Tag Archives: Sustainability

Journeys towards Ecotopia 2121

On the occasion of the anniversary of Thomas More’s book Utopia, another book Ecotopia 2121, is due to be released exactly 500 years afterwards. In a fascinating opinion piece, Alan Marshall, an environmental sociologist, and author of Ecotopia 2121, outlines a green vision for the future of 100 cities around the word, by focusing on the example of Leuven, Belgium, where Utopia was first printed. Read more [...]

Birju Pandya: choosing sustainable values to drive research

In this interview with EuroScientist, Birju Pandya explains gift culture, which he has helped introduce in finance. He explains how this approach can be beneficial for any field of work but also in all aspects of our own lives. The gift culture is based on a non-transactional approach to work, which is instead replaced by trust-based approach, based on pursuing higher-order values, such as connection to community and ecology. While there will be resistance against this rewiring of the mind, the result is worth the effort. Read more [...]

Climate diplomacy in full steam ahead of COP21

Climate change is on the mind of many scientists, beyond experts in the field. It is where science diplomacy has been at work in the month preceding the climate change conference, COP21, opening in Paris on 30th November 2015. But does science diplomacy make a difference? EuroScientist talks to various experts in the field and analyses the likely outcome of such talks. Read more [...]

A new beginning to tackle the global emergency

"As never before in history, common destiny beckons us to seek a new beginning," stated the 2000 UNESCO Earth Charter. Today, it is our responsibility to start afresh to tackle global challenges, such as extreme poverty, migratory flows and environmental degradation. Former UNESCO director general,Federico Mayor, calls for the scientific, academic, artistic and intellectual communities to mobilise citizens of the world, so that they adopt the required corrective measures, before we reach a point of no return. Read more [...]

The role of science in fostering a common good economy

As the forum of social and solidarity economy leaders, dubbed Rencontres du Mont-Blanc, is about to take place between 26 and 28 November 2015, in Chamonix, France, its president, Thierry Jeantet, calls for more scientists to be involved in the social and solidarity economy sector to try and find a virtuous path for growth, hinging on research and innovation. Read more [...]

Levelling the research field for small countries: a case study of Wales

Europe is a small continent populated by a range of small countries. Several of the smaller, high-income countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium and Switzerland are rightly recognised for producing and exploiting their high quality research. Other smaller countries, however, have tended to receive less attention despite being potentially as effective or even more so compared to their larger counterparts. They are nevertheless keen to demonstrate their standing relative to their size or resources. Such assessments are important, given that the quality of the research base is increasingly employed as an indication of a sector or country’s reputation and ability to compete successfully in the global economy. Read more [...]

Shrinking humans: an artist’s perspective on the sustainability challenge

The Incredible Shrinking Man is a speculative project that investigates the implications of downsizing the human species to better address the demands on the Earth. It has been a long established trend for people to grow taller. As a direct result we need more resources, more food, more energy and more space. At the dawn of agriculture about 10,000 years ago, an estimated 5 million people lived on Earth. Read more [...]

Digitally-enhanced research has yet to become more collaborative

Sharing practices build the essence of science. In the process they generate two important “Rs” for scientists: recognition and reputation. This trend has been exacerbated by an increase scientific activity. This means they have the potential for enhancing the sharing practices associated with the scientific endeavour. Ultimately, this trend will also have an impact on the way research is translated into innovation, albeit at the cost of enhanced collaboration and at the detriment of competition. Read more [...]