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How does democracy deal with environmental risks?

A conference focused the challenges involved in understanding, assessing and governing contemporary environmental risks will be organized in Brussels.

EVENT: Conference

DATE: November 9 2011, 20:00

PLACE: ULB/Solbosch campus, H2215 audience, Avenue Paul-Héger 2224, Ixelles, Brussels


At the conference the participants will discuss what the proper political, economic and institutional responses to the today’s environmental risks can be. How do we understand “sustainable development”? How do sustainable development and democracy are linked to each other? Is the way in which environmental risks are perceived today by politicians adequate? Is the modern economy able to think about "the limits"?


  • Dominique Bourg, a professor at the University of Lausanne (CH), environmental philosopher
  • Nicolas Birch, mathematician and epistemologist 
  • Edwin Zaccai, professor at the Université libre de Bruxelles

Draft Programme:

20:00 – Introduction by Isabelle Durant, MEP 

20:05 – 21:45 - Contribution by the Speakers 

21:45 – 22:00 - Debate with the participants

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