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1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sustainable Development

Context and aims

Our societies are currently in  the grip of a systemic crisis that is at the same time environmental, economic, and social. In this context, the present symposium aims to:

  • encourage innovative scientific perspective;
  • promote an interdisciplinary approach;
  • enhance the recognition of scientists working on sustainable development.

This is an international scientific symposium which also seeks to encourage the participation and the involvement of both decision-makers and civil society.


Symposium themes

The overarching theme of the symposium is to analyse how the concept of transition ties in with the notion of sustainable development (What are the issues that justify a transition? Which kind of transition and how to put it in place? Is it scientifically, economically, and socially achievable? What are the barriers? What positive experiences are there?) More specifically, contributions must tie in with one of the six areas proposed for the parallel sessions:

  1. Global commons
  2. Food, agriculture and animal farming
  3. Housing and land-use planning
  4. Transition models
  5. The role of public authorities in the transition
  6. Transition and non-governmental actors


The 1st Interdisciplinary Symposium on Sustainable Development is organised with the support of the Walloon Minister of Sustainable Development and Research. This symposium is co-chaired by the Professors Jean-Pascal van Ypersele (Université catholique de Louvain) and Marek Hudon (Université libre de Bruxelles).



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The symposium is wheelchair accessible.

Professional interpreters will provide simultaneous translation from French into English and vice versa during the entire symposium.

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Sunita Narain                   Jeremy Rifkin






Tim Jackson                   Pierre Radanne

Speakers contributions

Sustainability Science for Strong Sustainability

Report requested by the Walloon Minister of Sustainable Development and for the Civil Service, Jean-Marc NOLLET

Tom DEDEURWAERDERE – 2013-01-11


Conference on 30/01/2013

On the occasion of the symposium, a conference open to everyone will take place at the UCL on 30/01/2013 at 4pm on the state of the planet.

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