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Call for Papers for the 2022 Toronto Conference Launched

We are delighted to invite you to the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance, to be held in Toronto, Canada and accessible virtually. Today we launch the Call for Papers.

This year’s conference theme is: Governing accelerated transitions: justice, creativity, and power in a transforming world.

The 2022 Toronto Conference is hosted by University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo and Earth System Governance Project. As organizers, we understand that on-site participation is desired by many within the Earth System Governance community, but possibilities for attendance may be limited by the ongoing uncertainty related to travel or public health concerns. Therefore, the 2022 Toronto Conference on Earth System Governance will be planned for on-site attendance, with potential opportunities for virtual access and paper presentations.

The 2022 Toronto 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), Bratislava (2021).

Key Dates:

  • Deadline for paper and full session abstracts: 15 February, 2022
  • Deadline for Innovative Sessions: 15 February, 2022
  • Notification of acceptance:  31 March,  2022
  • Full papers due: 15 September,  2022

Early Career School – 21-22 October 2022

We plan to organize an Early Career School on Earth System Governance directly prior to the conference. More information will be announced in due time at the conference website.

The Meeting Day on 24 October 2022

On 24 October 2022, extensive meeting space will be provided for back-to-back events of our Project’s Taskforces, Working Groups and Affiliated Projects. Suggestions for such meetings can be submitted to by 1 May 2022 (in exceptional cases, also later). We will ensure wide dissemination of the events through our network, and assist with formal registration. All interested conference participants can select the event they plan to participate in through the conference registration form.

Field Trips

The conference will offer field trips in the greater Toronto area. More information will be announced soon at the conference website.

Additional information

The organizers are undertaking all efforts to secure travel support for participants who are based at institutions in developing countries and for early-career researchers. To the extent that travel funds are available, they will be disbursed on merit basis according to the relative ranking of the abstract. Acceptance of a paper for presentation does not guarantee travel support.

Details on abstract submission and answers to frequently asked questions are available at our conference website

More information on the Earth System Governance Project can be found at

We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto October 2022!

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