Science, Technology, and Innovation beyond growth: Cultivating collective creativity for a sustainable future

This was the ESEE-Degrowth 2024

Six days with more than 220 sessions and social activities, and a participation of more than 1100 attendees.


Upcoming broadcast

Talk - Degrowth or Barbarism: A dialogue on the future of society with Antonio Turiel, Alicia Valero and Jaume Franquesa Friday 21 June 2024, 18.00h (Plenary tent)


The 10th International Degrowth Conference and the 15th Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics (ESEE) will be held in the city of Pontevedra (Galicia, Spain) from 18 – 21 June 2024. This joint conference is part of the  “Pontevedra ESEE-Degrowth 2024” activities, which will establish Pontevedra as the European capital of degrowth in 2024.

The event titled 'Science, Technology, and Innovation beyond growth: Cultivating collective creativity for a sustainable future,' will consist of two types of activities:

  • The main Conference (The Conferenceis scheduled to take place from 18-21 June 2024 at the university campus of Pontevedra. It will feature a diverse range of sessions, including academic lectures, expert panels, and artistic workshops. With a participation of more than 1200 attendees, including academics and activists, this conference aims to bring together a wide range of perspectives and international expertise on ecological economics and degrowth. 
  • Civic engagement and citizen-oriented initiatives (Beyond the Conference)will be organized throughout the year and during the conference days.  These activities will be held at various locations across the city and will include  workshops, debates, exhibitions, and contests. Open to the public, these activities will provide opportunities for active involvement and participation. 

The event is organized around principles of degrowth, with a strong focus on advancing human and environmental wellbeing, promoting cooperation, democracy, inclusiveness, transparency, and solidarity. The Organizing Committee warmly invites everyone to join them in the welcoming city of Pontevedra.  

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    Promoters of the conference

    While the  event is primarily supported by the aforementioned entities, the organization follows a collaborative philosophy involving academics from a vast network of research centers and universities, local and regional administrations, activists, artists, local companies, citizens, and other actors

    The joint International Degrowth and European Society for Ecological Economics conference will be held in Pontevedra in June 2024. The Río Lérez is a river that runs through the city and provides the inspiration for the conference's identity. It runs through the circle, connecting people to water and nature. The symbol represents a meeting point for different academic disciplines, students, and the public: a social site for important discussion and knowledge exchange.