IES Policy Forum

IEEP & IES Environmental Policy Forum

The Institute for European Studies at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES) kindly invites you to their Policy Fora - a lunch-time format that brings together academic and policy experts to discuss a variety of topics. All events are held at IES, Pleinlaan 5, ES floor, 1050 Brussels.  Unless otherwise noted, Policy Fora start at 12:00 with a lunchtime reception. The talks start at 12:30.

Attendance will be on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to attend and event, please register using the online registration form.

We are looking forward to your participation in a lively discussion at the IES.

Upcoming Policy Fora


Past Policy Fora

Tuesday, 25 January 2011, 12:00 - 14:00

         "Global and European Biodiversity Policy after Nagoya: Achievements and Challenges"

Wednesday, 28 October 2010, 12:00 - 14:00

        "Paths towards the Use of Safer Chemicals"

Wednesday, 29 September 2010; 12:00 - 14:00

        "Access and benefit-sharing (ABS) under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) -
         towards effective management of genetic resources?

Wednesday, 23 June 2010, 12:00-14:00

"Energy Policy Forum: towards a European Energy community"

Monday, 8 March 2010, 12:00-14:00

"The European Parliament's Green Credentials - An analysis of the EP and
           co-decision for the Environment
Monday, 1 March 2010, 12:00-14:00

           "Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for e-waste -- challenges and

Wednesday, 10 February 2010, 12:00-14:00

"The New Climate Policies of the European Union: Internal legislation and
           climate diplomacy
           Artur Runge-Metzger

Thursday, 8 October 2009, 12:00-14:00

"Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers:
the Kiev Protocol and its implementation by the EU"

Michel Amand (Chairman of Working Group on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention)
Dania Cristofaro (Industrial Emissions & Protection of the Ozone Layer Unit, DG Environment, European Commission)

Monday, 15 June 2009, 12:00-14:00

Prospects for an Environmental Tax Reform
David Gee (Senior Adviser at the European Environment Agency, EEA)
Samuela Bassi (Economist at the Institute for European Environmental Policy, IEEP)

Tuesday, 09 June 2009, 12:00-14:00

"Regulating Chemicals - Californian Green Chemistry and European REACH"
Dr Megan Schwarzman (Research Scientist at the University of California at Berkeley)
Dr Michael Wilson (Research Scientist at the University of California at Berkeley)
Dr Ninja Reineke (Senior Policy Officer, WWF European Policy Office)

Monday, 25 May 2009, 12:00-14:00

"US Climate Change Policy in the Obama Era"
Stacy D. VanDeveer (Associate Professor of Political Science, Unversity of New Hampshire)
David Wirth (Professor and Director of International Programs, Law School, Boston College)
Henrik Selin (Assistant Professor, Departement of International Relations, Boston University)

Wednesday, 6 May 2009, 12:00-14:00

"Environmental policy and legislation: the EU and the Alpine Convention"
Marco Onida (Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, Innsbruck)

Wednesday, 18 March 2009, 12:00-14:00

"The European Biodiversity Action Plan - State of Play and prospects after 2010"
Anne Teller (Administrator for the Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) at DG Environment)
Sebastian Winkler (Head of Countdown 2010)

Friday, 13 February 2009, 12:00-14:00

"Transfrontier Shipments of Waste - An Enforcement Challenge"
Albert Klingenberg (Program Manager at the Dutch Environment Ministry’s Inspectorate)
Roberto Ferrigno (Vice President for Public Affairs at Weber Shandwick)

Thursday, 29 January 2009, 12:00-14:00

"Revising the WEEE Directive – New Rules for Old Electronics"
Klaus Koegler (Head of Unit, DG Environment);
Viktor Sundberg (Vice President Environmental and European Affairs, Electrolux)
Nathalie Cliquot (Policy Officer Waste and Products, European Environmental Bureau)

Friday, 24 October 2008, 12:00-14:00

"The Action Plan for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) and Sustainable Industrial Policy (SIP)"
Bettina Lorz (Principal Administrator for SCP at DG Environment)
Katja Biedenkopf (researcher at the IES)

Tuesday, 18 March 2008, 12:00-14:00

"Transatlantic Conflict and Cooperation in Global Sustainable Development Diplomacy"
Bo Kjellén (former Swedish Ambassador for multilateral environmental negotiations and currently a Senior Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute SEI)
Mr Stéphane De Loecker (Belgian Ambassador for Climate Change)

Thursday, 6 March 2008, 12:00-14:00

"The Practice of Impact Assessment in Europe"
Dr. Klaus Jacob (Environmental Policy Research Centre of Free University Berlin)

Thursday, 28 February 2008, 12:00-14:00

"The EU ETS: Reform Prospects and Past Experience"
Thomas Bernheim (DG Environment, Unit dealing with Market-based Instruments)
Jørgen Wettestad (Senior Research Fellow at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Oslo)

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