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Conference 'United in Diversity – A Europe of Sustainability' (Göttingen, 19 - 20 Nov. 2020)

In light of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of Europe, the University of Göttingen together with help from its partner universities, is organising the Conference 'United in Diversity: A Europe of Sustainability – Challenges and Perspectives' from 19 to 20 November 2020. We want to discuss the challenges of our society towards sustainable development and possible contributions of science to this as well as to show examples of the potential that sustainable dialogue and cooperation between different stakeholders can have.

During the two-day digital conference, a variety of renowned personalities from European politics, civil society organisations, business and from the field of science will engage in several formats. The keynote will be delivered by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth (in conversation with the hosts of the conference Prof. Hiltraud Casper-Hehne, Vice-President for Internationalisation and Prof. Peter-Tobias Stoll, Jean Monnet Chair for “European Union and Global Sustainable Development Through Law”, both from the University of Göttingen).

The Commissioners address and the overarching topic of the conference will than be discussed by a prominent panel featuring European Research Council President Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon.

Three parallel workshop sessions with each two webinars follow interdisciplinary approaches and address different sustainability issues. Some have a more ecological and economic focus such as the workshop “From Plastic Waste to Circular Economy – Challenges for Oceans, Biodiversity and Humankind” while other workshops like “Inclusive Societies: Democracy and the Rule of Law in Europe” will put a focus on social and political issues. Among the speakers are Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot, Director for Youth, Education and Erasmus+ in the Directorate General of the European Commission and Prof. Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. You find more information on the programme here

The registration is open to the public and free of charge. Those who like to participate are asked to register here All sessions will be hosted as webinars via Zoom. The links for the sessions will be shared via Email or on the conference website shortly before the conference. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers via the Zoom Chat or Live Video depending on the demand.
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