Climate change believers vs climate change deniers; environmental facts vs apocalyptic narratives; evidence-based debates vs consensus-driven policies: the dialogue between science and society has never been more complex.
On October 18th, we will discuss what science and politics can jointly do for the living environment with prominent academics, international activists and European politicians at The House of Europe in The Hague.
After the conference we will meet with Marco Cappato and Marco Perduca, co-founders of Science for Democracy, for an informal session on political activism.
The House of Europe has a limited number of seats available – register here!
The provisional programme for the event is as follows:
Science for the environment: Knowledge and Action
Time: 1.30 PM – 5.30 PM
Venue: The House of Europe – Korte Vijverberg 5, 2513 AB Den Haag, the Netherlands
13.30 – 13.45 Registration
13.45 – 13.55 Welcome speech
Marco Perduca, former Italian Senator, founder and co-chair of Science for Democracy
13.55 – 14.10 Keynote speech
Tom van der Lee, Member of the Dutch House of Representatives, GroenLinks
14.10 – 15.25 First roundtable: Evidence-based policymaking
moderator: Claudia Basta, researcher, Science for Democracy co-founder
- Claire Dunlop, Professor of Politics and Public Policy, University of Exeter
- Katharine Rietig, Assistant Professor in International Politics, Newcastle University
- Russel Duncan, Associate Professor in environmental policy, University of Exeter
- Edwin Zaccai, Professor in Sustainable Development, Université Libre de Bruxelles
15.25 – 15.40 Coffee break
15.40 – 15.55 Keynote speech
15.55 – 17.10 Second roundtable: Political actions to fight climate change. The bridge between European Citizens Initiatives and Representative Democracy
moderator: Virginia Fiume, coordinator of Eumans
- Matthijs Sienot, Member of the Dutch House of Representatives, D66
- Timothee Galvaire, member of the committee of the European Citizens Iniziative Ending the aviation fuel tax exemption in Europe
- Martina Helmlinger, member of the committee of the European Citizens Initiative Grow Scientific Progress
- Carlo Maresca, member of the committee of the European Citizens Initiative A price for carbon to fight climate change
17:10 – 17.20 Conclusions & ideas for future action
Marco Cappato, former MEP, founder and co-chair of Science for Democracy
Evening networking event
European decisions need European participation – Join the conversation with Marco Cappato
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Venue: TBC – Refreshments will be offered to participants.
No registration required
An informal conversation with Italian nonviolent leader and former MEP Marco Cappato, to discuss how a mobilisation of European citizens should pave the way for an ecological transformation of the European Union. Promoters of European Citizens Initiatives, scientists, activists, active citizens are all invited to share ideas and discuss different techniques of mobilisation.
You can register for the afternoon session here.