Today we are glad to report some impressions by our 1st year student Federico about the International Workshop on the Economy of Climate Change and Sustainability.
On April 28-29, a singular event took place in Rimini: the International Workshop on the Economy of Climate Change and Sustainability. The main objective of this event, hosted by the School of Economics, Management and Statistics of University of Bologna, Rimini Campus, was to bring together theoretical and applied researchers to discuss the ongoing advanced research on the economics of climate change and sustainability. However, it also gave students the possibility to have a first impression about how to be a researcher is really like, to understand what the state of research in such topics is and what the different possible approaches to the same issues are.
The event started in the morning of 28th April in the “Museo della Città” (Museum of the City of Rimini), that contributed to create an even more suggestive atmosphere, and continued on 29th in the facilities of the University Campus. The researchers were divided into groups composed by three to six people. A fixed amount of time was given to each of them to expose their researches, answer to questions, discuss alternative approaches or receive suggestions about possible further research.
Many important guests have participated in this international workshop. Among them there was also Prof. Anastasios Xepapadeas, worldwide recognized as one of the main expert of Economics of Climate Change and currently Professor at University of Bologna, Department of Economics. The complete list of important names is really too long, but it can be found here: https://events.unibo.it/workshop-eccs/program-28th-april , together with a brief description of each research that has been presented. A wide range of interesting – and increasingly important – issues has been dealt with: green house gases effects, renewable resources, macroeconomic analysis of climate change, COP21 effectiveness, new technologies development, mitigation costs and benefits, policies’ implications and much more besides.
Personally, I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to attend such an important event, and I am sure that also the majority of my colleagues thinks so. Even if sometimes the model used were too complicated with respect to the tools we have now, it has been for us a great source of cues and food for thought. We also have had the possibility to learn a lot about topics that were completely new for us.