25th EEAC Annual Conference, Maastricht, 12 October 2017


Towards the 2030 Agenda and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizens–science–policy interface

The EEAC Network celebrated its 25th Annual Conference on 12 October 2017 in Maastricht, the Netherlands, with an extraordinary event, entitled: Towards the 2030 Agenda and beyond: European cooperation within a new citizens–science–policy interface. 

European diplomacy, science-based policy advice and political commitment made the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and also the Paris Agreement possible. In implementing the 2030 Agenda, besides maintaining an evidence-based approach, greater legitimacy of other types of knowledge needs to be ensured. To this end, the interface between science, policy and society needs rethinking. This was concluded at the 25th Annual Conference of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC) on 12 October 2017 in Maastricht, The Netherlands.



The conference provided a stimulating environment for knowledge-sharing through keynote speeches by internationally recognized experts and policy makers, as well as round-table interactions. These round table sessions gave ample time to:

  • Identify and discuss the challenges we face in implementing environmental and sustainable development policies today and in the 25 years to come
  • Discuss how the tasks ahead are affected by the current political and societal atmosphere and its consequences for the implementation of environmental and sustainable development policies
  • Participate in rich discussions on the effects that the changing science-policy-society interface will have on the handling of strategic environmental and sustainability issues

The conference generated a discussion between participants from the various EU member states: chairpersons of advisory councils, council members, policy-makers, opinion leaders and various experts. Representatives of the younger generation fulfilled a central position in the programme. They pitched their joint vision of ‘A Sustainable Europe in 2030’ and participated in the debates.



Programme and outcome documents

A range of international experts, scientists, politicians and representatives of the younger generation made fruitful contributions to the conference. We are currently hard at work producing the “Compendium of Conference Proceedings’ compiled in an online magazin, and we expect to upload this magazine due time.  Prior to the magazin we present the Programme and Speakers Biographies, the Press-release, and the essays made by the Representatives of the younger generation.

12 October 2017