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PhD Student Conference at RGS Econ on "Europe in Transition"


The second PhD student conference was held at RGS Econ, Essen, Germany, on September 18 and 19, 2008. It focused on the relationship between European integration, demographic change, and sustainability. The exchange between the young scientists that took part revealed that this field has ample scope for farther scientific work.

"Europe in Transition - Demographic Change and Sustainable Development" was the title of the second PhD student conference at RGS Econ, which was held on September 18 and 19, 2008 at the Essen campus of the University of Duisburg-Essen. This was the first time that the conference was jointly organized by the "Arbeitskreis Europäische Integration" (Working Group for European Integration, Berlin, Germany), and it specifically targeted PhD students from the EU. Its aim was to establish the complex relationships between demographic change and sustainability on a European level, and thus to achieve a correlation of theoretical and empirical research results.

The conference opened with a talk on the subject of "Sustainable Business as a Challenge for Europe" by Prof. Klaus Töpfer, the former Federal Minister of the Environment and former director of the UN environmental program (for more details see RWI: News 3/2008). This was followed by scientific talks on topics such as transformation countries, retirement pensions and savings behavior, sustainability of public services, wages and income or population economics.

Following this, young scientists from Germany the USA, Great Britain, Hungary, France, the Netherlands and Sweden exchanged views in discussion groups. It became apparent that many questions remain unanswered with respect to the situations described at the conference.

A comprehensive report on the conference will be appearing shortly in "Integration" (published by Nomos Verlag.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Stefan Rumpf (RGS Econ) Phone: +49 - 201- 8149-279