SCIENTIFIC LECTURES FOR EVERYONE
SCIENTIFIC LECTURES FOR EVERYONE
Priority Topics 2016-2017
Peace and Justice | Agriculture and Food | Circular Economy
Peace and Justice.
Make law, not war!
In 1899, the last Russian Tsar Nicolas II took the initiative for the first Hague Peace Conference. Hosted by the Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, the conference led to the foundation of the Permanent Court of Arbitration to handle disputes between nations.

Today, The Hague plays a key role in promoting global peace and justice. The city is home to numerous national and international courts and tribunals that resolve conflicts, mediate disputes and punish those that violate the standards of international law and human rights. More than 130 institutions and organisations here seek to prevent and prosecute violations of basic human rights, help strengthen legal systems in countries where they are weak and establish a more peaceful and stable world through international cooperation.

Within this priority area we invite Dutch researchers that are experts in law, peace and justice studies and human rights to participate.
Agriculture and Food.
Good food for a better world
According to the United Nations, food security describes a situation when people have physical, social and economic access to adequate safe and nutritious food supplies that meet the dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifestyle at all times. In recent decades climate change, global population growth and industrial developments have had significant and often adverse impacts on food security. The World Health Organization reports that general undernutrition and crucial mineral deficiency is a reality for the majority of the world's population.

The agri-food sector is one of the most productive and innovative sectors in the Netherlands. There are a number of diverse parties working together on sustainable food systems. What's more is that this sector offers numerous opportunities for education, employment, business development and investment.

Within this priority area we invite Dutch researchers that are working to ensure the availability of safe and healthy food for the world's population to participate.
The circle of life.
Reduce, recycle and reuse for a better tomorrow
For centuries the global economy has been based on a principle of 'take' and 'waste': resources have been extracted from the ground to make products that end up back in the ground as refuse. This is a one-sided, linear system and given the current state of knowledge about resource scarcity and energy, this system is finite. We cannot depend on raw materials forever and need to handle resources more efficiently to create a more sustainable future.

An alternative to this way of thinking is the concept of a circular economy that involves conventional recycling, but also refurbishment, repair, reuse and remanufacturing. It involves strong collaboration between creative and industrial sectors, governments and civil societies, research and business.

Within this priority area we invite Dutch researchers that are working to ensure sustainable development and the efficient use of resources in close collaboration with various stakeholders to participate.

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