Institute supports new Climate Chair at Sciences Po
26 November 2020
The EIB, the EU’s climate bank, is supporting through the EIB Institute the new Sciences Po European Chair for Sustainable Development and Climate Transition launched on 25 November via an international conference.
This is the second university chair supported by the Institute after the first EIB Climate Chair at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, launched earlier this year.
Co-hosted by Sciences Po’s School of Public Affairs (headed by Yann Algan) and Paris School of International Affairs (headed by Enrico Letta), the Chair for Sustainable Development and Climate Transition is resolutely transdisciplinary, seeking to develop integrative thinking to help resolve complex challenges of sustainable development and climate transition.
The Chair is directed by Shiv Someshwar, Associate Professor at Sciences Po and a visiting professor at Columbia University (New York, USA) and builds upon the academic excellence of Sciences Po with its global network of partner universities to promote academic dialogue and make recommendations to current and future policy makers all over the world. The Chairholder is supported by a Scientific Committee which will determine the strategic orientation of research, training, education, and outreach activities annually. The current external members of the Scientific Committee include Prof. Jeffrey Sachs (USA), Prof. Laurence Tubiana (France), Julia Marton-Lefèvre (France), Sunita Narain (India), and Prof. Rizaldi Boer (Indonesia).
The Chair is co-sponsored by the EIB, Hermès, the luxury goods manufacturer, and HSBC.
“This chair illustrates the paramount importance of sustainable development and climate transition especially at a time the world is facing an unprecedented pandemic and its dramatic economic consequences” said Ambroise Fayolle, EIB Vice-President. “The EIB, the EU’s climate bank, is pleased to contribute, through our support and our expertise, to enrich knowledge building and knowledge dissemination on these crucial topics.”
Sciences Po, one of Europe’s leading universities, has been a partner of the Institute since 2015 through its capstones and Summer School programmes.
The EIB, represented by Vice-Presidents Lilyana Pavlova and Ambroise Fayolle as well as the Head of the EIB Prague Office Nathalie Binet, and Andrea Ferjencikova, joined the Prague European Summit 2020 on 18 and 19 November to discuss with Czech and European partners common responses to current and future challenges for the European Union, such as climate change and the post-pandemic recovery.
On 29 September, EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle took part in the launch of the European Raw Materials Alliance. The creation of this industry-driven alliance is part of the European Commission’s Action Plan on Critical Raw Materials to reduce Europe’s dependency for non-energy raw materials used in industrial value chains through exploration, resource efficiency and improved recycling, and was presented on 3 September 2020.