Academia-Business Links in UK and Germany
Policy outcomes and lessons learnt
European Research Institute, University of Birmingham
The academic world is undergoing rapid change – scientists and students are identifying new opportunities as entrepreneurs, multinational companies are basing their investment decisions on proximity to leading research centres, and policymakers throughout Europe are looking for new incentive schemes to maximize the economic and social output from academia. This conference report provides an overview of experience gained with policy changes in the field of academia-business interactions from a theoretical and empirical perspective.
August 2004, published online only
Strategies for Seniors and Sport
Physical activity has only recently become a social policy priority. There are two reasons for this heightened attention: (i) health-care and other costs have increased due to inactive lifestyles and (ii) demographic changes require new thinking in many areas, especially concerning how to support activity and foster independent living in older age. The Strategies for Seniors and Sport conference on 27 and 28 May 2004 at the Sports Academy of the Landessportbund Berlin hosted 25 physical activity and health experts from Germany, the UK and Canada to consider these issues. This conference report summarizes their discussions.
July 2004, published online only
Britain as a Model of Modern Society? German Views
During the 19th and 20 th century the Germans had a continuous perception of Great Britain (or England) which covered many areas and was used for many purposes. One of the primary aims of this international conference in Berlin - in association with the Großbritannien-Zentrum/Berlin and the Zentrum für vergleichende Geschichte Europas/Berlin - was therefore to mediate an overview of this perception and to identify general trends and blind spots within it. The discussions and debates are summarized in this conference report.
Wage Inequality, Technology and Institutions
This workshop in Bonn in association with the Institute for the Study of Labour examined the reasons for the substantial differences across Anglo-Saxon and continental European countries in terms of wage inequality. It brought together leading international researchers to discuss the most recent theoretical and empirical advances in this research area. The unpublished minutes summarize the findings and discussions of the conference.
Ecotaxes in Germany and the United Kingdom - A Business View
Edited by Jacqueline Cottrell, Green Budget Germany
The conference “Ecotaxes in Germany and the UK – A Business View” was organised by Green Budget Germany in cooperation with the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation and the Anglo-German-Foundation. Its main focus was to compare and contrast the ecological taxation systems in the UK and Germany and its underlying logic in this context was to investigate why ecological taxation is communicated, perceived and received so differ-ently
in the two countries and to lay foundations for future research.
Integrated Regional Production and Logistics Management
A promising perspective for European regions?
European experts met at this workshop in Wuppertal with the aim to consider the latest thinking about regional production and consumption of food products and its links with transport and urban/regional planning. The purpose was to create very practical approaches to reducing freight movement and greenhouse gases whilst improving regional sourcing of high quality food products. The unpublished minutes summarize the findings and discussions of the conference.
New Members, New Structures
Anglo–German Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung and the Hans Böckler Stiftung
Some 30 Germaand British union activists – from leaders and senior policy-makers to workplace organisers – plus policy-makers, researchers and academics took part in the Trade Union Forum 2004. The debate and discussion focused on understanding why unions in both Germany and the UK are facing a potential membership and organisational crisis and how they are developing innovative policy and activity to meet this challenge.
April 2004, published online only
From Fossil to Future Fuels
How to push forward the gradual but critically important switch from ‘fossil fuels' to ‘future fuels' was the topic of the fifth British–German Environment Forum, which met in Berlin in February 2004. The 60 participants represented the spectrum of activity in sustainable energy in both countries: politics and policy-making (at local, national and European levels), technological and commercial development, and research, reporting and campaigning. Three main challenges were debated: how to reduce dependence on imports of fossil fuels; how to promote a more rapid take-up of sustainable and energy-efficient practices and technologies and how Germany and the UK can more effectively pursue common aims within the international energy system.
April 2004, ISBN 1-900834-52-9