The 2018 World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists (WCERE) was held at the School of Business, Economics and Law and the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. It gathered over 1,300 international researchers, professors, professionals and students from June 25 to June 29 to share latest research output, policy perspectives, ideas and experiences.
For RESD-UNIBO students who attended the Bertinoro seminars on climate change economics, WCERE had a similar dynamic: parallel and plenary sessions. In fact many of the speakers presented at both events, including professors Elettra Agliardi, Anastasios Xepapadeas and Alessandro Tavoni, of the RESD Master’s program.
Parallel sessions where divided into thematic, policy and egg-timers and had at least four speakers each. There were 26 different sessions to choose from during each parallel session, which covered virtually all environmental and resource economics topics, including environmental policy, climate change economics, energy, valuation methods, pollution, econometrics, development and trade, among other.
Each day, participants had to organize their schedule as follows:
– 8.30 – 10.15: parallel session
– 10.15 – 10.45: coffee break
– 10.45 – 11.15: event (e.g. AERE awards)
– 11.15 – 12.15: plenary session
– 12.15 – 13.45: lunch / meetings
– 13.45 – 15.30: parallel session
– 15.30 – 16.00: coffee break
– 16.00 – 17.45: parallel session
– 18.30 – onwards: event (e.g. congress dinner)
An intense schedule, certainly recommended to those considering a career in academics. It was truly inspiring to meet the world’s top experts on one of the fields working hard to leave behind a decent world to future generations.