Research & Studies

European Blue Sky Conference – Hawks and Doves in the Blue Sky


Peace and War, Cooperation and Destruction in the 21st Century

November 20-21, 2023

Institute for Musicology, Research Centre for the Humanities

Venue: Bartók Hall, Táncsics Mihály utca 7, 1014 Budapest


The Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK) in association with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the UNESCO Chair for Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainability sponsor The 5th European BlueSky Conference.


In a rapidly changing and uncertain world, it has become increasingly crucial to understand the complexities of our time and envision the best possible scenarios for the future. The need to address pressing global challenges such as climate change, geopolitical shifts, security threats, and food security has never been more urgent. The world is at a crossroads, and it is up to us to shape the path we tread.

Organised by the Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg in cooperation with the UNESCO Chair for Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainability, the University of Pannonia, Kőszeg Campus and the Institute for Social and European Studies, the Fifth European BlueSky Conference serves as a platform for collective exploration and visionary thinking. This conference recognizes the interconnectedness of diverse fields and endeavors to foster interdisciplinary dialogue on global heritage, future literacies, and innovative solutions to interlinked crises. We believe that it is through collaborative efforts, knowledge exchange, and holistic perspectives that we can craft a sustainable and inclusive world for generations to come.

Blue Sky Conference is a distinguished gathering that has earned international recognition for its commitment to tackling complex issues and pushing the boundaries of knowledge. It serves as a catalyst for transformative change, encouraging participants to think beyond conventional boundaries and envision bold and innovative approaches to global issues. With its focus on interdisciplinary research, future literacies, and innovative solutions, the BlueSky conference has become a melting pot of cutting-edge ideas, transformative research, and collaborative initiatives.



 20 November – Monday                                                                         

14:00 – 14:30 Registration

14:30 – 14:40 Opening remarks: Ferenc Miszlivetz (iASK, Hungary)

14:40 – 14:50 Welcome Speech: Miklós Réthelyi (Chairman of the Hungarian National Committee of the UNESCO)

15:00 – 17.30 PANEL: The Future of Europe and the New Geopolitics: Analyzing the Global Power Shifts

The landscape of geopolitics is evolving under the pressure of armed conflict in Ukraine, security threats and technology arms race between the US and China. It is critical to examine the dynamics of global power shifts and explore strategies for navigating the complexities and implications of these transformations. How do emerging powers and changing alliances reshape the geopolitical landscape, and what are the potential implications for international cooperation, conflict resolution, and global governance? In an increasingly interconnected world, how can countries effectively navigate the challenges posed by geopolitical shifts while promoting stability, peace, and sustainable development on a global scale?


Tamás Szentes (Member of H.A.S., Corvinus University, Hungary)

Andrei Kortunov (Russian International Affairs Council, Russian Federation)

Vedran Džihić (OiiP, Austria)

Ferenc Miszlivetz (iASK, Hungary)

Orsolya Rácz (GLOBSEC, Slovakia)

Juozas Kasputis (iASK, Lithuania)

András Nagy (University of Pannonia, Hungary)

Jafrin Mahmud (PhD student at ELTE, Bangladesh)

Cifebrima Suyastri (PhD student at ELTE, Indonesia)

Chair: Jody Jensen (iASK, Hungary)

18.00 Piano concert

19.00 Dinner reception


21 November – Tuesday

9.00 – 9.30 Registration

9.30 – 11.30 PANEL: Enhancing Resilience: Land Quality, Food and Water Security and Water Safety

This panel explores the critical interplay between land quality, ensuring food security, and maintaining water safety. This panel delves into the challenges and opportunities in achieving sustainable agricultural practices, safeguarding food supplies, and fostering resilience in the face of global food crises. How can we enhance land quality and promote sustainable agricultural practices to ensure long-term food security and mitigate risks to global food systems? What innovative strategies and policies can be implemented to improve food safety measures while also addressing the increasing demands for food production in a rapidly changing world?

Keynote: Joachim von Braun (University of Bonn, Germany)


Rebecca Bakos Blumenthal (GRC Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Csaba Csáki (Member of H.A.S., Corvinus University Budapest, Hungary)

Sándor Kerekes (University of Corvinus, Hungary)

Inna Häkkinen (iASK and University of Helsinki, Finland)

Gergely Tóth (iASK, Hungary)

Chair: János Bogárdi (iASK and University of Bonn, Germany)

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch Break

12:30 – 13:30 Tour of the Museum of Music History

13.30 – 15.30 PANEL: Powering the Future: Conditions of Survivability

The panel explores the critical intersection of sustainability, resilience, and energy strategies in shaping the future. Delving into the conditions necessary for survivability, this panel investigates innovative approaches and policies to ensure a sustainable and resilient power landscape. How can we harness cutting-edge technologies and sustainable practices to ensure the survivability of our energy systems in the face of environmental challenges? In fostering global collaboration, what conditions are essential to create a resilient and equitable energy infrastructure that can withstand the uncertainties of the future?


Daniel R. Brooks (University of Toronto and Royal Society of Canada, Canada)

András Gelencsér (University of Pannonia, Hungary)

Norbert Kroó (Member of H.A.S., Wigner Research Centre for Physics, Hungary)

Előd Takáts ( Bank for International Settlements, Corvinus University, London School of Economics, Hungary)

Charles Vörösmarty (CUNY, United States of America)

Chair: Attila Pók (iASK, Hungary)

15.30 – 15: 45 Coffee break

15:45 – 17.45 PANEL Future Literacy: The Confluence of Arts and Sciences

This panel explores the complex educational landscape, where the realms of arts and sciences converge with the social and natural sciences and humanities. This panel invites you to contemplate the transformative power of interdisciplinary learning and how it shapes the future of education in an ever-evolving world. How can the fusion of artistic creativity and scientific inquiry enhance the educational experience, fostering innovation and critical thinking? What role do the social and natural sciences, along with the humanities, play in forging a holistic and enlightened approach to education, addressing the multifaceted challenges of our time? In envisioning the future of education, how can we leverage the convergence of these disciplines to cultivate engaged, adaptable, and empathetic learners prepared for the complexities of the 21st century?


Ilan Chabay (University of Arizona, United States of America)

Anna Menyhért (iASK, Hungary)

András Szöllősi-Nagy (National University of Public Service, Hungary)

Ivana Stepanović (iASK, Hungary)

Chair: Izabella Agárdi (iASK, Hungary)


Contacts: Ivana Stepanovic: [email protected] , Ágnes Kővári: [email protected]

Register for the conference at: [email protected]



List of Speakers:

Izabella Agárdi (Senior Researcher, Head of department iASK, Hungary)

Rebecca Bakos Blumenthal (Legal Advisor, Global Rights Compliance(GRC) Amsterdam, Netherlands)

János Bogárdi (Senior Advisor iASK and founding Director of UN-EHS, Bonn, Germany)

Joachim von Braun (President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican, Member of the German National Academy of Sciences, Distinguished Professor, University of Bonn, Germany)

Daniel R. Brooks (Emeritus Professor University of Toronto, Royal Society of Canada, Canada)

Ilan Chabay (Research Professor Arizona State University, United States of America)

Csaba Csáki (Member of H.A.S. former Rector (1985-91) University of Economics Budapest, Hungary)

András Gelencsér (Member of H.A.S., Rector, University of Pannonia, Hungary)

Inna Häkkinen  (Research Fellow at iASK and a Visiting Scholar at the Helsinki Environmental Humanities Hub,
the Department of Cultures, the Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki, Finland)

Zsófia Illés (Researcher iASK, PhD candidate MOME, Hungary)

Sandor Kerekes (Emeritus Professor University of Corvinus, Hungary)

Andrei Kortunov (General Director, Russian International Affairs Council, Russian Federation)

Norbert Kroó (Member of H.A.S., Wigner Research Centre, Institute for Solid State Physics, Hungary)

Jody Jensen (Director of the Polanyi Center at iASK, Hungary)  

Anna Menyhért (Researcher iASK, Hungary)

Ferenc Miszlivetz (Founding Director, iASK, Hungary, Jean Monnet Professor ad Personam)

András Nagy (Senior Advior, iASK, Associate Professor, University of Pannonia)

Attila Pók (Senior Advisor, iASK, Professor Emeritus, Research Center Humanities, Institute of History)

Orsolya Rácz (Director for Policy and Programming, GLOBSEC, Slovakia)

Ivana Stepanović (Research Fellow at iASK, Hungary)

Tamás Szentes (Member of H.A.S. emeritus Professor at Corvinus University, Hungary)

András Szöllősi-Nagy (Professor at National University of Public Service, Hungary)

Előd Takáts (Bank for International Settlements, London School of Economics, Advisor at BIS, Geneva, former Rector (2021-23) Corvinus University, Hungary)

Gergely Tóth (Deputy Director, iASK, Hungary)

Charles Vörösmarty (Director Environmental Science Initiative, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, USA)


⃰ H.A.S.  Hungarian Academy of Sciences


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