SENIX Conference in Stockholm on May 25-27, 2015 – The Role of Social Sciences in a Low-Carbon Energy Mix.
Building the future energy system will meet social and political challenges. This is well acknowledged, but still there is insufficient action to involve the stakeholders needed for transparent and robust decision making by the end users of research in governments and government agencies, as well as by local and regional decision making bodies. One recommendation in a synthesis of experts’ studies done for the European Commission reported in 2013 says that the link between scientists/engineers and policymakers needs to become stronger.
The SENIX 2015 Conference will help bridging the gap between present day conditions and full recognition of the necessity to bring in the social issues up-front in energy programmes. We have the ambition that the conference will be a point of departure for future initiatives in this direction including the establishment of a social platform for a sustainable energy system. Such a platform could promote social studies of interest to both academia and decision makers, improve the visibility of the social and humanities societal research community and boost education, training and information thereby improving public understanding of energy matters.
The conference is organized by Karita Research with the Swedish Energy Agency as main sponsor and with support from the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM). All information necessary for registration, abstract submission, practical matters, etc. can be found on the conference web site www.delegia.com/senix2015 . The deadline for abstract submission is February 15. The web site also introduces the key note speakers:
Maja Fjaestad, State Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office
Klaus Hamnes, Swedish Energy Agency
Richard Adams, European Economic and Social Committee
Pascal Griset and Yves Bouvier, University of Sorbonne, France
Jacob Spangenberg, Mayor, Östhammar municipality, Sweden
Filip Ehrle Elveling, Nordic Energy Research
Gaston Meskens, SCK•CEN and University of Ghent, Belgium