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Baltic Meeting Point
Uppsala, Sweden6-9 May 2001Seminar D2. Environmental techniques and business innovation
Developing environmental technologies offer opportunities for business development, employment and enhanced competitiveness. The actual effect on that in Sweden has been examined in a recently completed project (FEESE) and during an on-going one (Competence Centres on the Environment) funded by NUTEK. The result of these projects and other environmental technology initiatives in the Baltic will be presented and the further development of the theme will be explored. Further information from: beids.@tutech.de.
2nd International Conference "From Eco-Efficiency to Overall Sustainability in Enterprises"
Düsseldorf, Germany15/16 May 2001
A major international conference entitled "From Eco-Efficiency to Overall Sustainability in Enterprises" will take place on 15 and 16 May 2001 as part of ENVITEC 2001. After the first international conference, in 1998, attracted some 450 participants, we are this year prepared to welcome about 600 participants from all over the world.
ENVITEC has been the leading international environmental trade fair for 30 years. The next ENVITEC will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 14 to 17 May 2001. For the first time the ENVITEC will be held alongside the A+A the international trade fair for occupational safety and health at work. Eco-efficiency in enterprises is gaining attention all over the world, the more since the Sustainable Performance Group launched the Dow Jones Sustainability Group Index. Environmental and – of late – also financial actors look more and more for environmental friendly production and services that go beyond pollution control. The time has come to embrace the efforts of various innovators and actors in sustainable enterprise, and create an international platform for the subject of eco-efficiency. A combined effort towards knowledge transfer and network-building is very important. This has led to a joint initiative of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to hold this international conference on eco-efficiency and sustainability in enterprises. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology holds the patronage for the conference.
The event's prime aim is to exchange knowledge, to bring people together who are involved in sustainable enterprises and to develop common directives for the development and implementation of sustainability. Areas to be addressed are: energy efficiency, water efficiency and resource efficiency. Noted speakers such as Amory B. Lovins (Rocky Mountain Institute), Heinz Schilling (SEW), Albin Kälin (Rohner Textil AG) and Hiroaki Koshibu (Fuji Xerox) will present entrepreneurial success stories. For the first time, one session will deal with social aspects of eco-efficiency, the so-called corporate social responsibility of enterprises. Here Peter Zollinger (SustainAbility), Udo Helms (Siemens) and Alois Faltz (Sustainable Performance Group) will speak about social and financial aspects of a sustainable development of enterprises. A further session will be hosted by the consulting company, Arthur D. Little and deal with possibilities of consulting enterprises towards sustainable development. More information may be obtained by visiting the Web site: http://www.eco-efficiency.de and http://www.envitec.de or via the Conference: e-mail: Jan-Dirk.Seiler@wupperinst.org
Conference Office, Jan-Dirk Seiler-Hausmann, Monika Kieslich, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Döppersberg 19, D-42103 Wuppertal, Germany. Tel: +49 (0)202 2492 102; 269; Fax: +49 (0)202 2492-108; E-mail: Jan-Dirk.Seiler@wupperinst.org Internet: http://www.eco-efficiency.de
Our Ecological Future: Engaging Wisdom Traditions of the East and West
Whidbey Island, WA, USA13-22 July 2001
The Whidbey Institute is launching a series of ten-day residential courses in association with Schumacher College, the prestigious international center for ecological studies in Devon, UK. This inaugural course will feature Stephanie Kaza and Bill McKibben. The course will address how our society can negotiate the complexities of ecological change and human survival at this millennial time. The course will be limited to 25 participants.
Cost: $1,695 (includes meals, lodging, and materials; some financial aid possible).
Third Summer Institute on Interdisciplinary Science
Miami, Florida, USA15 July-3 August 2001
The Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami (UM) announce the third Summer Institute on Interdisciplinary Science in the Americas, to be held in Miami, Florida, USA, between July 15 and August 3, 2001. The theme of the Institute 2001 is "Integrated Management of Water Resources in the Americas: Challenges and Emerging Issues". To plan and conduct the Institute 2001, the IAI and UM have joined efforts with UNESCO's Regional Office of Science and Technology for Latin America and the Caribbean. Full financial support for the Summer Institute is provided by the United States' National Science Foundation.
Eligible applicants must be affiliated with a research, educational, or resource management institution, governmental or not, in an IAI Ratified Member Country. At this time, the IAI Ratified Member Countries include: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, USA, Uruguay and Venezuela. Preference will be given to applicants in the early or middle stages of their professional careers. Most institute activities will be conducted in English, therefore participants must demonstrate sufficient command of the language.
For further information, please contact: Dr Guillermo Podestá, Summer Institute Science Coordinator. E-mail: email@example.com
The programme is available at: http://www.rsmas.miami.edu/IAIUM/Inst2001/announcement.html
7th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication
Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada18-20 July 2001
Under the slogan "Telling Our Stories", the conference is being hosted by the Yukon College, in Whitehorse (Canada), and organised by the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education and the Environmental Education Association of the Yukon.
The event has two main dimensions:
Narrative. Storytelling has always been important to northern peoples. Explore narrative aspects of traditional knowledge, drama, music, dance and "narrative as research".
Research. Examine emerging research trends in philosophy, participatory inquiry, feminist critique, historical interpretation, phenomenology, narrative inquiry, ethics, and more.
A featured speaker is David Abram, author of The Spell of the Sensuous.
Papers are now being called and those interested in presenting a paper, workshop, poster, or a work-in-progress should contact the organisers.
For further information and to be included in the conference mailing list, please contact: Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, Yukon College, Box 2799, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5K4, Canada. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Baltic International Summer School (BISS)
21 July-12 August 2001
Students, teachers and other persons interested in Baltic countries, the Baltic Sea area and Northern Europe, are invited to take part in the Baltic International Summer School (BISS) from 21 July to 12 August 2001.
Courses will be held in English, on matters such as Baltic politics, Northern European nationalism and identity, Northern European security and foreign policy, Russian policy in the Baltic Sea area, Baltic economy and law, Baltic history, Baltic tourism and geography, Baltic folklore, Baltic music, Baltic art, Baltic philosophy, Baltic food and drinks, Liv history, culture and language, Prussian history, culture and language, Latvian language and literature, Estonian language and literature and Lithuanian language and literature.
2001 NAAGE Fifth Annual Conference
Co-hosted by Audubon Expedition Institute and Sterling CollegeSterling College, Craftsbury Common, Vermont, USA9-11 August 2001
The North American Alliance for Green Education (NAAGE) conference theme this year is "Experiential Green Education". Sub themes include: Global green education; Appropriate technology; NAAGE collaborative efforts; Teaching green; Work, service and social responsibility; Green campuses; Bringing forward student leadership; and College farms.
For more information, contact Louisa Carl, Conference Program Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
River Basin Management 2001
Cardiff, UK11-13 September 2001
River Basin Management 2001 is the first in this new series of events, which marks the growing international interest in the planning, design and management of river basin systems.
The conference will aim to communicate recent advances in the overall management of riverine systems, including advances in hydraulic and hydrologic modelling, environmental protection and floodplain mapping.
In recent years, significant advances have been made in the development and application of hydroinformatics software tools for predicting flow, water quality, sediment transport and ecological processes in riverine systems. River Basin Management 2001 will provide the ideal forum for practitioners and academia to highlight the latest developments in this field and to discuss the experience of applying such software tools to practical riverine problems.
Currently topics such as river ecology, geomorphology, floodplain mapping and field and laboratory data for riverine basins, are of great interest. This is likely to increase even further in the future, as the effects of climate change on flooding, etc. become more intense and more frequent.
Riverine hydraulics and hydrology.
Flood mapping and prediction.
Water quality and environmental modelling.
Ecological and bacteriological perspectives.
Dam break and flood wave analysis.
Flood risk and uncertainty analysis.
Sediment transport processes and navigation.
Hydraulic structures and river training.
Wetland restoration and management.
Total catchment modelling and management.
Weather radar and data acquisition.
Management information systems and GIS.
Decision support systems and neural networks.
EC Directives and World Health Organisation Standards.
Engineering solutions and case studies.
Sustainable river management.
Papers are invited on the topics outlined above and on others falling within the scope of the meeting. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted by mail, fax or e-mail as soon as possible.
For further information please contact: Susan Hanley, Conference Secretariat RBM 2001, Wessex Institute of Technology, Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 7AA, UK. Tel: + 44 (0) 238 029 3223; Fax: + 44 (0) 238 029 2853; E-mail: email@example.com
Or visit the Web site of the conference at: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2001/river01/
EMSU 2001: Sustainability and Transformation in Higher Education – International Conference
Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa11-14 September 2001
First announcement and call for contributions.
Conference themeThe theme for the second International Conference on Environmental Management for Sustainable Universities (EMSU 2001) is "Sustainability and Transformation in Higher Education (HE)". It illuminates issues of transformation for sustainability in HE in the spheres of environmental management, curriculum development, research and environmental activism. Building a conference theme around the notion of "transformation" challenges us to consider broader issues of social and ecological change within an international arena such as:
What is the role of higher education in redressing global inequality in the move towards global sustainability?
How do environmental management processes enable changes at a local, institutional level?
What kinds of curricula and programmes enable sustainable living practices in institutions?
What does sustainability mean in a developed/developing context?
This conference challenges leaders in HE to report on their innovations, research and management practices in an international forum on sustainability.
More about the venue and your hostsEMSU 2001 takes place in Grahamstown, South Africa, on the campus of Rhodes University. Grahamstown is a small university town. Poised between the dire development needs of the Eastern Cape Province and rich sources of cultural and intellectual resources, Rhodes University presents a vibrant and interesting context for academic and educational work. In recent years, much of this work has focused on environment and development issues in the province, and in the broader southern African region. Rhodes University has a rapidly growing environmental science programme and a well established environmental education unit. Many other faculties are engaged in environmentally-oriented research and teaching. After becoming a signatory to the Talloires Declaration, Rhodes embarked on developing a University environmental policy under the guidance of the Grounds and Gardens Department. For a more in-depth view of Rhodes University, visit our Web site at http://www.rhodes.ac.za
ContributionsNote that all contributions should link to the conference theme and one or more of the following sub-themes:
Implementation of environmental management systems in HE.
Development of curricula, programmes and educational processes.
Engaging the debate on sustainability through research and critical academic work.
Student/staff action for change.
Contributions may have one of the following formats:
Paper presentation: present a 30-minute academic paper representing a critical comment on some aspect of sustainability and transformation in HE; or
Stories of transformation: present your story of "sustainability and transformation in higher education" in the form of a paper presentation with a strong case study focus. Share your experience in implementing curriculum, research or management processes for sustainability – your successes and failures, and the significant lessons we may learn from that experience.
Round table discussionThese sessions are aimed at enabling open-ended debate and discussion on a wide range of issues and questions related to the conference theme. Should you wish to host a round table discussion, compile a short orientation to your issue or question to stimulate further debate or discussion. Issues and questions may be of a practical or theoretical nature.
Marketplace displays and postersThe conference will include "marketplace" and poster sessions to encourage networking. Share resource materials, publications, course materials or research reports with other conference delegates during the marketplace session. You may also present a poster display as part of the marketplace displays.
Country reportsThere will be a plenary session in which all participants will be invited to share national perspectives on sustainability and transformation in higher education. Please prepare to make a contribution to this session.
Conference publicationRhodes University will edit a post-conference publication on sustainability and transformation, drawing on selected papers from the conference. Should you wish to make a contribution to the publication visit the Web site (see below) for editorial information.
ExcursionsThe conference will include one or more excursions to other campuses in the Eastern Cape to observe examples of environmental management, teaching and research in other centres of learning.
Post-conference excursionsThe conference organisers are putting together an interesting post-conference excursion programme, in partnership with local tour operation companies. Post-conference excursions will introduce conference delegates to the rich biodiversity of South Africa. Potential excursions include the Kruger National Park, the Cape Garden Route, the Addo Elephant Park and Shamwari Game Reserve.
AccommodationThe university offers comfortable single room accommodation. There are also numerous bed and breakfast establishments within walking distance.
Important datesContributors and delegates are urged to adhere to the following deadlines:
31 January 2001, first registration;
31 March 2001, final registration, abstracts and contributions, accommodation bookings post-conference excursion bookings;
31 May 2001, final contributions for publication; registration (please complete the online registration form available at the conference Web site: http://www.rhodes.ac.za/environment/emsu.html
Registration feesUS$200 per delegate, excluding accommodation and other costs (delegates from developing countries may apply for a discount in registration fees).
Direct enquiries to Lesley Futter. E-mail: L.Futter@ru.ac.za, EMSU 2001 Conference, Rhodes University, PO Box 94, Grahamstown, 6140, South Africa. Tel: +27-46-603-8138; Fax: +27-46-636-1902; Web site: http://www.rhodes.ac.za/environment/emsu.html