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Exploring lifestyles changes in Europe:
Have your word at the European Calculator expert workshop

The workshop is held back-to-back with the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption conference "Sustainable Lifestyles, Livelihoods and the Circular Economy" in Brighton at the following time, date, and location:

Friday, June 30, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
University of Sussex
Brighton, UK




Registration is open for conference participants and upon invitation. Register with your email address to attend this event before 5th of May 2017.

Please find the Invitation letter below or in PDF.




We invite you to take part in a co-design expert workshop for the development of an EU wide (and Switzerland) public policy climate change model funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. We call the model the ‘European Calculator’ or EUCalc.

The mission of the EUCalc project is to provide decision makers with an accessible energy modelling solution to quantify the sectorial energy demand, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions trajectories and social implications of lifestyles and energy technology choices in Europe. More information can be found here.

This workshop is part of the lifestyle module of EUCalc and represents the first in a series of ten workshops and meetings that will be held during the development phase to elicit expert feedback in the different sectors included in the Calculator.

The critical role of the lifestyles module is to define the scope of action and to allow users of the future Calculator to simulate a number of lifestyle trajectories and their associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to different demands for products (goods and services) by 2050. The workshop will investigate the corresponding levels of ambition and effort that reflect the full range of what experts believe could be possible by 2050 and beyond.

We have identified you as a key expert/ decision /policy maker active in the research and debate on tomorrow’s lifestyles and are keen to receive your input to shape the European Calculator.

During this workshop, the objectives and the scope of the EUCalc project will be explained and participants will be asked to discuss research methodology and preliminary findings within the lifestyles module to ensure that we use the best data, to validate our assumptions, and to account for the full range of opinion when we consider possible futures. Examples of questions that the workshop will aim to address are: what are the main drivers, trends and game-changing practices the European Calculator ought to address? What social and environmental impacts should be covered by the European Calculator? What are the barriers and opportunities to scale up promising practices across Europe; and, what implications this entails for stakeholders across business, government and society?

We are delighted to have Vanessa Timmer, Executive Director of One Earth, facilitate this workshop.

We hope that you will take the opportunity to join a group of frontline experts, decision and policy makers across academia, the public and private sectors as well as civil society and to take part in this forward looking exercise. The European Calculator team is also committed to the continued collaboration and exchange with workshop participants including opportunities for subsequent feedback, access to early releases of the Calculator, and an offer of co-authorship on a peer reviewed paper analyzing the outcomes of the workshop.

Please register before 5th of May 2017.

Should you require further information about the workshop or project in general, please contact Vincent Moreau vincent.moreau@epfl.ch, cc-ing Ana Rankovic, ana-fractal@seechangenet.org.

Looking forward to seeing you at this workshop on Sustainable Lifestyles!

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Jürgen P. Kropp, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Coordinator of the European Calculator Project

Dr. Vincent Moreau, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Organizer of the Sustainable Lifestyles Expert Workshop

Ana Rankovic, SEE Change Net (SEECN), Co-Organizer of the Sustainable Lifestyles Expert Workshop




Note: The EUCalc consortium would like to assure you that any personal data or information you provide will be kept strictly confidential and will be securely stored and retained for the lifetime of the project and deleted thereafter. In gathering our data, we will only record information that is necessary to address the central purpose of our research, and ensure it is anonymised. Furthermore, should you agree to participate in this workshop, and subsequently feel unable or unwilling to continue, you are free to leave without negative consequences. That is, your participation is completely voluntary, and you may withdraw from this project at any time.




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