23 May 2016
This year’s Royal Colloquium 2016 is planned to be the final activity in this series of meetings and aims to draw on the experiences and results from earlier events, and formulate a message for future research and action. Previous colloquia covered a broad number of subjects, including water, energy, agriculture, and climate, with geographical focus points ranging from coastal areas to mountains and from tropical regions to the Arctic.
The final meeting revisited some of the recurring themes with cross-cutting general aspects in mind, focusing not only on problem descriptions, but also possible solutions. IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat gave a keynote lecture on “Systems science – a key to understanding, predicting and managing global change” during Session VII: Royal Colloquium Legacy on 25 May.
Demography, urbanization, globalization, and technological development are major elements in the context in which the environment is to be understood and studied. In addition to coping with major trends and developments, history has shown that unexpected and extreme events such as natural disasters, financial crises and epidemics can drastically alter the path of human development. What are the lessons learnt to date? What are the success stories and the unforeseen difficulties and emerging problems to be addressed? What are the future challenges, risks, and threats?
At the Royal Colloquium in Sweden on 24 May 2016
The Royal Colloquium series
Since 1992 His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf has initiated and led a series of Royal Colloquia engaging a number of leading scientists, decision makers and cultural representatives in discussions about issues of high relevance for society and relating to His Majesty´s special interest in the environment and development. Most of the series has been documented in the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ environmental journal Ambio.
Last edited: 12 August 2016
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