Dokumentation: "Already Beyond? - 40 Years Limits to Growth"

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Am 28. und 29. November 2012 lud die VolkswagenStiftung zum Herrenhäuser Symposium "Already Beyond? – 40 Years Limits to Growth". Keynote Speaker war unter anderem Dennis Meadows, Mitautor der weltberühmten Studie (in 30 Sprachen übersetzt, neun Millionen Mal verkauft). Die Dokumentation umfasst Audiomitschnitte ausgewählter Vorträge, Fotos der Veranstaltung sowie die Ergebnisse der angebundenen Winter School "Limits to Growth Revisited".

Dennis L. Meadows, Co-Author of the study "The Limits to Growth", during the Opening of the Herrenhausen Symposium.

Herrenhausen Symposium "Already Beyond? – 40 years of 'Limits to Growth'", Hanover, Germany, November 28-29, 2012

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Winter School "Limits to Growth Revisited", Visselhövede, Germany, November 24 to December 1, 2012

Symposium "Already Beyond? – 40 years 'Limits to Growth'", Hanover, Germany, November 28 - 29, 2012

To mark the 40th anniversary of the “Limits to Growth” study by Dennis Meadows and others, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, as well as to underline its relevance for the years to come and the future of humankind, a two-day symposium "Already Beyond? – 40 years 'Limits to Growth'" was held on 28th and 29th November 2012 in Hanover, Germany.

Program Overview

Wednesday, November 28

  • Feeling a bit uneasy? – Limits to Growth and 21st Century Policies, Attitudes, and Lifestyle.
  • Where shall they all go? – Demographic Challenges and Limited Space.
  • Growth with less? – The Limits of Economic Growth.
  • Can we remain ignorant? – Climate Change and its Impact on Global Governance.

Thursday, November 29

  • What shall we eat, what shall we drink? – Global Water and Food Management.
  • What happens if Fossile Energies are depleted? – Finite Resources and Renewable Energies.
  • Saved by Society? – Life in the Anthropocene.

Background of "Limits to Growth"

A bit more then 40 years ago, a small group of researches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston dared to look into the future. They summarized their results in a book that would become one of the most influential texts of the 20th century: "The Limits to Growth". One of its leading authors was the economist Dennis L. Meadows. 40 years later, the Volkswagen Foundation organized a conference with the title: "Already Beyond? 40 Years Limits to Growth". During the conference experts looked at the effects of the study and what it means for us today. Dennis L. Meadows gave the opening address.

Video: Interview with Dennis Meadows on "Limits to Growth"

Keynote by Dennis Meadows

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Feeling a bit uneasy? – Limits to Growth and 21st Century: Policies, Attitudes, and Lifestyle

Dennis L. Meadows, Laboratory of Interactive Learning, New Hampshire, USA

Where shall they all go? – Demographic Challenges and Limited Space

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CHAIR Roland Rau, University of Rostock, Germany; Keynote David Lam, University of Michigan, USA; Discussants: Tyler J. Frazier, University of Berlin (TU), Germany and a Junior Researcher from the Winter School

Growth with less? – The Limits of Economic Growth

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CHAIR Rüdiger Pethig, University of Siegen, Germany; Keynote Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta, University of Cambridge, UK; Discussants: Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay, Queen Mary, University of London, UK and a Junior Researcher from the Winter School

Can we remain ignorant? – Climate Change and its Impact on Global Governance

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CHAIR Helga Nowotny, European Research Council, Vienna, Austria; Keynote Dirk Messner, German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany; Discussants: Felix Ekardt, Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy, Leipzig, Germany and a Junior Researcher from the Winter School

What shall we eat? What shall we DRINK? – Global Food AND WATER Management

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CHAIR Junior Researcher from Winter School; Keynote Matin Qaim, University of Göttingen, Germany; Discussant Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

What happens if Fossile Energies are Depleted? – Finite Resources and Renewable Energies.

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CHAIR Stefan Bringezu, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy; with Mark Jaccard, Wikus van Niekerk, Sibylle Günter, and a Junior Researcher from the Winter School

Saved by Society? – Life in the Anthropocene.

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CHAIR Daniel Alexander Schacht, Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany, Keynote Dipesh Chakrabarty, University of Chicago, USA, Discussant: Dennis L. Meadows, Harald Welzer

What is at stake for future research and research funding?

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CHAIR Wilhelm Krull, VolkswagenStiftung; Anthea Case, Arcadia Fund; Helga Weyerts-Schweda, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; Joan Maling, National Science Foundation; Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, Universität Köln

Winter School "Limits to Growth Revisited", Visselhövede, November 24 to December 1, 2012

Winter School on "Limits to Growth Revisited", which was addressed to 60 young researchers of all relevant fields, took place in the week running up to the symposium. Following the event, the participants developed a "White Paper" report which shows their perspectives on the various subjects discussed within the Winter School.

Program and Selected Lectures

  • Plenary Session 3: "The Limits to (Population) Growth - Personal Perspectives of a Demographer"
    Professor Roland Rau
    Department of Demography
    University of Rostock, Germany
  • Keynote: System Dynamics
    Professor Stefan Pickl, 
    University of the Armed Forces München