Robert Costanza (USA) 25.09.2012

The city of Poznań and Adam Mickiewicz University are inviting to an open lecture: "Solutions for a sustainable and desirable future", which will be delivered by a professor from Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Robert Costanza.

The lecture, within the confines of Poznan Academic and Scientific Program will be held September 25, 2012, at 13:00 in the Senate Hall of the Collegium Minus, placed on 1, Wieniawski Street. The main topic of discussion will be constructive economic and ecological proposals confronted with the catastrophic concept and vision for the future of the World.

Professor Robert Costanza holds the position of Director of the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont, he taught at the Universities of Maryland and Louisiana. He received a doctoral degree in environmental engineering in 1979 at the University of Florida. There he obtained a master's degree in urban and regional planning.

Co-founder and former president of the International Society for Ecological Economics, currently  member of the editorial boards in eight international scientific journals.

Many awards, received by R. Costanza include: Kellogg National Fellowship, Society for Conservation Biology Distinguished Achievement Award, Pew Scholarship in Conservation and the Environment, Kenneth Boulding Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions in Ecological Economics, and the holder of an honorary doctorate from the University of Stockholm.

He has authored or co-authored more than 400 scientific articles and 22 books. His work has been quoted in over 6,000 scientific articles. Reports involving his work have appeared in a number of major economic and scientific magazines, including Newsweek, Time, The Economist, The New York Times, Science, Nature, National Geographic.

R. Costanza is the chief editor and co-founder of the magazine "Solutions' - a combination of reviewed journals and the popular magazine, aimed at promoting integrated solutions to the most serious environmental, social and economic problems of the world.

Robert Costanza's research focuses on the interface between ecological and economic systems, especially in the larger temporal and spatial scales. Includes spatial modeling of landscape-level simulation, analysis of the energy and material flows through the economic and ecological systems and the valuation of ecosystem services, biodiversity and natural capital.

Open lecture is part of the Conference ECOSERV Poznań 2012, which has the foundation of trans-disciplinary exchange of ideas in the research and application ecosystem services and increase of intensity and quality improve of investigations conducted in Poland theory and application in this field. Within the framework of the conference R. Costanza will also lead plenary session "Ecosystem Services Come of Age: Linking Science, Policy and Participation for Sustainable Human Well-Being'.

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