Science Cafe Wageningen | Transition to a sustainable wellbeing-economy

Join us Thursday February 20th when we will have our next Science Cafe! Rutger Hoekstra and Caroline van Leenders will talk about the transition to a sustainable wellbeing-economy.

For half a century now gross domestic product (GDP) – and in particular, its growth – has been the main focal point for public policy. In fact, GDP has almost become synonymous with the “success” of a country. However, is GDP really a reliable measure for the wellbeing of citizens? Does this continuous economic growth not inevitably lead to an overshoot of our planetary boundaries? Most importantly, how can we transition towards a society where wellbeing and sustainability are the core goals, rather than economic growth?  

In this Science Café, our guest speakers Rutger Hoekstra and Caroline van Leenders will try to answer these questions, and will paint a picture of what is needed to transition towards a sustainable wellbeing-economy.

Rutger Hoekstra is an expert on metrics for well-being and sustainability. He is the author of Replacing GDP by 2030 and the founder of MetricsForTheFuture.com, a consultancy company that helps governments look beyond GDP and companies Beyond-Profit. He works as a guest researcher at Leiden University.

Caroline van Leenders works for the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland, RVO) and is, with more than 20 years of experience, a true expert on sustainable transitions. She has written several books on the topic, and was featured as number 53 in Trouw Green Top 100 in 2016 (and since then, she is part of the jury).

More info about the speakers & the programme can be found on the website of the Science Cafe.


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What is a Science Cafe?
It’s an informal meeting in a cafe, with live music, and with a moderator for a lively debate. It's an initiative from WUR employees & students and is an informal meeting between scientists and those who love science, or who love to debate the impact of science on our society.'

Each meeting is organized around an interesting topic of conversation. After some live music, two scientists give a brief presentation and sometimes show a short video clip to kick off a spicy debate.
Visit the science café: get a beer, listen, make some remarks and enlighten your mind.
And if you are not inspired, you can leave whenever you want…

When & language: Thursday evenings and the spoken language is English.

For who: Scientists & those who love science, or who love to debate the impact of science on our society.

Frequence: The intention is to present 4 to 6 Science Cafes a year.

The crime scene: The meetings are held in a cafe with live music: Café Loburg, Molenstraat 6 in Wageningen. 

KLV: KLV is sponsor of this event.

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