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Annual KSI Conference

Every year KSI organises a scientific conference for the whole network to meet. In 2008 it will be held at the same location as last year, in Eindhoven. The theme will be the book series to be edited by KSI. People from outside KSI are welcome too. Please return the registration form to: Mieke Rossou-Rompen.

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June 13, 2008
Zwarte Doos, Eindhoven
Download the programme and the registration form here.

 

Conference: Governance by Evaluation: Institutional Capacities and Learning for Sustainable Development

Call for Papers and application for EU-Grants is open until 10 October 2007.
We are pleased to announce the next conference in the EASY-ECO series of trainings and conferences, the EASY-ECO Vienna Conference "Governance by Evaluation: Institutional Capacities and Learning for Sustainable Development" which will be held from 11-14 March 2008 in Vienna, Austria. With the current Call for Papers we encourage researchers from all disciplines (including young researchers), professionals from related fields of work, commissioning agents, and evaluation users and other stakeholders to submit abstracts for presentations at the Vienna Conference. Submissions can address one or more of the following key topics in general terms or in the context of a case study (for a detailed outline of the key topics see the current Call for Papers): i) Institutional aspects of SD evaluations, ii) Policy learning and SD evaluations, iii) Methodological challenges and innovations with regard to SD evaluations
The EASY-ECO Vienna Conference will be hosted by the Research Institute for Managing Sustainability (RIMAS) at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.
EU-Grants are available for young researchers (with less than ten years research experience) to cover all costs (travel expenses, participation fees, accommodation and living allowance). The presentation of a paper increases the chance of getting a grant, however, it is not mandatory.

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March 11-14, 2008
Vienna, Austria
Visit the conference web site

 

KSI co-organises NetWORKing day

12/09/2007

On October 30, 2007 (9:00-17:00) the fourth encounter of a growing group of Dutch transition professionals will be held at Antropia, Driebergen. This year it is organised by 13 organisations, one of which is KSI. This time the objective is to encourage you to not only meet, exchange, learn from each others experiences, advice each other, and create new connections, but actually WORK together. The topic chosen is barriers to transitions, and how to breach them. Especially fore-runners among transition practitioners are invited to come, be it from universities, companies, governmental organisations, consultancy offices or NGO's.
'Grensverleggend Vernieuwen' is an initiative of the Competence centre for Transitions and the Innovation Network, organised each year with other partners.
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Two KSI-researchers promoted Professor

07/09/2007

Dr. Marko Hekkert has become professor on the Dynamics of Innovation Systems at the Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University, since September 1st.
Dr. Frank Geels will start October 1st on the chair 'Innovation, sociotechnical change and sustainability' at the Brunel University, West-London. Luckily for KSI this is a part-time job, and Frank will continue to work at TU Eindhoven and for KSI half of the time (every 2 months).

PhD defence of Derk Loorbach: transition management

07/06/2007

Derk Loorbach has become Dr. Derk Loorbach. He was one of the first PhD students to have joined prof. Jan Rotmans' team, even before he came to Rotterdam. Derk's thesis is entitled: 'Transition Management: New mode of governance for sustainable development'. It contains both theoretical work and practical experience, based on the transition arena's in which Derk has participated. The practical examples come from the waste management sector, the housing sector and the region Parkstad. You can order a copy of the book at the DRIFT secretariat.

Conference: World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD)

deadline call for abstracts: Feb. 15, 2007
The World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) organises its 2007 conference, co-sponsored this year with Griffith Business School, Griffith University. The theme of the conference is "Managing Knowledge, Technology and Development in the Era of Information Revolution". For more information about the conference including the research tracks, paper requirements, accommodations, and registration, please see the WASD web site.

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Oct. 29-31, 2007
Brisbane, Australia
Visit the WASD web site

 

NetWORKing day 'Grensverleggend Vernieuwen' (nr 4).

Already the fourth encounter of a growing group of Dutch transition professionals, this year organised by 13 organisations. This time the objective is to encourage you to not only meet, exchange, learn from each others experiences, advice each other, and create new connections, but actually WORK together. The topic that was chosen is are the barriers to transitions, and how to breach them. Especially fore runners among transition practitioners are invited to come, be it from universities, companies, governmental organisations, consultancy offices or NGO's.
'Grensverleggend Vernieuwen' is an initiative of the Competence centre for Transitions and the Innovation Network.

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October 30, 2007, 9:00-17:00
Antropia, Driebergen
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Debate: Long term solutions for Climate Change: A southern perspective

debate introduced by Leena Srivastava (TERI)
KSI co-organises a series of debates on the topic of "Cross-thinking about Sustainability" together with IHDP-IT, Felix Meritis Foundation, Trouw and HIVOS. The next one will be about 'Long term solutions for Climate Change: A southern perspective'.
Over the past year, the sense of urgency about global warming has significantly increased, both amongst policy makers and amongst the wider public. Al Gore’s movie has led to increased public awareness of nature and size of the problem. The Fourth Assessment report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has strengthened the claim that the contribution of human activities to climate is significant. And the Stern review has brought to our attention the economic consequences of climate change.
Against this background, even those countries of the world who previously insisted on a “polluter pays first” stance – the Developing countries – are considering what they might do to reduce greenhouse emissions on the long run, combining highly needed development with sound climate policies. What paths of economic growth may they choose which both are environmentally sound and fits their development priorities?
Dr Leena Srivastava, Executive Director of TERI, an independent think tank on energy issues in New Delhi, India and involved in the IPCC, will discuss these issues. Amongst the specific solutions she will propose for achieving social, economic and environmental benefits are innovations and extensions in crucial infrastructures for water and energy, especially tailored to serving the needs of the poor, involvement of major market players in development efforts and serious taxation of fossil energy use. Building the social infrastructure of developing economies is an essential precondition rather than a barrier to facilitate their transition towards a situation wherein they could also undertake quantitative commitments towards climate-friendly development. Yet, it is hardly being dealt with by current development assistance programmes of developed countries.
The lecture will be followed by an open public debate. Tickets cost €7.50 for KSI-members and €10.- for others. To benefit from the reduction, you should send an email to Annemart Berendse after registration at Felix-Meritis. Then ask for the reduction when you pay at the entry.

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Oct. 23, 2007, at 20:00
Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
Register at Felix Meritis reception or call 020 623 13 11

 

KSI-III subprogramme meeting (4th)

Some participants will get the chance to present some work. Please let Amy Jane know if you have research you would like to present at the next meeting by sending me a few lines with an abstract, including the research question and empirical case. Also indicate wether there is a paper or draft available that can be sent round in advance.

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October 11, 2007; 13:00-17:00
Amsterdam
Contact John Grin

 

Intensive seminar on the Vulnerability of water resources

deadline for application: March. 15, 2007
START, in partnership with the Global Water System Project (GWSP), and with financial support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and the International Foundation of Science (IFS) invites applications for Institute Fellows to participate in the Advanced Institute on Global Environmental Change and the Vulnerability of water resources in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, to be hosted by UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft and the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
The Advanced Institute will have three components: (1) a three-week long intensive Seminar to be held at UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands; (2) one-year research grants for successful Institute Fellows; and (3) a synthesis workshop that will follow completion of the research.

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Sept/Oct. 2007
Delft, Netherlands
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Conference: Politics and governance in sustainable socio-technical transitions

deadline call for abstracts: Feb. 28, 2007
We invite abstracts for papers that discuss the governance of socio-technical transitions to radically more sustainable production and consumption systems. Papers should pay special attention to (A) power & agency, (B) participation & legitimacy, and/or (C) institutions & change. The starting point for discussions is novel recommendations from the ‘transition management’ approach to governing sustainable systems innovation. Our objective is to generate new helpful insights into the complexities of governing sustainable socio-technical transitions.

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Sept. 20-11, 2007
Berlin, Germany
Call/announcement

 

Transforming the Energy System; the role of institutions, interests & ideas

7th International Summer Academy on Technology Studies
Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ) in Graz, Austria, is organising the seventh "International Summer Academy on Technology Studies", taking place at the Castle of Deutschlandsberg, near Graz, in August 2007. The Summer Academy 2007 will focus on the topic "Transforming the Energy System: The Role of Institutions, Interests & Ideas".

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August 27-31, 2007
Deutschlandsberg, Austria
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Conference: Science, technology and innovation studies in Amsterdam

Abstract deadline (250 words max): 15 May 2007
In recent years, Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies (STIS) in Amsterdam have burst out of the confines of STIS departments. STIS researchers work in the context of environmental studies, film and television studies, organisation studies, political science, biology, medicine, medical anthropology, philosophy, and a variety of other contexts. This is entirely in tune with a tendency that can be found in the field at large, where we see increasing interest from researchers outside of the traditional centres of STS research at the large conferences. As the Amsterdam situation shows, engagement with neighbouring disciplines is happening on an unexpected scale.
This conference is an open invitation to Amsterdam STIS researchers and to their colleagues elsewhere to come to Amsterdam to present and discuss recent research. Come share your experiences of engaging the neighbours! Keep in touch with latest Amsterdam STIS research!

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July 2-3, 2007
Amsterdam
Contact Willem Halffman

 

Midsummernight Festival

organised by KSI and other Acht-voor-Ruimte projects, open for all
'Acht-voor-Ruimte' is the name of a dozen of Bsik-funded programmes who all share the focus on transition towards sustainability, physical space and new economic activities. There are some transversal activities, like the mini-workshop Transition Management that KSI provided with CCT to the other programmes. There are also many bilateral connections, like for example the testing grounds. To enhance collaboration further, in 2007 we will co-organise a sparkling Midsummernight Festival. At this occasion we will show and share the vision of a sustainable future for the Netherlands. This will happen in an unusual setting full of artistic energy. We hope to welcome players from all Acht-voor-Ruimte programmes and many more...

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June 21, 2007, 15:00-2:00
Amsterdam
See web site or contact Marjan Minnema

 

Workshop: How to design and organise public deliberation

Citizen Participation in Science and Technology (CIPAST)
The aim of the Napoli training workshop is to foster exchange of expertise on public participation in science technology and consolidate networking. The workshop present the state of the art knowledge on public participation in science and technology and will refer to concrete experiences in European countries. The workshop is also designed in order to test training tools. Drawing on this workshop, CIPAST consortium will produce a training package, through its website, for further training initiatives.

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June 17-21, 2007
Napoli
Click here for the announcement

 

Conference: International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE)

call for abstracts, until Oct. 1, 2006
The 2007 Conference program has a significant expansion in the range of topics and themes beyond those at previous ISIE conferences. Social science becomes a full partner with our more traditional technical perspectives. Sustainability takes on an explicit presence. The Chairs and Technical Committee promise to produce a coherent and exciting program that marries the old and the new. The four conference themes below emphasize the evolutionary process, but not to the exclusion of our more traditional areas, which will be covered in many of the sessions.

  • Sustainable Social Metabolism
  • Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities
  • IE for Developing Countries
  • Transitions to Sustainability in a Complex World
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June 17-20, 2007
University of Toronto, Canada
Click here to go the conference web site

 

Seminar: Negotiating the Future

call for papers until April 2
Thinking about the future implies imagining it in ways it might, should or should not come into being - and working towards it in ways we perceive best. But is the end of the present still negotiable? Or is it already occupied by political visions, economical interests and technological unfolding? What futures deserve our immediate interest? How should we attend to the near future hopes and hazards of biotechnology? How will the new medical technologies reshape our human lifecourse, including our ideas of life and death? Why is the future given less value than the present, as in recent attempts to discount the future of our environment?
All these questions traverse current areas of studies which address the future in scientific and technological expertise and expectations, innovation, public bodies, and human imagination.
Participants of the seminar will present a paper and discuss in the afternoon sessions. Please submit short contributions (between 2000-2500 words) dealing with the above and similar questions.

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June 7, 2007
Oslo University
See conference web site

 

4th Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development, esp. transport

The 4th Dubrovnik Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems will try to provide a venue for a more truly interdisciplinary dialogue about sustainable development – in particular about sustainable transport.
Its conceptual starting point is the acknowledgement of sustainable development as a complex, multi-criteria challenge requiring interdisciplinary collaboration. Papers exploring “engineering, social, and environment aspects” of sustainable transport are therefore invited as contributions to the emerging field of sustainability science. The special session on a socio-technical understanding of transport systems will be a platform for such cross-fertilisation and mutual refreshment.

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June 4-8, 2007
Dubrovnik
See conference web site

 

KSI annual conference

for KSI members only
Every first Friday in June KSI holds its annual scientific meeting. The whole network participates and celebrates another year of its existence. In 2005 we went to Rotterdam, in 2006 to Amsterdam, so logically in 2007 we go to Eindhoven, to complete the trio of universities that deliver a scientific director. The theme of the conference will be "Inside the Black Box of Transitions: Intermediate Results".

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June 1, 2007
Eindhoven
Download the preliminary programme and Register here

 

Conference: 'Earth System Governance: Theories and Strategies for Sustainability'

The Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and its partner institutions invite papers for the 2007 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. This conference will be the seventh event in the series of annual European Conferences on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change, begun in Berlin in 2001. This year's conference will address the theme 'Earth System Governance: Theories and Strategies for Sustainability'.
We define earth system governance as the sum of the formal and informal rule systems and actor--networks at all levels of human society (from local to global) that are set up to influence the co-evolution of human and natural systems in a way that secures the sustainable development of human society--that is, a development that meets the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This notion of earth system governance is phenomenological inasmuch as it describes an emerging social trend expressed in hundreds of international regimes, international bureaucracies, national agencies, local and transnational activists groups and expert networks. At the same time, earth system governance can be understood as a political project that engages more and more actors who seek to strengthen the current architecture of institutions and networks at local and global levels. In both meanings, earth system governance is a demanding and vital subject of research in the social sciences, which we hope will be reflected in lively discussions at the 2007 Amsterdam Conference.

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May 24-26, 2007
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Go to the conference web site

 

Science meets press: Bessensap

call for proposals until Feb. 28, 2007
At this yearly event co-organised by NWO (Nederlands Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek) and VWN (Vereniging Wetenschapsjournalisten Nederland) scientists present their work in a accessible way to journalists. There are 3 possible contributions: presentations (10 min.), masterclasses (5 min., ideal for PhDs and postdocs) or films (5 min.). Proposals are now welcome, a jury will chose the participants. The main award is an article in a nationwide newspaper.

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May 26, 2007
Nemo, Amsterdam
Visit the NWO web site

 

PhD defence of Derk Loorbach: transition management

04/05/2007

On June 7th Derk Loorbach will become Dr. Derk Loorbach. He is one of the first PhD students to have joined prof. Jan Rotmans' team, even before he came to Rotterdam. Derk's thesis is entitled: 'Transition Management: New mode of governance for sustainable development'. It contains both theoretical work and practical experience, based on the transition arena's in which Derk has participated. The practival examples come from the waste management sector, the housing sector and the region Parkstad. You can order a copy at the DRIFT secretariat.
Everyone is invited to join his defence on June 7th, 16:00 at the Aula of the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

KSI co-organises a festival on sustainability21/04/2007

On June 21st, midsummernight, a sparkling festival will unite all players with a vision of a sustainable future for the Netherlands. This will happen in an unusual setting full of artistic energy, in Amsterdam. Entrance is free.

Read all about it and register on the festival web site


Postgraduate course Transition Management 200701/04/2007

The programme for the postgraduate course on Transition Management 2007 is ready. It runs from Sept.-Dec. 2007 and you can register now. Practically all lecturers who participated in the very succesfull 2006 edition, contribute again this year. The course is destined for transition professionals working in the (semi) public sector. Compared to last year we strengthened the relation between theory and practice by introducing case studies. All participants will be asked to present their own case and the associated transition strategy. The course is extended with one day to allow for this.
See DRIFT website, brochure, or registration form.

KSI-director in P+ magazine21/03/2007

P+ is a magazine about sustainable development. Its latest issue (dedicated to energy) contains an interview with prof. Jan Rotmans (in Dutch). It explains the ins and outs of transitions very well.
Download the article, or surf to the magazine P+ web site.

KSI sub-programme II

The sub-programme II, on current and future transitions, will meet to discuss its research progress. All project leaders are expected to be present.
In the afternoon the KSI core group meets (13:30-17:00).

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May 10, 2007; 10:30-12:30
Utrecht/Amsterdam?
Contact Jan Rotmans

 

Workshop: 'GLOBAL ASSESSMENTS: Bridging Scales and Linking to Policy’

On may 9 the workshops will concern uncertainty analysis and integrating global assessments at the local and regional scales. On may 10 and 11 it will concern Global environmental assessments, the role of models in policy processes, linking global assessments to policy, preparing high-quality, policy-relevant assessments, bridging the science-policy gap, disciplinary and professional collaboration, representing phenomena across scales, and appropriate resolutions for analyzing natural and social phenomena.

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May 9-11, 2007
Washington DC
Download the flyer or visit the TIAS web site

 

Conference: 'Civil society & bedrijfsleven: tegenstelling of partnerschap?'

In recent years we see many developments around the collaboration between companies and NGO's. Companies do not only give financial support, but also bring in their expertise and human resources. In return they try to gain in legitimacy and thus increase their sales. This also results in a new form of partnership between companies and NGO's, for instance between Akzo Nobel and Greenpeace working on a new type of less polluting paint for ships. How to interpret this changing relationship?

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April 27, 2007
Utrecht, the Netherlands
Download full programme and registration form here (in Dutch)

 

Conference: 'The Transformation of the Industry - Open Building Manufacturing Systems'

ManuBuild, a European research project, developes open building systems for housing. It organises a conference around several themes: 'Concepts for Manufactured Buildings', 'Business Processes', 'Production Technology & Automation', 'Information & Communication Technology', 'Training' en 'System integration'.

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April 25-26, 2007
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Go to the conference web site

 

KSI-III subprogramme meeting (3rd)

Exactly one year ago the first subprogramme meeting was held. At that time mainly post-docs presented their work through a poster session. In the meantime several PhD students joined the programme, and we would like to give a number of them the opportunity to present their work, followed by a discussion. Also, we will dicuss John Grin's article 'The Multi-level perspective and designing system innovations', that we did not have time for in the previous meeting.

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March 27, 2007
Amsterdam
Contact John Grin

 

NWO research programme: Contested Democracy05/02/2007

NWO has launched a new programme called "Omstreden democratie" (in English: contested democracy). Proposals should be submitted before March 15, 2007. For more information see the NWO web site.

Lecture-Debate: "The role of citizens in sustainable transitions"

The Association of Environment Professionals (VVM, unit Environmental Communication) organises a lecture-debate series "De burger? Move it". The coming session is about the questions how to inform citizens about -and involve them in- transitions.
The debaters will be Hans Mommaas (VROM-Raad), Johan Schot (TU Eindhoven, KSI-director), Taco Schmidt (Ministry VROM), Ton Sledsens (Stichting Natuur en Milieu) and someone of the private sector involved in the Taskforce Energy Transition.
Entrance fee is 35 euro for VVM members, 75 euro for others.

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March 13, 2007; 14:30-16:30
Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
Read announcement (in Dutch)

 

Sustainable cities: what Europe can learn from Asia

Peter Marcotullio (UNU and University Tokyo)
KSI organises a series of debates on the topic of "Cross-thinking about Sustainability" together with IHDP-IT, Felix Meritis Foundation, Trouw and HIVOS. The next debate will be about sustainable cities. In 2007, the world is passing the point where more than half of its population is living in cities. This is often portrayed as a threat to sustainable development. Cities (and particularly cities in the developing world) are seen as dirty, overcrowded and dangerous places, with huge concentrations of consumption and transportation and alienation from nature. While such concerns are not inappropriate, these growing urban places are also the seedbeds of new and innovative solutions. Especially in rapidly developing regions, such as East and Southeast Asia, we are witnessing glimmers of hope for the future.
To be sure, structural changes in the speed, timing and emergence of environmental burdens often lead to increasing chaos and concentrations of problems for both ecosystems and human health. But simultaneously, we see that those living in the cities of the developing world are doing so with lower environmental impact than we, their counterparts in the developed world, manage to do. Moreover, the whirlwind of current rapid urban development in lower income economies also appears to offer the potential for novel solutions. Although technological innovations often come from the developed world, many Asian cities are experimenting with their implementation.

Tickets cost €7.50 for KSI-members and €10.- for others. To benefit from the reduction, you should send an email to Eva Kamphorst after registration at Felix-Meritis. Then ask for the reduction when you pay at the entry.

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March 7, 2007, at 20:00
Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
Register at Felix Meritis reception

 

Secretary of State joins masterclass Transition Management07/03/2007

The new Secretary of State for water management, Tineke Huizinga, will join the masterclass in Transition Management in May this year. DRIFT and Erasmus Academy tie this 2-day course to the specific needs of the board of the Directorate General Water (DG-Water) of the Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management.
Last year the directorate restructured its organisation based on the principles of transition management. Now it seeks to strengthen the implementation of transition management in its organisation. The masterclass aims to support the programme directors, account managers and the DG in developing a management style that facilitates the work of the transition managers in the organisation. The secretary of state joins the master class to appreciate the political consequences of working along the lines of transition management.

Workshop: Computational and Mathematical Approaches to Societal Transitions

The Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT) organises a conference at the Lorentz Institute about Computational and Mathematical Approaches to Societal Transitions. Read more or subscribe at the link below.

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Feb. 26 - Mar. 2, 2007
Leiden, Netherlands
See web site

 



Newsletter #521/02/2007

KSI aims to issue about 4 newsletters per year. Number 5 was just sent out and you can find it online here.

Conference: "Energietransitie-onderzoek"

NWO/SenterNovem Stimuleringsprogramma Energieonderzoek organises a conference for all scientists, policy makers and other professionals concerned with the Dutch energy transition. The morning sessions will focus on research results. The afternoon session will be about the future research agenda, and finish with a lively debate about the link between knowledge creation and the energy transition.

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January 18, 2007
Amsterdam
See web site

 

KSI winterschool

Exactly one year ago the first winterschool was held. In the meantime a summerschool was organised by the PhD students themselves. Now it is time to meet again under the leadership of KSI director Johan Schot.

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January 8-12, 2007
Vught, the Netherlands
See programme or contact Johan Schot

 

KSI-course: professionals receive certificate 03/01/2007

On Dec. 14th the first post-academic course on transition management ever came to a happy end. All 20 participants received their certificate. They like to think of themselves as transition thinkers, rather than transition managers. We had a truly international group, as one participant came all the way from Austria!
Transition management is a young discipline and is in full development. KSI organised this course together with the Competence Centre for Transitions (CCT) and DRIFT to allow professionals to become and stay up-to-date regarding transition knowledge.
The course will be extensively evaluated but we already know that the teachers were ranked exceptionally high (average 8).
It is now possible to subscribe for next year's course, that will run from September to December 2007. Read more about the course on the web sites of DRIFT or Erasmus Academie.

KSI-workshop: Complexity, co-evolution and Governance30/11/2006

Thirty people from all over the world came together in Egmond aan Zee (the Netherlands) to discuss transitions and transition management from a complexity and co-evolutionary perspective. A number of key lectures were given by distinguished scientists in their fields, varying from post normal science and the use of simplexity concepts when working with practitioners, to ecosystem resilience and societal tipping points, to autopoiese and sustainability governance as networks of networks. The broad array of notions and concepts were connected to each other to see how they could learn from each other, transcending the disciplines in order to deal with transitions to sustainability. If you are a participant, you may ask Eva to get access to the papers and presentations.

Organisations learn from each other about securing change process27/11/2006

Securing change processes was the theme of the annual networking day "Grensverleggend Vernieuwen" co-organised by KSI and 10 other organisations. It was held on 17 Nov. 2006 in de Rode Hoed, Amsterdam.
The topic, on how to secure a transition or innovation process in time, even after the end of the programme, led to much exchange and discussion.
You can read a small report (in Dutch) at the web site of the Transition Network or download it here. The full report will be available after Dec. 1.

4 new projects on the transition in the health care system24/11/2006

In response to the recommendation of the 'Commissie van Wijzen' KSI has decided to include 4 new research projects on the topic of public health care. The submitted projects have just been approved, and the projects descriptions can be found here. The new projects are the following: I.5 Historical analysis of transitions in the medical system and health care, II.4 Persistent problems in the current health care system, III.1 System innovation for workplace health promotion and III.4 Patient participation in decision making on health research.

KSI internationalexpert workshop: Transitions to sustainable development: complexity, co-evolution and governanceInvitees only

Several research groups from different countries have taken the initiative of organising a series of international workshops on 'system innovations for sustainable development'. The objective of this series of workshops is to further explore the content of this new field of science and to make a significant contribution to the inter-disciplinary dialogue evolving around transitions and system innovations: to analyse overarching concepts, to discuss theoretical building blocks, to study the empirical material that is available, to draw lessons from transition research to date and to identify key issues for future research.
The first workshop will be organized around the themes of "Complexity, evolution and governance of transitions and system innovations". The overall objectives of this workshop are:

  • to provide a state-of-the-art conceptual overview of different, but potentially complementary scientific approaches for investigating transitions;
  • to help bridging the gaps between these scientific disciplines in order to create a new research field 'transition science'
  • to move towards a breakthrough in synthesising relevant parts of complex systems science and social theory and its application to transitions and system innovations.
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November 20-24, 2006
Egmond aan Zee, the Netherlands
Download flyer

 

SCORE! Conference

Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP): Opportunities and Challenges
SCORE! (Sustainable Consumption Research Exchanges) is an EU-funded network project that supports the development of the UN's 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). It's mission is to organise a leading science network that provides input to this framework. SCORE runs between 2005 and 2008, consists of 28 institutions, and will involve and structure a larger community of a few hundred professionals in the EU and beyond.
The conference will:

  • Mark the official launch of the SCORE Network
  • Provide an opportunity for input of case studies on mobility, food, and housing for the next, practical phase of SCORE
  • Build a broad platform for presenting work of science and scientists that may be of direct relevance for the activities of the 10 Year Framework Task Forces
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November 23-25, 2006
Wuppertal, Germany
Click here

 

 

ESPACE International Conference (#3)

The low-lying position of The Netherlands makes it particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change such as sea-level rise, storm surge and flooding. Balancing the different requirements of development, agriculture and biodiversity means that it is often difficult to find a solution that meets the needs of all. Recognising that a holistic and spatial approach is needed, what is the role of spatial planning in maintaining safe and resilient communities?
To debate this, we would like to invite you to a one day conference on the 13th of November 2006 in Den Haag, The Netherlands. Based on a site visit to the coastal area of Ter Heijde and a series of presentations of case studies looking at coastal, water management and flood storage issues, this conference aims to:

  • Provide an understanding of the key climate change impacts and the capabilities of current spatial planning to deal with these impacts
  • Identify what more planning systems can do to help society adapt to climate change
  • Highlight examples from the case study areas of using the spatial planning system to adapt to climate change
  • Through the Extended Partnership, explore the overlaps of issues and solutions between the Netherlands and other countries across Europe
  • Investigate how outputs of ESPACE (such as the Behaviour Change Principles) can contribute towards appropriate adaptation responses
When?
Where?
More info? 
November 13, 2006 (13:00-18:00)
Den Haag, Netherlands
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Marktplein Leren voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling (LvDO)

At this 'market place', LvDO will present its programme in attractive, hands-on workshops (in Dutch). Several sustainable products will be presented. During the introduction (plenary) prof. J. Rotmans will give his vision on the learning capacity of individuals, organisations and society. Prof. J. Rotmans is professor in Sustainable System Innovations and Transitions at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (DRIFT) and chair of the board of directors of KSI. Also Minister Van Ardenne is expected to come, and officially receive the first copy of the new edition 'Nova Mundo'.
You can now register through the web site and choose from a large range of workshops. By the end of October you'll receive confirmation of your participation.

When?
Where?
More info? 
November 9, 2006 (13:00-18:00)
Felix-Meritis, Amsterdam
Click here

 

KSI-II workshop

Project leaders only
This workshop is organised in the context of KSI sub-programme II: current and future transitions. All leaders of the 9 projects are invited to discuss current and future research objectives within this sub-programme.

When?
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More info? 
November 9, 2006
Utrecht, the Netherlands
contact Anne Jonker

 

Networking day 'Grensverleggend Vernieuwen' (nr 3).

Beweging borgen
This day is the ultimate occasion for transition professionals to meet, exchange, learn from each others experiences, to advice each other, and to create new connections. Especially transition practitioners are invited to come, be it from governmental organisations, consultancy offices or NGO's.
Grensverleggend Vernieuwen is organised by the Competence centre for Transitions each year with other partners.

When?
Where?
More info? 
November 17, 2006, 10:00-17:00
De Rode Hoed, Amsterdam
Click here

 

Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

Resource Policies: Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Equity
The Berlin Conference addresses the following topics:
How and how effectively are governments, public and private actors around the world addressing these problems? Given the rising demand for industrial goods, what are the potentials and limitations of strategies to increase resource productivity and the cleaning of waste streams? What are the most promising entry points for governmental interventions? Are regulatory policies, such as take-back obligations for waste, a viable instrument towards cleaner production chains? To what extent are recent efforts to develop product policies likely to be effective and efficient? To what extent are institutions by private actors such as the Stewardship Councils to protect the Marine and the Forests a promising approach? What strategies are adopted in developing countries to safeguard access to and sustainable use of natural resources and how do they work?

When?
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November 17-18, 2006
Berlin, Germany
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KSI takes part in the Battle of the BSIKs16/11/2006

SenterNovem organises the Best of BSIK battle among 37 projects funded in this programme. The aim is to come up with a plan on how to reach a larger public with your research programme. The award for the winner is 10.000 euro to execute their plan. KSI submitted a proposal comprising a 5 min. video trailer (Follow the penguin?) and an implementation plan on how to reach school kids. Ultimately we would like to invite a few of them into our transition arena's, as they are the future and should be helping envision it! 12 BSIK projects participate and KSI has been nominated, along with 2 other projects. On Dec. 7, at the annual BSIK meeting (Expo Centre, Rotterdam; same building as DRIFT!), the 3 nominated teams will present themselves and the winner will be elected.
Read all about the Battle of the BSIKs on this web site.

Young Scientists' Global Change Conference

Young scientists (age 35 years or less) will present at this conference their research results on physical, biological and human aspects of global change. Global environmental change refers to change occurring in the interactive physical, chemical and biological processes that regulate the earth system, the role of human activities influencing such change, and its societal consequences. Global environmental change includes both (i) environmental changes which impact the functioning of a global system and (ii) localized environmental changes whose cumulative impacts are widespread or which impact a significant fraction of a global resource. Papers utilizing interdisciplinary approaches that address the earth system are encouraged.

When?
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November 7-8, 2006
Beijing, China
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KSI-III workshop

This workshop is organised in the context of KSI sub-programme III: governance of transitions and system innovations. All researchers working on one of the 8 projects are invited to discuss ongoing research within this sub-programme.

When?
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More info? 
November 3, 2006 (12:30-16:30)
Utrecht, the Netherlands
contact John Grin

 

Congress: 'Aanbesteden & Innovatie'

This congress is important for the building sector, ICT and the industry. Discussion will focus on how to further implement the new law, 'aanbestedingswet', that has recently been accepted by the parliament (Tweede Kamer). In Dutch

When?
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More info? 
November 6, 2006 (12:30-)
Chassé Theater/Holland Casino, Breda
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Scientific conference of TransForum: TransForm1

TransForum Agro & Groen, partner of KSI, is a project about the transition towards sustainable agriculture. At its first scientific conference, TransForum will present its research programme, which is based on issues raised in practice, to a larger public. Further deepening and development of programme will be explored. Insight from the practice programme will be discussed. More than 30 proposals for further research lines were made. The deadline is now closed, but you can still attend the meeting. To register, fill out the form on the conference web site. Participation is free of charge.

When?
Where?
More info? 
October 24, 2006
Conference centre De Reehorst, Ede
See the TransForm1 conference web site.

 

Workshop: Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change

IHDP (International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change) and APN (Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research) announce the fifth International Human Dimensions Workshop: Institutional Dimensions of Global Environmental Change: Water, Trade, and the Environment, held in October 2006, in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Outline: The workshop will begin with an introduction to institutions and to concepts and hypotheses about the role of institutions in causing and mitigating global environmental change. Following that will be an overview of global water, and then trade and environment issues. These issues will then be analysed to identify the institutional dimensions of the problems. The focus will then shift to regional and local applications of these concepts (including examples brought by participants from their home regions.) After the first week, a weekend field trip will investigate local and regional water and trade issues. This case study will provide a thread throughout the workshop and a testing ground for the concepts and proposals. The second week will focus on developing theoretical frameworks and research proposals.

When?
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October 13 – 26, 2006
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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SWOME Market-Day'Beleid in transities'

SWOME is an organisation for social science studies on environment and energy. Its 'Marktdag', co-organised with the Ministry of VROM, has by now become a tradition. Researchers - with strong emphasis on PhD students - present their projects and discuss them with other researchers (junior and senior) and with policy makers. This time, SWOME has invited KSI to co-organise the next Martkdag, entitled 'Beleid in transities', which will focus on research on system innovations. KSI and other researchers will present their work; also, there will be some sessions in which policy makers present reflected experiences and discuss them with fellow policy makers and researchers. In a plenary opening session, Frank Dietz (Interdepartmental Directorate Energy Transition) and John Grin (KSI) will introduce the theme. During a final plenary session, SWOME president Gert Spaargaren will draw some conclusions on future transition and system innovation research. All PhD students from KSI have been invited to propose a session, in which they may present their work. And, of course, all other KSI researchers are expected to discuss these issues with each other and with policy makers.

When?
Where?
More info? 
October 12, 2006, 10:00 - 17:00
Ministry of VROM, The Hague
See the SWOME web site or ask John Grin

 

KSI positively evaluated24/10/2006

All ICES3/Bsik programmes were evaluated, which is a yearly procedure. SenterNovem and the 'Commisie van Wijzen' write their own judgement which is finally sent as an advisory document to the Government. Citation : "Het wetenschappelijke programma van KSI heeft goede voortgang geboekt waarbij veel tijd is besteed aan de samenwerking met andere Bsik-programma’s (Transumo, TransForum Agro&Groen, PSIBouw). Haar rol als parapluproject binnen het thema Duurzame Systeeminnovaties vult KSI hiermee goed in. Om de samenwerking met de andere Bsik-projecten in de proeftuinen soepel te laten verlopen heeft KSI proeftuincoördinatoren aangesteld. Ook de samenwerking met andere sectoren (gezondheidszorg, economische disciplines) is opgepakt. Voor het consortium is het tanende bestuurlijk-politieke draagvlak voor continuering van het transitiebeleid een zorgpunt. De realisatie van de mijlpalen ligt boven de gestelde verwachting."

Seminar 'De Zesde Verdieping' 'Transitie-instrumentarium: nieuw & anders?'

The Competence Centre Transitions, aiming to bridge the gap between practitioners and scientists, organises a seminar series intended to help transition practitioners in their work. The entrance is free, but registration is required.
The sixth seminar of this series (in Dutch) will deepen the subject of transition tools. Bert Stuij (SenterNovem) was actively involved in envisioning new transition tools. He will introduce the subject and use examples from the Energy Transition. Marko Hekkert (Innovation Sciences, Utrecht University) will present tools for system innovations from a scientific viewpoint.

When?
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More info? 
October 10, 2006, 13:00 - 17:00
Stadskasteel Oudaen, Oudegracht 99, Utrecht
Visit the web site of the Competence Centre Transitions

 

Cross-thinking about Sustainability: Rethinking the Global Meat Industry

Danielle Nierenberg (Worldwatch Institute, Washington, USA)
KSI organises a series of debates on the topic of "Cross-thinking about Sustainability" together with IT-IHDP, Felix Meritis and Trouw. The next one is about the meat industry. Since the avian flu outbreak began in Southeast Asia in late 2003, public health officials, farmers, veterinarians, government officials, and the media have referred to the disease as a natural disaster, implying it was impossible to prevent. But this highly virulent form of avian flu did not just "happen." Avian flu, mad cow disease, and other recent diseases that can spread from animals to humans are symptoms of a larger change-taking place in agriculture. Industrial animal production, or factory farming, is spreading around the world, swallowing up small farms and indigenous animal breeds and concentrating meat production in the hands of a few large companies.
It is essential to identify how precisely ecological and health problems are related to the current system of transnational production through factory farms. This understanding of the way in which current system produces these side effects can help transform meat production around the globe without jeopardizing its human benefits.The debate on the sustainability of food production and alternative pathways will be introduced by the lecture of Danielle Nierenberg.
Tickets cost €7.50 for KSI-members and €10.- for others. To benefit from the reduction, you should send an email to Eva Kamphorst after registration at Felix-Meritis. Then ask for the reduction when you pay at the entry.

When?
Where?
More info? 
October 5, 2006, at 20:00
Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
Download the announcement (English) or flyer (Dutch)

 

Expert workshop on innovation journeys

On 2-3 Oct. an expert workshop was held on innovation journeys and transitions to sustainability. This workshop was organised in the context of KSI sub-programme I: Historical analysis of transitions. About 35 people participated in the workshop. More than 50% of participants came from other countries (Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States). You can find a 3-page report here.

KSI workshop: Understanding processes in sustainable innovation journeys

International expert workshop; participitation on invitation only
This workshop is organised in the context of KSI sub-programme I: Historical analysis of transitions. To facilitate transitions in environmentally benefial directions, there is a strong need to influence the speed and direction of sustainable innovation journeys (Rotmans, 2003). 'Innovation journeys' are non-linear processes, open and uncertain trajectories of search and exploration (Van de Ven et al., 1999). The design and implementation of suitable stimulation programs is a key issue in many national environmental and innovation policy programs. These programs should be based on a detailed understanding of the micro-processes that underlie innovation journeys and the factors that foster or hamper them.
The aim of this workshop is to create a better understanding of the micro-processes and factors that accelerate and slow down sustainable innovation journeys, and how these relate to opportunities and limitations to policy intervention.

When?
Where?
More info? 
Oct. 2-3, 2006
Utrecht, the Netherlands
Download the announcement, or contact Frank Geels

 

Newsletter #426/09/2006

KSI aims to issue about 4 newsletters per year. Number 4 was just sent out and you can find it online here.

Conference: Innovations in coping with water and climate related risks

Poster presentations still welcome
Springs and autumns in The Netherlands and Europe are expected to become wetter; summers will be hotter and dryer. Extreme events including storms, floods and droughts will occur more often. Such changes in the hydrological cycle pose new challenges and risks for water managers. The World Water Forum 3 (Kyoto 2003) recognized that coping with water and climate related risks requires a range of measures, structural and non-structural. Development in the fields of assessments, forecasting, communication, planning and implementation are very fast indeed. At the same time opportunities to learn about these developments are scant. The conference provides such an opportunity for internationally sharing of knowledge and experiences between scientists, practitioners, administrators, managers and other interested people.

When?
Where?
More info? 
Sept. 25-27, 2006
Amsterdam RAI, the Netherlands
Download the programme, or register

 

Formalised and Non-Formalised Methods in Resource Management: Knowledge and Learning in Participatory Processes

programme now available, registration until Sept. 10
Participatory processes are becoming increasingly important in the management of natural resources. Policy makers, 'experts', and 'lay persons' -- citizens or representatives of organised interest groups -- are more and more collaborating in public decisions on issues such as water management and land use planning. Different forms of involvement have been established, allowing for varying degrees of interaction, e.g. focus groups, citizens' juries, consensus-con­feren­ces, mediated modelling, and stake­holder platforms, to name but a few. Given the complexity of the issues and associated uncertainties, one main reason to involve non-state actors in public decisions is to incorporate different sources of knowledge and to foster social learning, which is anticipated to result in better, i.e. more informed and creative, decision-making. Other expected outcomes include the facilitation of actually reaching agreements, greater acceptance of, and compliance with, these, and generally improved communication among participants.A spectrum of methods, instruments, tools, and models is available to structure information flows in these participatory processes.

When?
Where?
More info? 
Sept. 21-22, 2006
Osnabrück, Germany
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European group of Public Administration (EGPA) annual Conference

After public policy and management frameworks : What’s next ?
For decades, public policy and public affairs framework was dominant in the public sector. Policies design, assessment, implementation, and evaluation were largely disciplinary oriented (economic, social, education, health, culture…). Then came the managerial approach mainly oriented to efficiency, cost containment, cost benefits analysis, business processes reengineering and so on. Such a move required to move towards an interdisciplinary approach.
Nowadays, if there is a consensus to move away from the classical weberian model of public organization, it appears that the widespread of ICT characterized the entering in a IIIrd industrial revolution that has to foster new conceptual framework to analyze, comprehend and design policies and public organizations.
Which can be the conceptual framework we need to refer to for the future? Institutional evolution, links between institutions and organizations, the role of public policies in a globalized world, new ways of citizen participation…. radical change is on the agenda.

When?
Where?
More info? 
Sept. 6-9, 2006
Milan, Italy
Click here to go the conference web site

 

Post-graduate course on Transition Management

KSI is proud to announce its first post-graduate course in Transition Management, to be taught from September to December 2006, at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The course has been developed for transition professionals from the (semi) public sector. These could be programme managers, senior project leaders, or senior policy advisors, who try to realise societal changes or transitions in their daily work.
During the 7-day course we will touch upon all important aspects for the practical application of transition management. Using recent examples from the experience of the participants and the teachers, the theory will be put to practice.
For more information (in Dutch) download the brochure, or contact Jos Timmermans. It is possible register using this form.

KSI Summer School

Following the Winterschool in January this year, there will soon be a KSI Summer School. This time it is being organised principally by the PhD students themselves, and they determine the content. It is still possible to register, see contact address below.

When?
Where?
More info? 
July 21-23, 2006
Andelst, the Netherlands
Contact Roos Spanjers

 

Seminar "de Vijfde Verdieping"

Transition monitoring
The Competence Centre Transitions, aiming to bridge the gap between practitioners and scientists, organises a seminar series intended to help transition practitioners in their work. The entrance is free, but registration is required.
The fifth seminar of this series will deepen the subject of transition monitoring in research and practice. On the basis of recent experiences and methods under development we will address the question what is required from a transition monitoring to optimally support a transition process in practices.

When?
Where?
More info? 
June 20, 2006
Stadskasteel Oudaen, Oudegracht 99, Utrecht
Visit the web site of the Competence Centre Transitions

 

Final conference: Sustainability A-test

SustainabilityA-Test is a 'specific targeted research or innovation project' (STREP) under the 6th framework research program of the European Commission (priority 1.1.6.3, Global change and ecosystems). The project is about assessment tools used to assess a policy's contribution to sustainable development.
Tuesday 20 June 2006 will see the launch of a website for impact assessment tools. This new website contains a digital catalogue of tools (a webbook) that can be used to assess sustainability. Tools included in this webbook are cost-benefit analysis, multi-criteria analysis, approaches to organizing stakeholder involvement and many more.
Participation in this launch will give you an unique opportunity to:
- test the website and make use of the assistance offered
- discuss the use of the tools with the many different experts present.

When?
Where?
More info? 
June 20, 2006 (16:30-20:00)
Brussels, Belgium
Check the programme or test the web site for impact assessment tools

 

Conference: Governance and Innovation

On June 15 & 16 2006, the third Institute for Governance Studies (IGS) Spring Conference will take place. The conference is primarily focusing on junior research projects and ongoing PhD-research within the Institute. Interaction, exchange of ideas, research approaches and experiences thus are at the heart of the conference. The conference is open to an internal and external audience.
The program of the conference is build along the research orientations of the IGS research program; Innovation& Governance being the central theme. By this implying the governance of innovation as well the innovation in governance in both public and private sectors. The research orientations reflect the key areas of interest of the groups participating in IGS as well as the foci of European and national policies that currently are taken shape within the context of the Lisbon agenda.

When?
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More info? 
June 15-16, 2006
Enschede, Netherlands
Read the programme or register

 

Conference: ‘Efficiency, Environment & Employment 2006’

The conference is organised on occasion of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. It will reflect recent developments and synergies between economic efficiency, environment and employment.
The Conference aims to:

  • identify framework conditions that promote or inhibit synergies between economic efficiency, environment and employment
  • share experiences of local, regional and national projects in Europe and beyond
  • disseminate relevant information about success and failures to policymakers, businesses, local authorities, NGOs and other social actors

Participation in the conference is free of charge. For further information and registration please visit http://www.eee2006.org/ or contact the secretariat.

When?
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More info? 
June 8-9, 2006
Vienna, Austria
Read the programme

 

Successful annual KSI conference

On June 2nd KSI held its second annual conference in Amsterdam. We welcomed around 80 participants, which means that practically the whole network was present. 16 senior scientists presented their KSI-project in 8 break-out sessions. As KSI is about practice-oriented research, the central discussion theme was how to develop the harbour of Amsterdam in a sustainable and innovative way. Bram Breure of the Harbour Authority presented his case study and was present for the whole day to receive advice and take part in the discussions. He also selected the group that gave the most useful suggestions, and handed them the KSI Price for most relevant practice oriented advice. In the evening there was a lively diner and party. If you wish to see some pictures, click here. To view the presentations, go to documents.

Second KSI Annual Conference

for KSI members only
Last year, on June 3, around Jan Rotmans' inaugural lecture, a tradition has started that will last at least until 2010: every first Friday of June will be the day for KSI's Annual Conference, followed by a major party. The 2006 Conference will be held in Amsterdam. There will be much emphasis on 'surprising encounters' and on the relation between research and practice. The Conference will give the floor to post-docs and senior researchers to present their work, given that the SWOME Marktdag (see below) provides the PhD students with a forum. All members of the KSI network are expected to contribute to lively, substantive and high quality discussions on these projects. A tentative programme has been established.

When?
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More info? 
June 2, 2006; 9:30-20.00, and then…. Party time!
UvA, Kloveniersburgwal 48, Amsterdam
Download the programme and the route discription, or contact John Grin

 

Scholarships in the field of sustainability

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is funding scholarships on the social dimension of sustainable development and valuation of environmental impacts.
For its first year of operation, the EIB University Research Sponsorship (EIBURS) programme has selected four lines of research. These lines and the deadlines for presentation of proposals are the following:

  • Financial and economic valuation of environmental impacts (23 May 2006)
  • Technology assessment and acceleration of innovation (30 May 2006)
  • Public-private partnerships (6 June 2006)
  • Social dimensions of sustainable development (13 June 2006)

 

Hypermobility: a challenge to governance
Download lecture here

Prof. John Adams (lecturer in geography at the University College in London, UK)
KSI organises a series of debates on the topic of "Cross-thinking about Sustainability" together with IT-IHDP, Felix Meritis and Trouw. The next one is about hypermobility. Strategies for sustainable development in the area of mobility tend to focus on technological innovation to achieve less polluting cars, airplanes and other means to supply the mobility we need. The current Dutch government has explicitly rejected strategies that influence the demand for mobility, assuming that this not socially viable. Is that right? Will technological improvement of current means of transportation suffice? Or is our fate to live in hyper-mobile societies regardless of our actions? What challenges does hypermobility pose for governance? Is there space for sustainability?
Prof. John Adams will discuss these questions by analysing nature and origins of what he calls our hypermobile society, followed by a public debate.
Tickets cost €10.-, but if you register here you may get a ticket at €7.50.

When?
Where?
More info? 
May 11, 2006, at 20:00
Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
See poster or abstract

 

Book: Understanding Industrial Transformation

"Understanding Industrial Transformation: views from different disciplines" by X. Olsthoorn and A. J. Wieczorek, Springer 2006.
This book is an effort on the IPO part as well as some of the researchers of the Institute for Environmental Studies (where the IHDP-IT office is located) to (1) bring together some of the disciplinary perspectives on IT, and (2) evaluate the usefulness of these findings for the long-term, transition-type of policy making.
More information about this book can be found at the web site of Springer. Please feel free to comment to one of the editors, Anna Wieczorek.

European Transport Research: are we on the right track?

congress
The 6th Framework Programme (FP) for Research and Development (R&D) has just finished and the 7th FP is about to start. For this reason a unique congress is organised for everyone who wants to partipate in the discussions about the opportunities and challanges for European research on transport. At the congress we will look back at the relevant results of FP6 for R&D and and address the question how the Netherlands could maximise its contribution on transport within FP7.
Tickets cost €100.-, subscribe here.

When?
Where?
More info? 
May 17, 2006
NBC te Nieuwegein
Click here

 

Newsletter KSI

KSI is already running for one year, and the 3rd electronic newsletter has seen the light. It is possible to read it online or to subscribe and receive it through email. Please feel free to contribute to any of the sections (news, science, practice, column, bottom-up, publications or agenda). Just contact Eva Kamphorst.

Transition: Campsite or Gated Community?

seminar "de Vierde Verdieping"
The Competence Centre Transitions, intended to bridge the gap between practitioners and scientists, organises a seminar series intended to help transition practitioners in their work. The fourth seminar of this series tackles the question how open a transition arena should be to potential participants, in order for the transition to be succesful. Should it be like a campsite, which welcomes every passer-by, or should it be a gated community, for insiders only?

When?
Where?
More info? 
April 18, 2006 (13:00-17:00)
Stadskasteel Oudaen, Oudegracht 99, Utrecht
Click here

 

International Built & Human Environment Research Week (IRW)

conference
The IRW2006 will bring together worldwide practitioners, leading researchers, and postgraduates with showcasing state of the art research, innovation, and industry practice at all levels and in all processes in the built and human environment. This event is jointly organised by the 6* RAE rated Research Institute for the Built & Human Environment, the School of Construction & Property Management, the EPSRC funded Salford Centre for Research & Innovation at the University of Salford, and the Centre for Process Innovation in Building and Construction, a joint centre of the Faculties of Civil Engineering and Architecture of Delft University of Technology, and TNO in Delft, the Netherlands. The IRW2006 consists of (i) 3rd International SCRI Research Symposium - April 3-4 , (ii) Industry Day - April 5, (iii) 6th International Postgraduate Research Conference - April 6-7

When?
Where?
More info? 
April 3-7, 2006
Delft University of Technology
Click here

 

Report: Duurzame daadkracht

The Dutch cabinet sent a progress report to the Lower Chamber (Tweede Kamer) comprising an overview of all activities towards sustainable development in 2005, entitled Progress Report Duurzame Daadkracht 2005. The report mentions KSI at page 37, as a partner of the Competence Centre for Transitions. So be aware that KSI is expected to help shape a sustainable future for the Netherlands! The report can be downloaded here (64 p.). The accompanying letter can be found here.

Conference: Governance for Sustainable Development: Steering in Contexts of Ambivalence, Uncertainty and Distributed Control

Researchers from various problem areas and disciplines are invited for a workshop on problems of steering in the context of sustainable development. Of special interest is the ambivalence of sustainability goals, uncertainty of knowledge on socio-ecological dynamics and distributed power to shape societal transformation.

When?
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More info? 
February 5-7, 2006
Berlin
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Can globalisation become a driver of sustainable development?
Download lecture here

Lecture by Professor Wolfgang Sachs (Wuppertal Institute), followed by a debate
On January 17 KSI organises a debate together with IT-IHDP, Felix Meritis and Trouw, at Felix Meritis, Amsterdam. The question is whether globalisation, now so often seen as a major problem by many people and organisations concerned with sustainable development can actually become a carrier and a driver for sustainable development. The debate, first in the series of "Cross-thinking about sustainability", will be initiated by a lecture given by Wolfgang Sachs (Wuppertal Institute) - a member of the Club of Rome and ex-chairman of Greenpeace Germany. Sachs is one of the few prominent scientists, who has not only discussed the problematic consequences of current economic policies for sustainable development in a globalizing world, but who has also proposed alternative modes of economic analysis and global governance.
In his lecture, he will indicate what sorts of economic analysis could help lay the foundation for a sustainable world economy. He will draw the implications of adopting such a policy for both economic and innovation policies of both OECD and developing countries. He will also attempt to indicate what routes in economics research may contribute to this kind of development.
Tickets cost €12.50, but if you register here you can benefit from a reduced KSI price.

When?
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More info? 
January 17, 2006, at 20:15
Felix Meritis, Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam
Click here

 

Impressions KSI Winterschool

The year 2006 started for all PhD students (more than 30) within KSI with a winterschool. An excellent opportunity to acquire a solid knowledge base about transitions and their governance, while making new acquaintances. The programme was full of presentations and discussions. And there was entertainment too: on the evening the students were asked to prepare a transition performance, they didn’t lack the occasion to caricature the KSI directors. One thing is certain: our PhD students are enthusiastic.
If you wish to get some impressions or download related material, click here.

First KSI Winterschool for PhD Students

Introduction to transition studies
This winterschool is organised to provide all PhD students within KSI (more than 20) with a solid basis of transition knowledge. Also, it is open to some foreign students and the working language will be English.
All KSI researchers are warmly invited to join one particular evening, including dinner, transition performances by our PhD students, and a dancing party.
Be there on Thursday January 12!

When?
Where?
More info? 
January 9-13, 2006
Abdij Rolduc-Kerkrade
See the programme or contact Deborah Tappi

 

"Kennis-Kerstmarkt" successful

We welcomed many invited participants to our "Kennis-Kerstmarkt" on the 22nd of December, apart from our 9 KSI PhD students and a handful of senior scientists. It was a successfull event, as people experienced the speed-dating as a very intense, pleasant and useful way to communicate. Mainly it became much clearer to everyone who is doing what. Also, multiple opportunities for collaboration between practitioners and scientists were identified.

KSI Kennis-Kerstmarkt, 22 dec. 2005
Wij hebben het plezier u hierbij namens het KSI uit te nodigen voor een heel bijzonder evenement. In een informele sfeer bieden we de mogelijkheid met ons te komen discussiëren over onze laatste inzichten en ideeën over transities. Een unieke kans om via 1-op-1 gesprekken met transitieonderzoekers van gedachten te wisselen. Voor een warme kerstsfeer wordt gezorgd. Het evenement zal plaatsvinden op donderdagmiddag 22 December, bij DRIFT. Het programma is als volgt:
13:30-14:00 Aankomst en ontvangst
14:00-14:15 Welkomstwoord
14:15-16:00 Discussie in korte sessies, met KSI onderzoekers
16:00-17:00 Borrel
Graag horen we van u of u van plan bent te komen, maar inschrijven is niet verplicht.
Contactpersoon: Eva Kamphorst (kamphorst@fsw.eur.nl)

Symposium: Over de grenzen van de wetenschap
"Zó is het wetenschap en zó moet het gebeuren" Impliciete paradigma's in discussie
Het bedrijven van wetenschap is gebaat bij een kritische opstelling tegenover onbewuste axioma's en gesloten paradigma's. Claims op de waarheid staan het vinden van nieuwe inzichten in de weg. Daarom dit symposium 'Over de grenzen van de wetenschap'.
Wetenschappers uit verschillende wetenschapsrichtingen worden uitgenodigd elkaar te ontmoeten; elkaar te horen over ieders zoekprocessen en uw ervaringen met elkaar te delen. Dit ter inspiratie voor uw eigen blikverruimende studie en uw grensverleggende onderzoek.
Opgeven voor 1 november, deelname 35 euro.

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December 8, 2005, 10:00-16:30
de Uithof, Utrecht
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National Symposium: Nature Valuation and Financing
Making the Priceless Valuable
This Symposium is jointly organized by Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality - Department of Knowledge (LNV-DK), the International Agricultural Centre (WUR/IAC), Tropenbos International and the Foundation for Sustainable Development.
The goal of the symposium is to contribute to the development and implementation of innovative instruments, which can broaden the financial basis for conservation and sustainable use of ecosystems. The symposium aims to strengthen the cooperation between policy, research and practice by ways of:

  • Exchanging knowledge and experiences concerning the recent developments in ecosystem valuation and financing,
  • Stimulating coordination and cooperation of policymakers, researchers and practitioners to enable a broader application and development of innovative financing mechanisms,
  • Strengthening and mobilizing existing knowledge and expert networks using an interactive platform (www.naturevaluation.org ).

The symposium welcomes a broad range of participants, encompassing scientists, policy makers, Non-governmental organizations and the private sector (commercial and financial sectors).

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December 8, 2005, 9:00-17:15
Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality - Department of Knowledge (LNV-DK), Ede
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KSI distinguishes itself at the National Innovation Event

On the 7th of December the Innovatie Platform lead by prime minister Balkenende organised a huge National Innovation Event. Among the 2200 partipants was a delegation of KSI, holding a stand together with a dozen other BSIK programmes, joined within 'Acht-voor-Ruimte'. KSI used a succesful technique to get in discussion with the public. Eva Kamphorst lured them into our stand where Pepik Henneman and Harry te Riele interviewed them about their specific area of interest, followed by a response form the appropriate Acht-voor-Ruimte expert, all this being taped on video. The result can be viewed here.

Nationaal Innovatie Event
Door het organiseren van het Nationaal Innovatie Event wil het Innovatieplatform laten zien hoe actief Nederland is op het gebied van innovatie. Aan een aantal activiteiten heeft het Innovatieplatform inmiddels zelf mogen bijdragen. Het belangrijkste is om te laten zien waar Nederland nu al mee bezig is, en aan welke zaken u zelf mee kunt doen. Het event is bedoeld voor iedereen die zich op de een of andere manier betrokken voelt bij innovatie. Dat kan zijn vanuit het bedrijfsleven, vanuit het onderzoek, vanuit het onderwijs of vanuit het beleid. Langs deze weg nodigen wij u dan ook uit om het Nationaal Innovatie Event te bezoeken en deel te nemen aan diverse sprekersprogramma's, workshops en de innovatiebeurs.
Het Nationaal Innovatie Event is 'the place to be' om verbinding te maken met uw toekomst én met andere innovatoren die Nederland rijk is. Om deze verbindingen tijdens het event een handje te helpen zijn er vier 'werelden' gecreëerd waarin u elkaar kunt ontmoeten. Als rode draad door de werelden is de verbinding met de toekomst zichtbaar, onder meer in de vorm van 'wenkende' toekomstbeelden. KSI is te vinden bij stand 96, samen met de andere BSIK programma's op het thema ruimte (Acht voor Ruimte).

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December 7, 2005,
La Fabrique, Maarssen
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START Fellowship/Visiting Scientist Program (Round 14)
Announcement of Opportunity (deadline: Dec. 16, 2005)
This program, funded by DGIS, the Netherlands, is designed to increase the number of developing country scientists who will conduct research, and contribute to START regional research networks and the Joint and Core Projects of the Earth System Science Partnership (IGBP, WCRP, IHDP, and DIVERSITAS). Research bearing on policy issues and sustainable development is encouraged. START Fellowships are offered at the graduate and post-graduate levels to young scientists (under 35 years of age at the time of application) from Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

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2006
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Lustrumcongres “Innovatie en maatschappelijke ontwikkeling: omgaan met een haat-liefde verhouding”
Dit jaar bestaat het Centrum voor Wetenschap, Technologie en Samenleving (CSTS: Centre for Science, Technology and Society) aan de Universiteit Twente 30 jaar. Deze KSI-partner viert dit lustrum met een ééndaags congres waar een tussenbalans wordt opgemaakt van drie decennia onderzoek naar de wisselwerking tussen wetenschappelijk-technologische en maatschappelijke ontwikkeling en pogingen om de aldus ontwikkelde inzichten in dienst te stellen van maatschappelijke uitdagingen.
Het programma bestaat uit een plenair ochtenddeel met geïnviteerde sprekers en een middagdeel met een aantal parallelle workshops. De sprekers van het ochtenddeel zijn:

  • Prof.dr. A. (Arie) Rip
    Hoogleraar Filosofie van wetenschap en technologie, Universiteit Twente
  • Dr. H.A. (Rick) Harwig
    Directievoorzitter Philips Research
  • Dr. H.H.F. (Herman) Wijffels
    Voorzitter Sociaal Economische Raad en Lid van het Innovatieplatform
  • Prof.dr.ir. D.N. (David) Reinhoudt
    Wetenschappelijk directeur onderzoekinstituut Mesa+, Universiteit Twente
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November 29, 2005
Universiteit Twente
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Netwerkdag Grensverleggend Vernieuwen (nr 2).
Van elkaars praktijken leren, elkaar adviseren, elkaar ontmoeten, nieuwe verbindingen leggen, daar gaat het ons die middag om. De middag is bedoeld voor trekkers van systeeminnovatieve projecten en programma's bij intermediaire organisaties, overheid en adviesbureaus ('transitietrekkers'). Mensen uit de praktijk dus.

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November 10, 2005, 13:00-17:00
Future Center / Mobilion, Utrecht
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KSI Workshop historical transitions
On 8 September 2005, a workshop was organised in Eindhoven in the context of the KSI-research programme 'Historical analysis of transitions'. KSI researchers came from Eindhoven, Utrecht and Rotterdam, complemented with two foreign guests (Staffan Jacobsson and Karl Jonasson), resulting in 19 participants.
The main aim of the workshop was to improve our understanding of long-term dynamics of innovation journeys, especially the ups and down, and twists and turns. Many participants had studied long-term journeys for environmental innovations, often from 1970 to 2000. Examples include: manure digestion, cofiring of biomass and coal, biofuels, biomass gasification, and PV. Some participants studied the innovation journeys from the perspective of Strategic Niche Management, while others used the functional approach related to technology specific innovation systems. >> read more

First KSI newsletter appeared on 20/08/2005
We are proud to present our first newsletter, which appeared in August 2005. It is aimed at both scientist and practitioners interested in our work on transitions.
You can find it by clicking on "Newsletter" in the main menu of this web site. It is also possible to subscribe if you prefer to receive it directly in your email box (and to unsubscribe). We plan to publish a newsletter issue every three months.

He has become professor, again

Prof. dr. ir. Jan Rotmans, one of the scientific directors of KSI, has become Professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) and has gave his inagural lecture on June 3rd, entitled "Societal Innovation: between dream and reality stands complexity".
Here both the slide show (in Dutch), and the and the full text (in Dutch) can be downloaded. The latter was published in a booklet, which is available upon request at our secretariat. And last but not least, there is a video of the lecture (45 min.)

KSI was launched on 03/06/2005
On June 3rd 2005, KSI was officially launched, as well as the "Transitienetwerk", a collaboration between KSI, the Knowledge Centre Transitions and the Competence centre Transitions.
On the same occasion a symposium on transitions, and a market with innovative ideas were held.
Our guest speakers were Hans van der Vlist of the Ministry VROM,
Prof. Ezio Manzini ("Visions and transition. Towards a multi-local society?": slide show, and Rein Willems of Shell ("Transitie, maak het makkelijk, leuk en betaalbaar": slide show, and full text). It was a memorable day.