Breakout session 1: 11.00 - 12.00

In the first session, four of our research groups will take the stage: IOS-Hub Security in Open Societies, IOS Stream Institutions, Innovation and Prosperity, IOS-Platform Markets & Corporations and IOS-Stream Institutions for Resilience and Longtermism. 

The breakout sessions will be held at the Utrecht University Hall, in the rooms: Aula, Belle van Zuylenzaal, Westerdijkkamer, Zaal 1636, and Eijkmankamer. These rooms are all on the ground floor.

IOS-Hub Security in Open Societies (SOS) [Aula]

TerInfo: An Internet Platform for Societal Resilience Against Terrorism

In this breakout session we will focus on TerInfo, an internet platform that was set up to increase societal resilience against terrorism in primary and secondary education. The platform helps teachers to discuss terrorism with groups of different ages in a clear, factual, responsible and engaging way. TerInfo offers brief and balanced information and useful pedagogical tools to stimulate discussions on terrorism in the classroom: what its aim is, why it is condemnable and what can be done about it.

In the case of a terrorist related event that affects schools in The Netherlands, TerInfo helps teachers with quickly developing a pedagogically justified interpretation of the situation and its consequences. The offered material (substantive information on terrorism and lessen material) is developed by experts at Utrecht University, together with education professionals, and is aimed at students with different backgrounds and different ages. Several articles and assignments make clear: what happened, how it can be explained, how we should deal with it and what it means for the school. 

Confirmed participants: Kees van den Bos, Beatrice de Graaf, Paul ‘t Hart.

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IOS-Platform Markets & Corporations [Belle van Zuylenzaal]

Book Launch: Markets and Corporations in Open Societies

During this break-out session, the Platform Markets and Corporations in Open Societies presents its new book 'Ondernemen in de Open Samenleving' (edited by Rutger Claassen & Judith van Erp, Boom Den Haag 2019, also available open access online).

In this collection of essays, seven authors reflect on the meaning of the concept of 'the open society' in 21st century global markets. The essays discuss threats for open, democratic societies imposed by the integration of global markets and the grown economic and political power of corporations. They also ask whether the classic theories on the open society, can be of inspiration in finding new institutions for 'openness' to prevent these threats. Among others, Friederycke Haijer problematizes fact-finding in foreign corruption cases and the consequences thereof for victims. And from an entirely different angle, Mirko Schäfer challenges assumed relationships between social and mainstream media, while Mark Sanders argues that institutions should facilitate conjectures and refutations as the essence of entrepreneurship.

These and the collection's other essays contribute to delivering a new analysis of the relation between governments, markets, corporations and citizens in the open society. During the session, Judith van Erp will introduce the essay volume. Next, Mirko Schäfer, Rutger Claassen and van Erp will discuss their contributions and conclusions.

The first book is offered to Bas van Bavel, academic director of Institutions for Open Societies. Afterwards, there is time for a Q&A and brief discussion with the audience.

Speakers: Judith van Erp, Rutger Claassen, Mirko Schaefer.

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IOS-Stream Institutions for Resilience and Longtermism [Westerdijkkamer]

‘Fair Energy Transition as Contribution to a Sustainable and Resilient Society’

There is wide consensus among scientists and policy makers that an energy transition is urgent and essential in order to keep global warming within acceptable limits. This has been formalized in various international treaties and agreements, such as the Paris Agreement. The energy transition will have enormous impact on all dimensions of human life. It will have an impact on the global and local economies, on urban planning, on natural environments, on international relationships, on individual and collective life styles, and on habits regarding housing, heating, cooking and traveling, to mention only some.

How we manage the energy transition may well determine whether different regions of the world will live peacefully together or compete (violently) for scarce natural resources, including water and land. Opportunities and threats for open societies in the future will to a great deal depend on the way we transform energy systems in a fair and responsible way.

The project, within the Utrecht Eindhoven Alliance, aims at a comprehensive understanding of what a fair energy transition amounts to in an international context. The complex interrelationships between all the elements mentioned above raise the question how to assess energy transition policies in terms of their environmental, economic, social, moral and political implications. This does require technology assessment in form of an integrative assessment, since it is well-known that social, economic and political dimensions are decisive for the success of energy transitions. Moreover, the transition needs to be fair on a global scale, between generations, and between different social groups and regions. If it is not fair, it will not be acceptable for and accepted by many of the stakeholders who need to carry out the energy transition.

Speakers: Vincent Buskens, Marcus Düwell, Gert Jan Kramer.

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IOS-Stream Institutions, Innovation and Prosperity [Zaal 1636]

‘Micro and macro level perspectives’

This session will present a first glance of the book that is being written within the stream. The book provides an overview of the state-of-the art in thinking about the interplay between innovation, institutions and prosperity from a multidisciplinary perspective. As such, it will bring together (UU) scholars from different disciplines and collect the theoretical foundations of the stream. Moreover, the book caters to the need of the IOS-hubs for an accessible, up-to-date volume that links institutions to innovation and prosperity with state-of-the-art insights. The session focusses on the first part of the book, which is about the theoretical core of (neo-)institutional theory, and how it relates to innovation and prosperity. 
Frank van Rijnsoever and Mark Sanders will briefly discuss how institutions can influence achieving the sustainable development goals from a micro- and macro- perspective. Moreover, research master students, as target audience, will be asked to give a reflection on these perspectives. The session will conclude with a discussion about the differences and overlaps between the two levels.

Confirmed participants: Frank van Rijnsoever, Mark Sanders.

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