The launching of the GSG was celebrated with a vibrant event of exchanges and presentations on December 21rst, 2011. With the title: “Sustainable Society, Healthy Ageing and Energy in Global Contexts: Trans-Disciplinary Invitations” the GSG explicitly connected with the three core themes of the University of Groningen. Key GSG researchers professors Inge Hutter and Marcel Timmer kicked off the themes, before we involved everybody in an experimental ‘speed dating exercise which gave some fifty Groningen researchers as well as many young ‘global’ visiting scholars the occasion to introduce their work is shifting ‘join my table’ sessions.’
The atmosphere was very social and lively, and the intellectual input enormously diverse and interesting. The programme (see: http://www.rug.nl/gsg/News/launching-gsg) could thus comprise topics from biotechnology policy in Africa, to blood transfusing infrastructure, and biofuel options, to microfinance and business development. This is the rich diversity that the GSG intends to foster, interlink with fellow researchers in the GSG network community, and support from the GSG office. This is also the network of research and researchers that we are working to make available in an interactive web community through the GSG (see this Newsletter: GSG Web community). We closed the day with a joint buffet, book presentations, tropical music, and an interesting public lecture by Esther Duflo (MIT) The Future of Development Policy which outlined the new possibilities of randomized control trials for policy design. How inviting and entertaining academic work in globalization studies can be!
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