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    ISINI 2020 – in the honour of Andries Nentjes, Online Conference, 23-25 September 2020 - Preliminary programme

    ISINI is much indebted to Professor Andries Nentjes, who passed away in March 2019, at the age of 80.

    Andries Nentjes was Professor of Economics and Public Finance at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands during more than thirty years.

    His celebrated academic work encompasses history of economic thought, macroeconomics, post-Keynesian theories and his favourite subject: environmental economics. He is considered a founding father of the environmental economics in the Netherlands. His paper with Simon Kuipers (1973) that elaborated the relation between increasing costs of pollution and limits to economic growth triggered new research. This innovative paper on sustainable growth showed that specific conditions need to be fulfilled regarding technical progress in order to prevent economic stagnation.

    As an environmental voluntarist in front of the European Parliament and Dutch government and as supporter of social entrepreneurs Andries fostered environmental organizations, business and policy making. Andries also helped to revive ISINI. His dedication to science, his warm personality and his sense of humor will never be forgotten.

    With this year's conference we wish to honor Professor Andries Nentjes by doing exactly what he always loved: the academic debate in a critical, friendly and supportive manner.

     Wednesday 23.09.2020

    18:00-18:20 – Opening

    Joost PLATJE (ISINI)

    Mehmet Baha KARAN (CEVI)

    18:20-19:00 - keynote and informal discussion: Joost Platje, Markus Will.

    Title: On COVID 19, Climate Change and other examples of ignored threats.


    Thursday 24.09.2020 – ISINI sessions

    System used: MS Teams

    Facilitator: Joost Platje

    Backup 1: BigBlueButton – Sebastian Riedel

    During each ISINI session, the participants can write comments and questions in real time via MS Sharepoint. In this way, a common document will be created, facilitating discussion, but also enabling the organizers to write and publish a conference summary and statement in the September issue of the Central European Review of Economics and Management (

    The organizers will prepare the MS Sharepoint file with keywords and impulses for discussion. The keywords and impulses are also presented in the progamme.

    Each presentation should last at most 15 minutes, as the main aim of the conference is the discussion and exchange of new ideas.

    08:00-09:00 – Login to the sessions and checking whether everything functions properly

    09:00-09:15 – Opening and welcome

    09:15-10:45 – Andries NENTJES Memorial session 1

    Moderator: Joost Platje

    Discussants: Edwin WOERDMAN

    1. Lewis Carl KING (Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain), Jeroen van den Bergh Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain; ICREA, Barcelona, Spain; School of Business and Economics & Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands).

    Title: Potential Carbon Leakage under the Paris Agreement

    2. Bas SCHRAUWEN (Independent scholar, Germany).

    Title: Sustainable development from an evolutionary perspective

    3. Edwin WOERDMAN (University of Groningen, The Netherlands).

    Title: The Future of EU Climate Policy in Seven Hypotheses 

    11:00-12:45 EU decision making process: the outsider view
    Moderator: Katarzyna KUREK (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands)

    Discussant: Grahame FALLON (Brunel University, UK)

    4. Glenn CEZANNE (Time and Place Consulting, Brussels, Belgium).

    Title: From seating arrangements to legislative procedures: influencing EU decision making processes as a lobbyist.

    5. Aliona BALAN (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, former diplomat posted to Brussels).

    Title: Contribution to the EU decision making process. The perspective of a third country (Moldova).

    6. Anna AUGUSTYN (European Commission, Brussels, Belgium).

    Title: Innovative interaction among the EU stakeholders; examples from the H2020 projects.

    7. Agata BOUTANOS (Brussels office for the Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers, Belgium).

    Title: Opportunities and obstacles for SME regarding EU decision making processes in the context of innovations

     13:30 -15:30 Andries NENTJES Memorial session 2

    Moderator: Joost PLATJE

    Discussants: Yoram KROZER

    8. Juan ROSAS-MUNOZ (University of Bio-Bio, Chile), Bouwe DIJKSTRA (University of Nottingham, UK).

    Title: Harvesting decisions in a dynamic context: TURFs in Chile

    9. Beni FEIDLER, Rozemarijn VAN DIJK, Pei-Hsin CHENG, Shubhra CHAUDRHY (EUREC Master Sustainable Energy System Management (SESyM); Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, the Netherlands)
    Titel: opportunities for Silesia region for Just Transition
    10. Marta JAMONTT-SKOTIS (Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland).

    Title: Climate adaptation indicators and Urban Adaptation Plans in Poland.

    11. Hans VISSER (Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands).

    Title: The limits of economic theories and models

    12. Ingrid VISSER-ROOS (University of applied Science Inholland, Diemen, the Netherlands).

    Title: Optimism in a time of uncertainty. Spinoza, Kant and the eternal peace.

    15:45 – 16:45 COVID-19 session

    Moderator: Joost PLATJE

    Discussants: TO BE ASSIGNED

    13. Luis RENTERIA GUERRERO, Vannia DOMINGUEZ BORBÓN, Francisco VARGAS SERRANO (Universidad de Sonora, México).

    Title: The stock market crash of the covid-19, an analysis from the complexity perspective

    14. Johan van OPHEM (Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands).

    Title: Corona and consumer financial vulnerability

    16:45 -17:30 Closing session

    • Discussion on ISINI conference statement
    • Organization of ISINI 2022


    Friday 25.09.2020. CEVI sessions

    System used: Blackboard Collaborate

    Facilitator: Wim WESTERMAN

    Backup 1: MS Teams – Joost PLATJE

    Backup 2: BigBlueButton – Markus WILL

    9.00 - 10.30   Moderator: Wim WESTERMAN     

    15. 09:00-09:30, Renske JONGSMA, Bartjan PENNINK

    Title: Exploring the moderating effects of host country development and the Sustainable Development Goals

    16. 09:30-10:00, Sidika BASCI, Houcine SENOUSSI

    Title: Resource efficiency awareness of the companies

    17. 10:00-10:30, Murside Rabia ERDOGAN, Selin Metin CAMGOZ, Mehmet Baha KARAN, M. Hakan BERUMENT.

    Title: Attitudes toward switching supplier: An investigation in Turkish Electricity Market

    10:30-11:00 Break

    11.00 - 12.30 Moderator: Wim WESTERMAN     

    18. 11:00-11:30, Murside Rabia ERDOGAN, Selin Metin CAMGOZ, Mehmet Bha KARAN, M. Hakan BERUMENT.

    Title: Switching behavior of large scale electricity consumers and competition in the Turkish electricity retail market

    19. 11:30-12:00, Tuğba AKCA, Mehmet BAHA KARAN, Yilmaz YILDIZ.

    Title: The effect of financial leverage on investment decisions in emerging markets       

    20. 12:00-12:30, Wietze LISE, Ralf BRAUCHLER, Bjarni RICHTER, Dadi THORBJÖRNSON, Helga TULINIUS, Gudni AXEELSSON.

    Title: Towards more geothermal power in Turkey.

     14.00-16.00 Moderator: André DORSMAN

    21. 14:00-14:30, Esen AKTŰRK, Mehmet BAHA KARAN.

    Title: Does the dividend policy impact on the price volatility of common stocks? An empirical study on European countries.

    22. 14:30-15:00, Billur BATUMAN, Mehmet Baha KARAN.

    Title: Determinants of cash holding in Eastern European Countries

    23. 15:00-15:30, İrem KONVALI, Aydin ULUCAN, Kazim Baris ATICI.

    Title: Selection of renewable and sustainable sources of energy using mathematical programming: An application on Turkey

    24. 15:30-16:00, Wim WESTERMAN, André B. DORSMAN, Mark SCHAUTEN.

    Title: Corporate liquidity in normal and crisis times: what is the best yardstick?


    About ISINI

    ISINI – the International Society for the intercommunicate of New Ideas is an international society composed of scholars and humanists in the areas of economics and the social sciences in general. It is devoted to the study of economic and financial thought, as well as current economic problems such as economic and financial globalization, climate change, economic development, sustainable growth, structural change in resource distribution, capital and ideology, poverty, future of work (both paid and unpaid). Through the interaction and exchange of ideas and information among its members, as well as with non-attached scholars, it seeks to create or recreate alternative paradigms that can help to formulate adequate policies to solve those problems.


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    According to the STATUTES and BYLAWS, the purpose of the society is threefold:

    1. To foster and support the discovery and dissemination of new ideas, in particular in economics and other social sciences and to arrange for their testing (logical and/or empirical) in the realm of various possible social, economic and political systems, as far as analysis can go.
    2. To initiate and cultivate contact and consultation not only among economists, financial economists, sociologists and political scientist but also between social and natural scientists including men of arts and letters.
    3. To study systematically (using both theoretical and practical reason) the application of new ideas to problems of the real world of today and tomorrow in various existing social regimes and considering the diverse levels of development and historical circumstances. A priority goal is to elaborate development, stabilization, and transitional plans for the various countries where the Society is represented.

    The concept of intercommunication is preparing the ground for more interdisciplinarity and even for transdisciplinarity. All economic phenomena have their cultural, social, individual, political and moral dimensions, but the fundamental ones seem to be those that are intimately linked with human ends and the adequate means for fulfilling them.


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    One of the main characteristics of this Conference is the way we select suggestions and papers for being accepted and published. Since some decades we experience a paradox coming from the inevitable conflict between modern and postmodern thinking, old and new, conservative and revolutionary thinking. As a society for new ideas (ISINI) we, the organizers, try to offer space for an open dialog, for fresh and even untested ideas. Old ideas in new context(s) are welcome as well, especially if they are accompanied by proposals, solutions or suggestions for the future. We only suggest some themes and possible sections to be created depending on the proposals received, but please keep in mind the large scope area we are thinking of: financial and managerial studies, cultural studies, marketing and communication, semiotics, informatics and linguistics, anthropology, religion, psychology and sociology, strategic (military included) thinking, philosophy, methodologies of research etc. etc. An ideal case is to try to connect all these with our proposed themes, but this is not compulsory. New ideas are welcome no matter the domain, field or discipline.

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