Making Science Work for Sustainability

Today, society and science are at a crossroads. Moving to a more sustainable development pattern in society demands a deep understanding of our natural, industrial and social systems, to bring together knowledge from all facets of life.

The Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development fosters new interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary science to identify sustainable and innovative pathways for and with our society. The symposium highlights three approaches; ranging from understanding and mitigating the impact of global change on ecosystems, to integrating sustainable energy in our daily life, and designing interactive science with society and business.

♦   Global Change Ecology
   Governance of Corporate Sustainability
   Smart grids 

Parallel Session:
Global Change Ecology
Ongoing influence of human activities on ecosystems has introduced a suite of scientific questions that gave rise to the research field of global change ecology. Emerging questions within this field concern the influence of global environmental change on plant physiological processes, feedbacks between global change and ecosystem responses at large scale and the role of society in managing their ecological impact.This track aims to highlight recent advances and offer future prospects concerning these multi-disciplinary questions in four inspiring sessions with among others David Beerling (University of Sheffield), Victor Brovkin (MPI), Susan Galatowitsch (University of Minnesota), Jerry van Dijk (UU), Karin Rebel (UU), Detlef van Vuuren (UU) and Hugo Jan de Boer (UU).
Parallel Session:
Corporate Sustainability Management and Governance
In this track sustainable businesses will meet corporate sustainability scientists. Researchers will present the latest developments in corporate sustainability (CS) research on ‘Sustainable Value Chain Management’, ‘Organizational Change Management for Sustainability’ and ‘Assurance of Corporate Sustainability Strategies’.During the SWOT analysis of the companies CS strategies and the speed-dating sessions, this parallel session will discover the challenges and opportunities businesses and scientists have in both implementing and doing research on CS