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Call for Volunteers: 2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance

The Earth System Governance Project is a global, interdisciplinary research network that advances knowledge at the interface between global environmental change and governance.
This year’s annual Conference on earth system governance will be held in Nijmegen and aims to be the most impactful yet, drawing from a wide range of disciplines and encouraging transformative change through discussion and innovative science and science-policy formats. Scholars come from wide-ranging disciplinary backgrounds, including humanities, natural, health and social sciences, as well as activists and policymakers who will join in dialogue and share their work. Being part of the conference means being at the global frontiers of science and policy, networking with scholars and practitioners, and making friends with people from around the world, and deepening your vision and understanding for a sustainable future.   


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When is the conference?  

The conference will run from October 22nd, 2023, to October 27th, 2023, and will involve sessions ranging from parallel panels, innovative sessions, plenary and semi-plenaries.  

Key Program Events include: 

  • 22nd October: South-South Dialogues 
  • 23rd October: Early Career Day and Local Excursion 
  • 24-26th October: Main Conference Days with all panel presentations and innovative sessions 
  • 27th October: Taskforce and Meeting Day and Local Excursion 

Where is the conference?  

Radboud University, Houtlaan 4, 6525 XZ Nijmegen 

How can you get involved? 

  • Assisting with pre-conference preparations and offering general support prior to the event.
  • Coordinating the volunteer team.
  • Welcoming guests, helping with registrations, and helping people to find their way around the university grounds. 
  • Taking photographs throughout the conference and sending them to the organizers via cloud storage.
  • Observing and summarizing discussions in academic panels, distilling opportunities for collaboration between different scientific disciplines, scientists, policymakers, and activists. 
  • Reporting from the frontlines, by producing social media posts, podcasts, etc. based on the discussions at the conference.
  • Troubleshooting to ensure an enjoyable conference with no or few technical hiccups in our hybrid format. 
  • Monitoring and managing the online chats for questions from online participants in hybrid sessions. 

What experience will you gain? 

  • Attend conference sessions to learn about recent developments in research. 
  • Meet researchers/professors/experts/policymakers and other change-makers in your areas of interest. 
  • Conduct interviews for your thesis/course work with thought leaders on climate change, biodiversity, sustainable development, health etc. 

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Earth System Governance International Project Office

If you have any questions about the 2023 Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance, you can reach out to our international project office. We will get back to you regarding your questions within a few working days.


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