May 14, 16:00-16:45
"Urban Futures: Sustainability and Equity in the Face of Climate Change"
Ian Douglas is Emeritus Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Manchester, UK. Educated at Oxford (B.Litt., M.A.) and the Australian National University (Ph.D.) he was Professor of Geography at the University of New England, Australia before moving to Manchester and also Visiting Professor at Université Paris 1. As a geomorphologist, he became interested in urban environmental issues related to erosion on building site in Kuala Lumpur and has written books on Humid Landforms, the Urban Environment and Cities: an Environmental History. With past projects in Malaysian Borneo’s rainforests and in urban metabolism, he is now concerned with urban ecology. His textbook on Urban Ecology, co-authored with Philip James, will be published in October 2014.
May 14, 16:45-17:30
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker:
"Sustainable Development Goals: wo gibt's überhaupt noch Chancen?"
Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, born 1939, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel, Co-President of the Club of Rome, Web: www.ernst.weizsaecker.de
Earlier stations: Professor of Biology, University President, Director UN Centre for Science and Technology for Development, New York, Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy, President, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy. 1998-2005 MP, Germany, Chair of the Bundestag Environment Committee. Dean, Bren School for Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara, California. Publications: 1994 Earth Politics. 1997 Factor Four (w/ A & H Lovins). 2010, Factor Five (w/ K. Hargroves et al).
May 15, 12:45-13:30
"The Social Dimension of Climate Change"
Donnell Davis, I am owner of Envirobusiness, a sustainability consultancy, registered in Australia and operating internationally since 2000. Some projects are now ongoing entities for Greening the Boardroom, Friends of South East Queensland, Sisters 4 Sustainability, Creating Climate Sensitive Cities and Urban Climate Governance. I was fortunate to gain 25 years of diverse experience inside government, ranging from rural water administration, auditor-general experience to organisational review and portfolio evaluation management, to directorship in resource and development portfolios and Cabinet review for intergovernmental relations agreements and Australia/New Zealand Economic Zone Standards and United Nations Treaties. My current challenge is to win the “race between education and climate catastrophe” by applying accelerated learning for capacity building for professionals and community leaders to address living with climate change in human settlements.
May 15, 18:45-19:30
Christine von Weizsäcker:
"Green and Participative Cities - But what's about their Surrounding Country Side and its Inhabitants?"
Christine von Weizsäcker is a biologist, researcher and activist. She has been working on technology assessment for civil society since the mid-seventies and participated in the negotiations of the Rio Process on sustainable development since 1992 and of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) and its Protocols since 1994. She is president of Ecoropa, president of Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF), member of the Advisory Committee of the German Society for Human Ecology and member of the Board of the Federation of German Scientists Her many publications have contributed to the scientific and public debate.
May 16, 12:45-13:30
"The City and the Wilderness"
Dieter Steiner, born 1932, studies in geography at the University of Zurich. Academic positions here and at the University of Chicago, the University of Waterloo, Canada, and at the ETH Zurich (retirement 1998). Originally concerned with remote sensing and statistics. Since 1985 interest in human ecology, especially for the question why our society creates environmental problems. Development of integrative concepts. Author of »Die Universität der Wildnis« (biography of John Muir) and of »Rachel Carson« (biography), both in German, oekom, Munich 2011 and 2014 resp.
May 16, 18:45-19:30
"Population im ökologischen Komplex - Demografie als Träger humanökologischen Wissens"
Josef Schmid, Geboren 1937 in Linz, Österreich; besuchte dort die Grundschule, die Sekundarstufe am Obergymnasium der Benediktiner zu Kremsmünster (Oberösterreich) und an der Handelsakademie (Wirtschaftsgymnasium) in Linz. Nach der Matura 1955, Studium der Betriebs- und Volkswirtschaft an den Universitäten München und Innsbruck, Diplom-Volkswirt 1965; Studium der Soziologie, Philosophie und Psychologie an der Universität München. Wissenschaftlicher Assistent am Institut für Soziologie der Universität München. 1974 Promotion zum Dr. phil. mit einer kultursoziologischen Dissertation. 1980 Habilitation (Dr. rer. pol. habil.). Ab 1980 Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Bevölkerungswissenschaft an der Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg. Entpflichtet seit 2003, doch weiterhin in Funktionen der Lehre, Forschung und Politikberatung (Enquête-Kommissionen zum Demografischen Wandel).
May 17, 11:30-12:15
"Urban Living: not a Natural State - the Dilemma of Human Ecology"
Wolfgang Haber, born 1925, studied biology, chemistry, and geography. 1957 PhD in soil ecology. Until 1966 research fellow, then vice-director at the Museum of Natural History in Münster. 1966-1994 Full Professor of Landscape Ecology at the Technische Universitaet München; research and teaching in landscape, vegetation and ecosystem science, conservation ecology, and land use ecology. About 460 publications on these topics. 1980-90 President of the Ecological Society of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, 1990-96 of the International Association of Ecology. 1981-1990 Member (1985 Chairman) of the German Council of Environmental Advisors, since 1991 Member (1991-2003 Speaker) of the German Council of Land Use Management. Visiting Professor in Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Japan, and China. Many honorary positions, awards and prizes.