To discuss how innovation systems can help achieve sustainability, we wish to bring together people from different communities and hopefully go beyond the usual confrontations to make a global review of the current situation.

To facilitate exchange, the symposium will be organized in such a way as to:

  • Encourage dialogue between researchers of Northern and Southern countries,
  • Develop linkages between life sciences, technical sciences and social sciences,
  • Create an interface between science and society to get different actors involved in the scientific debate.

The symposium thus intends to provide an arena to reflect upon future choices, design appropriate scientific agendas, and help renew actions and policies.