- Innovation crucial for future sustainability

Nobel Laureate Symposia initiator John Schellnhuber calls for innovation and the golden triangle of progress to tackle global challenges.

- Innovations and their timely deployment are needed in the cultural, political, economic and technological spheres developed by humankind, says John Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). He initiated the series of Nobel Laureate Symposia on Global Sustainability in October 2007 in Potsdam, Germany.

The second symposium took place in London in 2009.

Stockholm Resilience Centre is co-organising the symposium together with the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm Environment Institute, Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics and Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research.

The golden triangle of progress
Previous societal transformations, such as the German Gründerzeit between 1850 and 1914, provide important lessons. Successful transition processes have been tied to what Schellnhuber calls the golden triangle of progress: (i) Identification of novel economic fields, (ii) development of outstanding scientific-technical capacities and (iii) powerful investment dynamics.

- The Nobel Laureates Symposium in Stockholm will bring together eminent intellectuals, decision-makers and investors to debate the twenty-first century version of this triangle - laying the foundation to tackle the intertwined socio-environmental challenges of today, Schellnhuber says.

About the symposium
The symposium will take place at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm between 16-19 May and will gather some 40 of the world´s most renowned thinkers and experts on global sustainability — half of them Nobel Laureates.

It will take place at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm between 16-19 May and will include a mix of plenary presentations, panel discussions and working group sessions. The Symposium will be concluded by a Royal dinner hosted by HM Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.

The event is invitation only, but the outcomes as well as some of the discussions and lectures will be made available on the symposium website.

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