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Frank Biermann: Project Earth – Sustainability & Global Governance

25-09-2017 at 20:00 - 22:00

Project Earth: Sustainability and Global Governance

In this day and age, in an era some call the ‘Anthropocene’, humans have an enormous impact on their environment. This presents us with large challenges. How can countries, corporations and international institutions co-operate effectively so as to promote a global transition towards more sustainable ways of living? What kind of system can resolve the tension between economic challenges, political interests and environmental needs? To shed light on this issue, we have invited Frank Biermann, Professor of Global Sustainability Governance with the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development at Utrecht University. He is the chair of the Earth System Governance Project, an international research programme that is part of the global umbrella programme ‘Future Earth’.

Biermann has two decades of teaching experience in Germany, India, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United States. At present, he contributes to courses on global sustainability governance at Utrecht University. He has won several scholarships, grants and awards, including the 2013 Societal Impact Award of the VU Amsterdam for ‘path-breaking research on global environmental policy’. Moreover, Biermann is an elected Fellow of the World Academy of Art & Science: a group of 700 individuals ‘chosen for eminence in art, the natural and social sciences, and the humanities’.

This lecture is a suitable prelude to our Lustrum Week that will take place from 13 to 17 November. During this week, we will celebrate the SIB’s 70th Birthday with the theme “The Sustainable Generation”. This includes a conference about sustainability and energy security.

This event is free and open to everyone. 


20:00 - 22:00


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