The success of the eDNC2020 has now convinced the expert panel that decides on the award of the eku – Zukunftspreis Sachsen. The organisers - TU Dresden, UNU-FLORES and IOER - receive the award in the category “eku erfolg Wissenschaft”, combined with a cash award of 5,000 euros.
Due to the great success of the eDNC2020 and the positive effects, such as the better integration of participants from the Global South and the reduction of CO2 emissions by non-travel, the organisers, all members of DRESDEN-concept and based in Saxony, have decided that, in the foreseeable future, international DNC events will take place online. The next Dresden Nexus Conference will be held on the topic "Biodiversity - Stewardship for Vital Resources" from 23 to 25 May 2022.
Statements of the eDNC2020 organizers:
Prof. Marc Wolfram, director of the IOER:
“The 2020 conference has been an important milestone for the DNC: Through this first virtual edition we have been able to multiply the global community involved while also rebalancing participation from the North and South, and across generations. This fully aligns with our objective to provide an open platform for knowledge exchange and foster diversity and innovation in the nexus debate.”
Prof. Edeltraud Guenther, director of UNU-FLORES:
“DNC2020 proved a very timely example of transforming a threat into an opportunity. When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit us, we expected a virtual format to provide perhaps an inferior interim solution. However, in an online format, the DNC2020 capitalised on a disruptive innovation to lower our collective carbon footprint as much as possible. The result was an event that promoted inclusivity and accessibility and was internationally well-attended and received.”
Prof. Lars Bernard, at the time of DNC2020 chairperson for the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at TU Dresden:
“Organizing the DNC2020 as a virtual meeting place in challenging times – where we only know today that we were only at the beginning of a pandemic that fundamentally changed our daily life - turned out to become a success and we are very grateful to all, who made eDNC2020 happen. This way we could fulfill our aims to bridge between Science and Policy and from Global to Local.”
About the eku – Zukunftspreis Sachsen
The eku – Zukunftspreis für Energie, Klima, Umwelt (eku – Future Award for Energy, Climate, Environment) is an initiative from the “Start 2020” emergency programme and was awarded for the first time in 2020 by the Saxon State Ministry for Energy, Climate, Environment and Agriculture (SMEKUL). The prize is awarded to projects that make an exemplary contribution to ecologically sustainable development in Saxony and to the protection of the climate, resources, nature and the environment.
More information on the eku – Zukunftspreis (in German)