Post-Normal Science in Practice: Lessons Learned from the MAGIC project

22 September 2020

PNS5: Post-Normal Science in Practice

PNS5 special MAGIC session | 22 September 2020 | 15:00 – 16:30 CEST | online | Don't miss out on MAGIC's final scientific event: 'Post-Normal Science in Practice: Lessons Learned from the MAGIC project'. It takes the form of a (virtual) special session at the 2020 Post-Normal Science Symposium (PNS5). The session consists of a...

20 September 2020

Nexus Times September issue dedicated to Post-Normal MAGIC

September 2020 marks the end of the MAGIC project and sees the celebration of the Fifth Post-Normal Science Conference. In line with these events, the last issue of our newsletter The Nexus Times is devoted to the overarching question: “What is the contribution of MAGIC to Post-Normal Science?" In this issue, project members reflect on the...

MAGIC Nexus Game

14 September 2020

MAGIC Nexus Game released

The European Union needs to secure its future food and energy supply while keeping environmental impacts within safe boundaries: reduce carbon emissions while staying within the sustainable limits to land and water use. Reconciling the policy targets on food and energy security, sustainable and efficient resource use, and climate adaptation is a...

ECPR 2020: Co-Production of Narratives on Local Nexus Governance to Enhance Adaptive Capacity

25 August 2020

Co-Production of Narratives on Local Nexus Governance to Enhance Adaptive Capacity

MAGIC researcher Violeta Cabello shared conceptual and empirical insights from the transdisciplinary science-for-governance approach developed within MAGIC at the ECPR General Conference in the panel "Adaptive Governance in Aquatic Social-Ecological Systems" (25 August 2020, virtual event). She explained the operationalization of the Quantitative...

Dairy farming, the Netherlands

01 August 2020

Balancing biodiversity and agriculture: New MAGIC publication

A new study by the MAGIC team from Wageningen University explores conservation scenarios for the Dutch dairy sector. The objective of the study was to translate experts' narratives about biodiversity conservation into specific conservation scenarios, and assess the implications of these scenarios for food production and biodiversity, using...

SDGs: A Gordian knot?

01 July 2020

Fresh off the press: The Nexus and the Sustainable Development Goals

Announcing the European Green Deal in December 2019, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined an aim “to reconcile the economy with our planet, to reconcile the way we produce and the way we consume with our planet and to make it work for our people.” Research undertaken through the MAGIC project over the past four years...

Dresden Nexus Conference 2020

05 June 2020

MAGIC well represented at Dresden Nexus Conference

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...

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...