Destruction and creativity?
Welcome to the conference
Amidst our current global crisis, key obstacles preventing a sustainable future are the persistent attitudes, perceptions, technologies and (infra)structures that hinder the radical change into new ways of doing and making living on the planet sustainable. Inspired by, yet not limited to Joseph Schumpeter's concept of creative destruction, the Sustainability Science Days 2020 focuses on the current detrimental structures and behaviours that need to be destructed and eradicated in order to create opportunities for profoundly sustainable solutions, technologies and social innovations to emerge.
In the conference, the underlying premise of creative destruction is discussed especially in the context of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 9 and 11. This comprises building resilient infrastructures, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation (#9) with special emphasis on cities and other kinds of human settlements (#11). Creativity and destruction are indispensable to make communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
The Sustainability Science Days concept is a continuum to our events in 2018 and 2019. In previous years, the conference dived into the themes of disruption, climate action and sustainable consumption. The events so far have been a success, with 500+ visitors both times including high-ranking researchers and policymakers.