SERI Infomail 03/05
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Table of contents
- SERI @ ESEE 2005
- Event "Closing the global sustainability gap - towards a sustainable world economy"
- 5 Years SERI: The Lisabon Event
- SERI Annual Report 2004
- Wedding of Joachim Spangenberg and Sandra Striewsky
- Joachim Spangenberg member of the Baltic University Urban Forum Scientific Advisory Council
- Greenpeace: Ecological Footprint Game
- Meeting at the European Science Foundation
- International Dialogue on Science and Practice in Sustainable Development
- Training Course on "Modelling and Production for SD-related Environmental Indicators"
- Seminar on the future of drinking water, in Europe and globally
- ARTEMIS participatory process
- New Project: Handbook for evaluating national sustainability strategies
- News from the ALARM project
- Workshop on sustainability education indicators
- Meeting of German post-autistic economists
- Biannual conference on integrated sustainability
- Conference on the future European sustainable development strategy
- Conference on "Pathways to Sustainability"
- Conference on Sustainable consumption
- Conference "Delivering the Lisbon goals: the key role of macro economic policy making"
- Europas globale Verantwortung: Umweltraum, internationaler Handel und Faktor X
- Sustainability-guided promotion of renewable electricity generation
- Analyses of Historical and Future Problemes of Sustainable Development
- Consumption and Savings
- "Fair Future" jetzt im Buchhandel!
- ALARM: Assessing Large-scale environmental Risks for biodiversity with tested Methods
- Institutionelle Nachhaltigkeitsindikatoren Der institutionelle Gehalt von Agenda 21 und die Ableitung zugehöriger Indikatoren
- Overcoming the implementation gap - Chances (Challenges?) and limitations of a common research agenda
- Die ökonomische Nachhaltigkeit der Wirtschaft
- Sustainability Science: Research beyond the Ivory Tower
- Nachhaltigkeit Konzept, Grundlagen, Herausforderungen, Anwendungen
- DVD "Potenziale für eine nachhaltigeRegionalentwicklung. Zwischen Ressourceneffizienz und Bürgerbeiteiligung"
- EASY-ECO Bratislava Training
- New CEIFA ambiente project
- Sustainable Europe Lecture Series
- New project on regonal sustainability started
- SERI at ESEE 2000
- Minisymposium zum Thema "Zwischen Effizienz und Gerechtigkeit"
1. SERI-News: General news from SERI and SERI members
The Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI) at ESEE 2005
The 6th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics is taking place in Lisbon, Portugal from 14-17 June 2005. The themes to be addressed at the conference relate to sustainable development and the environmental policy current research agenda within the overall theme of science and governance.
A number of SERI members participate in different sessions of the conference.
More information at www.seri.at/esee2005.
Event "Closing the global sustainability gap - towards a sustainable world economy"
The event "Closing the global sustainability gap - towards a sustainable world economy", held in Berlin on 9th of May as part of the series "5 Years SERI" was a big success. Around 75 participants from science, business and public administration discussed the impulse statements given by Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Hermann Ott, Reinhard Loske, Stefan Giljum and Martin Rocholl concerning policy strategies to reduce economic, environmental and social inequalities between North and South.
You can download the presentations and a background paper prepared by SERI and Friends of the Earth Europe and see photos of the event at www.sustainableeurope.net/gap.html.
5 Years SERI: The Lisabon Event
In the course of its 5-year anniversary, SERI has initiated an event in Lisbon with its main Portuguese partners. Organised by the National Institute of Industrial Engineering and Technology (INETI), the meeting will be held on 14 June 2005 at the Centro de Estudos sobre Economia Portuguesa (CISEP) of the Technical University of Lisbon. It will highlight past achievements and future research opportunities of the cooperating institutions. For more information, please contact Arno Behrens (email@example.com).
SERI Annual Report 2004
The annual report 2004, containing all SERI projects in 2004, is finally available. You can download it here.
Wedding of Joachim Spangenberg and Sandra Striewsky
In a gorgeous ceremony Joachim Spangenberg and Sandra Striewski said I will to each other. The wedding of two vital SERI members took place on 30th of April in Cologne. The whole SERI team sincerely wishes them all the best for their joint future.
On May 27th, Joachim celebrated his 50th birthday, entering the next half century of his life.
Joachim Spangenberg member of the Baltic University Urban Forum Scientific Advisory Council
By appointment of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Dr. Joachim H. Spangenberg has become a member of the Baltic University Urban Forum (BUUF) Scientific Advisory Council for the sector of socio-economy.
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
Greenpeace: Ecological Footprint Game
Greenpeace CEE has initiated the creation of a computer game with the aim to raise the awareness concerning our Ecological Footprint.
The player will have several options to adjust his/her environmental impact while trying to increase his/her happiness. SERI is contributing to the conceptual design of the game and will deliver the scientific input. Information in German is available at www.seri.at/bigfoot.
Meeting at the European Science Foundation
On June 6th Jill Jäger participated in a meeting at the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg. The main aim of the meeting was to draft a theme proposal for EUROCORES. This activity builds on ESF's "Global Change Forward Look", which was completed in 2002 and called inter alia for interdisciplinary, policy relevant research and a small number of flagship projects in the global change area. The theme proposal will focus on the challenges of achieving a sustainable low carbon economy in Europe.
International Dialogue on Science and Practice in Sustainable Development
On May 24-25, the International Planning Committee of the Dialogue, chaired by Jill Jäger, met in Vienna. The committee decided that the Dialogue will be held in January 2007 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The call for session proposals will be issued and widely disseminated in September 2005. With the guidance and support of the International Planning Committee the Dialogue Secretariat (Jill Jäger and Elisabeth Dyck) will be very active in the coming months in raising funds for the Dialogue, inviting patrons and plenary speakers and implementing a communications strategy. The funding for the first year of this activity is provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the project is carried out under the auspices of the Initiative on Science and Technology for Sustainability (http://sustainabilityscience.org/ists) and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (www.twas.org) with the support of SERI. For more information, please visit www.sustdialogue.org
Training Course on "Modelling and Production for SD-related Environmental Indicators"
Andrea Stocker is invited as a lecturer for the modelling session at the MEDSTAT-Environment third training course, to be held in Cannes from the 20th to the 24th of June 2005 and organised by Plan Bleu.
The main objective of the training course is to share a commmon understanding on sustainable development and especially on the related sustainable development indicators of the environment pillar.
Seminar on the future of drinking water, in Europe and globally.
On June 3-4, SERI was co-organiser of a seminar titled Future Drinking Water - Source of Life or Globalised Commodity?. The seminar (in German) took place in Iserlohn; co-organisers were the Westphalian Reformed Church Environmental Committee and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND).
For details see www.kircheundgesellschaft.de/veranstaltungen.
ARTEMIS participatory process
The participatory process of the ARTEMIS-project has started successfully. On 6 May 2005 the first workshop for the local case study took place in Raabau. 18 local experts, mainly from Raabau und Lödersdorf, discussed and specified the four energy scenarios developed by SERI. Two further workshops (9 and 27 June 2005) will be held with local citizens to develop and weigh the criteria for the Multi Criteria Decision Analysis.
For the national case study a workshop took place on 18 May in Vienna. Together with stakeholders six national scenarios were discussed, revised, and a choice of five scenarios was made which will be the basis for the further project work. On the national scale the criteria were already discussed, amended and weighted in this first workshop.
The main focus of work in ARTEMIS after this first part of the participatory process will be to fill the impact matrix and apply the multi-criteria aggregation method. In autumn, the results will be discussed again with stakeholders and citizens.
For further information about ARTEMIS please visit: www.project-artemis.net.
New Project: Handbook for evaluating national sustainability strategies
In a new project, led by the Institute for European Environmental Policy, IEEP and SERI (the second core partner) will, in consultation with other participants, develop a handbook on how to evaluate national sustainability strategies based on a common methodology. As it will be applicable Europe wide, we hope the project will contribute to transparency, accountability and benchmarking. A first meeting with the Commission on June 2nd was successful. For more information contact Joachim.Spangenberg@seri.de.
News from the ALARM project
After running successfully for one year, the ALARM project was evaluated and had to be defended in a 2 -day presentation and discussion on April 25-26. Since this kind of assessment is new to EU projects, there were no specific rules, but the project coordination representatives (including Joachim for the socio-economic part) managed well: the first year report is accepted, and the impression of the project is good, although - as always - there is room for improvements. The evaluation was helpful in providing a project identity and further enhancing the project quality.
One important topic of the evaluation was the role the advisory boards (one multidisciplinary scientific and one transdisciplinary societal board) will play in the course of the research work. This will also be the key issue of the inaugural meeting of the boards on June 30th July 1st in Brussels. We hope to achieve a good balance of scientific excellence and societal relevance by involving the boards in the decision making processes; they can really make a difference. For more information contact Joachim.Spangenberg@seri.de.
In two meetings in Osnabrueck (the famous city of the Westphalian Peace) in April and June, Andrea Stocker, Joachim Spangenberg and in June Ines Omann met with Prof. Bernd Meyer and his staff to sketch out how the three scenario story lines developed for ALARM can be simulated. The model to be used is a result of the MOSUS project (see www.seri.at/mosus). The scenarios will be made available for public discussion (in particular the shock or wild card scenarios may benefit from it), as soon as the drafts and the preliminary modelling results have been discussed with the advisory boards and adapted accordingly.
For further information on ALARM please visit www.seri.at/alarm.
For more information on our projects please check also www.seri.at/projects.
3. SERI and Friends: News about co-operation and partnerships
Workshop on sustainability education indicators
On May 23rd, Joachim Spangenberg represented SERI in an expert workshop on sustainability education indicators:a discussion the zero draft of the German governments report on the issue. The University of Lueneburg, which is drafting the report for the government, had invited 20 well known sustainability indicator experts to Hanover. The report is due in autumn, written on demand of the parliament (and therefore most probably also to be published after the election in Germany).
Biannual conference on integrated sustainability
In the beautiful Baltic beach city of Jurmala (near Riga), the second biannual conference on integrated sustainability was held (the next one is scheduled for May 2007). It included several basic papers, information about sustainability research in the Baltic countries and about the European Unions 7th FP. The conference presentations will soon be available from the conference homepage; the contribution of Joachim Spangenberg is available here.
Meeting of German post-autistic economists
From May 5th 7th, the German post-autistic economists held their meeting in Kassel, discussing a broad spectrum on heterodox economic theory approaches. Joachim Spangenberg presented ecological economics as one integrative and diverse school of economic thinking.
Conference on the future European sustainable development strategy
On April 14th and 15th, the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Council held an open space conference on the future European sustainable development strategy in Brussels. Amongst the participants were a number of SERI members and partners, including Thomas Ruddy, Frieder Otto Wolf, Harry Lehmann and Joachim Spangenberg, participating in groups on indicators, material flows and globalisation. The conference provided input to the internal deliberations of the Commission, which promised to make good use of the results.
Conference on "Pathways to Sustainability"
The German ministry for education and research BMBF held a conference on Pathways to Sustainability in Bonn on April 5th. There a broad range of socio-environmental research projects was presented, focussed on the issue of sustainable infrastructure development (with specific emphasis on the framework conditions like demographic change and globalisation). A documentation has been provided by the organisers in the mean time; for more details contact Joachim.Spangenberg@seri.de.
Conference on Sustainable consumption
Sustainable consumption is becoming a major issue, thanks not least to the efforts of the ecological economics community and SERI in particular. Sylvia Lorek, our key consumption expert gave a presentation at the European Economic and Social Committees public discussion, with members of parliament and Commission staff present. The opening speech on growth and sustainable consumption (after introductory remarks by the Environment Commissioner and the Chairwoman of the EESC) was given by Joachim Spangenberg, replacing Wuppertal Institutes Peter Hennicke. SERI Partners present included Morton Olsen and Gerhard Scherhorn.
Conference "Delivering the Lisbon goals: the key role of macro economic policy making"
Another interesting conference was hosted by the European Trade Union Confederation ETUC in Brussels, March 1st 2nd. It dealt with the need for a new macroeconomic policy for Europe (we can only agree since ecological economics is essentially a macroeconomic perspective). However, the conference, while providing strong statements for a renewed macroeconomic policy failed to deliver any innovative policies towards sustainability in Europe. Instead it focussed on a revival of Keynesianism, more growth (no conditionalities, but a fierce debate whether it was ambitious enough to call for three percent) and some compromises with the main stream. Sustainability science still has a hard work to do to motivate these actors as well, relevant as they are.
For more news please check also www.seri.at.
4. Selected publications: Book reviews and announcements from SERI members and related writers and publishers
Europas globale Verantwortung: Umweltraum, internationaler Handel und Faktor X.
SERI und Friends of the Earth Europe, 2005. Hintergrundpapier für die Veranstaltung Closing the global sustainability gap für eine nachhaltige Weltwirtschaft. 9. Mai 2005. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung. Berlin.
Europa muss zum energie- und ressourceneffizientesten Wirtschaftsraum werden, um seine globale Umweltverantwortung wahrzunehmen und dem Lissabon-Prozess eine nachhaltige Richtung zu geben.
Neueste Daten zum globalen Umweltverbrauch zeigen, dass der Material- und Energieverbrauch sowie die Treibhausgasemissionen Europas nach wie vor weit über einem global nachhaltigen Niveau liegen. Darüber hinaus findet durch die zunehmende Spezialisierung einzelner Weltregionen in umweltintensive Wirtschaftsbereiche (wie Bergbau, Landwirtschaft, Fischerei, etc.) eine Auslagerung von Umweltbelastungen von Europa in so genannte Entwicklungsländer statt. Die Verwirklichung von Nachhaltigkeit in Europe erfordert neue umweltpolitische Konzepte und die Unterstützung des Zieles, Europa zum energie- und ressourceneffizientesten Kontinent zu entwickeln.
Sustainability-guided promotion of renewable electricity generation
by Reinhard Madlener and Sigrid Stagl; in: Ecological Economics, Volume 53, Issue 2, 15 April 2005, Pages 147-167.
In this paper, the authors propose a methodology for the design of renewable energy policy instruments that is based on integrated assessment.
Analyses of Historical and Future Problems of Sustainable Development
Dissertation by Jari Kaivo-Oja; Acta Universitatis Tamperensis 1038.
[Download full report]
Consumption and Savings
by Sylvia Lorek and Joachim H. Spangenberg; in Encyclopaedia of Social Measurement, Vol. 1, Elsevier Inc., San Diego, CA, USA, 471-480
The Encyclopaedia contribution summarises the history of an old conflict in economics and discusses its current relevance.
"Fair Future" jetzt im Buchhandel!
Der Report des Wuppertal Instituts "Fair Future - Begrenzte Ressourcen und globale Gerechtigkeit" liegt jetzt im Buchhandel vor. Das Buch analysiert die Konflikte um begrenzte Naturressourcen in einer
globalisierten Welt, erläutert die Hindernisse auf dem Weg zu einer zukunftsfähigen Weltgesellschaft, entwirft Perspektiven einer Politik der Ressourcengerechtigkeit und umreißt die wichtigsten Elemente einer globalen Umwelt- und Wirtschaftspolitik, die gleichermaßen der Natur wie den Menschen verpflichtet ist. Es umfasst 280 Seiten und kostet Euro 19,90.
Infos, Downloads und Bestellungen unter: www.wupperinst.org/Publikationen/buecher/fair-future.html
ALARM: Assessing Large-scale environmental Risks for biodiversity with tested Methods
by Josef Settele, Volker Hammen, Phil Hulme, Ulrich Karlson, Stefan Klotz, Mladen Kotarac, William Kunin, Glenn Marion, Martin O'Connor, Theodora Petanidou, Kaja Peterson, Simon Potts, Hap Pritchard, Petr Pysek, Mark Rounsevell, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Martin Sykes, Marco Vighi, Martin Zobel, Ingolf Kühn; in: GAIA 14(1): 69-72
The paper provides a brief overview of the questions dealt with in the ALARM project, and its organisational structure.
Institutionelle Nachhaltigkeitsindikatoren Der institutionelle Gehalt von Agenda 21 und die Ableitung zugehöriger Indikatoren
by Joachim H. Spangenberg, in: Blaas, W. (Ed.): Multi-level Governance for Sustainbility . Der öffentliche Sektor, Forschungsmemoranden. 1-2/2005, IFIP TU Wien.p 21-34.
The results from the Vienna Workshop held in 2004 of the Thematic Network Sustainability Strategy, which was organised by SERI, are published in this compendium with major support of SERI.
Five members of the network (among them Joachim H. Spangenberg) and two invited speakers are the authors of this volume, their contributions cover various issues of governance with a focus on gender issues, and one reflection paper about the governance discussion during the workshop.
Find the publication series (in German): www.ifip.tuwien.ac.at/publikationen.htm
Further information about the Thematic Network Sustainability Strategy can be found at: www.sustainability-strategy.net
Overcoming the implementation gap - Chances (Challenges?) and limitations of a common research agenda
by Sylvia Lorek and Joachim Spangenberg; in: Edgar Hertwich, Tania Briceno, Patrick Hofstetter, Atsushi Inaba, Sustainable Consumption: The Contribution of Research, Workshop Oslo 10-12 February 2005, Proceedings : 278-285
Die ökonomische Nachhaltigkeit der Wirtschaft
by Joachim H. Spangenberg; edition sigma, Berlin, 312 p.
Economists have to say a lot about how economic, social and environmental criteria should be implemented in all policies but economic politics. However, there is an urgent need to re-embed marauding economic policies into a broader framework, including in particular economic, but also social, environmental and institutional criteria to identify sustainable economic policies, and in particular economically sustainable ones. The book (in German) derives criteria from the analysis of co-evolving systems, suggests and tests corresponding indicators.
Sustainability Science: Research beyond the Ivory Tower
by Joachim H. Spangenberg; in ENCOS 2004 Conference Reader, 1st European Networks Conference on Sustainability in Practice (a Global Chance Industrial Transformation event), 1-4 April, Berlin. Kolleg für Management, Berlin, 109-115.
Nachhaltigkeit Konzept, Grundlagen, Herausforderungen, Anwendungen
by Joachim Spangenberg; in UTOPIEkreativ 174, April 2005: 327-341
A theoretical analysis of the sustainability concept and conditions for its implementation (in German)
For other interesting publications please visit www.seri.at/publications.
5. Links + Other: News about other activities, hints and advice on dates, workshops etc.
DVD "Potenziale für eine nachhaltigeRegionalentwicklung. Zwischen Ressourceneffizienz und Bürgerbeiteiligung"
Der Mitschnitt der Veranstaltung vom 25.4.2005 im MUMOK ist gegen einen Unkostenbeitrag von EUR 19.- + Porto erhältlich. Bestellung an firstname.lastname@example.org. Weitere Informationen zur Veranstaltung unter www.sustainableeurope.net.
EASY-ECO Bratislava Training
The EASY-ECO Bratislava Training will be held from 21st-30th September, 2005 in Bratislava, Slovakia. The course explores key elements in sustainability evaluations and is specifically focused towards bringing together young researchers with evaluation practitioners as well as local and international experts in the field. Participants will gain knowledge applicable in practice and will be able to conduct actual sustainability evaluation projects after attending the training. The EASY-ECO Bratislava Training, hosted by REC Slovakia, will be a great chance to meet an international team of renowned trainers and also serve as an excellent networking opportunity!
For further details on the structure of the training, the virtual pre- and post-training phases, bookings and accommodation, please visit the EASY-ECO website: www.sustainability.at/easy/?k=training&s=slovakia.
Application closes on 25th June, 2005. Details on the application process can be found here: www.sustainability.at/easy/?k=apply.
New CEIFA ambiente project
CEIFA ambiente (Centre of Studies, Information and Education for the Environment) is pleased to announce the start of a new European Project (in the framework of the Marie-Curie scheme ToK Transfer of Knowledge) in our institute: Building Capacities for Change Management in Portugal (short: ToKforCEIFIADE). ToKforCEIFIADE addresses the need for technical, economic and institutional changes to stimulate strategies towards sustainable development (SD) in Portugal. Missing practical competences in Science and Technology (S&T) is an important limiting factor of development. Universities educational curricula fail to provide the access of students to new ideas, skills and methods for dealing with complexity and multidisciplinarity. In practice, stimuli from S&T to inspire innovative projects are missing. These contextual problems are particularly difficult in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. The project aims to build new competencies on the interface between ecology and economy, in order to a) improve the consulting capacity of CEIFA to address the increasing demand for efficient strategies for the implementation of environmental law; b) develop SD-oriented training for professionals particularly involved in the solution of environmental problems; c) give scientific support to the start-up of new activities; d) improve international networking and encourage the participation of Portuguese researchers in international RTD-projects. Training, international networking and consulting are therefore important aspects of the project. Main target groups of the transfer of knowledge are engineers, designers, and architects. To achieve the objectives of the project, two more experienced researchers with strong interdisciplinary background (social-economic and environmental sciences) should join our team for a period of 1 years each. Their task is to ensure the follow-up of current projects, carry out specific training activities and stimulate international networking. For the specific know-how requested (regarding integrated resources and product management, eco-design and eco-architecture and urbanism) further guest experts (4) should stay for a period of 2 months up to 4 months in Portugal.
In the framework of this project, CEIFA and its local Partners (IADE and Loja do Saber) will host several fellowships (experienced researchers) from other countries. The project is financially supported by the European Commission. The fellows will stay in Portugal for several months working with us in current projects and carrying out specific training actions. Experienced researchers (researchers with more than 10 years experience or PhD with more than 4 years research experience) can now apply for the following vacancies:
1) Building Capacities for Change Management (Duration: 12 months)
2) Ecodesign and Design for Sustainability (Duration: 4 months)
3) Eco-balance and LCD-Tools (Duration: 2 months)
4) Sustainable regional development (Duration: 4 months)
5) Sustainable urbanism (Duration: 2 months)
For more information about the project and the job descriptions, please visit our site www.ceifa-ambiente.net or the Marie-Curie site: http://mc-opportunities.cordis.lu/home_vac.cfm
(then search under Portugal, the Marie-Curie Actions for "Transfer of Knowledge").
If you are interested in one of the job vacancies, please send an email to the coordinator of the Project and director of CEIFA (João Caixinhas) as soon as possible (Email: email@example.com), with your CV and references.
For other interesting activities and links click www.seri.at.
6. SERI - 5 years ago
Sustainable Europe Lecture Series
At the 28th of June 2000 the first lecture of the Sustainable Europe lecture series took place at Café Griensteidl in Vienna. About 30 people came to hear and discuss the lecture by Wolfgang Sachs (Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy, Germany) on "How Sustainable Is Globalisation".
New project on regional sustainablity started
On behalf of the Austrian province of Carinthia, SERI investigated the chances of policies for eco-efficiency on the level of European regions. This work was intended to prepare the 5th Environmental Conference of Regional Ministers and Political Leaders in the EU a year later.
The report from this project is still available at www.seri.at/regions.
SERI at ESEE 2000
The 3rd Biennial Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE), which took place from 3rd to 6th May 2000 in Vienna, was a great success.
See www.wu-wien.ac.at/esee2000 for a documentation, download of papers etc. SERI was most probably the institution with the largest participation. 10 members presented their work in many papers and posters.
7. Going on in Vienna
Minisymposium zum Thema "Zwischen Effizienz und Gerechtigkeit"
Aus Anlass der Vorstellung des neuen Buchs aus dem Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie "Fair Future. Begrenzte Ressourcen und globale Gerechtigkeit" (hg. von Wolfgang Sachs und Tilman Santarius) findet am 30.6., 9-12.30, im Haus der Industrie, mit den Autoren, S.Wallner, A. Riedmann, E. Dessewffy, H. Hutterer, W. Tertschnig, S. Gijlum, K. Feiler und W. Pekny ein Symposium statt. Näheres unter www.sustainableeurope.net.
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.
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