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2020 Virtual Forum on Earth System Governance

The 2020 Virtual Forum presented a platform and an opportunity to explore questions about the nature of disruption in multiple domains of sustainability governance. This included the global COVID19 crisis, the climate and biodiversity crises, as well as broader issues such as political polarization, economic downturn, and technological change. Yet, at the same time as societies confront these challenges across all scales, disruptions create new possibilities for rethinking social norms and values, as well as reimagining and transforming governance. Over three days, environmental governance experts could interrogate the interplay of precarity and possibility that arises at this historical moment, and the implications for global sustainability and justice.

The 2020 Virtual Forum on Earth System Governance was hosted on 15th – 17th September, encompassing 3 Plenary Sessions, 6 Semi-Plenary Sessions and 8 parallel Innovative Sessions, as well as room for informal networking and breaks. In addition, side-events were also be held, such as the early career World Café on the 14th of September and the Earth System Governance Taskforce & Meeting Day on the 18th of September.

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World Café session at Virtual Forum

Before the 2020 Earth System Governance Virtual Forum officially started, early career
researchers attending the conference had the opportunity to meet up in an informal
setting in the context of a dedicated early career event. Using an interactive online
brainstorming tool, participants could get to know each other and get their socializing
skills flowing in a couple of speed-dating sessions. The coordinators of the Earth System
Governance early career resources, together with four Earth System Governance Lead
Faculty members, then hosted four breakout rooms dedicated to relevant questions for
early career researchers

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