• 26.-28.06.


    4th International Conference on Public Policy in Montreal, Canada

    The Chair of Soietal Transition and Circular Economy is hosting two panels at the 4th International Conference on Public Policy on 26th to 28th June 2019 in Montreal, Canada.

    Panel 1: *T14P03 – The Politics of Business in Sustainability Transformations*
    The panel asks for empirical studies as well as theoretical contributions in relation to business actors in sustainability governance. The goal of this panel is to bring together researchers from diverse disciplines and geographic locations with a common interest in understanding the perceptions, discourses, agency, and (potential) impacts of businesses in sustainability transformations. „Barriers and Enablers of a Transformation to a Circular Economy“ together with Fred Gale & Joanna Vince

    Panel 2: *T09P05 – Barriers and Enablers of a Transformation to a Circular Economy*
    – in collaboration with Fred Gale & Joanna Vince (both University of Tasmania). The panel invites empirical as well as theoretical contributions in relation to the political and governance struggles over the circular economy as transformation paradigm and the resulting policy-making.

    Please submit your abstract before January 30, 2019. More information
    about the conference is available here:

    We look forward meeting you in Montreal and discussing with you!

  • 26.-30.05.


    SETAC Europe 29th Meeting in Helsinki, Finland

    “Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains”

    Neus Escobar and Natalie Laibach will take part in the 29th Annual Meeting of SETAC Europe, to be held in Helsinki (Finland) on 26-30 May 2019. They will present their scientific contribution “Sustainability check for bio-based technologies: a LCA review” in the session “Bio-based industries: sustainability benefits of technological innovation and closed loop approaches across supply chains”, which will be co-chaired by Neus Escobar together with Daniel Garrain (Spain), Diego Marazza (Italy) and Tarmo Räty (Finland).

    The session will explore, from a Life Cycle Assessment perspective, methodological issues and technological challenges for the implementation of circularity principles in bio-based production.

    Late abstract submission will open mid-February.

    The scientific programme can be found in full in the following link:

  • 13.-14.05.


    8th International Bioeconomy Conference 2019 in Halle (Saale)

    The 8th annual Bioeconomy conference will be organised by the ScienceCampus Halle and the BioEconomy Cluster Central Germany on the 13th and 14th of May at the Leopoldina, the National Academy of Sciences in Halle (Saale).

    Focus will be on sharing the latest research results, innovations and current developments on the markets, including exchanging experience with this year’s partner region South America.

    The conference is regarded as one of the most important bioeconomy events in Germany. Every year it brings together internationally renowned representatives of science and industry to discuss the latest research findings, innovations and current developments on the market.

    The two-day event offers interesting lectures on the topics of (1) social-economic issues of the bioeconomy, (2) challenges and chances within the sugar-based bioeconomy, (3) plant productivity for a growing bioeconomy, (4) the pathway to sucess with biotech products and (5) research highlights funded by BMBF.

    Conference registration is required until 30 April 2019 at

    Ina Volkhardt: ina.volkhardt(at)
    Anne-Karen Beck: anne-k.beck(at)

    8th International Bioeconomy Conference 2019
    Bio meets Economy – Science meets Industry
    13 – 14 May 2019
    Leopoldina ǀ Halle (Saale), Germany

  • 22.-23.01.


    „Paper Saving – Packaging in Focus“ Conference in Bremen

    What is the future of packaging in Germany? – Sina Leipold presents recent research ideas and findings to stakeholders from business, NGOs and civil society at the “Paper Saving – Packaging in Focus” Conference organized by denkhausbremen and the Environmental Paper Network (EPN)

    Further information:

  • 17.01.

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    Workshop: Material flows and the global division of labor: Inequalities and dependencies in the world economy

    The aim of the workshop is to get a better understanding of current global inequalities and to discuss how north-south relations could be described properly by both looking at the metabolic dimension waste, energy, resources and sinks as well as at global labor and production commodities, finance, care and services.

    The workshop starts with two keynotes, which critically engage with and reevaluate theories rooted in classical dependency theory, stating a flow of resources and wealth from the so called „Global South“ to the „Global North“ and therefore an enrichment of the latter at the expense of the former. Empirical analyses of different fields will follow. Finally, we will focus on the political consequences of the current global dependencies and how to overcome them.

  • 16.01.

    Bioeconomy & Inequalities

    End of Democracy in Brazil? Causes and Consequences of the right-turn

    In January 2019, Jair Bolsonaro took office as president of Brazil. Still rather unknown 12 months ago, this politician of the far-right has managed to separate the Brazilien society even further in only a few months. Many people celebrate his victory as if Brazil had won the football World Cup. Others froze in terror when thinking of Bolsonaro’s chauvinistic paroles during his campaign and the unleashing of hate and violence against indigenous people, women, afro-brazilians, LGBTI, left-winged intelectuals and social movements. How can this right-turn of the Brazilian society be explained? Which social groups have voted for Bolsonaro and which long-lasting developments had started prior to his election? What kind of government will take over the country and what politics are to be expected? Does the election mark the end of democracy and constitutional state and give way to fascism in Brazil or can democratic forces act efficiently against these developments? 

    We want to adresse the aforementioned and other questions in a discussion with sociologists from Brazil and Germany who concern themselves intensively with the political situation of the country. The event will take place in German, Portuguese contributions will be translated. There will be an audio-recording. With Carolina Vestena, Dieter Boris, Virginia Fontes, Maria Backhouse and Guilherme Leite Gonçalves. Moderated by Kristina Lorenzen and Anne Tittor.