Past event

Invitation Only

Tackling Resource Challenges in the 21st Century: Avoiding Worst Case Scenarios

Chatham House, London

Energy, Environment and Resources Department


This conference, organized by the Energy, Environment and Development Programme (EEDP), in association with The Royal Society, is designed as part of a longer term series of activities by EEDP intended to take a fresh look at worst case scenarios; focusing on the potential consequences not only of inaction, but of misguided action and policy failure. The aim is to generate innovative thinking and to highlight flashpoints in international affairs associated with resource challenges and management in the next quarter century.

Four expert sessions will explore the interdependent challenges of climate change, energy, water and food while discussing the importance of applying worst case scenario thinking; emerging technologies and risks; regional fault-line issues that allow the practical exploration of worst case scenario thinking; and long-term policy options in anticipation of the December Copenhagen climate summit.

The event is co-hosted by the Royal Society and BBC's The World Tonight. A programme dedicated to the conference debate will be broadcast on The World Tonight the following day. Programme link >>

A special November 2009 issue of International Affairs focusing on worst case scenarios, will be launched at the conference.

Attendance is by invitation only.

For more information please contact Lucy Ellinas.