International Conference 2022 "Missions for sustainability: New approaches for science and society"

5th and 6th May 2022 - Online

In order to cope with pressing global sustainability challenges such as the climate crisis systemic innovations are needed urgently. The mission-oriented research and innovation (R&I) approach promises to address this need: It strives to direct a broad portfolio of inter- and transdisciplinary scientific activities towards achieving bold and inspirational societal goals within in a specific time- and resource frame. See Background for more information.

Nevertheless, the design and implementation of mission-oriented R&I also raises new questions e.g. in terms of governance and responsibility, normativity and social learning, as well as trade-offs and the navigation of complexity. How should the approach evolve as it becomes adopted across a widening range of sustainability challenges and policy fields?

This two-day international event brought together diverse actors from science, policy, business and civil society to critically discuss opportunities as well as challenges and limitations of mission-oriented R&I. It combined live talks with a variety of interactive online formats on key issues and current debates.

For questions please contact:  Prof. Dr. Marc Wolfram (Director IOER), m.wolfram(at)ioer.de

Mission statements: Concise viewpoints regarding the challenges and limitations of mission-oriented research and innovation, as well as possible solutions.
Keynote-Speaker Philippe Larrue, Dr. (OECD)
Keynote-Speaker Philippe Larrue, Dr. (OECD)
Keynote-Speaker Lea Fünfschilling, Dr. (CIRCLE)
Keynote-Speaker Lea Fünfschilling, Dr. (CIRCLE)
Panel 2: Complexity and multi-level implementations of mission-oriented R&I
Panel 2: Complexity and multi-level implementations of mission-oriented R&I
Panel 1: Sustainability and path-dependency of mission-oriented R&I
Panel 1: Sustainability and path-dependency of mission-oriented R&I