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.

Outcome documents

A range of international experts, scientists, politicians and representatives of the younger generation made fruitful contributions to the conference. Please find the outcome documents of the 25th EEAC Annual Conference here:

Messages from the EEAC board and member councils:

Message from Maastricht by the Chairs of the EEAC member councils

Letter of concern to the European Commission’s Frist Vice President Frans Timmermans

Conference Downloads:

Online-Magazine 25th EEAC Annual Conference

Programme and Speakers Biographies

‘Progressing the sustainable development and environmental agenda in the EU and the role of the EEAC‘ By David Baldock

Info-graphic: International and EU policy achievements in relation to EEAC activities

Conference column by Tomas Vanheste

Messages from the representatives of the younger generation:

The papers and vlogs by representatives of the younger generation

Pitch by representatives of the younger generation 


Conference press-release

Conference imagines 

Conference After-movie 

Message of the Chair of the EEAC Network 

12 October 2017