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07.03.2015 14:00 14:00

Colloquium "The Ethical Dimension on Environmental Science and Technology"

Date: Sat. March 7, 2015, 2-5 pm
(following the Festive Plenary Session)
Venue: will be announced in due time

organized by the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and the International Expert Group on Earth System Preservation (IESP)

Environment is commonly understood as interaction of physical, chemical and biological factors affecting the organisms living in a distinct biotope. In this context, the term “environment” refers to the natural world. But we also speak about economic and social environments. Economic environments encompass the economic impact of factors such as employment, income, productivity and wealth, but also the political conditions set by governments. The social environment refers to the immediate physical and social setting which people live in. This includes factors such as culture and traditions. In a time overwhelmingly governed by humankind, often referred to as anthropocene, all three aspects of environment are tightly interwoven. This means that ethics - traditionally applying for the right and wrong conduct of humans as actors in the framework of civilization - must be extended to the right and wrong conduct of humanity using and even over-using services and functions of ecosystem. Thus, environmental sciences must be seen as contribution to understand the interaction between science, technology, civilization and Society.

The colloquium is aimed to address the ethically permissible extent of human impacts on the function of the natural environments taking into account the strategic thinking derived from the Oriental in contrast to the Western philosophy. The question is to be answered which advice science can provide leading to a process of ethical correctness in governing the interrelationship between society, economy and ecology.

The colloquium is held as a round table discussion. Invited panelists are given the opportunity to express their views in the form of short position statements. The presented arguments are then discussed among the panelists and with any other participants joining the colloquium. During the final round of discussion the moderator of the colloquium is asked to stimulate formulation of a concluding message to be delivered to the outside world.

The colloquium is open to participants of the EASA Festive Plenary Session. Pre-registration is recommended.

(status: November 6, 2014)

Prof. Dr. Martin Grambow, Head of the Water Management and Soil Conservation Department in the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection

Prof. Dr. Michael von Hauff, Macro-Economy, Technical University Kaiserslautern

Dr. Marcel Huber, Bavarian State Minister and Director of the Bavarian State Chancellery

Prof. Dr. Klaus Mainzer, Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, TU Muenchen

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Mauser, Earth observation – remote sensing, LMU München

Prof. Dr. Wei Meng, President of the Chinese Research Academy of Environment

Prof. Dr. René Moletta, Chairman of Moletta Methanisation, Le Bourget du Lac

Prof. Dr. Ortwin Renn, Environmental Sociology and Technology Assessment, University Stuttgart

Prof. Dr. Werner Weidenfeld, Center of Applied Policy Research, University of Munich

Prof. Dr. Peter Wilderer, Professor emeritus of excellence, TU Munich

Prof. Dr. Peter Wilderer, Chairperson of the EASA Institute of Advanced Studies on Sustanability

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