Davos, 19 September, 2013 The WRF 2013 countdown has started. In two weeks from now more than 500 participants will gather in Davos to discuss global resources challenges. The program has been finalised. Exhibitors are shipping their materials. Hotels are getting full. And the WRF team is still going strong.
Among this year’s highlights are the Resource Governance Panel, moderated by MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, the Business Opportunities Panel, moderated by Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, and the Behaviour Panel, moderated by Harry Lehmann.
For the first time ever the event will be opened with a WRF Parade, where all workshops will be presented in just 30 seconds each, and our new WRF Kids and Teens program will be introduced.
All details can be found here: all plenary sessions, most of the plenary speakers, all workshop outlines, most of the workshop speakers, all scientific sessions, and an overview of our social program, including the famous WRF Congress Banquet.
Workshop organisers include the Club of Rome, German Federal Environment Agency, Paul Scherrer Institute, Empa, Technopolis, SERI, Wuppertal Institute, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, TNO, UNEP, Council for Less Common Elements, Student Reporters, Oikos, WE-Act, Zero Waste International Alliance, Tellus Institute, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, South Pole Carbon and the WRF Secretariat. Check them all out here: WRF Program Workshop participants are expected to stay in their workshops and contribute to the outcomes which will be presented to the plenary.
The scientific program includes more than 100 oral presentations, coming from 40 countries from all over the world, They offer the state-of-the-art in research on “Resource Efficiency and Governance“, “Sustainable Business and Industry“, “Sustainable Cities and Infrastructure”, and “Lifestyles and Education”. These scientific parallel sessions will be chaired by members of the WRF 2013 Scientific Committee.
Just a few examples of the rich scientific program: “Basel on its way to the 2000-Watt-Society (Dieter Genske)”, “The Informal Sector as Vital Resource for Sustainable Cities in Africa (Geoffrey Nwaka)”, “One Planet by 2050: How to Generate Popular Support for a Green Economy (Pascal Renaud)”, “Soft Factors – the Necessary Addition to the Technical Point of View (Michael Vanek)”, “Zero Waste Strategy in Europe (Joan M. Simon)”, “Why Hope is a Necessary Prerequisite for Global Change Towards a Peaceful and Sustainable Co-Existence (Gerhard Frank)” and “Identifying Resource Inefficiency Potentials to Achieve Absolute Decoupling (Adrian Tan)”.
Scientific sessions will take place in parallel seminar rooms, which are very close to each other. This will allow participants to change between rooms even during a session, in order not to miss their favorite topic in another room. Check them all out here: WRF Program.