science-practitioner dialogue organised by Jill Jager (SERI) at the end of 2006.

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

MOSUS: 3rd internal project meeting

The 12 partners of the MOSUS project (www.mosus.net) held their 3rd internal meeting at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) from 14-15 April, 2005. First results of the baseline scenario runs (including projections of European and global material and energy use) up to the year 2020 were presented and discussed. The consortium also agreed on a set of policy targets and instruments, which will be implemented in the two policy scenarios (weak and strong sustainability scenario) in order to identify possible paths towards sustainable development in Europe.

MATISSE kick-off meeting

The kick-off meeting of the European MATISSE project on integrated sustainability assessment (ISA) took place from 12-15 April in Nordwijk, NL. The aim of MATISSE is to assess sustainability at the EU-level, using the best available current ISA-tools (models) in a more advanced manner, but also developing new ISA-tools (models) in process of co-production with stakeholders. For more information see www.matisse-project.net.

SERI at the International Workshop on Sustainable Taiwan

From April 18-21, the Sustainable Development Research Committee of the National Research Council of Taiwan is hosting an International Workshop on Sustainable Taiwan: Visions and Strategies. Jill Jäger will deliver a Keynote Speech on "The Role of Science in Transitions to Sustainability". You can download the paper at www.seri.at/sustainabilityscience/service/publications.htm.

Teaching Sustainable Development at a Spanish Business School

In May 2005 Fritz Hinterberger and Mark Hammer will provide a teaching module on sustainability in the productive sector for the “International Master in Sustainable Development” recently launched at the Spanish Business School Escuela de Negocios, EOI, in Madrid.
See www.eoi.es/paginasasp/curso_ficha1.asp?ID_CURSO=242 for details.

SERI at the Evangelische Akademie in Loccum, Germany

On 9th April, Stefan Giljum gave a presentation on “Decoupling economic growth from resource use as a new paradigm?” prepared together with Arno Behrens for a colloquium on “Reducing Poverty through Environmental Policy” (see www.loccum.de/program/p0516.html). The presentation includes an overview on global resource extraction and shows how trade affects resource use patterns across different regions of the world. With a short review of past and current resource prices and their effects on resource extraction and resource use, the presentation concludes with policy recommendations on how to best tackle poverty and environmental problems associated with increasing resource use in different parts of the world. The presentation (in German) can be downloaded here.

Sustainability Strategy Workshop in York, UK

Workshop 7 in the series of the Thematic Network Sustainability Strategy was held in York on March 17-19. The UK Meeting to "SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION: IS IT REAL, DOES IT MATTER AND WHAT IS THE ROLE OF GOVERNANCE" was hosted by John Whitelegg and his colleagues from the Stockholm Environmental Institute at the University of York. Presentations and discussions about Sustainable Consumption with a focus on the Yorkshire region were held, and insights into governance issues of Yorkshire given. The third part of the workshop dealt with "changing behaviour issues".
More information on the project can be found under: www.sustainability-strategy.net
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German Dialogue Process on Sustainable Consumption

In the follow-up of Johannesbourg`s "Plan of Implementaiton" the German Ministry of Environment (re)initiated the "German Dialogue Process on Sustainable Consumption". One of the objectives is to build a common platform for inner German activities towards sustainable consumption. Another goal is to link the German development to the European and global initiatives. For the next two years SERI Consumption Office, Overath, Germany, is part of the scientific consortium.

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

 

3. SERI and Friends: News about co-operation and partnerships

Website on co-operation partners launched

A website has been launched portraying SERI's co-operations with related organisations. SERI's partner institutions, project partners and contracting institutions include a large number of institutions concerned with research on sustainable development cooperating with SERI in a number of different ways.
[more information]

 

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

 

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

Andreas Bockermann, Bernd Meyer, Ines Omann, Joachim Spangenberg (2005):
Modelling sustainability: Comparing an econometric (PANTA RHEI) and a systems dynamics model (SuE). Journal of Policy Modeling, Volume 27, Issue 2, March 2005, Pages 189-210.

Based on some theoretical considerations, this paper defines minimum conditions for sustainable development. It presents and compares two models suitable for simulating sustainability strategies. One (PANTA RHEI) is a highly sophisticated econometric model for the German economy. The other one (SuE) is a less disaggregated system dynamics model for the EU 15 economy. Both include the measuring of energy and material consumption and are thus well suited to indicate the linkage between economic development and environmental impact. Similarly, both calculate the employment effects of a given policy, thus, permitting the inclusion of a key social concern in the evaluation of sustainability policies as well.
Full text can be downloaded from www.sciencedirect.com

Jölli, D., Giljum, S. 2005. Unused biomass extraction in agriculture, forestry and fishery. SERI Studies. No. 3. Sustainable Europe Research Institute, Vienna.

This study summarises the research on unused biomass extraction in agriculture, forestry and fishery undertaken in the project MOSUS (Modelling opportunities and limits for restructuring Europe towards sustainability, see www.mosus.net). Our research was based on literature reviews and internet searches and aimed at elaborating procedures for calculating unused biomass extractions in material flow analyses on the national level.
In most material flow studies published so far, the category of unused biomass extractions was disregarded or calculated based on a small number of estimated factors. However, amounts of unused biomass extractions are huge and have to be considered, if the total material extraction of a national economy is assessed. Due to the fact that this issue has only recently gained more attention, only a few publications exist so far which report amounts of residues of agricultural, forestry and fishery activities.
We have to emphasise that several aspects could not be considered in this study due to lack of data and time. One important point is the difference in unused extraction due to different forms of cultivation, which depend on the cultural, climatic and environmental context. Furthermore, we were not able to include differences between social conditions of countries, which are important with regard to use and reuse of biomass residues. Finally, aspects related to differences in climate and vegetation could not be taken into account.
Therefore, the presented calculations procedures only allow a rough estimation of worldwide amounts of unused biomass extractions. More appropriate estimation results require the availability of country and species-specific data.

You can download the study from www.seri.at/studies.

New Journal: Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy.

Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy is a new peer-reviewed, open access journal that provides a platform for the dissemination of new practices and for dialogue emerging out of the field of sustainability. The e-Journal fills a gap in the literature by establishing a forum for cross-disciplinary discussion of empirical and social sciences, practices, and policies related to sustainability. Sustainability will facilitate communication among scientists, practitioners, and policy makers who are investigating and shaping nature-society interactions and working towards sustainable solutions. Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy invites you to submit papers for publication, first issue spring 2005. The e-Journal publishes original research, case studies, and policy analyses intended for scientists and practitioners interested in solving sustainability problems. Articles will address sustainable or unsustainable human practices. They should emphasize new knowledge that their analyses reveal and discuss potential solutions or innovative practices. These articles should be timely, informative, and written in a clear, accessible style. At this time, two categories of submissions are being solicited: articles examining nature-society interactions, focused on sustainable solutions for practitioners and policymakers; and reviews of quantitative or qualitative research, trends, and approaches, written by experts who synthesize and critique evolving work in a specific aspect of sustainability. For more details, please visit http://ejournal.nbii.org/index.html.

For other interesting publications please visit www.seri.at/publications.

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

Scholar Rescue Fund Fellowships

The Institute of International Education's Scholar Rescue Fund provides fellowships for scholars whose lives and work are threatened in their home countries. These fellowships permit scholars to find temporary refuge at universities and colleges anywhere in the world, enabling them to pursue their academic work and to continue to share their knowledge with students, colleagues, and the community at large. When conditions improve, these scholars will return home to help rebuild universities and societies ravaged by fear, conflict and repression.
[more information]

Internship at the Stockholm Environment Institute

The Stockholm Environment Institute is offering an internship for the summer of 2005 within the Sustainable Consumption research area, providing an ideal opportunity for any individuals (current undergraduates to post docs) wishing to gain experience working in a research environment and in the field of Material Flow Analysis, Input-Output Analysis and Sustainable Consumption.
[more information]

Summer Academy on Local Economic Development

Mesopartner will conduct a "Summer Academy on Local Economic Development" from 27 June to 08 July 2005. In generral there is a variety of courses available that offer an introductory training to LED,yet there seem to be no training formats available for practitioners with experience in the field. This is a niche that the organisers want to fill. They want to
- present effective ways to address the key challenges in local economic development,
- offer you an opportunity to share the know-how of leading specialists in the field,
- invite you to exchange your experience with other colleagues working in this field.

More detailed information on the Summer Academy can be found at www.mesopartner.com/summer-academy.

LIPHE4 Summer School

The Scientific Association LIPHE4 announces the Second Edition of its Summer School, entitled, "Procedures and Toolkits for Integrated and Participatory Analyses of Sustainability", to be held at the environmental education centre CEMACAM Torre Guil of the Spanish Savings Bank Caja de Ahorros del Mediterraneo, in Murcia, Spain, from 17 to 23 July 2005.

The Themes for 2005 are:
(i) Integrated Assessment for sustainability – epistemological and conceptual issues
(ii) Social metabolism on multiple scales
(iii) Tool and methods for organizing scientific information for decision making
(iv) Resources, time, and land – operationalizing biophysical constraints
(v) Geographical Information Systems applied to Integrated Analysis of Sustainability
(vi) Participatory approaches and Multicriteria Evaluation Methods.

Please log on to the school website for more informationm www.liphe4.org/school.html

10th European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production

The European Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP) is a non-profit forum that provides a platform to stimulate, develop and disseminate new initiatives to foster the implementation of sustainable consumption and production concepts and approaches within local and regional sustainable development initiatives.

The ERSCP will take place from 5th to 7th of October, 2005 in Antwerp.
The deadline for Abstract submission is April 30, 2005. Abstracts can either be related to one of the 17 Workshop themes that are listed in the programme below or can also be linked to the DPSIR-structure as mentioned in the Information Exchange Sessions.

For further information please visit the ERSCP2005 website www.vito.be/erscp2005/ where you can find more information on the workshops and instructions for abstract submission under the heading: program.

Postgraduate MSc programme "Management of Protected Areas"

The new postgraduate MSc programme "Management of Protected Areas" has been launched by the University of Klagenfurt (Austria), in cooperation with international organisations such as the IUCN, RAMSAR, WWF, EuroParks and MAB.

Promoting sustainability, handling conflicts, increasing benefits, conserving biodiversity - the planning and the management of Protected Areas (PA) involve many different legal, administrative and technical realities. The demand for highly skilled professionals is growing enormously. The learning goals of the programme are:
- an excellent and comprehensive understanding of the aims and roles of Protected Areas in relation to the conservation of biodiversity and (integrated) regional development.
- detailed knowledge when applying the full range of tools available for the management of Protected Areas so that they can effectively fulfil their aims.
- an ability to analyse and solve problems encountered when establishing, planning and managing Protected Areas, to conduct inter- and transdisciplinary dialogues with all stakeholders and to develop and implement appropriate integrated solutions.

More information can be found at the programme's website at www.mpa.uni-klu.ac.at. You can contact the secretariat of the programme at mpa@uni-klu.ac.at.

Conference "Environmental Accounting and Sustainable Development Indicators"

The conference will be held on 26-27 September at the Charles University Prague, Czech Republic.It is organised by the Charles University Proague in co-operation with the Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem.
More information and the registration form can be found at www.ea-sdi.ujep.cz.

Chairs in the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds

The Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the University of Leeds is seeking to make two senior appointments as part of its continued development. The appointees will have exemplary research power, with a world-class record of peer-reviewed publications and a strong and ongoing track record of research income generation. We will be particularly interested in those demonstrating potential to contribute to one of SRI’s collective foci of:
Sustainable Business; Ecological Economics; Environment and Development; Risk and Sustainability.

One of the appointees will take up the Directorship of the Sustainability Research Institute. Further details of the School, SRI and its staff can be found at www.env.leeds.ac.uk
Informal enquiries to: Professor Stephen Mobbs, Head of School of Earth and Environment (e-mail: stephen@env.leeds.ac.uk,) or Dr Andy Dougill (e-mail: adougill@env.leeds.ac.uk).

For further information, including the role specification, job description and details on how to apply, please contact the University’s appointed advisors by emailing LeedsSRI@perrettlaver.com. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 1 June 2005.

Training on "Making Governance Gender Responsive (MGGR)", October 23-29, 2005 at Manila, Philippines

The course is designed for middle and senior level government executives, women and men in local governments, political parties, research and training institutes and civil society organizations who are leading or participating in governance reform initiatives in their respective countries. Specifically, it intends to help participants to:

- Enhance their understanding of Gender and Development (GAD) and governance concepts
- Gain appreciation of gender-related and governance issues and concern
- Identifying gender biases in governance
- Acquire skills in identifying and analyzing gender biases and concerns through case examples of strategies and practices to address gender biases
- Identifying gender biases in the participant’s sphere of influence—A Change Management Approach
- Formulate Action Plans: Institutional and Individual

The registration fee for the six-day training is US$850 for twin-sharing accommodations and US$700 for triple-sharing accommodations.
[more information]

Conference: Complexity, Science & Society, 11-14 September 2005, Liverpool, UK

The conference hosted by the University of Liverpool 11-14 September will be an exciting international event offering academic and non-academic participants a unique opportunity to explore the new science of complexity and examine its implications in a broad array of scientific and social fields. The conference will cover 20 subjects ranging from Art to Electrical Engineering, Geography to Management and Primary Care to Social Theory.
[more information]

International symposium on “Consumer Policy: Strategies for Economic Success”, 8-9 June 2005, Berlin

The symposium on “Consumer Policy: Strategies for Economic Success” on 8 and 9 June 2005 in Berlin will provide a discussion forum for representatives of the political and economic circles, as well as consumers to co-operate on the development of future-oriented action strategies.
Detailed information can be found at www.verbraucherministerium.de/symposium2005.

Political Consumption - Online Conference

Since April 15 an online conference at www.politik-konsum.de/board is running about the "Underestimated Consumer-power - Prospects for the New Consumer Movement". An international group of scientists in the research-field "Political Sociology of Consumption" is asked to present their papers online on this website. Their ideas and thoughts will be discussed in the online-forum. You are sincerely invited to participate. (The conference is partly in German.)

Olso Declaration on Sustainable Consumption

At the end of February fifty researchers from around the world met in Oslo for the final workshop of the three-year project Life Cycle Approaches to Sustainable Consumption. The project built on prior work in sustainable consumption and provided for an extended period of structured exchange among researchers active in the area.

Participants of this workshop maintain that it is imperative to expand international research efforts to investigate processes of sustainable consumption. These participants are convinced that sustainable consumption is one of the most promising pathways for moving toward global sustainability. They have worked out this plea and their ideas in the Oslo Declaration on Sustainable Consumption. Short term target is to organizing a coordinated effort to raise the importance of sustainable consumption in post-WSSD implementation efforts and to set the topic on the agenda for the EU\'s FP7.

The Oslo declaration can be found at: www.oslodeclaration.org
More information on the Oslo workshop is at: www.indecol.ntnu.no/indecolwebnew/events/conferences/SCworkshop05/proceedings.htm.

For other interesting activities and links please visit www.seri.at.

 

6. Going on in Vienna

Event: SERI brownbag seminars

26.04.2005, Jill Jäger: International Dialogue on Science and Practice in Sustainable Development - Linking Knowledge with Action.

The Brownbag Seminar will first discuss a series of international activities that have taken place over the last 5 years on enhancing the role of science and technology in sustainable development. These have led to the current project, which is part of a larger international project, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, on “Sustainability Science and Technology: Linking Knowledge with Action,” in which international partnership teams will work to identify action-related knowledge needed to facilitate solutions to sustainability problems.

28.04.2005, Fred Luks: Everything We Don’t Know About Sustainable Development.

The goal of sustainable development not only raises social, ecological, political, cultural and economic questions but also problems that literally go beyond these fields. Especially if one tries to combine „material“ and „symbolic“ problems and moves along the borderline of science and policy, one is easily confronted with „meta-economic“ questions. The introductory presentation to this brownbag-seminar serves as a stimulus for discussion and delivers few answers, some theses and many questions.

Both events are starting on 12h30. Please bring your own (brown) lunch bag!

For more information on SERI related events in Vienna please 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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