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2024 ESG Forum on ‘Re-imagining Earth System Governance in an Era of Polycrisis’

The 2024 Forum on Earth System Governance takes place from 14-18 October 2024. The events of the forum will be organised in partnership with co-hosts and the various facets of the research community. The sessions are planned to take place mainly online. This year, the online forum provides an opportunity for a community-driven event without the imperative to travel.

The 2024 Forum 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), Bratislava (2021), Toronto (2022) and Nijmegen (2023).-

The 2024 ESG Forum will feature a programmatic focus on ‘Re-imagining Earth System Governance in an Era of Polycrisis’ in addition to five analytical lenses of the earth system governance research agenda.

Theme: Re-imagining Earth System Governance in an Era of Polycrisis

In an era marked by multiple and compounding global challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, food insecurity, the lingering effect of the COVID-19 crisis, economic inequality, political instability, and the geopolitical consequences of ongoing war and conflict, the need to re-imagine Earth System Governance has become ever more paramount. In order to navigate these complex and interlinked global crises – a “polycrisis” – there is a need to re-evaluate traditional paradigms and tenets of global sustainability governance. This re-imagination requires a multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach. It involves integrating insights from various fields such as environmental science, politics, economics, sociology, international relations and public policy to understand the interconnectedness of global challenges and proffer transformative solutions. There is a need to explore the limits of existing governance structures and explore innovative, inclusive and adaptive governance models that can respond effectively to complex and evolving global challenges.

Deadline for Submission

15th April 2024

Co-hosting the 2024 ESG Forum

Are you interested in co-hosting the 2024 ESG Forum and gaining substantial exposure within the Earth System Governance community? As in previous years, the 2024 ESG Forum will incorporate co-hosted events as integral components of the program. Your presence as a Co-Host will be prominently featured on all Forum communication materials.

For more details on co-hosting fees and associated benefits, please contact Financial contributions from Co-Hosts will facilitate additional support, including the recruitment of a conference coordinator and the provision of overarching coordination responsibilities, including meeting scheduling and communications related to the ESG Forum.

2024 ESG Forum Committee

If you have any questions about the 2024 Earth System Governance Forum, you can reach out to the organising committee. We will get back to you regarding your questions within a few working days.


Utrecht University
Faculty of Geosciences
Princetonlaan 8a
3584 CB Utrecht, The Netherlands