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September 2016, Jari and Victoria @ Economic and Environmental Seminar in Russia

The 2nd Economic Performance, Environmental Innovation, Climate and Energy Policy Seminar at Saint Petersburg State University took place on 30th September. The seminar dedicated to topical issues of interaction between nature and the economy. The main topics of the seminar were the "green" economy, "green" finance and the Paris Agreement 2015. The moderator of the event was the scientific director of the laboratory "The effectiveness of the economy and the environment," St. Petersburg State University, Oxford University professor, former minister of education, culture and science of the Netherlands Doctor of Economics Frederick van der Ploeg.

Prof. Porras presented a paper titled: Technology vs Human Perceptions of Sustainability. Abstract: Nowadays, the world is facing numerous challenges as result of the development accomplished in the past centuries. Finding a balance between societies and environment, while sustaining economies, has become the biggest challenge of the millennium. While environmental and economic dimensions have been vastly covered, social aspects of sustainability have mostly been neglected. This article studies the current perceptions of sustainability and the challenges to incorporate human and cultural perspectives in it.  

MSc Victoria Palacin-Silva presented:Participatory Sensing for Sustainability. Abstract: Participatory sensing aims to integrate professional scientists and citizens in the conduct of research - such as data gathering, classification and dissemination – by using information and communication technologies to connect them. This field has grown by seven times since 2000 and represents an opportunity to face core challenges of sustainability:  the first challenge is to monitor and gather information about the environment in great global scales. Second, to inform and engage key audiences through knowledge.  Thirdly, to persuade people to change their behaviors. This study analyze the field activity in the last decade and the opportunities for supporting the implementation of International climate agreements and EU directives.