Activities 2006 - European Academy of Sciences and Arts

Activities 2006 - European Academy of Sciences and Arts


XI.2.Institute of Advanced Studies on Sustainability, Muenchen: Peter Wilderer

Prof. Peter A. Wilderer, Amalienstraße 75, 80799 Muenchen, Germany

Tel.: +49 89 289 13700, Fax: +49 89 289 13718


About the Institute

The Institute of Advanced Studies on Sustainability (IoS) was funded in the year 2002 by

the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (EASA) as a centre of excellence in the field

of environmental sciences and technology. The mission of the Institute is to assist in the

further development and in the practical application of the concept of sustainability

throughout Europe. Consequently, it acts at the interface between the various scientific

disciplines, the decision making sector and the public.

Through its activities IoS provides service to the governments in Europe as well as to the

private sector and to the scientific community. It supports any attempts to gain knowledge

on integrated resources management, and to interpret scientific information to the decision

makers in governmental institutions and in industry.

The Institute accomplishes its purpose by

• bringing together experts and advise seekers.

• exploring needs for further research and actions to be taken.

• organizing and moderating multi-disciplinary conferences and workshops.

• initiating and coordinating research projects.

• analyzing the outcome of conferences and research projects.

• transferring knowledge to decision makers and to the public.

• supporting development of technology and legal frameworks.

By the end of the year 2006 the activities of the Institute is supported by 20 members from

5 different European countries. Prof. Dr. Peter A. Wilderer acts as Director and Prof. Dr.

Josef Bugl serves as Deputy-Director. The Advisory Board currently consists of Dipl.-Ing.

Hans Huber, CEO of the Hans Huber AG, Dipl.-Ing. Martin Grambow, Bavarian Ministery

of the Environment, and Dr. David Johnstone, Consultant.

On the essence of sustainability

Sustainability has become an important political and economical guiding principle throughout

the world. This concept was first introduced in the 18th century by German forestry,

then adopted and further developed by the Brundtland Commission. In 1992, as a result

of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio de

Janeiro, Brazil, this concept is to be considered a corner stone of a comprehensive plan

of action known as the Agenda 21.

Sustainable development is commonly understood as a process encompassing ecological,

economic and social dimensions. The art of mastering sustainable development is finding

the right instrument that drives sustainable development.

A triangle is widely used to represent these three dimensions. It is usually arranged having

equal sides. Each of them should be given equal consideration. The triangle is to be con-


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