AGCI: Co-producing sustainable innovations

The quality of interdisciplinary environmental research depends on the quality of team work. Research challenges in sustainability science are usually too complex for separate scientific disciplines or researchers to address effectively. The Amsterdam Global Change Institute works to build these new combinations of expertise.

hortus_websiteThe same is true - perhaps even more so - for successfully reaping the benefits of scientific knowledge in practical societal arenas of innovation. Research expertise can be brought into action through an engaged co-production with societal stakeholders. Teaming up across the ‘boundaries’ between science and society is needed to produce problem framings and solutions that are technically
robust, but also have the potential to be ‘innovative’ in terms of acceptability and societal adoption.

AGCI is currently working hard with the Amsterdam Innovation Motor to develop a new concept for a ‘smart biobased’ economy in the region which engages the science base and local business and government. Further examples of a co-production of ideas and applications can be found in the selected recent publications presented in this AGCI Newsletter and in our upcoming events on ‘Transdisciplinarity’ and ‘Frames of Geoengineering’ announced below (11 and 12 October).

Please join us!

Frans Berkhout 

ERC grant awarded to AGCI research leader Peter Verburg to investigate Global Land Change


glolandPeter Verburg, professor Environmental Spatial Analysis at the Institute for Environmental studies, has been awarded a prestigious grant of the European Research Council of Euro 1.5 million to investigate how global scale land change and integrated assessment models can better account for variation in land change decision making.

It is expected that the project will contribute research findings that will play a leading role in major global-scale assessments and will support ongoing debates on sustainable land-use by supplying results from innovative scientific methods.

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11 October 2012: AGCI director Frans Berkhout speaks on Transdisciplinarity

11_okt_12websiteIs a so-called 'transdisciplinary' research methodology applicable in all research areas? How can transdisciplinarity be integrated in education? When does interdisciplinary research become transdisciplinary research? Will a more transdisciplinary approach actually decrease the distance between science and society?
These issues will be discussed by:  
sterretje_langFrans Berkhout, Director Amsterdam Global Change Insitute 
sterretje_langJacqueline Broerse, Head section Science Communication, Athena Insitute VU University
sterretje_langAndre Knottnerus, Chair of Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy

Followed by a plenary discussion moderated by VU University rector Lex Bouter. 
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12 October 2012: Frames of Geoengineering - Averting catastrophe or heading for disaster?

12_okt_12websiteA seminar with:  
sterretje_kortProf. Brigitte Nerlich, University of Nottingham Monique Riphagen, Rathenau Institute
sterretje_kortDr. Rens Vliegenthart, University of Amsterdam

Chaired by: Dr. Eleftheria Vasileiadou, VU University Amsterdam

Key themes: 
sterretje_langHow are geoengineering technologies portrayed in the mass media?
sterretje_langWhat issues are at the core of the broader societal debate? 
sterretje_langHow does the framing by the media influence society and policy makers?
sterretje_langWhat role can science play to improve the quality of the debate?

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