Conference Programme

Information about the programme of the 2009 Amsterdam Conference will be updated regularly.

2009 Amsterdam Conference Programme (final version) → download (pdf).

Keynote Speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Maude Barlow, Council of Canadians, and Blue Planet Project, Canada
Steven Bernstein, University of Toronto, Canada
Michele M. Betsill, Colorado State University, United States of America
Frank Biermann, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Rebekah Brown, Monash University, Australia
John Dryzek, Australian National University, Australia
Mark Elder, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan
Carl Folke, Stockholm University, and Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sweden
Roberto P. Guimarães, Getulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil
Peter M. Haas, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, United States of America
Maarten Hajer, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Netherlands
Rebecca Hanlin, The Open University, United Kingdom
Louis Lebel, Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Rik Leemans, SENSE, and Wageningen University, The Netherlands
James Meadowcroft, Carleton University, Canada
Ronald B. Mitchell, University of Oregon, United States of America
Yahia Mohamed-Mahmood, Lund University, Sweden
Lennart Olsson, Lund University, Sweden
Geert R. Teisman, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Arild Underdal, University of Oslo, Norway
Paul Wapner, American University
Frances Westley, University of Waterloo, Canada
Klaus-Dieter Wolf, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany

Semi-plenary "Accountability in Earth System Governance: Turning the Lens on Transparency, Legitimacy and Democracy"

Papers by keynote speakers:

Steven Bernstein Legitimacy in Intergovernmental and Non-state Global Governance → pdf
John S. Dryzek Democracy and Earth System Governance → pdf
Ronald B. Mitchell Transparency and Earth System Governance → pdf


Semi-plenary "Adaptiveness and Innovation in Earth System Governance"

Let´s Try Something Different

What is adaptiveness and innovation in earth system governance? How do we define it, and why does it matter? The Stockholm Resilience launched a web-blog designed exclusively to the Earth System Governance community and conference participants of the 2009 Amsterdam conference. →

The blog includes interviews with prominent scholars in the field of earth system science and governance. They will all elaborate different aspects of adaptiveness and innovation in an era of global environmental change. All readers are invited to add their own questions, comments and responses. Posted comments will be used during the round up the discussions live at the 2009 Amsterdam conference and the semi-plenary "Adaptiveness and Innovation in Earth System Governance".

Reception & Dinner

The conference reception will be held on 1 December, 18.00-19.30, at the conference venue. The conference dinner in a top-class traditional harbour restaurant nearby the conference venue will take place in the evening of 4 December.

Social Programme

A field trip will be organised on Saturday, 5 December, approx. 9:00-13:00 hrs. We will take you along the historic site in the wider area around the conference hotel. Our tour guide will tell you stories, anecdotes and factual information about this beautiful landscape which lies on average 1.2 meters below sea level. That winding canal, is it man made or the remainder of a 1000 year old creek? What was and is being done to keep the inhabitants´ feet dry? Don´t miss this opportunity to get an interesting in-depth view of Holland and sign up when you register for the conference. The costs will be EUR 35, incl. coffee and a snack.