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, we have decided to proceed with registration and programme sessions as a virtual conference. For a global community of scholars, the virtual format presents the most inclusive, safe, and accessible way forward, meanwhile allowing us to experiment with novel ways to further spur collaboration and interaction in these trialing times.

In the preparations for this Conference, we understand that on-site participation is desired by many within the Earth System Governance community. We remain open to the idea of convening the community for on-site attendance in Bratislava, but cannot currently organize this in ways that are adequately safe. An assessment on onsite attendance will be revisited in late May. Read more here about our conference format.

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.

Key dates

  • Deadline for Innovative Sessions: 1 April 2021 (Closed)
  • Deadline for Taskforce & Meeting Day sessions: 1 April 2021 (Closed)
  • Notification of acceptance, second intake of Call for Papers:  8 April 2021
  • Opening of Registration: 12 April 2021
  • Final registration date for presenting authors: 1 August 2021
  • Full papers due: 22 August 2021
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)