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 conference is hosted in collaboration with CETIP, SlovakGlobe, Slovak Academy of Sciences and Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, and the Earth System Governance Project. It is designed to provide a lively forum for hundreds of scholars to engage in discussions on their research, and to exchange new insights and ideas on earth system governance and global sustainability.

Given the uncertainties and risks related to public health and travel, this will be primarily a virtual conference. Recently on-site participation has become possible. To come to Bratislava to meet and network with a small group of scholars (50) please read all further details here.

Key dates

  • Final registration date for presenting authors: 1 August 2021
  • Full papers due: 22 August 2021

The 2021 Bratislava Conference is 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)