On 26–28 May 2009, Brussels (Belgium) will host the conference Sustainable development: a challenge for European research. Near the midpoint of FP7, this three-day conference will take stock of the progress made so far and identify how European research can contribute to sustainable development.
The goal of this conference – organised in cooperation with the Czech Presidency of the EU – is to initiate a structured dialogue on how to reform European research to best respond to sustainable development challenges, many of which are of international scope. This also means investigating ways for improving the science-policy link and the relationship between science and society.
The draft programme comprises a selection of parallel sessions on topics including sustainable cities, how research can help industry reach sustainable production, global change and agriculture, and economic gains from environmental research.
Researchers and high-level politicians from across the world will address the various aspects of how research can contribute to sustainable development. These include, among others, Janez Potočnik (EU Commissioner for Science and Research), Vandana Shiva (Founder and Director of the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology, India), Ondřej Liška (Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports) and Mary Midgley (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Newcastle University).
Throughout the conference there will be an exhibition where organisations will display their activities relating to sustainable development.
Registration is free of charge.