Several MAGIC researchers presented project results at the virtual Dresden Nexus Conference (eDNC 2020) that took place from 03-05 June 2020 under the theme “Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society”. Juan Cadillo Benalcazar, from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), presented an evolutionary analysis of the role of the agri-food system in human society in Session 1 – 'Circular economies in agri-food systems at different levels'. Ansel Renner and Mario Giampietro, also from the UAB, presented progress in MAGIC's tool kit in Session 13 – 'Systems’ concepts supporting sustainable economy concepts and nexus approaches', and Roger Strand, from the University of Bergen, presented his team's work on the Circular Economy policy in Session 15-II – 'Science-policy interfacing for managing a natural resource nexus [Governance and policy]. In addition, the project coordinator, Mario Giampietro (UAB), represented MAGIC in the special session 'Towards a Nexus Knowledge Agenda'. In the latter session the Horizon 2020 nexus projects MAGIC, SIM4NEXUS and DAFNE, along with representatives of the German Environment Agency, the European Commission, and UNU-FLORES, discussed their perspective on knowledge gaps with a view to strengthen decision-making in nexus implementation.
The conference drew a large audience, most parallel sessions counting with 70-90 on-line participants from all over the globe, thus confirming the importance of nexus thinking in achieving sustainable development. Compliments to the organizers—the United Nations University Institute for the Integrated Mangement of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER)—for transforming the conference into a very successfull virtual event.
All the MAGIC presentations are available in our document repository.