The first day (4 November 2009) is a kind of "pre-conference" with just the participants of the METIER courses. The idea is that the coordinators of the courses give an update on recent developments and participants get the chance to present how they applied the knowledge gained in practice, e.g. in their PhD thesis, their job etc. The courses will be grouped into two parallel sessions with the possibility of 2-3 presentations per course. A poster session will be organised in parallel.
The conference as such (2nd and 3rd day, 5-6 November 2009) will address the policy angle and how integrated science, using the methodologies used in METIER, can help to find trade-offs between conflicting policy objectives. The latter will be targeted in plenary lectures and dedicated working groups (each with a chair and a rapporteur).
In the plenary, there will be 4 "tandem" presentations on the four main topics of the conference, with one senior scientist lecture giving an overview of the state of the art and a corresponding lecture giving the view of a young scientist. These will be followed by discussion. In addition, there will be selected "master lectures" of high level speakers.
The working groups will tackle the issue of how interdisciplinary research can help to face multi-dimensional policy challenges, each of them looking at the border lines of two of the four topics of the conference. The groups should also identify research gaps. Each working group session will start with the presentation of a societal representative (policy, industry, NGOs or the like), providing "food for thought". Each working group will produce a paper which will be a collated by the rapporteurs into a joint message to be handed over to the final key note speaker and PEER chairman.
The METIER Final Conference will present a wide variety of lecturers from all over Europe. These include, among others:
• Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government, Dublin (Ireland)
• Pat Nuttall, PEER Chair and Director of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford (UK)
• Roland Schenkel, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (European Commission)
• Karin Frank, Coordinator of the Marie Curie Series of Events METIER, Leipzig (Germany)
• Manfred Grasserbauer, Former Director of the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Technical University of Vienna (Austria)
• Juha Kämäri, Research Director of the Finnish Environment Institute, Helsinki (Finland)
• Josef Settele, Coordinator of the Integrated Project ALARM (Assessment of large-scale biodiversity risks with testes methods), Leipzig (Germany)
• Dirk Wascher & Bas Pedroli, Chairmen of the Landscape Europe Network, Wageningen (The Netherlands)
• Louise Byrne, Research Executive Agency, Brussels (Belgium)
• Martin Scheele, Head of Unit "Environment, GMO and Genetic Resources", DG Agriculture and Rural Development (European Commission)