28th EEAC Annual Conference, online 27 – 29 October 2020

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic NESC had planned to host the Annual Conference of the European network of advisory councils on environment and sustainable development (EEAC Network) in October 2020.  The conference would be held in Dublin Castle.

 We’ll go online

Given the likelihood that the Covid-19 crisis will still be ongoing in October, NESC and the Board of the EEAC Network have now decided to opt for a virtual conference format. This format will ensure, regardless of possible public health restrictions, that the 2020 Annual Conference will go ahead. This is important since the crisis has made this conference more important.

The public health crisis is transforming economies, societies, and the environment in ways that cannot yet be fully understood. In the face of what is unprecedented change and uncertainty we believe that Just Transition can, and indeed must, provide guidance and practical support to policy makers across Europe.

By going online, the conference will be held over the three days, from Tuesday 27 October to Thursday 29 October. In this short video address, Dr Larry O’Connell, Director of NESC, shares further details of the online conference.

A draft Programme is now available.

Topical Focus

Europe’s recovery needs to be focused on a shared and transformative vision: a sustainable, inclusive, thriving net zero economy and society. The 28th Annual Conference will focus on how principles of justice, fairness, equality and equity of a just transition can act as a lever and guide to shape policies and practices make this transformation.  The online conference will involve both plenary sessions and discussion groups.

What will be discussed?

The conference will provide a forum for Irish and European colleagues to share perspectives, experiences and practices and develop a common understanding and concrete strategies for making progress. The conference will shed light on how other countries are managing the transition process, with special attention paid to managing the impacts of climate policy that might disproportionately impact specific groups in society. This is required because transitions represent enormous challenges and the ambition of the 2030 Agenda states that no one should be left behind.

Who will be coming?

This online gathering will bring together European and Irish Advisory Councils, their stakeholders, international experts, policy makers and practitioners to reflect on what a just transition means and how it is shaping policy and practice.

What’s next?

We invite you to regularly consult this, or the  e NESC website (www.nesc.ie), for updates and further information.


Tentative Programme

Joint letter by Arnau Queralt Bassa and Larry O’Connell on the rationale behind the proposal to have an online EEAC Annual Conference




29 October 2020