A three-continent conference on Global Systems Science (GSS) was organised simultaneously in Beijing, Phoenix and Brussels. The overall theme was "Unpacking Green Growth: Contributions from Global Systems Science".

Will inequality within key economies continue to increase? Will global and local environmental disruption continue? In the face of these questions, green growth has been proposed as an appropriate strategy. The vision of billions of poor people achieving a decent standard of living while economic activities become a force of environmental enhancement rather than disruption is certainly attractive. But is it feasible? What experiences have been made so far? What obstacles, what risks should be expected? What alternatives do exist?

On October 8-10, scholars and practitioners met in the US, China and Europe to share insights and discuss open questions about green growth. The three sub-events were connected via Internet, and the conference as a whole helped develop the research needed to address global challenges like the one of green growth.

Presentations from the Brussels event are available at the GSS portal (http://global-systems-science.eu/gss/GSS2014) and the GSS blog (http://global-systems-science.org/3-open-gss-conference/)

Webcasts are also available:

8 Oct 14:   http://scic.ec.europa.eu/streaming/index.php?es=2&sessionno=18903e4430783a191b0cfab439daaef8
9 Oct 14:  http://scic.ec.europa.eu/streaming/index.php?es=2&sessionno=36165c62f7b7df72863d470d73302627

Arizona State University, DRCS, Global Climate Forum and the EC