Research & Studies

Third European Blue Sky Conference – New Strategies in the Labyrinths of Uncertainty

Risk, Responsibility and Resilience – New Strategies in the Labyrinths of Uncertainty.

The Institute of Advanced Studies Kőszeg (iASK), in cooperation with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the UNESCO is organizing the Third European Blue Sky Conference.

Dates: 23-25 November 2018.

Venue: Bartók Hall in the Institute of Musicology, the Academy of Sciences in the Buda Castle (address: Táncsics M. st. 7, Budapest).

“…history does not tolerate a vacuum. If incidences of famine, plague and war are decreasing, something is bound to take their place on the human agenda. We had better think very carefully what it is going to be. Otherwise, we might gain complete victory in the old battlefields only to be caught completely unaware on entirely new fronts.” (Harrari 2015)

The language of the conference: English.


23 November Friday

8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 9.30 Opening: Ferenc Miszlivetz

9.30 – 11.40 The Problem with Science: New Knowledge and the Multiversity

Norbert Kroó, Science and Technologies (Rewards and Risks)

Thomas Filk, The (Mis)use of Scientific Knowledge

Sean Cleary, Confronting the Challenges of Global Complexity

Ervin László, Deeper Dimensions of Human Experience


11.40 – 12.00 Break

12.00 – 12.40 The Problem with Science: New Knowledge and the Multiversity

Roundtable discussion with Sean Cleary, Thomas Filk, Norbert Kroó, Ervin László

Chair and moderator: Ferenc Miszlivetz

12.40 – 13.40 Break

13.40 – 15.50 The Future of Democracy? Governance and Emerging New Orders

Claus Offe, The ‘liberal democracy cube’ under the onslaught of populist politics 

Ahmet Evin, Plato’s Cynicism or Premonition? The Meaning of Democracy in the Post-Truth Era 

Etelka Bogárdi, Regulating global finance – the Rise of Virtual Currencies and Alternative Capital Raising Methods

Ferenc Miszlivetz, The Future of Europe in Global Context


15.50 – 16.10 Break

16.10 – 17.00 The Future of Democracy? Governance and Emerging New Orders

Roundtable discussion with the keynote speakers and Ahmet Evin, Dimitar Nikolovski, Astrea Pejovic, Attila Pók, Igor Stipic

Chair and moderator: Attila Pók


24 November Saturday


8.30 – 9.00 Registration

9.00 – 10.40 Questions of Sustainability: Meanings, Goals and Possibilities

András Gelencsér, Climate Change: Dying Canary in the Coal Mine

László Csernai, Energy and Sustainable Development 

Ilan Chabay, Narratives, Networks, and Knowledge: Finding Pathways to Sustainable Futures 

Sándor Kerekes, SDGs as wicked problems 


10.40 – 11.00 Break


11.00 – 12.30 Questions of Sustainability

Roundtable discussion with János Bogárdi, Ilan Chabay, György Csepeli, Sándor Kerekes, Csaba Kőrösi, László Csernai

Moderator: János Bogárdi

12.30 – 15.00 Break


15.00 – 17.00 Climate and Migration: Cooperation or Confrontation

Daniel Brooks, Room to Move: A Critical Element of Human Evolution and Survival 



25 November Sunday

9.30 – 11.30 Human Security in the Age of Conflict

Erhard Busek, Human Security in the Shifting Global Order 

James M. Skelly, Cyberwar and the Future of Warfare 

Mária Herczog, Childen in Migration Situations 

11.30 – 12.30 Plenary Session and Closing Words



For more information click on the website of the 3rd Europen Blue Sky Conference HERE!