CFP: Decarbonized Futures, 6-10 June 2016, Leiden, The Netherlands

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CFP: Decarbonized Futures, 6-10 June 2016, Leiden, The Netherlands

Decarbonized Futures: Narrating Low Carbon Societies 6-10 June 2016, Lorentz Center@Oort – Leiden, The Netherlands. Deadline: 20 January  2016

Harriet Bulkeley, Maarten Hajer, Rob Raven, Janet Stewart and Johannes Stripple, cordially invites junior scholars (Phd Students and recent PhDs) to submit their expression of interest in the workshop Decarbonized Futures: Narrating Low Carbon Societies, from Monday 6 through Friday 10 June 2016.

Workshop Abstract
Grappling with the challenge of decarbonisation requires not only action in the present but also that we think of the future in different terms. A range of techniques are being developed to this end – from modeling and scenario techniques, cultural interventions, forms of experimentation and demonstration projects, as well as the development of specific low carbon pathways. While diverse in their aims, they all rely on forms of narrative: of telling compelling stories about the nature of the low carbon future and the means through which it can (and cannot) be achieved. The aim of the Decarbonising Futures workshop is to create a forum through which to activate a new conversation about the potential and limitations of these techniques as a means through which to catalyse the forms of political, economic and social response required for decarbonisation.

Workshop Format
Lorentz Workshops@Oort are scientific meetings for small groups of up to 55 participants, including both senior and junior scientists. Lorentz Center meetings dedicate a considerable amount of time to discussion sessions, thus stimulating an interactive atmosphere and encouraging collaborations between participants.

Lorentz Center Facilities
The venue Lorentz Center@Oort, located at the Faculty of Science campus of Leiden University, the Netherlands. The Lorentz Center provides each participant with office space and wireless internet access. Lorentz Center also provides various practical services for the participants, such as arranging accommodations at the nearby hotel “Van der Valk Hotel Leiden”, visa assistance and bike rental. For further information, please refer to our website:

Costs and Refunds
Lorentz Center does not charge registration fees. In addition, Lorentz Center hosts a welcome reception and a workshop dinner, both free of charge. Junior scholars are provided with accommodation at the hotel “Van der Valk Hotel Leiden” courtesy of Lorentz Center.

Application Procedure
Please send a brief CV (max two pages) and a statement (maximum 200 words) to The statement should briefly elaborate on what kind of research, knowledge and/or experiences that you could contribute with to the workshop, and how the workshop could benefit your research. The deadline for submitting your application is Jan 20, 2016.