Strategies for Sustainability: Institutional and Organisational Challenges
29-31 August 2012, Basel, Switzerland
We scarcely need more evidence in support of the claim that sustainable development is one of the major challenges for human societies in the 21st century. Global warming, growing scarcity of non-renewable energy resources, loss of biodiversity, water supply shortages, the long-term degradation of ecosystems, dwindling social cohesion, decreasing social mobility, abating democratic structures, increasingly standardised knowledge concepts and media landscapes, overstrained education systems as well as the health and poverty problems associated with these issues represent the most important growing risks for human societies and their economies.
In view of such developments, sciences in the field of sustainability are expected – in addition to the traditional scientific tasks of understanding and explaining the situation in question – to contribute analytically to the process of moving societies towards sustainable development, i.e. to produce knowledge for action.
Following the outstanding success of the preceding International Sustainability Conferences (ISC 2005 & 2008) in Basel, the organisers – the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and the University of Basel – are planning another conference. The theme of this 3rd International Sustainability Conference is "Strategies for Sustainability: Institutional and Organisational Challenges". From a socio-economic perspective, we take institutional and organisational progress towards integrating sustainability to be one of the major tasks involved in the anticipated societal transformation toward sustainability.
The ISC 2012 provides a platform for social scientists and economists working with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches in the field of sustainable development. The conference is committed to promoting dialogue, especially between economists and other social scientists. Moreover, the conference aims to act as a meeting point for committed individuals from the political, corporate and academic worlds as well as for representatives from civil society.
We are therefore delighted to invite you to attend the ISC 2012 in Basel. We look forward not only to offering researchers a forum for paper presentations, exchange and critical discussion of new knowledge stemming from socio-economically and politically oriented research, but also to providing a space in which practitioners can share their experiences and views in working towards sustainable development.