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Forging Closer Ties

Forging Closer Ties: Transatlantic Relations, Climate, and Energy

The Environmental Policy Research Center (FFU) at Freie Universität Berlin hosted the transatlantic PhD Workshop “Forging Closer Ties: Transatlantic Relations, Climate and Energy” from November 29th – December 5th 2009 in Berlin.

 The workshop aimed to provide a forum for the exchange of research ideas and to promote network building among leading young researchers across the Atlantic. The sessions and meetings introduced the participants to European and North American perspectives on environmental and energy issues and contributed to strengthening transatlantic dialogue on challenges and opportunities in the context of renewable energy development, climate change and energy security.

 The PhD Workshop brought together PhD students and faculty from Freie Universität Berlin and North American universities to examine developments in transatlantic climate and energy relations. Supervised by renowned faculty from the US, Canada and Germany, doctoral students in the social sciences presented their research in the following focus areas: renewable energy policy, environmental policy, energy security, and climate change. The workshop provided participating PhD students with the opportunity to discuss their papers with peers and senior researchers. In addition, field trips offered the participants the possibility to meet with representatives from various associations and think tanks, as well as with representatives from governmental and non-governmental organizations and other institutions. The workshop was timed to proceed directly the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, December 7-18, 2009.

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