25.10.2018 - 26.10.2018, Marsilius Kolleg, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

Spaces & Flows: Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

2018 SPECIAL FOCUS: "Mobilities in the Global North and South – Critical Urban and Global Visions"

Spaces & Flows: Ninth International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies will be held at Marsilius Kolleg, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany, 25-26 October 2018. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, virtual lightning talks, virtual posters, innovative showcase, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

Theme 1: Urban and Extraurban Spaces
Theme 2: Human Environments and Ecosystemic Effects
Theme 3: Material and Immaterial Flows


27.11.2018 - 28.11.2018, Berlin

European Resources Forum 2018

The German Environment Agency is hosting the fourth European Resources Forum from 27 to 28 November 2018. The conference will place in the “Ludwig Erhard Haus” in Berlin. The ERF addresses European decision-makers and experts from the fields of policy development, industry, academia, civil society and the media. About 400 participants from up to 40 countries are expected.

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Nationales Ressourcen-Forum 2018

Die Konferenz findet im Ludwig Erhard Haus in Berlin statt und wird in Kooperation mit dem VDI Zentrum Ressourceneffizienz GmbH veranstaltet. Zum NRF 2018 werden rund 300 Teilnehmerinnen und Teilnehmer erwartet.

Ziel des NRF ist es, ein nationales Diskussionsforum im Themenfeld „Schonung natürlicher Ressourcen“ bereitzustellen, das auf die politische und wissenschaftliche Debatte des Themas fokussiert. Nach den drei erfolgreichen Veranstaltungen in den Jahren 2012, 2014 und 2016 hat sich das NRF mittlerweile zu einer wichtigen Plattform in Deutschland entwickelt. Das NRF übernimmt eine wichtige Think-Tank-Funktion und unterstützt die Vernetzung und die Initiierung von Akteurs-Allianzen.

Das Nationale Ressourcen-Forum steht im engen inhaltlichen Kontext mit dem im Februar 2012 vom deutschen Bundeskabinett verabschiedeten „Deutschen Ressourceneffizienzprogramms“ (ProgRess) und seiner aktuellen Fortschreibung aus dem Frühjahr 2016 (ProgRess II).

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06.02.2019 - 08.02.2019, Lüneburg

Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation - Institutions, People, Knowledge.

Understanding how changes in interconnected social-ecological systems facilitate the transformation to sustainability represents one of the key challenges of sustainability science. Drawing on insights from systems thinking and solution-oriented transdisciplinary research, this project will focus on hitherto under-recognized leverage points—system properties where a small shift can lead to fundamental changes in the system as a whole.

Leverage Points will focus on changes in relatively intractable, but potentially highly influential, system properties that could help to realign complex social-ecological systems to the normative goals of sustainability. Specifically, we will analyze three sustainability-relevant leverage points: (1) institutional dynamics  (RESTRUCTURE); (2) human-environment interactions (RECONNECT); and (3) sustainability-related knowledge creation (RETHINK). The three leverage points will be studied individually and with regard to their interdependencies. Following in-depth conceptual work on the three leverage points, the project will conduct  empirical research on two contrasting case study regions (Transylvania in Romania and Lower Saxony in Germany), focusing on two key themes of particular relevance to sustainability (food and energy). We will link the conceptual and empirical insights via two integrative and transdisciplinary place-based case studies (one in each study region) involving local stakeholders and decision-makers. Our genuinely inter- and transdisciplinary approach will contribute fundamental understanding to the field of sustainability science, and will identify new, concrete measures to improve sustainability outcomes.



24.04.2019 - 26.04.2019, Bern, Switzerland

Open Science Meeting 2019: Transforming Land Systems for People and Nature

Land use is key for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in an increasingly threatened global environment. Should land system science produce a unifying vision for the planet? How do global narratives for use of land correspond to what people want when striving for access to land across diverse and distinctive regions? How can we support transformations that mutually reinforce global sustainability visions and goals, and people’s aspirations and needs?  

Land system science scholars will be confronting such questions at the fourth Open Science Meeting of the Global Land Programme (GLP 4th OSM 2019). It will be held from the 24-26 of April 2019 in Bern, Switzerland and will focus on topics and themes that aim to advance our understanding of how land systems can form the basis for sustainability transformations.