"Sustainable Development in Policy Assessment - Methods, Challenges and Policy Impacts" is the title of the international EPOS-conference taking place in Brussels, Belgium, on June 15th to 16th 2009. Researchers and practitioners in consulting, politics and administration are invited to take part and register now.
Since 2002, social, economic and ecological impacts of EU proposals have to be assessed systematically. Policy evaluation might support the integration of sustainable development in different policies. The concept of sustainable development is multifaceted, and the definition varies with different actors. Concomitantly, there is no precise understanding as to what should be included in an evaluation of sustainability and how it should be conducted. The conference would therefore like to add to the understanding of sustainability evaluation by especially addressing the following questions:
- What is sustainability evaluation's contribution to policy development and implementation?
- How should sustainability evaluations be designed to affect political decision-making?
- How can one strengthen sustainability goals and impacts in policy evaluation and assessment?
- How can the quality of sustainability evaluations be improved?
Scientist from universities and research institutes a well as evaluation practitioners and commissioning agents will discuss together in several working groups and plenary sessions.
The conference takes place in the context of the research project EPOS (Evaluating Policies for Sustainable Development). The EPOS project establishes a network of leading European institutions that are active in the field of policy evaluation with a focus on environment and sustainability. The network creates a platform to discuss and compare different methods of policy evaluation; it aims to strengthen socio-ecological aspects in evaluation.
The conference is organised by the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IOEW) (http://www.ioew.de) and the Ecologic Institute for International and European Environmental Policy (http://www.ecologic.eu). The research project EPOS is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of social-ecological research (SOEF).
The registration for the conference is possible now. Please register through our online form. You will find the program and further information on http://www.ecologic.eu/soef/epos/conference.html.Conference office
ASEAN Member States discuss the future role of renewable energy
17.10.2017 | Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI)
World Health Summit 2017: International experts set the course for the future of Global Health
10.10.2017 | World Health Summit
University of Maryland researchers contribute to historic detection of gravitational waves and light created by event
On August 17, 2017, at 12:41:04 UTC, scientists made the first direct observation of a merger between two neutron stars--the dense, collapsed cores that remain...
Seven new papers describe the first-ever detection of light from a gravitational wave source. The event, caused by two neutron stars colliding and merging together, was dubbed GW170817 because it sent ripples through space-time that reached Earth on 2017 August 17. Around the world, hundreds of excited astronomers mobilized quickly and were able to observe the event using numerous telescopes, providing a wealth of new data.
Previous detections of gravitational waves have all involved the merger of two black holes, a feat that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics earlier this month....
Material defects in end products can quickly result in failures in many areas of industry, and have a massive impact on the safe use of their products. This is why, in the field of quality assurance, intelligent, nondestructive sensor systems play a key role. They allow testing components and parts in a rapid and cost-efficient manner without destroying the actual product or changing its surface. Experts from the Fraunhofer IZFP in Saarbrücken will be presenting two exhibits at the Blechexpo in Stuttgart from 7–10 November 2017 that allow fast, reliable, and automated characterization of materials and detection of defects (Hall 5, Booth 5306).
When quality testing uses time-consuming destructive test methods, it can result in enormous costs due to damaging or destroying the products. And given that...
Using a new cooling technique MPQ scientists succeed at observing collisions in a dense beam of cold and slow dipolar molecules.
How do chemical reactions proceed at extremely low temperatures? The answer requires the investigation of molecular samples that are cold, dense, and slow at...
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics, using high precision laser spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen, confirm the surprisingly small value of the proton radius determined from muonic hydrogen.
It was one of the breakthroughs of the year 2010: Laser spectroscopy of muonic hydrogen resulted in a value for the proton charge radius that was significantly...
17.10.2017 | Event News
10.10.2017 | Event News
10.10.2017 | Event News
17.10.2017 | Life Sciences
17.10.2017 | Life Sciences
17.10.2017 | Earth Sciences