News

02 June 2020

Virtual workshop with EEA

The MAGIC team from the James Hutton Institute ran a virtual workshop with members of the European Environmental Agency (EEA) and EEA Topic Centres on Tuesday 2nd June 2020. Lasting 90 minutes, the workshop consisted of two parts. First, an introduction to our Quantitative Story Telling (QST) methodology, illustrating the promise of societal...

08 May 2020

Policy Legends: New MAGIC Publication Takes Critical Look at the Circular Economy

With the world’s attention focussed on Covid-19, issues that were in the forefront of public concern just a few months ago seem to have magically disappeared. "When can we return to normal?" is the question that many are asking. But even if we could return to normal, should we?          Mario Giampietro and Silvio Funtowicz, based on years...

31 March 2020

New edition of The Nexus Times out!

Governing in the nexus Over the last 4 years, the MAGIC team has engaged with policy-makers in the European Commission, European Parliament, national and local governments, establishing a dialogue about the challenges that the nexus poses to governance. Some recurrent questions are: How can we make sure that improvements in one area (say, support...

02 March 2020

MAGIC session at International Seminar on Environment & Society

A team of MAGIC researchers presented the project in a special session entitled "Governing the water-energy-food-nexus: Governance in complexity" at the International Seminar on Environment and Society—Current Challenges and Pathways to Change, which was held from 2-3 March 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. In this panel, organized and chaired by...

27 February 2020

Inaugural World Biodiversity Forum

MAGIC, in the person of Raimon Ripoll Bosch (Wageningen University), actively participated in the Inaugural World Biodiversity Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from 23 – 28 February 2020.  The inaugural forum was organised by bioDISCOVERY, a Global Research Project (GRP) of FutureEarth, fostering collaborative interdisciplinary activities on...

14 February 2020

Debating energy policy at the regional level: Catalonia

The seventh edition of the Energy Congress of Catalonia (COENERCAT 2020)–'Energia i Emergència Climàtica' was held on 14 and 15 February 2020 at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans in Barcelona, and focused on climate emergency and the factors that influence CO2 emissions, as well as on how these issues affect the design of the energy model of...

06 February 2020

MAGIC 'Ex-Phil' Keynote at 2020 SDG Conference Bergen

MAGIC coordinator Mario Giampietro gave a striking 'ExPhil' talk at the 2020 SDG Conference in Bergen under the provocative title "Sustainable Development Goals and Technical Innovations: Can we escape the fate of cyborg salmons?"  The keynote was part of the session "Technology, Innovation and Industrial Transformation: torchlight for...

30 January 2020

Parliamentary Breakfast

A systems perspective on sustainable agriculture – the new ‘MAGIC’ approach | European Parliament | Brussels | 30 January 2020  Sheila Ritchie, MEP of the Renew Europe Group and member of the AGRI Committee hosted a ‘MAGIC’ breakfast at the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting explored how MAGIC can bring a new approach to...

29 November 2019

MAGIC results rouse interest at EU Conference on Modelling for Policy Support

More than 200 scientists and policy makers gathered at the EU Conference on Modelling for Policy Support in Brussels this past Tuesday and Wednesday (26-27 November) to identify common challenges and solutions in the use of models to support policy making. The event, organized by the Competence Centre on Modelling of the Joint Research Centre...

International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production

22 November 2019

MAGIC tours China

Maddalena Ripa (UAB) was invited to present MAGIC results at several important events in China during the month of November 2019. On Thursday 14 November 2019, she presented selected results at the 8th International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production in Sanya under the title: 'Exploring complexity and contradiction in outsourcing:...