Published on Apr 14, 2020

The theme of the annual Conference on Earth System Governance has seldom seemed more apt – we find ourselves in truly turbulent times. In light of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, we are saddened to announce that the 2020 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance has been postponed until September 2021.

This decision, which was not taken lightly, was made following deliberations amongst the Conference hosts the CETIP, SLOVAKGLOBe, Slovak Academy of Sciences and Slovak University of Technology and the Scientific Steering Committee of the Earth System Governance Project.

In reaching our decision, the health and well-being of our participants, colleagues and the public has remained the primary concern and consideration of the Conference Team. Keeping our community in mind, we cannot proceed with planning this event in good conscience.

Instead, we are hopeful to see you at the 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance. If you are an author of an accepted submission, we provide the opportunity to retain your paper as ‘accepted’ until next year, or alternatively, to update your existing abstract and undergo a second round of review. If you do not wish to attend, we ask you to please remove your submission. More information on how to proceed will follow shortly. For any questions relating to submissions of other formats, please read our FAQ.

In light of the pandemic, we are also mindful that as scholars on Earth System Governance, our work is more relevant than ever. The diagnosis, responses and recovery from the ongoing crisis need to be examined in tandem with broader challenges posed by Earth System Transformations.

To keep momentum for our Community’s scientific collaborative efforts and projects, the Earth System Governance Project will host a virtual event in place of the annual Conference – stay tuned for more information on our website and social media.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. For more information, visit the FAQ on our website, which will be updated regularly to address any arising issues. For any concerns or questions, you can reach us on

On behalf of the Conference Team, we hope you and your loved ones are healthy and stay safe.

Best regards,

Prof. Tatiana Kluvanakova, Conference Chair, 2020 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance

Gustav Thungren, Managing Director, International Office of the Earth System Governance Project, Utrecht University

Scientific Steering Committee, the Earth System Governance Project