Leuphana Sustainability Summit,
29th February – 2nd March 2012
Sustainability: Enabling a Transdisciplinary Approach
In 2012 the international community will celebrate 20 years of Agenda
21, the guiding vision agreed to by 179 nations at the Conference on
Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. Since then the idea of
sustainable development has been discussed at uncountable gatherings
around the world and numerous activities – in academia, politics,
civil society as well as the private sector – have been initiated to
bring the idea of sustainability to life. Interconnected
sustainability challenges such as climate change, loss of
biodiversity, economic and social instability are however still with
us – and some of them are becoming increasingly serious. The
institutionalization of sustainability as a regulative idea has only
started in some spheres of activity and some areas of the world.
To achieve transitions towards sustainability, continuous inquiry,
learning, and adaptation is needed. And this requires science to go
beyond disciplinary – and even interdisciplinary – approaches. By
bringing about mutual learning, collaborative research, and problem
solving among business, government and civil society,
transdisciplinarity can serve as an important guiding concept for
sustainability science and practice. Over the last 10 years, progress
has been made to better understand and design the interface between
sustainability science and transdisciplinarity. The conference focuses
on three leading questions:
1. What insights about the role of transdisciplinarity for
sustainability transitions have we gained over the last 10 years?
2. What gaps in research still remain?
3. How can we fill these gaps?
At the conference leading researchers, particularly in sustainability,
and high-level decision-makers will meet in a transdisciplinary
setting with a goal of creating new insights to help move
sustainability forward. To accomplish this, 60% of the participants
(researchers and decision-makers) will be invited, while 40% will be
selected by a rigorous peer-review of an international board. The
conference will consist of plenary presentations followed by
discussion, specialized track sessions and case-study workshops. New
media technology will connect the conference discussion and results to
a broader audience. With this call for papers we invite interested
researchers in the field of sustainability to submit papers for
presentation and discussion at the specialized track sessions.
The papers may pursue (inter-)disciplinary perspectives such as
management, governance, communication, ecology, environmental
chemistry or sustainable infrastructures.
Fields of sustainability practice
2. Global justice
3. Innovation and socio-technological change
5. Corporate Sustainability
The deadline for abstract submission is 31 October, 2011.
More information on the conference will be continuously posted soon at
our website: http://www.leuphana.de/sustainability-summit
For more info, contact Gesa Ludecke:
Dipl. Umweltwissenschaftlerin / Environmental Scientist
Institut für Umweltkommunikation / Institute for Environmental and
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Geb. 11, Raum 131
Phone: +49 (0) 4131_677-1565
Fax: +49 (0) 4131_677-2819