For the long-standing tradition of global conferences, our 2021 hosts in Bratislava were CETIP, SlovakGlobe, Slovak Academy of Sciences and Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava, and the Earth System Governance Project. The conference was designed to provide a lively forum for hundreds of scholars to engage in discussions on their research, and to exchange new insights and ideas on earth system governance and global sustainability..The Conference Chair Prof. Tatiana Kluvánková assembled the local team of academics including Natalia Nováková, Tomas Szabo, Dominik Horvath, Dr. Stanislava Brnkalakova and Dr. Martin Spacek . The conference manager was Ivana Vybochova who also arranged the lively cultural and social programme alongside the conference. From day one, the ‘on-site’ blended into the virtual as we came together both online and in Bratislava.
The conference hosted 3 Plenary Sessions, 6 Semi-Plenary Sessions, 10 Innovative Sessions and 86 Parallel panel session with over 350 papers presented. 426 people registered for the Conference, with approximately 10 people onsite. The Taskforce & Meeting Day, which had 10 sessions hosted, was open to all Conference participants and had an additional 42 people registered for the day only.
At the Closing Plenary Session, Conference Chair Tatiana Kluvánková provided three prominent aspects that encapsulated this annual Earth System Governance conference: collaboration, social change, and the (virtual) community – all of which have been in focus throughout the week. Similarly, the Closing Plenary panel discussion created space for a range of reflections. For Stanislava Brnkalakova, a key member of the 2021 Bratislava organizing team, the conference theme strongly reflected dialogues around ecosystem services and digital innovation, in our personal research and practices, as well as civil society involvement. Susan Park spoke for many when she expressed gratitude for Opening Speaker Prof. Karen O’Brien, highlighting the importance of how we, as individuals, relate and connect to others in an entangled world. Jasper Montana, the winner of the 2021 Oran R. Young Prize, spoke of the challenge to understand deeply diverse contexts and relations within a broader global perspective at the same time. Finally, Prakash Kashwan queried how we as a community can engage in collective action to create policy-relevant and politically salient work. His quote later in the evening described Earth System Governance as the “cross-cutting interdisciplinary communities of colleagues & friends, who are working together to push the field beyond the scholarly comfort levels. Onward & upward!”
On behalf of the Hosts Organizations and Organizing Team of the 2021 Bratislava Conference on Earth System Governance, we thank you warmly for participating, both virtually and on-site! Recorded videos from plennaries and keynote lecture are available here on Earth System Governance TV.
.Tatiana Kluvánková, Conference Chair, CETIP, SlovakGlobe, Slovak Academy of Sciences and Slovak University of Technology, Bratislava. Gustav Thungren, Managing Director of the Earth System Governance Project.
Given the uncertainties and risks related to public health and travel, this will be primarily a virtual conference. Recently on-site participation has become possible. .
The 2021 Bratislava Conference 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)