Transdisciplinary Approaches for the Grounding and Implementation of a Holistic Worldview

International Conference
06. – 08. June 2022 | Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome & online

The Pontifical Gregorian University, the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, the University of Passau, the Federation of German Scientists (VDW) and other partners have organized an international conference in Rome, from 6th to 8th June 2022, entitled “Transitioning to Integral Ecology? Transdisciplinary Approaches for the Grounding and Implementation of a Holistic Worldview”.

The organizers recognize that such transitions towards an “integral ecology” mindset are already occurring in different fields (similar calls towards holism have been made, e.g. in the pursuit of “Sustainable Development Goals”, the implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, or the Club of Rome’s proposal of a “New Enlightenment”). However, they believe that the task is complex indeed, requiring the contribution of many different academic disciplines to any one issue.

The main reason for this conference was to help stakeholders recognize the transdisciplinary challenges involved in such a task. For this reason, the programme consisted of three afternoons each of which explored a particular dimension of “integral ecology”: the natural-scientific; the socioeconomic and cultural; and the philosophical and theological. On each day, the primary contributors were from the disciplines featured, while the panelists came from different disciplines, focusing on the foundations and the implementation of integral ecology, as well as presenting best practices.

A conclusive report as well as impressions from the conference will be posted here.

Event Page of Gregorian University

More information:

Announcement Video
Origin and Objectives

Please find the organizing institutions as well as the partners below
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Ulrich Bartosch
President of the University of Passau
Bernhard Bleyer
Chair of Theological Ethics, University of Passau
Patrick H. Byrne
Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Lonergan Institute, Boston College
Louis Caruana, S.J.
Professor of Philosophy, Pontifical Gregorian University; Adjunct Scholar at the Vatican Observatory
Jairo H. Cifuentes Madrid
General Secretary of the Pontifical Javeriana University; Sectorial Coordinator of the Global Compact on Education
Paolo Conversi
Coordinator of the “Laudato Si’ Observatory” of the Pontifical Gregorian University
Cynthia S.W. Crysdale
Professor of Christian ethics and theology, School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee
Celia Deane-Drummond
Director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford
Noëlie Djimadoumbaye
Research associate at the Theology Institute of the Society of Jesus (ITCJ), Ivory Coast
Amy Woolam Echeverria
International Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for Columban Missionaries
Ottmar Edenhofer

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Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and of the MCC, i. a.
María Adelaida Farah
Vicepresident of Extension and Interinstitutional Relations, Pontifical Javeriana University
César Ferrari
Professor at the School of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Pontifical Javeriana University
Francesco Gambino
Professor of Civil Law, University of Macerata
Werner Gamerith

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Professor of Regional Geography, University of Passau
Thiago Garcia
Project Lead of Connective Cities, Competence Centre for Local Development Coopera- tion/Engagement Global
N. da Silva Gonçalves, S.J.
Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University
Hartmut Graßl

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fmr. Director of World Climate Research Programme; fmr. Chairman of the Federation of German Scientists (VDW)
Adam D. Hincks, S.J.

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Assistant Professor and Sutton Family Chair in Science, Christianity and Cultures, University of Toronto
Timothy Howles
Assistant Director in Research Programming, Laudato Si’ Research Institute, Campion Hall, University of Oxford
Martin Kirschner
Chair of Theology in Transformational Processes, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Joshtrom Kureethadam
Holy See’s Dicastery for Pro- moting Integral Human Deve- lopment; Chair of Philosophy of Science at UPS, Rome
Peter Lah
Pro-Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Pontifical Gregorian University
Anselm Lam
International Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for Columban Missionaries
Mark A. Lewis, S.J.

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Academic Vice Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University
Anne-Kathrin Lindau
Professor of Geography, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
Christian Meier

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Research Assistant & Project Consultant for the Laudato Si’-Project, Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt
René Micallef, S.J.
Associate professor, Department of Moral Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University
Carlo Maria Polvani
Under-Secretary Adjunct of the Pontifical Council for Culture
Stefania Proietti
Mayor of Assisi, Italy, Assoc. Professor of Energy Systems and Internal Combustion Engines, Marconi University
Philipp G. Renczes, S.J.
Dean of the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical Gregorian University
Theresa Sabonis-Helf
Professor of the Practice & Concentration Chair for Sci- ence, Technology & Internat. Affairs, Georgetown University
F. F. Sánchez Campos
Rector of the Catholic University of Costa Rica
Jonathan Schorsch
Professor for Jewish religious and intellectual History, School of Jewish Theology, University of Potsdam
Michael Schuck
Professor of Theology and the School of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago
Henry Schwalbenberg
Associate Professor of Economics, Fordham University
Barbora Šedová
Co-leader of FutureLab – Security, Ethnic Conflicts and Migration, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Rodrigo R. Tornquist
Undersecretary of Knowledge for Development, Strategic Affairs Secretariat, Presidency of the Republic of Argentina
Nancy Tuchman
Dean of the School of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago
Kira Vinke

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Head of Center for Climate & Foreign Policy, German Council on Foreign Relations; Scientist at PIK, Germany
Pedro Walpole, S.J.
Research Director at the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change, Philippines
Christine von Weizsäcker
President of the “European Network for Ecological Reflection and Action” (ECOROPA)
Ernst Ulrich v. Weizsäcker
Professor of Environmental Policy, University of Freiburg, Germany; former Co-President of the Club of Rome
Gerard Whelan
Assoc. Professor of Theology, Director of the Department of Fundamental Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University
Prem Xalxo, S.J.
Coordinator of the Joint Diploma in Integral Ecology, Pontifical Gregorian University

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