This EASY-ECO conference will be organised by the organized by the Centre d’Etudes du Développement Durable (CEDD - Center for Studies on Sustainable Development) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB - Free University of Brussels) and will take place in Brussels (Belgium) on 17-19 November 2010. The conference will be held at the following venues: European Parliament; Palais des Sciences; Université Libre de Bruxelles, Campus Solbosch.
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The forthcoming 2010 EASY-ECO conference in Brussels will focus on the European perspective of evaluation of sustainable development, taking stock of almost a decade of integrated evaluation practice at EU and national levels in order to identify the challenges ahead.
Practitioners, the academia and institutional actors have devoted considerable efforts to the development of methods and capacities for SD evaluations. The decision of the EU Commission to implement a systematic integrated assessment procedure could mean that SD evaluation has reached a position at the heart of decision-making processes. The European Union, as an array of institutional actors and as a space for diffusion and homogenisation of principles and practices across EU member states, appears as an adequate focus to explore the challenges ahead, among which we identify issues such as methods and tools, integration into policy agendas and processes, institutionalisation and governance processes, issues of power, participation and collaboration of various actors (from evaluation practitioners and institutional actors to civil society and academia) in evaluation studies and systems.
This three-day conference will be the final event in the EASY-ECO series. Given the European focus of this 2010 conference, it will be starting in the European Quarter. The next day’s sessions will take place in two other prestigious academic venues of Brussels.
During the 1st afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to discover the European Parliament through a plenary session and a round table. Andrew Jordan will discuss the challenges of SD in Europe. Participants will hear critical insights of EU policy actors on SD evaluation and have the opportunity to debate these issues.
The 2nd day will be held at the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences (just next to the European Quarter). The discussions in plenary, semi-plenary and parallel sessions will focus on the politics and science of SD evaluation in Europe (SD evaluation and environment improvement, administration reform, governance process, etc.).
The last day will be characterised by an academic focus with plenary and parallel discussions on the challenges of research and sustainability evaluation. These sessions will be held at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Solbosch Campus).
Networking and informal discussions with experts and peers will be supported by an attractive social programme. This call for paper and the preliminary programme can be found on the EASY-ECO website: please keep visiting this website for news on keynote speakers, conference venue, transportation, accommodation and social programme.
to submit abstracts for presentations at the EASY-ECO Brussels Conference 2010 that touch on the themes of European SD evaluation experience and upcoming challenges as outlined above until
The primary aim of the conference is to highlight critical insights gained through the development and implementation of almost a decade of sustainability evaluation: How is SD integrated into various EU-level evaluation procedures (e.g. EU Structural Funds, IA of trade measures and agreements, work of the European Court of Auditors)? What are the remaining methodological and policy challenges related to the EU and national sustainability evaluation procedures? What is the role of the different actors in these procedures (e.g. EU Parliament, European Court of Auditors, stakeholders)? Being the last of the EASY-ECO 2002-2010 series of events, the Brussels conference also aims to explore the future of SD evaluation, and in particular the current challenges and forthcoming demands, the expectations, uses and effects related to SD evaluation: Who are the effective and potential users of SD evaluations? What types of uses have been made of sustainability evaluations? What effects of SD evaluations are expected and which are achieved? How does SD evaluation support actors in managing competing agendas? Will reorienting SD evaluation towards integrated evaluation make a difference?
Therefore, submissions can address the following topics:
Integrating sustainable development evaluation into policy-making processes?
Sustainable development evaluation demands for the future: who and what for?
Please indicate which of the key topics outlined above your contribution addresses. For easier file handling, please send your abstracts as a word-file with the file name „your last name_abstract_Brussels.doc“.
Abstracts should not exceed 500 words.
The organizers will inform you about the acceptance of your abstract by 30 August 2010. This is also the time when we will inform those who have applied for an EU grant about their acceptance.
Full papers (max. 6.000-8.000 words) should be submitted until 15 October 2010.
Papers – Are you a researcher or practitioner and want
to present interesting findings linked to the topics above? We look
for contributions facilitating the exchange of research results, methodological
trends, and practical experience. Presenters of papers will be expected
to give a presentation of 20 minutes followed by a short discussion.
Please send your abstract by
Abstracts and full papers will go into the online proceedings on the EASY-ECO website. Best papers from every previous EASY-ECO conference have been published in the Evaluating Sustainable Development book series by Edward Elgar.
Posters – Conference
participants may submit a poster for display at a dedicated space at
the conference venue. The posters will be introduced in a poster session.
If you would like to submit a poster dealing with a topic relevant
for the conference, please provide a poster abstract by
Case studies – Interesting examples of SD evaluations are welcome to be presented as a paper if the case has a strong link to the topics of interest outlined here (case studies without this linkage are welcome as poster presentations).
To register for the conference please fill in the online form! We recommend an early registration as places are limited.
The conference registration fee will be announced in the coming weeks. However, you might be eligible for an EU grant:
EASY-ECO is organised under the EU‘s 6th Framework Programme Marie Curie Conferences and Training Courses action. One of the aims of the programme is to enable leading researchers and practitioners share their experience with those who are new to the field. Therefore grants are available for researchers with less than ten years working experience to cover travel expenses, the conference registration fee, accommodation and living allowance. For further details on eligibility and application for EU grants, please see here.
you want to apply for an EU grant, please send your CV and a letter of
motivation as specified on the website to firstname.lastname@example.org as
well as to Tom Bauler (email@example.com) by
Registration becomes effective after payment of the registration fee or approval of the EU grant only. Bank details will be e-mailed to you after your registration.
Book your accommodation
We recommend all participants other than the confirmed EU grant holders to book their accommodation at www.resotel.be/easyeco. Confirmed grant holders are recommended to contact Valentine van Gameren of ULB (firstname.lastname@example.org) about their travel plans.