The Conference will be opened by Mr. Paavo Lipponen, Speaker of the Parliament of Finland.

Dr. Jouni Korhonen

Research Professor, Dr. Jouni Korhonen from the Research Institute for Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland will give a key note presentation on Industrial Ecology: Can we learn from Mother Nature?

Research Professor Dr. Jouni Korhonen, at the University of Tampere Research Institute for Social Sciences (Tampere, Finland), is the Editor-in-Chief of Progress in Industrial Ecology - An International Journal (PIE) published by Inderscience Publishers. Dr. Korhonen serves as the Subject Editor (Associate Editor) of Journal of Cleaner Production, Elsevier Science, for 'Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Regions'. He is the Guest Editor for a special issue for Business Strategy and the Environment on 'Business and Industrial Ecology' and for Journal of Cleaner Production on 'Applications of Industrial Ecology'. He is a member of the editorial board of Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, John Wiley and Sons and of the International Journal of Opportunity, Growth and Value Creation, Inderscience Publishers. Dr. Korhonen has published nearly 40 articles on industrial ecology, cleaner production, corporate environmental management and corporate social responsibility in international scientific journals that apply the referee practice and is the author (Oliver, Canniff and Korhonen, 2002) of The Primal, The Modern, and The Vital Center - A Theory of Balanced Culture in a Living Place, a book on cultural philosophy and critique of modernity. His Ph.D Industrial Ecosystem - Using the material and energy flow model of an ecosystem in an industrial system was published in 2000. Recently, Dr. Korhonen has been selected as the chair of the 11th and 12th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference by the European Research Press (ERP Environment). Jouni Korhonen is the Chair of the Industrial Ecology Forum of Finland. Jouni Korhonen's aim and ambition is to bridge the material and energy flow side of industrial ecology to the human and social dimensions of the concept working with business studies, management and organisational studies to contribute to progress in sustainable development.

Dr. Frank T. Figge

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Dr. Frank T. Figge from School of the Environment University of Leeds, UK will give a key note presentation on Sustainable Value

Frank Figge researches and teaches at the School of Earth & Environment at the University of Leeds (UK). Before going into academia he worked in the financial services industry. In one of his ongoing research projects Frank assesses the sustainable performance of European companies in monetary terms using the Sustainable Value approach, an approach he has developed in cooperation with Tobias Hahn of the Institute for Future Studies and Technology Assessment (Berlin/Germany). An analogous project assessing the sustainable performance of European countries is currently in preparation.

Dr. Richard Welford

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Professor, Dr. Richard Welford from Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management, University of Hong Kong and ERP Environment, Hong Kong will give a key note presentation on Challenges of Sustainable Development in Asia

Professor, Dr. Richard Welford is Deputy Director of the Corporate Environmental Governance Programme, Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management, University of Hong Kong. He is also serving as Visiting Professor of Sustainable Management at the Norwegian School of Management. He is the author of twelve books and over 60 refereed papers on environmental management and related issues. His recent books include The Earthscan Reader in Business and Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 2000), Corporate Environmental Management 3: Towards Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 1998), and Hijacking Environmentalism: Corporate Responses to Sustainable Development (Earthscan, 1997).

Richard is an economist by background with a PhD from the University of Warwick, UK. As well as being an academic he has business and consultancy experience. He has worked closely with a number of firms including Joseph Dawson Ltd., TXU Europe, The Samsung Corporation, British Telecom, the MTR Corporation and the Swire Group of Companies. He is a member of the Economic and Social Research Council in the UK and has acted as an advisor to the United Nations.

Dr. Karl-Henrik Robért

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Professor, Dr. Karl-Henrik Robért from the Natural Step Foundation, Sweden will give a key note presentation on The Natural Step and Strategic Leadership for Sustainability

Professor Karl-Henrik Robčrt, M.D., Ph.D., is one of Sweden's foremost cancer scientists who, in 1989, initiated an environmental movement called "The Natural Step." In 1984, Dr. Robčrt won the Swedish Hematological Association Research Award. He headed the Division of Clinical Hematology and Oncology at the Department of Medicine at the Huddinge Hospital from 1985 until 1993. Dr. Robčrt has authored numerous scientific publications concerning leukemia, lymphoma, lung cancer and their clinical implications. His research on damaged human cells provided a platform for his interest in environmental questions. Later, with Dr. John Holmberg, he developed first order principles, the "system conditions," for ecological sustainability. Together with a growing network of scientists and decision makers in business and politics, the system conditions have been elaborated into a concrete framework for strategic planning towards sustainability. At the launch of The Natural Step (TNS), Dr. Robčrt edited educational material and distributed it to every household and school in Sweden. Thereafter, he initiated a number of independent professional networks to support the framework of The Natural Step. Business executives from major Swedish companies such as, IKEA, Electrolux, Swedish McDonalds, construction companies, the leading supermarket chains of Sweden, insurance companies, banks and a large number of other business corporations and municipalities have begun to incorporate the TNS framework into their business practices. In 1999 Dr. Robčrt received the Green Cross Millennium Award for International Environmental Leadership and in 2000 he won the Blue Planet Prize for scientifically laying out the systems perspective needed to plan strategically for sustainability and for changing the environmental awareness of business, municipalities and others. Dr. Robčrt has written many books, articles and scientific publications on the environment and sustainability that encourage an understanding of the linkage between ecology and economy.

Dr. Pim Martens

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Professor, Dr. Pim Martens from International Centre for Integrative Studies, Maastricht University, Netherlands will give a key note presentation on Sustainability Science of Fiction?

Pim Martens is Director of the International Centre for Integrative Studies (ICIS), Maastricht University. He holds the chair 'Sustainable Development' at the same University. Prof. Martens is project-leader and principal investigator of several projects related to sustainable development, globalisation, environmental change and society, funded by, amongst others, the Dutch National Research Programme, the United Nations Environment Programme and the European Community. Pim Martens is Executive Editor of the International Forum on Science and Technology for Sustainability, and co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal Ecohealth. Finally, Prof. Martens is a Fulbright New Century Scholar within the programme 'Health in a Borderless World' and winner of the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel-Forschungspreis.

Dr. Roland W. Scholz

Professor, Dr. Roland W. Scholz from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland will give a key note presentation on Case Studies of Sustainable Development

Professor, Dr. Roland W. Scholz was appointed the 5th holder of The King Carl XVI Gustaf Professorship of Environmental Science on November 23, 2000. He was born in 1950. He graduated in Mathematics (Dipl.-Math) from the University of Marburg, Germany,1976), Social Psychology (Dr. phil) 1979, and Cognitive Psychology (Dr. phil. habil) 1987 from the University of Mannheim, Germany. He was a research assistant and had various teaching undertakings at the Institute for Didactics of Mathematics and the Departments of Psychology, Mathematics and Economics, University of Bielefeld and Mannheim.

Since 1998, Roland Scholz is adjunct professor of Psychology at the University of Zurich, and since 1988 head of Organization and Decision Making Consultants (GOE Zurich). He also holds the Chair of Environmental Sciences: Natural and Social Science Interface at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland (1993). Roland Scholz has run large-scale case studies since 1993.

Roland Scholz has specialised in decision sciences and systems analysis, particularly game theory, bargaining and negotiation, decision-making under uncertainty, cognitive psychology and organisational psychology. His basic research refers to decision research, in particular in behavioural research in group decision and decision-making under uncertainty. His consulting experience covers various fields of organisational decision-making and risk management, including the development of credit rating systems for company loans (used by regional banks), monitoring systems for sewage plants and environmental risk assessment for contaminated soil. His current research topics are complex environmental system analysis and complex problem-solving.

Roland Scholz has just completed the case study on Future of the Swiss Railway Company: Ecoefficient Environmental Investments. He is currently organising the case studies Sustainable Landscape Development in the Appenzellerland, Switzerland and Lundby on the Move: Mobility in Sustainable Urban Development, Göteborg, Sweden. Each of the studies is organised according to the team-small group model, including 25 to 60 students and 10 to 20 tutors/professors.

Roland Scholz has published and edited 25 books and 150 papers. The book "Embedded case study methods: integrating qualitative and quantitative methods" conveys the message and the research methodology that are of interest to applied sciences focusing on complex system management.Personal research activities (past and present):

  • Knowledge Representation and Integration
  • Case Study Methodology
  • Bargaining and Negotiation
  • Decision Making under Uncertainty
  • Acquisition of the Probability Concept
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Organisational Psychology and Decision Aid Use
  • Risk Assessment
  • Environmental Decision Making
  • Applied Environmental Statistics

Dr. Pall Rikhardsson

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Dr. Pall Rikhardsson from Aarhus School of Business, Denmark will give a key note presentation on Sustainable Development and the Limitations of Neo-Classical Economics Approach

Pall Richardsson, PhD, MSc, serves currently as an Associate Professor at the Department of Accounting, Finance and Logistics at the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark. His previous research interests focus on corporate accountability and information technology, corporate environmental accounting and reporting as well as on management accounting and information technology. His currently giving lectures on the following topics: management accounting, environmental management and environmental accounting.

His selected publications are listed below:

  • Rikhardsson, P. M. & R. Welford (1997). Clouding the Crisis: The Construction of Environmental Management. In R. Welford (ed.) Hijacking Environmentalism. London: Earthscan.
  • Rikhardsson, P. M. (1997). Miljøregnskaber og Love om Miljøregnskaber i et Internationalt Perspektiv. In J. Ulhøi & P. M. Rikhardsson (1997). Virksomhedens Miljøregnskab. Copenhagen: Børsen. Also published in Virksomhedens Økonomistyring. April 1997, pp. 1-9. Børsens Forlag.
  • Rikhardsson, P. M. & I. Bojsen (1998). Erfaringer med Miljøregnskaber i Danmark. Virksomhedens Økonomistyring, December. Copenhagen: Børsen.
  • Rikhardsson, P. M. (1998). Information Systems for Corporate Environmental Management Accounting and Performance Measurement. Greener Management International, Issue 21, Spring 1998, pp. 51-71.
  • Rikhardsson, P. M. (1999). Information Systems for Corporate Environmental Management Accounting and Performance Measurement. In Sustainable Measures. Martin Bennett & Peter James (eds.). Sheffield: Greenleaf.
  • Rikhardsson, P. M. (1999). Statutory Environmental Reporting in Denmark: Status and Challenges. In Sustainable Measures. Martin Bennett & Peter James (eds.). Sheffield: Greenleaf.

Dr. Thomas P. Seager

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Dr. Thomas P. Seager from Purdue University, USA will give a key note presentation on Multi Criteria Decision Analysis and Sustainable Development

Dr. Thomas P. Seager is a civil engineer specializing in sustainability assessment. He has written several articles on topics in industrial ecology, environmental decision analysis, and beneficial reuse of waste materials. He presently serves on the editorial boards of Progress in Industrial Ecology, and the International Journal of Exergy. Dr. Seager has recently joined the faculty of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.