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The following side events will be held in conjunction with ERSCP2019

Circular Design Conference – October 14th

Circular Design: Learning for Innovative Design for Sustainability is a Knowledge Alliance Eramus+ project which aims to enhance the creation and consumption of sustainable products and services, aligned with European Circular Economy policies through design.

Design plays a crucial role in determining the environmental performance of products throughout their life-cycles, and in making products suitable for Circular Economy. Recent approaches to Design for Sustainability require designers to be equipped with a different set of expertise; techniques to gather insights from users, news ways of satisfying customers and techniques to co-design with all stakeholders.

The Circular Design Conference brings together international academic scientists, policy makers, young researchers, enterprises, designers and students, making the event a perfect platform to share experience and best practices, gain and evaluate emerging trends and policies in Design for Sustainability.

Furthermore, the conference aims at creating a sustainable European network on Circular Design, to ensure that universities, enterprises and all professionals of the design sector will benefit from:

  • a) continued networking and collaboration for the exchange of good practices;
  • b) the creation of business opportunities;
  • c) innovative products and projects;
  • d) the promotion of policy actions.

ENERGISE FINAL CONFERENCE – October 15th

Social and cultural change is a key ingredient in successful energy transitions. Societal norms and routines with regard to work, education, family life, consumption and recreation greatly determine our patterns of energy use as well as our ability and willingness to change those patterns. Without a comprehensive understanding of these practice cultures, efforts to reduce energy use and carbon emissions at the individual or household levels are unlikely to deliver the long-term impacts necessary for a sustainable transformation.

At the final conference of the ENERGISE project, researchers will share new insights into social and cultural influences on energy use across different levels of society. Speakers will draw on almost three-years of cutting edge research that uses a ‘Living Labs’ approach to directly observe existing practice cultures related to energy use in a real-world setting, and to test both household and community-level initiatives to reduce energy use. Participants in the conference will discuss the impact of European energy consumption reduction initiatives, and explore the use of Living Lab approaches for researching and transforming patterns of sustainable consumption. Attention will also be given to new theoretical approaches to evaluate energy initiatives, with a particular focus on social practices and cultures. Lessons and insights for policy will be presented in relation to the advancement of the European Energy Union.

The ENERGISE final conference is open to all interested parties, and will actively encourage positive interaction between actors from society, academia, the policy arena and industry. ENERGISE is funded under the EU H2020 programme (Grant No 727647).

SCORAI Europe session: what is sustainable consumption and where is it headed? – date to be confirmed

This session will present consumption as a unique field of inquiry for researchers and practitioners, providing an overview of current advances and future directions. First, the session will incorporate a state of the art report from the SCORAI Europe network, including actual questions and emerging answers developed in workshops, related projects, publications and other events of interest over the past year, as well as their implications for sustainable transformations. Next, the session will incorporate an interactive discussion on future priorities and activities for the sustainable consumption research and action community, and elicit debate on what are the most pressing issues and ways to addresses them. Key topics might include boundaries of consumption, socio-material dynamics of consumption, collective action and citizen engagement, and systems of provision related to consumption. The session is open to the public and we would welcome participants from a range of backgrounds including academics, practitioners, policy-makers and businesses.

SCORAI Europe aims to support a community that contributes forward-thinking, innovative research in the area of sustainable consumption, while also bridging academic research with mainstream thinking and policy making. SCORAI Europe cooperates closely with the European Roundtable for Sustainable Consumption and Production (ERSCP), our sister SCORAI organisation in North America, the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems for Sustainable Consumption and Production as well as other research networks that are focused on the challenges of addressing the society-environment nexus from a consumption perspective. SCORAI Europe welcomes new members to join this exchangeciting and dynamic research group.

PhD day – October 15th

Are you a PhD student in the field of Sustainable Production and Consumption? Do you want to introduce your work to senior mentors, learn about writing and publishing skills, and meet other likeminded students? Then you are invited to apply for the ERSPC 2019 PhD day!

During the day leading to the 19th ERSCP conference, you will get together with peers and mentors to improve your research, learn about how to develop your writing and publication skills and discuss early-career and PhD specific struggles. To apply, you need to submit a piece of your research, which will be reviewed by one of the senior mentors. In small sessions, you will present your work and receive feedback from your mentor and colleagues. In the afternoon, you will have the chance to interact with two panels of experts about how to write and publish quality articles, and how to successfully write research proposals. The event will close with the kick-off to the main ERSCP conference.

Therefore, the PhD day is a great opportunity not only to advance your work, but also to get a first contact with the conference, extend your network and meet other PhDs attending the conference. In order to make the most of the day, participation will be limited to 25 PhDs.

Preliminary Programme