Co-hosts are the core institutional partners of the conference. They cooperate with the Earth System Governance Project on content, organisation, and communication of the conference, and are providing substantial support to the organization of the conference.

SIMRA – Social Innovation in Marginalised Rural Areas

SIMRA  is H2020 EU project completed in 2020 that contributed to the
advanced understanding of social innovation and innovative governance in
agriculture, forestry and rural development in marginalised rural areas
across  Europe, with a focus on the Mediterranean region (including
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SIMRA will host semiplenary to discuss ongoing trends in understanding
transformative potential of social innovation for carbon neutral

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. It is located in the UN City of Bonn. DIE’s work is based on the interplay between research, policy advice and training. DIE is building bridges between theory and practice. Research at DIE is theory-based, empirically driven and application-oriented. It provides the basis for the policy advice and consulting activities of the institute. DIE develops policy-relevant concepts, advises ministries, governments and international organisations, and refers to current policy issues. The training programmes of the institute for university graduates and young professionals are integrated into the research and advisory process

Utrecht University

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University is one of the largest research universities of Europe, with over thirty thousand students and a staff of more than six thousand. We invest in creating the leaders of the future through innovative education of the highest quality, as reflected by the University’s consistently high position in international rankings. Dedicated to performing groundbreaking research aimed at resolving large global issues, our culture of cooperation is a breeding ground for innovation, new insights and social impact. Since 1 January 2019, Utrecht’s Faculty of Geosciences hosts the International Project Office of the Earth System Governance Project, as well as the editorial office of the Project’s new flagship journal, Earth System Governance. The Faculty of Geosciences studies the Earth: from the Earth’s core to its surface, including humanity’s spatial and material utilisation of the Earth – always with a focus on sustainability and innovation.

The Institute of Water Policy (IWP) is a research institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

The Institute of Water Policy (IWP) is a research institute at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (NUS), recognised as the world’s number one university for water research. The Institute houses a team of researchers and adjunct faculty who are internationally recognised for their high-impact research.

IWP’s mission is to help improve water policy and governance in Asia through research, training, thought leadership and consulting. The Institute produces policy-relevant research that helps shape the discourse on water policy in Asia.

IWP was launched by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in 2008 during the Singapore International Water Week and is supported by PUB, Singapore’s national water agency.

Support Organisations

Africa Research & Impact Network

The African Research & Impact Network (ARIN) brings together a network of scholars across Africa who have been undertaking research in various fields including natural resource management, climate change, agriculture, forestry, energy, water and cities to leverage their knowledge and experiences in promoting research excellence and impact pathways. The team includes talented researchers and technocrats expected to pursue sustainable development in Africa. ARIN’s core focus is on peer learning and sharing good transformative research and impact practices across Africa. Modelled as a network, ARIN seeks to leverage on the capabilities of African talented scholars in a flexible manner.