LIAISE News Bulletin - 11th Issue



The Freie Universität Berlin and the LIAISE Network of Excellence invite papers for the 2012 'Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change', which will be the 11th event in the series of annual European Conferences. This year's conference theme "Evidence for Sustainable Development" addresses the knowledge basis of political decisions required for sustainable development, the construction of evidence, and the ways evidence is used in decision-making.

Two questions will be in focus:

  1. How can the research process be organised to develop evidence that is considered relevant and timely in the political process to meet the challenges of sustainable development?
  2. How can the science-policy interface be organised in a way that such scientific evidence is taken into consideration?

The conference aims at bringing together scientists from different disciplines and strands of research that produce evidence to support decision-making for sustainable development, and those that study the use of such evidence. Most notably, we invite researchers whose knowledge, tools and models potentially are relevant for sustainable development but who have not yet been involved in policy assessment and the support of decision making. Furthermore, we invite policy-makers and practitioners working at the science-policy interface or dealing with issues of evidence use in policy making to share their experiences. With this conference, LIAISE aims to contribute to one of its core objectives, namely to actively bridge the gap between science and policy-making.

The conference will be held in Berlin on 5-6 October, 2012. For details see the Call for Papers: paper proposals may be submitted via the Conference website until April 1st 2012.