confronti 2019 - Economic choices and ecological sustainability

Institute for Economic Research

Date: 5 November 2019 / 14:00 - 20:00

Aula Magna USI, Lugano

The first moment will give the opportunity of informal meetings with the participants: industrial and institutional stakeholders, involved citizens, university students and some Lugano high school classes. High school classes’ attendance is one of the most interesting innovations of the 2019 edition: the involvement of young students who will be able to familiarize with academic research and, most of all, to have a chance to deepen their knowledge on this global issue. This involvement will be realized through the organization of educational games: an energy game (similar to the ones IRE organized at Expo 2015 in Milan and Expo 2017 in Astana), a game of economic compensation and a fishing game.

The plenary session will propose a debate between Luca Mercalli, president of Società Meteorologica Italiana, climatologist, and Lucas Bretschger, professor at ETHZ, economist dealing with sustainability, environment, energy and economic growth. We will discuss the urgent questions arising on the matter: which economic strategies to face climate change challenges? How to combine urgency of ecological sustainability with the transition to an inclusive economic system? Which individual choices are we willing to take?

Closing the event will be a networking apero offering further opportunities for interaction, also around thematic islands that will introduce activities of the IRE Observatories: O-FpE, O-Tur, O-De.