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Article Type: Diary From: Management of Environmental Quality: An International Journal, Volume 19, Issue 5
AP2 Conference “Public Participation and Corporate Social Responsibility”
27-29 August 2008, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
This three-day conference aims to attract a range of international companies to tell their story, to bring together research leaders to engage in a debate about new trends and models of public engagement, and to gather a multitude of examples of effective public participation processes from the public, voluntary and trust organisations. The need to bring the public into the strategic development plans of major organisations is increasingly becoming a political necessity. For the first time ever, the business and service sectors are bound by both legal and informal protocols of public participation.
This conference and the associated training festival are designed to address the skills or knowledge gaps that may exist. The conference will attract internationally renowned speakers, those with citizen engagement experience and those people who are spearheading research, policy development and practice in public engagement. The conference will focus on the interface zone between the corporate sector (however defined) and civil society, and will encompass a mixture of interactive academic and practical sessions, keynote addresses, world café discussions, case study presentations and visits to demonstration projects. Wrapped around the conference will be a high quality IAP2 training event for delegates interested in upgrading their qualifications in public participation processes.
Further information is available at: www.strath.ac.uk/Departments/CADISPA/conf/index.html
Urban Transport 2008 Conference
1-3 September 2008, Ramla Bay Resort, Malta
The Wessex Institute of Technology are organising the thirteenth international conference on “Urban Transport and the Environment in the 21st Century” to be hosted in Malta, from the 1st to 3rd September 2008. Transportation in cities raises a multitude of environmental and social challenges for urban authorities and central government. This conference will explore recent research into urban transport systems control aspects, information and simulation systems, and consider the implications of research findings for the development of effective strategies to tackle transport and traffic problems. Further information is available at: www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2008/urban08
Conference “The New Energy Challenge”
24-25 September 2008, St John’s College, Oxford, UK
The British Institute of Energy and Economics (BIEE) and UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) are organising the 7th BIEE Academic Conference, which will bring together senior level speakers from energy industries, academia and policy-makers from the UK, Europe and the US to discuss their roles in addressing the current energy challenge.
The conference will test the ideas of Government and market failures in the new context of climate change and security, and will consider how far market processes and Government policy can be reinvented and combined in ways that will be more effective in tackling this challenging agenda. Student participation is sought in the main conference and via the “market place” – a highly interactive event in which students can set up a stall around a poster and present the key findings of their recent academic work in a series of short discussions. Further information is available at: http://biee.meeting.org.uk
Second International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste
17-20 November 2008, Venice, Italy
The production of energy from alternative sources and its impact on climate change are among the main strategic tools implicated in the sustainable development of our society.
Accordingly, numerous types of biomass and wastes contribute towards the production of energy and reduction in the use of fossil fuels by means of biological, chemical and thermal processes. Further to the above, in modern integrated waste management scenarios the waste-to-energy process allows the cycle to be closed. Existing biomass and waste-to-energy technologies are currently undergoing rapid development: processes are being optimised and new ideas for technical application proposed.
Despite the growing interest in the use of these technologies, in many countries their implementation remains limited, chiefly due to reasons other than those of a technical and economical nature (i.e. carce public acceptance, negative past experiences, insufficient knowledge, to mention but a few).
The aim of the Venice 2008 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion on relevant aspects such as:
reliability of processes and technologies;
full scale applicability of new processes;
technical and economical optimisation;
improvement of energy balance;
environmental impact and potential health effects;
information and education;
selection of the appropriate process for the specific situation; and
adaptation of technologies to different geographical and cultural situations.
The programme of the Symposium will last four days (three days of scientific sessions and one day for technical tours) and will include oral sessions, a poster session and a small exhibition by companies working in the field. Further details are available at: www.venicesymposium.it/
“LIFECORE 2008” Conference
Lodz, Poland, 3-6 December 2008
“LIFECORE 2008” – the Lodz International Fair, Exhibition and Congress on Renewable Energy will take place from 3rd to 6th December 2008 in Lodz, Poland. The aim of the conference is to bring together key people involved in the research and practice of renewable energy from across Europe and other parts of the world.
The conference is offering four main features: a scientific congress, in which over 300 scientists will present their work and discuss issues to be addressed in the sector of renewables; a display of machines, equipment and devices related to renewable sources of energy; an open and public exhibition of publications, books and other media sources that promote the use of “green energy;” and an educational symposium for young people and the general public, designed to raise awareness about the issue of energy shortage and the European policy of power generation and consumption. Further details are available at: www.lifecore.com.pl