Following an inspiring first day at the 3rd NEST conference, the second and final day of our event continued in high spirits, with the delegates being motivated and looking forward to the planned presentations and workshops. Following a slighly-later-than-usual start, which was thankfully accepted, the morning commenced with a round of parallel sessions, covering a wide range of both empirical and theoretical approaches: from smart grids to blockchain-based peer to peer electricity trading, and from innovation system analysis to a content analysis of collective expectations about renewables. The next highlight in the conference programme were three parallel workshops: a review of the concept of resilience in transitions by Susan Mühlemeier and Romano Wyss, a discussion on transition frameworks for mission-oriented innovation policy by Joeri Wesseling and a practice-oriented workshop on science communication respectively valorisation by Ingrid Heersche and Tim van Ham.
Following a sustainable lunch break, the afternoon programme included the last, but by no means least group of parallel presentation sessions, followed by a come-together for the conference wrap-up and closing remarks. Although, the latter had very little “closing” feeling to them, being instead more like a planning session for the next, 4th NEST conference and other network activities. After the “formal” end of the conference, delegates with time to spare closed the event over goodbye drinks, where even more plans were made, contacts exchanged, slowly building a path for the transitions network(s) of tomorrow.
This conference would not have been possible without the energy, motivation and tireless work of the organising team – Denise (unfortunately not on the photo), Katharina, Kristina, Julius and Paul, whom we would like to thank for a great event and two memorable days in Utrecht!
Stay tuned and follow our channels for the 4th NEST conference, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of you this June in our sessions at the 9th IST in Manchester.