Financial Risks, Green Growth and Jobs

May 3-4, 2012
World Trade Centre, Barcelona, Spain

Challenges to Global Systems Science:
From Climate Change to Market Governance

The conference is organised by:

Global Systems Dynamics and Policy (GSDP)
Global Climate Forum (GCF)
Integrated Risk Governance Project (IRGP)


The global financial crisis has posed an additional challenge to the governance of global systems. While the economic progress in many emerging economies is continuing, debt-laden countries, especially in Southern Europe, feel stuck in a global financial system outside their control. Populations are facing mass unemployment and public unrest is rising. There is also a notable reaction within the western economies against a perceived unfair distribution of wealth and the fact that global environmental risks are left unattended. Read more

New Thinking about Global Challenges – GSDP Annual Conference

October 10-11, 2011
Umweltforum Berlin, Germany

There is an urgent need for new thinking about global systems, in particular about the main driving force of globalization: the world economy.

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The 21st century will be a period of unprecedented global challenges – instability of financial markets, global environmental change, large-scale demographic shifts, and more. The famous saying of Einstein’s – that we cannot solve problems with the thinking that generated them – is particularly relevant in the face of these challenges. There is an urgent need for new thinking about global systems, in particular about the main driving force of globalization: the world economy. Read more

Integrated Risk Governance in the Mediterranean Region: Climate Change, Democracy, and Growth

April 28-29, 2011
UAB Casa Convalescència, Barcelona, Spain

A conference organized by the European Climate Forum (ECF) on behalf of the CIRCE project and the GSDP network

ECF conferences are known for the unusual spirit of open debate and exchange between scientists and stakeholders. In this spirit, we will look at the tasks of risk governance in the Mediterranean region. We will start from climate risks and climate policies, while acknowledging that these cannot be dealt with in isolation.

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GSDP workshop as a Satellite Meeting at ECCS’11 Vienna—European Conference on Complex Systems

Social energy: a useful notion for analysing complex socio-ecological systems?

The metaphor social energy, based on an analogy to energy in physics, is supposed to facilitate the study of complex socio-ecological systems. It has been, to some extent, discussed in the GSDP network.

A half-day workshop to further the discussion around social energy will be scheduled during the European Conference on Complex Systems ECCS’11 in Vienna between September 12 and 16, 2011.

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Funding Research for ICT solutions for governance and policy modelling

06.12.2010, Workshop in collaboration with the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union (FP7).

Within the 7th EU Framework Program, the EU has issued a call for the development of ICT solutions for governance and policy modelling. This call has an indicative budget of 25 million Euros; the deadline for handing in proposals is 18 January 2011.

In our workshop, EU officials and experienced researchers will inform about both this call and its opportunities for research funding. The target audience are representatives from research organisations, ICT business, state agencies, and civil society. Read more

GSDP Kick-Off Meeting

Berlin, Germany

This meeting is organized in order to develop the research programme for the first year of GSDP. Read more

2010 Summer Institute for Advanced Study of Disaster and Risk

August 2-13, 2010,
Beijing Normal University/China

Disaster, Risk, and Climate Change

August 2-13, 2010, Beijing Normal University/China

The 2010 Summer Institute for Advanced Study of Disaster and Risk (SI2010) at
Beijing Normal University is the second of a series of three summer institutes cosponsored by the Ministry of Education, the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs. Initiated in collaboration with the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) – Integrated Risk Governance (IRG Project), this summer institute series is an integral part and a core capacity building activity of the Hazard and Risk Science Base at Beijing Normal University (the HRSB@BNU). The primary goal is to attract and train young scholars who have both background and strong interest in the field of hazard and risk study, and through which, to improve and strengthen education, research, as well as international communication and cooperation capacity in China in the field of disaster and risk sciences. In the long-term, the summer institutes seek contribution to laying a solid foundation of a state-of-the-art hazard and risk science base in China. Read more

ECF Annual Conference, in conjunction with GSD: Action for Climate – Beyond the Zero Sum Game

April 9-10, 2010
Barcelona, Spain

The conference has been organised to facilitate an open dialogue on where we stand with regard to the climate issue, on the strengths and weaknesses of current climate research, and on the steps that can lead beyond the present impasse. It is organized by the European Climate Forum (ECF), in conjunction with the European Research Network on Global Systems Dynamics and Policy (GSD) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Read more

Beyond the Financial Crisis – Globalization at the Crossroads

An International Conference
Berlin, November 5-6, 2009


This conference is supported by the German Federal Ministry of the Environment and by the Global Systems Dynamics Project, a European research initiative.

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Agent-based Modeling for Sustainable Development

A joint workshop of Global System Dynamics and Policies and the European Climate Forum
Venice, 2-4 April, 2009

The workshop will offer the opportunity to exchange experiences with advanced multiagent modeling techniques and to think together about their application to practical problems, in particular the relation between climate policy and the global financial crisis. Later, to study in depth this question, the Illustration “Financial Crisis and Climate Policy” will bring together four distinguished panelists who will look at the problem from four different perspectives: climate research, economic research, business, and the study of complex systems. Read more