The importance of scientific knowledge for policy making is increasing. This applies in particular to issues of environmentally sustainable development – climate policy is just one prominent example. Not infrequently, however, scientific findings are also seen as irrelevant or inappropriate for the political process and the decisions to be made. Against this background, the conference will focus on the following issues: How can the research process be organized to develop evidence that is considered relevant and timely in the political process to meet the challenges of sustainable development? How can the policy–science interface be organized in a way that such scientific evidence is taken into consideration?
The Berlin Conference on the Human Dimension of Global Environmental Change is being organized in cooperation with the EU-FP7 Network of Excellence LIAISE (Linking Impact Assessment and Sustainability Expertise). It is the 11th conference in a series that was initiated in 2001 at Freie Universität Berlin and has become a worldwide recognized forum of social science research on the environment. It provides a forum for the exchange of new ideas and an interface for discussion with practitioners and policy makers. More than 300 international participants are expected to attend. It will also be possible for international researchers to participate virtually from local conference centers at two partner universities, the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and United Nations University Tokyo, Japan, through video conferencing.
Dr. Sabine Weiland, Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Department of Political and Social Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel. +49 (0)30 / 838-54464, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org