INSPIRE Conference Lisbon (May 2015)

Louis presented the paper "From Garbage Can to Cloud Governance: New action perspectives for information providers and public decision makers" on 25th May at the Geospatial World Forum / INSPIRE conference in Lisbon.

Presentation on metagovernance in Rotterdam (June 2015)

Louis gave a workshop on metagovernance & more for a group of Dutch public managers during the NSOB IML-28 training, on 9th June 2015, in Rotterdam (NL). 

Panel presentation Univ Sussex (Aug 2015)

Louis presented in a panel during the 6th annual conference on Sustainability Transitions at the University of Sussex, Brighton (UK) on 26th August 2015.

'Common But Differentiated Governance' in Boston (Sep 2015)

Louis and Inge gave a presentation on how the principle 'Common But Differentiated Governance' (CBGD) can guide implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how a metagovernance approach can make this work in practice, on Monday 21st September 2015 at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy of the Fletcher School, Tufts University, Boston, USA. Download presentation here.

UN SDG Integration Workshop Geneva (Oct 2015)

Inge presented a paper during the UN Capacity Building Workshop on Sustainable Development Integration Tools in Geneva on 14-15 October 2015. Louis chaired one of the sessions.

Guest lecture in Brussels (Nov 2015)

Louis gave a guest lecture/course on metagovernance for implementing the Sustainable Development Goals  at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on Friday 27th November 2015.

Metagovernance in Kyrgysztan (Nov 2015)

Louis gave a presentation on implementing the Sustainable Development Goals with a metagovernance approach at the regional UN conference on "Effecting synergies between inclusive economic growth, environmental sustainability, gender equality and development for transformational change" in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgysztan on 13 November 2015. Downlad PPT (as pdf).

SDG Implementation in Korea (Nov 2015)

Inge participated in the Sustainable Development Transition Forum 2015 of the UN Office for Sustainable Development in Incheon, Republic of Korea, 17-19 November 2015.

Guest lecture in Wageningen (Mar 2016)

Louis gave a guest lecture at the Public Administration and Policy Group of Wageningen UR University, the Netherlands, on 8th March 2016, with a focus on (Meta)governance and/in the EU.

Presentation on metagovernance Noordwijk (June 2016)

Louis gave a presentation on metagovernance & more for a group of Dutch public managers during the NSOB IML-29 training, on 15th June 2016, in Noordwijk aan Zee (NL). 

Consultation on SDG implementation in Szentendre (April 2016)

Inge was co-facilitator at the REC consultation conference on the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Central and Eastern Europe which was held on 11-12 April 2016 in Hungary.

Presentations on the SDGs in Berlin, Helsinki and Rome (June 2016)

Inge presented/presents different aspects of the SDGs at three conferences in, respectively, Berlin (07/06, ESDN), Helsinki (21/06, SITRA) and Rome (23/06). 

High-Level SDG conference in Brussels (June 2016)

Inge was part of the organisation team of a high-level SDG conference on 30-31 May in Brussels, organised by the Dutch government, the EESC and SDSN.

Presentations on the SDGs in Amsterdam (June 2016)

Inge presented in two panels at the conference Critical Perspectives on Governing by Sustainable Development Goals in Amsterdam, 27-29 June.

SDG for Asia & Europe in Stockholm (October 2016)

Inge spoke at a conference organised by the Asia Europe Foundation and the Stockholm Environment Institute, on "SDSs for Asia and Europe: Delivery Options for the 2030 Agenda", in Stockholm, 19-20 October 2016.

High Level Political Forum on SDGs in New York (July 2016)HLPF13-07-2016-web

Louis was invited by UN DESA to speak at the plenary official UN session on "Creating ownership at the national level", in New York, 13th July 2016. He spoke about avoiding blueprints, the need to use all available governance tools, and about teaching silos to dance instead of breaking them down. PPT of his presentation. Live stream of the event (see from minute 12:50)

Implementing SDG 16 in Bonn (September 2016)

Inge will speak at a workshop on "Research meets practitioners: Implementing SDG 16" organised by the German Development Institute (DIE) in Bonn, 26-27 September 2016.

Sustainable Development Transition Forum in Incheon (October 2016)

Louis presented at and chaired a session on "SDG inter-linkages and policy coherence" at the SD Transition Forum on SDG Mainstreaming and Means of Implementation, organised by the UN Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in Incheon, Republic of Korea (24-27 October 2016).PPT presentation Louis. Workshop info, programme and all presentations

Guest lecture on (meta)governance & the EU in Wageningen (October 2016)

Louis gave a guest lecture at the Public Administration & Policy Group of Wageningen University & Research in Wageningen, the Netherlands, on 12 October 2016. 

Guest lecture on (meta)governance and more in Leuven (December 2016)

Louis gave a guest lecture on (meta)governance and sustainable development at the Public Governance Institute of the University of Leuven, Belgium, on 1 December 2016. 

Open SDG Club in Berlin (November 2016)

Inge moderated a session during the Open SDGclub.Berlin conference, organised by the German Council for Sustainable Development (21-23 November 2016).

Seminar on R&I and SDGs in Brussels (December 2016)

Inge spoke at a seminar on evaluating the current state of play of research and innovation policies for achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Europe, and also how they can be aligned further with the SDGs, organised by the think tank CEPS in Brussels, Belgium, on 5 December 2016. 

Presentation on metagovernance Noordwijk (March 2017)

Louis presented theory & practice of metagovernance & more for a group of Dutch public managers during the NSOB IML-30 training, on 22th March 2017, in Noordwijk aan Zee (NL). 

Moderation at SDG SIDS conference in Nassau (Febr 2017)

Louis moderated a session during the Symposium on “Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SAMOA Pathway in Small Island Developing States -
SIDS: Equipping Public Institutions and Mobilizing Partnerships", organised by the 
Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas with the support of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), 21-23 February 2017. Programme, presentations and speakers.

Presentation on policy coherence in Malta (May 2017)

Louis spoke about "Teaching silos to dance for policy coherence" at the 9th European Quality Conference in St. Julian's (Malta), 15-16 May 2017. Inge participated at the conference.

Moderation at UN World Public Service Forum, The Hague (June 2017)

Louis was one of the moderators at the 2nd day of the 2017 World Public Service Forum in The Hague (22-23 June 2017). Inge was among the invitees for this conference. 

Guest lecture on governance styles & education at UCL in London (July 2017)

On 10th July, Louis will conduct a guest lecture on governance styles and how they give context to accountability of education systems, at the Institute of Education, University College London. 

Keynote speech at SDG conference in Vienna (June 2017)

Inge was keynote speaker at the conference "How we can achieve the SDGs? – The way to sustainability", which took place on 1st June in Vienna. The event was a contribution to the European Sustainable Development Week 2017. Programme

Berlin Conference

Louis presented a paper on cognitive dissonance and the use of sustainability evidence at the 2012 Berlin Conference on Evidence for Sustainable Development, on 5-6 October 2012. Both Louis and Inge chaired paper sessions.

Berlin: Post-Rio brainstorm

Louis and Inge presented their impressions from participating in the Rio+20 UNCSD conference in June 2012, at a workshop organised by the German think tank Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, on 22 August 2012.


UNDP Workshop Bratislava

Louis (see PPT) and Inge (see PPT) presented their experiences and ideas on capacity development for sustainable development, at a 15-17 October 2012 UNDP Workshop in Bratislava, Slovakia.

EEB Annual Conference

Inge spoke at the  2012 Annual Conference of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), on 1st October in BrusselsLouis moderated the session on stakeholder participation. Download the programme and Inge's short presentation.


Guest lecture ULB Brussels

Louis gave a guest lecture at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on meta- and transgovernance on Friday 26th October 2012.

Post-Rio Workshop on Sustainable Development, Korea

Inge gave a presentation on national sustainable development strategies in Europe and facilitated a session at the International Workshop on Strengthening Planning and Implementation Capacities for Sustainable Development in Post Rio+20 Context, organised by UNOSD in Incheon, Republic of Korea14-16 November 2012. News report from Korean TV:


SD Assessments Seminar Singapore

Inge gave a presentation at the Seminar "Sustainable Development Assessment: Towards Measurable Goals", organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) on 21-22 November 2012 in Singapore. 

Guest lecture in Galway

Louis gave a guest lecture at the Law Faculty of the University of Galway, Ireland, on 22th March 2013, titled "Metagovernance: Law, public service & network society".

SD Governance, Brussels (in Dutch)

Louis gave a presentation on the challenges of sustainability governance at a meeting of the 'Groene Stamtafel' (in Dutch) on 22th January 2013 in Brussels (venue: Café 't Goudblommeke in Papier). Download outline

Guest lectures in Lüneburg (June 2013)

Louis and Inge gave together two guest lectures at the Sustainability Faculty of the University of Lüneburg, Germany, on 20 June 2013, on sustainability governance and international national sustainable development strategies.

Around the world in search for the best SD strategy...

Inge recently travelled around the world on invitation by the German Bertelsmann Stiftung, to visit the five nominees of the 2013 Reinhard Mohn Prize for the best national or regional strategies and approaches to sustainable development: Finland, Bhutan, Tasmania, Costa Rica. Also Ghana is nominated. Read more about the Prize

Workshop for NSOB IML 25

Louis gave a workshop on metagovernance & more to a group of Dutch public managers during the NSOB IML-25 training, on Thursday 31 January 2013, in Noordwijk aan Zee (NL). Download the powerpoint presentation (in Dutch) here.

Governance & IA in Calgary

Louis presented a paper on governance and/of impact assessment and chaired a session on public participation, at the annual IAIA conference in Calgary, Canada, on 14 May 2013. Download here the PPT presentation.

Metagovernance in Florence (July 2013)

Louis presented in a session on metagovernance of sustainable rural spaces at the ESRS conference 29 July- 1st August 2013 in Florence, Italy. Download short paper on Metagovernance as catalyst for sustainable change in rural areas.

Sustainability in Bhutan (Dec. 2013- Jan 2014) thimphu

Inge and Louis were asked to advise the government of Bhutan on the revision of its 1998 SD/environment strategy "The Middle Path" in December 2013, in Thimphu. "The Middle Path" is an outstanding vision on a sustainable future, but after 15 years new themes need to be addressed.

Presentation for UNDESA in Geneva (July 2013)

Inge spoke at the UNDESA conference "Governance, Public Administration and Information & Communication Technologies for Post 2015 Development”, 3-5 July 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.

SDGs presentation in Sth Korea (Nov. 2013)

Inge presented with the other team colleagues of the research team of the ASEF study on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 14 Asia-European countries, their results on 4 November in Seoul, South Korea.

Guest lecture in Osnabrueck (Nov. 2013)

Louis gave a guest lecture at the University of Osnabrueck in Germany on 27 November 2013, on system theory and (meta)governance.

Guest lecture in Brussels (Nov 2013)

Louis gave a guest lecture on (meta)governance at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on Friday 29th November 2013.

UNDP-presentation in Bratislava (Dec. 2013)

Louis gave a presentation on '(Meta)governance of sustainable development and poverty-environment mainstreaming - ideas from greening the European Semester', at a UNPD Poverty-Environment retreat on 6th December in Bratislava.

Governance & IA in Chile (April 2014) 


Louis co-hosted three sessions, two on Governance & Impact Assessment, and one on SEA, at the 2014 International Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), from 8-11 April 2014 in Vina del Mar, Chile.

UNOSD in Korea (April 2014) 


Inge presented at the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD)-hosted first annual Sustainable Development Transition Forum (SDTF), from 9-11 April 2014 in Incheon, Republic of Korea

Asia-Europe Outlook in Singapore (July 2014)

Inge spoke at a Seminar on 7-9 July 2014 in Singapore which is devoted to the preparation of the ASEF Outlook report. The report will provide research based analysis on the current state of relations between Asia and Europe.

ESDN in Rome (November 2014)

Louis was keynote speaker at the annual conference of the European Sustainable Development Network on 6-7 November 2014 in Rome. See PPT presentation here.

Guest presentation on metagovernance (Nov. 2014)

Louis gave a workshop on metagovernance & more for a group of Dutch public managers during the NSOB IML-27 training, on 19th November 2014, in Noordwijk aan Zee (NL). 

IAIA Conference Florence (Apr. 2015)

Louis co-organised a European Forum within the 2015 annual conference of the International Asociation for Impact Assessment IAIA) in April in Florence, Italy, and co-chaired a session on the potential benefits of impact assessments for economy and environment. Conference website 

Guest lecture on metagovernance, Budapest (4 Febr. 2015)

Louis gave a presentation on metagovernance, sustainable development and economic governance at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy of the Central European University in Budapest, on 4th February 2015.