International conference

"Integrative approaches towards sustainability"

(Baltic Sea Region taking the lead)

Sponsored by EC DG Research

26 – 29 March, 2003

Organized by: University of Latvia, Riga

Venue: Hotel “Daina”, Jurmala, Melluzu prosp. 59

Supported by

University of Latvia

Latvian Council of Science



Organising Committee

International Project board


Preliminary Conference Agenda

Key words

Local Organising Committee

Conference Fee


Call for participants

Conference Secretariat

Registration Form


A: Assessing indicators;

B: Social factor;

C: Economic+Political Framework;

D: Science for Sustainable development


The University of Latvia is starting a series of conferences on sustainable development and is happy to announce 1st EuroEvent supported by the European Commission - High-Level Scientific Conference “Integrative Approaches Towards Sustainability” (Contract n°: HPCF-CT-2002-00102). This will be the first high-level conference on sustainability in the Baltic countries directly supported by the EC Framework programme and is organised for dissemination of research findings, practical guidance and case studies associated with Baltic Sea region. The conference wishes to encourage participants with both practical and theoretical research activities and is a forum for debate and discussion.


·          to motivate Baltic see region researchers, politicians, and economists on targeting the aspects of strategy and action towards sustainable development;

·          to build a framework for updated and new links and partnerships of researchers/stakeholders of the Baltic countries, the Baltic Rim, and established researchers of Western Europe as a "critical mass" for joint research & implementation of actions for sustainable development of the region in future;

·          to encourage young scientists to take opportunities offered by the European Research Area, the EU Framework programme, and the challenge of integrated approach to a complexity of problems;

·          promotion of networks of excellence in the field;

·          starting a series of conferences on sustainable development.

Call for participants:

·                 To participate in the Conference the young researchers (up to age of 35) should submit 250-word abstracts of the Conference posters. Organizing Committee will cover travel expenses (only bus, train or ferry) and accommodation fee and meals for accepted authors;

·                 Baltic See region researchers, politicians, and economists are invited to participate in the conference. Participants are requested to submit the Application to the Conference Secretariat either electronically (

Key words:

Cleaner Production, Natural Step, Factor X, Zero Emissions, Industrial Ecology, Sustainable Technology Development, Ecological Footprint, Natural Capitalism.

Organising Committee:

International Project board

Prof. Jânis Grâvîtis, Latvia (the project co-ordinator) – Head of the Internat. Project Board

Tel: +371-7553137; Fax: +371-7034513


Dr. Arnolds Űbelis, University of Latvia

Dr. Eduardas Budrys, Institute of Ecology, Vilnius, Lithuania

Prof. Urve Kallavus, Tallinn Technical University, Estonia

Prof.emer. Carl-Göran Hedén, UNESCO Microbiological Resource Centre

Dr. Christian patterman, DG Research

Representative from DG ENVIRONMENT

Local Organising Committee

Dr. Arnolds Űbelis, University of Latvia – Head of the Local Organising Committee:

Tel: +371-7229727, 9498659; Fax: +371-7225039


Prof. Jânis Grâvîtis, Latvia – the project co-ordinator

Dina BÇRZIŇA, University of Latvia

Dr. Jânis ÂboliňĐ, University of Latvia

Dr. Andrejs Siliňđ, Latvian Academy of Science

Dr. Andris Spricis, Baltic University programmes

Conference Secretariat

Dina BÇRZIŇA, University of Latvia – Head of Conference Secretariat

Tel: +371-7229727; Fax: +371-7225039



The conference is to be held in Jurmala, at Hotel “Daina”, Melluzu avenue 59. Jűrmala Spa ( is situated on the southern shore of the Bay of Riga, 14-44 km west of Riga.

Distance from Hotel “Daina” ( to the centre of Riga – 30 kilometres: transport – train direction Jurmala to stop *Melluzi* or minibus Nr.7020, 7023.







Distance from Hotel “Daina” to Riga airport – 20 kilometres: transport - taxi

Hotel “Daina”





Accommodation is booked only for Invited speakers and accepted young researchers. Other Participants can book individually at the hotel “Daina” (limited number of rooms) or in the city of Jurmala (,


Conference Fee:

Fee includes only Conference handouts and is:

35 € late registration fee in March.

Lunch and dinner will be available daily for 10  each. Delegates may attend Conference dinner for 25 €.

Preliminary Conference Agenda:

                       Wednesday, 26 March


                       Thursday, 27 March

8.00-9.00         Registration

9.00- 9.30       Welcome and opening remarks:

            Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Republic of Latvia (to be confirmed);

Minister of Environment of Latvia (to be confirmed);

             Christian Patermann, European Commission, DG Research;

             Zé Manel Alves-Pereira, European Commission, DG Research

9.30-13.00      First plenary: Zero emissions concept and perspectives of implementation

Part 1 – World experience

Chairman: Janis Gravitis

            Motoyuki Suzuki, United Nations University, Japan

Visualization of a Sustainable Industrialized Society – Zero Emissions Approach

            Karl-Henrik Robért, Blekinge Institute of Technology, The Natural Step, Sweden

A framework for social and ecological sustainability, and its relationship to leadership, management, product development, and metrics

            Erling Pedersen, Symbioisi Institute, Eco-Industrial Park, Denmark

Industrial Symbiosis – a profitable Environmental Potential across the Fence

            Gunter Pauli, ZERI Foundation, Geneva

How a new vision of science and technology is reshaping competitive forces in the industrialized world. The case of material separation technologies and their application in Japan, Europe and USA

            Uno Svedin, The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agriculture and Spatial Planning

Sustainability policy in Europe and the research challenges

                       Coffee break

Part 2 – Baltic States perspective - renewable resources for energy and materials

Chairman: C.-G. Heden Arnolds Ubelis

            Janis Gravitis, ZERI Balticum, University of Latvia, Latvia

How can Baltic Countries Resources be oriented towards Sustainability

 Matti Palo, Finnish Forest Research Institute METLA, Finland

Evolution of sustainable forestry in Finland with impacts of globalisation

            Urve Kallavus, Tallinn Technical University, Estonia

Towards nanotechnology through the structural research

            Charlotte Lagerberg, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden

Efficient utilisation of forestry resources


14.30-16.30     Second plenary: Sustainable consumption

Chairman: Hans-Peter Winkelmann

            Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek, Factor 10 Institute and International Factor 10 Club

NO Sustainability Without Radical Dematerialisation technical and economic considerations

            George Winter, International Network for Environmental Management (INEM), Germany

The Global SMALL (Sustainable Management for All Local Leaders) Initiative for Sustainability

            Leo Jansen, Platform Sustainable Development, Delft, The Netherlands

From vision to action - The challenge of transition to Sustainable Development

            Joachim H. Spangenberg, SERI, Cologne Office, Germany

Sustainable Consumption – Living 0within our environmental space

                       Discussion on the content of the first day’s plenary

                       Coffee break

17.00-18.30    Poster sessions for students/ young researchers

A: Assessing Indicators - Moderators:

1. Joachim Spangenberg, SERI Institute

2. Edgars Bajars, Latvian Environment Agency         

            B: social Factor - Moderators:

1. Per Berg, Uppsala, Agriculture University

2. Eriks Leitis, Coalition Clean Baltics           

C: economic + Political Framework - Moderators:

1. ,  Representative of DG Environment

2. Aivars Kalnins, University of Latvia

D: Science for sustainable development - Moderators:

1. David Miles, DG Research

2. Arnolds Ubelis, University of Latvia

                       Friday, 28 March

9.00-11.50       Third plenary: Economic, social and political dimensions

Chairwoman: Viera Feckova & Chairman: Joachim Spangenberg

            Bjarne Rasmussen, Storstrom County, Denmark

Approaches for local and regional Sustainable development experience and implementation models from Storstrom County

            Per Berg, Uppsala Agriculture University, Sweden

The Sustainable Neighbourhood – from Model Area Hĺgaby to Common Neighbourhoods in a Baltic Sea perspective

            Sergio Ulgiati, University of Siena, Department of Chemistry, Italy

Energy and exergy based indicators to assess design, performance and environmental sustainability of energy conversion processes

            Gergely Tóth, Institute of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Hungary

Agricultural land use and sustainability: changing requirements of the society and extending planning options


                       Coffee break

11.20-13.30     Forth plenary: Education in the context of future technology development

Chairmen: Janis Abolins, Sergio Ulgiati

            Lars Ryden, Baltic University Programme, Uppsala University

Education and future technology developments – experiences from the Baltic 21 Education process

            Walter Leal Filho, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Germany

Sustainability Teaching at a Technical University – Examples from a Masters Programme on Environmental Engineering

            Laima Galkute, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Linas Klucininkas, Kaunas Technical University, Lithuania

Universities for society development

            Arnolds Ubelis, University of Latvia, Latvia

Teaching Physics and Sustainability

            Hans-Jörg Jacobsen, Hanover University, Germany

Education in the biosciences: let facts dominate over myths

            Hans-Peter Winkelmann, Copernicus Campus, Germany

Universities, Society and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education in an Enlarged Europe



14.30-18.00    Parallel sessions ending with summary reports from poster sessions

                       Parallel sessions

A + C: Quantificaton & Qualification - CHAIRMEN:

1. George Winter, INEM, BAUM

2. Lars Ryden, Uppsala University     

B: social Factor - ChairmEn:

1.Ruediger Kuehr, UNU/ZEF

2.Per Berg, Uppsala Agriculture University

D1: Science for sustainable development - ChairmEn:

1. David Miles, European Commission, DG Research;

2. Eduardas Budrys, Institute of Ecology, Lithuania  

D2: Science for sustainable development - ChairmEn:

1. Masamitsu Funaoka, Mie University, Japan

2. Arnolds Ubelis, University of Latvia

                       Coffee break

                       Summary reports from poster sessions and discussion

A: Assessing Indicators - Moderators:

1. Joachim Spangenberg, SERI Institute

2. Edgars Bajars, Latvian Environment Agency         

            B: social Factor - Moderators:

1. Per Berg, Uppsala, Agriculture University

2. Eriks Leitis, Coalition Clean Baltics           

C: economic + Political Framework - Moderators:

1. ,  Representative of DG Environment

2. Aivars Kalnins, University of Latvia

D: Science for sustainable development - Moderators:

1. David Miles, DG Research

2. Arnolds Ubelis, University of Latvia

                       Conference event

                       Saturday, 29 March

9.30-11.30         Round table discussion  – Global Change and sustainability


Christian Patermann, Dr. David Miles European Commission, DG Research

Uno Svedin, The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agriculture and Spatial Planning (FORMAS), International Group of Funding Agencies in Global Change Research (IGFA)

Baltic States towards sustainable Development;

Implementation of EU Sustainable Development strategy

11.30-12.30      Closing remarks and farewell coffee

13.00-19.00      Guided tour to Kemeri National Park

Registration Form:

Fill in the Form and return by e-mail to Conference Secretariat.

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I would participate with report

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Conference payment can be made by direct bank transfer to ZERI Balticum Foundation

Participant fee – 35 €                            Select as appropriate

Lunch, 27.03 – 10€                                                              

Dinner, 27.03 – 10€                                                              

Lunch, 28.03 – 10€                                                              

Conference Dinner, 28.03 – 25€                                              

Total                                                            ______              

Reference for bank transfer

Country: Latvia

Bank: Hansabanka

Bank address: Kalku st. 26, Riga LV-1050

SWIFT code: HABA LV 22

Organization name: Zeri Balticum

Account No: 551000693474, 

Organization address: Skunu iela 4, Riga LV-1050

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