On behalf of the University of Sydney, I welcome you to the 18th International Conference on Input-Output Economics to be held in Sydney from 20-25 June 2010.
The theme of this conference will be "Re-thinking economic growth towards sustainability and wellbeing”; it reflects important concerns that many people harboured throughout the past few years, but also reflects a major challenge we are facing: To avert dangerous environmental change whilst being able to ensure well-being for the world’s people.
Input-output techniques have proven extremely versatile and powerful tools for decision-makers. In particular, environmental applications of input-output models have enjoyed enormous popularity in recent years. However, we still have a lot to do in making input-output tools more widely known across non-expert circles, and remove barriers to the development of understanding and appreciation of, and trust in the results that input-output models provide.
This conference provides great opportunities. To the researcher, it brings an environment in which exciting new ideas can be aired and discussed. For the practitioner, it provides a forum in which the strengths of our input-output technique can be demonstrated to people searching for solutions to their problems. For students, it is perhaps the best opportunity to get to know well-known academics, and look for exchange programmes and scholarships. For members of the corporate and governance worlds, it may even represent a hunting ground from which to pluck young bright talents.
I invite you to read our attractive programme, register your participation, and experience for yourself the friendly and stimulating atmosphere that is so typical of every input-output conference.
I also invite you to take the opportunity of your visit to look beyond the conference. The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university, and features a beautiful campus as well as world-class research and education. The city of Sydney with its blue shining harbour and golden beaches is a true jewel that one should see once in a lifetime. And why not spend a few more weeks and travel around the amazing Australian continent that is home to unique wonders one cannot experience anywhere else.
I look forward to seeing you in Sydney in 2010.
Professor of Sustainability Research
Chair of the Local Organising Committee