International Conference 2022 „Missions for sustainability: New approaches for science and society“
On 5-6 May 2022 the Leibniz Research Network Knowledge for Sustainable Development invites actors from science, policy, business and civil society to critically discuss opportunities, challenges and limitations of mission-oriented research and innovation. Register now for the ONLINE event!
Global societal challenges and the corresponding ecological, social and economic crises require far-reaching social transformations for which there are hardly any comprehensive solutions so far. Developing suitable solutions to these challenges cannot be based on the work of individual sectors and fields of action alone, but requires close cooperation between science, politics and society – at different levels and across diverse policy fields.
Mission-oriented research and innovation, as it is framed by scholars e.g. Mazzucato, 2018; Jütting, 2020 and Hekkert et al., 2020 aims to address these grand societal challenges through bold, inspiring objectives, and to direct a broad portfolio of inter- and transdisciplinary research activities toward their achievement within a fixed timeframe. Thereby, it brings together a wide range of action and policy fields e.g. healthy soils, climate adaptation, climate-neutral cities, ocean restoration and cancer.
However, the design and implementation of mission-oriented R&I also raises new questions e.g. in terms of governance and responsibility, normativity and social learning, as well as trade-offs and the navigation of complexity. How should the approach evolve as it becomes adopted across a widening range of sustainability challenges and policy fields?
Aim of the conference
The international conference aims at a critical reflection of mission-oriented research and innovation approach, as well as a broad exchange of experiences and state-of-the art research findings. The conference will focus on the future use and design of the approach for a more effective social and ecological sustainability transformation across different fields of action (e.g. climate change, food security, mobility, health), as well as on its prerequisites within the science system. The event is directed at a broad range of actors from science, politics, business and civil society.
It aims to:
– highlight results and impacts, strengths and weaknesses, as well as potentials and risks of mission-oriented R&I.
– compare different approaches and practices and to discuss them comparatively
– identify requirements for the future conception and framework of mission-oriented R&I.
Missions in Practice
Within its Horizon Europe framework the EU Commission has formulated so-called „Mission Areas“ focusing on five challenges in a cross-programmatic and trans-disciplinary manner: Climate change adaptation, climate-neutral smart cities, soil health and nutrition, healthy waters (oceans, seas, coastal and inland), and cancer prevention/therapy.
The German government’s High-Tech Strategy 2025 similarly aims to increase the innovation momentum with the help of mission-oriented research and innovation policy. As a new instrument, these missions are intended to strengthen interdepartmental cooperation in research and innovation policy and effectively implement research results into practice.
REGISTRATION (free of charge): https://www.leibniz-sustain.de/en/mainnavigation/events/network-conferences/registration
For questions please contact:
Alina Kaltenberg (Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development - IOER)