The 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance brings together the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change.

The 2021 Bratislava Conference builds upon the preparations for the 2020 Bratislava Conference, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moving forward, we recognize the importance of continued knowledge advancement in Earth System Governance research, and for additional opportunity to address the turbulent times of 2020. To this end, we are launching a second intake of abstracts to complement the initial Call for Papers.

The 2021 Bratislava Conference is hosted by SLOVAKGLOBe, Slovak Academy of Sciences and Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava and the CETIP with the Earth System Governance Project. As organizers, we understand that on-site participation is desired by many within the Earth System Governance community, but possibilities for attendance may be limited by the current uncertainty related to travel or public health concerns. Therefore, the 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance will be planned as a hybrid conference, with both on-site attendance and virtual access.

  • Deadline for paper and full panels, second intake: 15 February 2021 (Extended Deadline 21st February 2021)
  • Deadline for Innovative Sessions: 1 April 2021
  • Deadline for Taskforce & Meeting Day sessions: 1 April 2021
  • Notification of acceptance, second intake of paper and full panels:  31 March  2021
  • Full papers due: 22 August 2021

The 2021 Bratislava Conference will be organized around the five analytical lenses structuring the earth system governance research agenda, as captured in the 2018 Science and Implementation Plan; and a sixth stream focusing on specific issues and challenges concerning the current moment of crisis, contestation, and calls for action across the globe.

Contextual Conditions and Research Lenses from the 2018 Science and Implementation Plan

The 2021 Bratislava Conference stands in a long tradition of global conferences on earth system governance, from Amsterdam (2007 and 2009) to Colorado (2011), Lund (2012), Tokyo (2013), Norwich (2014), Canberra (2015), Nairobi (2016), Lund (2017), Utrecht (2018), Oaxaca (2019), Virtual Forum (2020).

For authors of accepted abstracts from the initial intake of Call for Papers – please see more information here about the postponement.

Bratislava Conference Announcement