Call for nominations for the Oran R. Young Prize

Rewarding and encouraging cutting-edge research on earth system governance by early-career scholars

The Oran R. Young Prize will be awarded for the eigth time at the 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance. The Prize awarded by the Earth System Governance Project seeks to reward and encourage cutting-edge research on earth system governance by early-career scholars who could become the next generation of leading scholars in the field of environmental governance research – a field shaped and significantly influenced by the pioneering work of Prof. Oran R. Young.

The Oran R. Young Prize will be awarded for the best paper presented at the annual Earth System Governance Open Science Conference, authored by early-career scholars. The Prize Committee is chaired by Rakhyun E. Kim (Utrecht University). The committee will select the winning paper based on academic quality and novelty as well as relevance to the Earth System Governance Research Framework.

The eligibility criteria for papers to be nominated for the Prize are as follows:

  • The paper must be accepted for presentation at an Earth System Governance open science conference;
  • The paper must be led by an early-career researcher serving as the first or sole author, whereby early-career is defined as Master student, PhD-student, or researcher who has received their PhD within 5 years prior to the deadline.
  • Papers already published or accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal will not be eligible for the Oran R. Young Prize. Manuscripts published as working papers or similar informal format will remain eligible;
  • The paper must be submitted in its final or review-ready version by 1 August to Only papers sent to this address will be considered. If you have received your PhD degree, please mention the year/month.

More information is available here.

For questions about the Prize please contact

For information about the 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance, please go to the conference website.

Registration is now open & Conference format updated

It has been long in the making, so we are delighted to announce that registration for the Annual Conference on Earth System Governance has finally opened.

We look forward to spending three full days – four days with the Taskforce & Meeting Day included – to meet friends and colleagues, share our work and discuss Earth System Governance in turbulent times!

 The 2021 Bratislava Conference will follow the successful and well-established format of previous Earth System Governance Conferences. Yet, given the uncertainties and risks related to public health and travel due to Covid-19, we have currently decided to proceed with registration and programme sessions as a virtual conference.

We remain open to the idea of convening the community for on-site attendance in Bratislava to complement the virtual experience, but cannot currently organize this in ways that are adequately safe. The Organizing Team is actively monitoring any developments, and a reassessment on possible onsite attendance will be made in late May. Read more about our Conference Format and possible on-site attendance here.

All participants including speakers and co-organizers are required to register to participate at the 2021 Bratislava Conference. Before starting your registration, please first carefully read the Registration information and see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Please note that coordinators of full panel proposals will be notified about the outcome of their full panel proposal by Monday 19th, April.