• 14.06.2020


    Inaugural Sustainability Research and Innovation 2020 congress set for June 14-17, Brisbane, Australia

    This first-of-its kind event, established by Future Earth and the Belmont Forum, will gather together academia, business, NGOs, and governments in one common goal: to meet global sustainability challenges. This event series has the ambition to become the annual focal point for sustainability communities, by bringing science, innovation and policy communities together from around the world to share successes, discuss critical issues, and solve the toughest sustainability challenges.

    More Information: http://futureearth.org/news/inaugural-sustainability-research-and-innovation-2020-congress-set-june-14-17-brisbane

  • 02.12.2019


    25th Conference of the Parties (COP), Santiago de Chile

  • 14.10.2019


    ICRC-CORDEX 2019 - International Conference on Regional Climate

    The global collaborative initiative “Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experi-ment” (CORDEX) aims to develop and provide detailed, regional climate information necessary for vulnerability, impact and adaptation studies at local and regional levels. CORDEX is working to meet the increasing need for reliable regional climate information commu-nicated in a manner enabling effective impact and adaptation planning.

    Some of the topics that will be highlighted at the conference are: benefits of downscaling, including biases and uncertainties; further development of earth system models; the human factor and impacts and applications. The conference will also provide a platform for scientists and users from all parts of the globe to meet and advance capacity development, training and knowledge exchange as well as to build new and enhance existing co-operations.

  • 24.09.2019


    Water Future Conference 2019

    28 February 2019: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    The Sustainable Water Future Programme (Water Future) of Future Earth is organizing the first international conference of Water Future titled 'Towards a Sustainable Water Future' which will be hosted by the Divecha Centre for Climate Change of the Indian Institute of Science.

    The conference will address the current state of global water resource challenges, future pathways and scenarios, and different technological, institutional solutions to accelerate the implementation of water-related Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda targets with an aim of 'leaving no one behind'. Around 1200 participants all across the globe are expected to attend the conference thus giving a major opportunity for academics, water practitioners, policymakers, scientists, civil society and government officials to discuss the direction that the global science community should take in order to solve myriad of challenges affecting our water systems in real time, and develop new frontiers for innovative solutions. The conference will be a forerunner to a high-level political event called the Budapest Water Summit scheduled a month after this conference. The outcome of the conference is expected to be a valuable input to this summit in Budapest.

    The Sustainable Water Future Programme (Water Future) of Future Earth invites academics, researchers, scientists, practitioners and policymakers from around the globe to submit abstracts for presentation at the Water Future Conference. The conference is divided into ten themes:  Measure Sustainability in Water Space, Water Ethics, Water Quality, Groundwater Future that we want, DG implementation, Water Security  Development-Leaving no one behind, Ecological Management of Water, Resilience in the urban water system, Water and Climate Change, and Water Energy Food Nexus.

  • 16.09.2019


    Ocean Obs ‘19

    15 March 2018: Deadline for Abstract Submissions!

    As part of the decadal conference series, OceanObs’19 will galvanize the ocean observing community ranging from scientists to end users. OceanObs’19 seeks to improve response to scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose integrated ocean observing system, for better understanding the environment of the Earth, monitoring climate, and informing adaptation strategies as well as the sustainable use of ocean resources.

    The organizers of OceanObs’19 are soliciting abstracts for Community White Papers describing aspirations for the coming decade from all interested groups. The Community White Papers should address improved connections between end users and providers of ocean observations and opportunities for more integration at the global and regional level. Additionally, the abstract topic should map to one or ideally more of the seven (anticipated) themes (Discovery, Ecosystem Health & Biodiversity, Climate Variability & Change, Water, Food, & Energy Security, Pollution & Human Health, Hazards & Maritime Safety, and Blue Economy) and two crosscutting themes on data information system and ocean observing governance topics.

  • 10.09.2019


    Saline Futures Conference

    1 March 2019: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    Capitalizing on the vast potential of saline agriculture requires a major interdisciplinary and collaborative research effort to inform effective and supportive policy frameworks and to evaluate the most promising methods for developing saline agriculture in different regions of the globe. The conference intends to build on the conclusions of earlier conferences, such as FAO’s Global Forum on Salinization and Climate Change, Salinity Forum and ICBA’s International Workshop on Climate Change and Soil Salinity Dynamics.

    Presentations, papers and posters will be invited on the following themes:

    • Saline agriculture as a way to adapt to climate change and sea level rise
    • Fresh water management in potentially saline soils
    • Revitalization of saline degraded lands
    • Economics and financing of saline farming and products
    • Microbiology of soils and plants
    • Innovation and practical experience at farm level
    • Experiments and promising crops
    • Regional policies, politics and governance on salinization
    • Awareness raising and capacity building for saline farming

    The conference invites researchers, policy makers, professionals, farmers and other entrepreneurs.

  • 10.09.2019


    International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019

    24 March 2019: Abstract Submission Deadline!
    Our societies are facing critical points in their development, where large challenges are becoming increasingly difficult to handle. Numerous conflicts and complexities are surfacing – to which we can see societies responding with fragmentation, intolerance and exclusion. One way to address such developments is through societal transformation processes that implicitly include a variety of interest groups, stakeholders and organisations.
    Transdisciplinary (TD) research is one approach that focuses specifically on co-producing and integrating knowledge and expertise from a variety of sources, including communities, research, cities and businesses. It is an approach that is driven by the need to create processes where values and transformations towards a more just and sustainable society are openly debated.

    The aim of this conference, Joining Forces for Change, is to bring together actors from different professional mandates, disciplines and sectors to engage and discuss practical examples and case studies that approach societal transformation through boundary breaking collaboration. The conference invites practitioners and researchers from government and administrative organisations and agencies, interest groups from community and business, and researchers and students from across the university. The overall focus is on what we can learn from our collaborative experiences, case studies and practices regarding wider societal transformation, methodological innovations and theoretical development. We will specifically search for “sites for change” in terms of spaces, practices and learnings where TD research and co-production play a crucial role.

    Contributions from all fields and research cultures are welcome. Submissions from practitioners and from transdisciplinary teams are particularly welcome.

  • 08.07.2019


    27th International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly

    Proposal Submission now open!

    2019 marks the 100th anniversary of IUGG; The assembly will allow participants to look back on the accomplishments of the previous century of Earth and space science research, and forward to the next century of scientific advancement. Join the IUGG assembly for a host of scientific activities, including special public lectures, keynote Union lectures and a wide variety of themed sessions.

    In conjunction with the IUGG General Assembly, a number of scientific workshops and cultural events are planned. There will also be the chance to explore the geological treasures of our region through a number of field trips ranging from half-day to multi-day excursions.

    Members of the scientific community are encouraged to submit their proposal for workshops, short courses and Town Hall meetings.

    One workshop which is included in the assembly is a workshop on Next Generation GOES-R Weather Satellites. Experts from the NOAA GOES-R program and ECCC will communicate the new capabilities of the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instruments and derived products which are used detect potential threats, and enhance forecasts and warnings to save lives and protect property.


    • The workshop will consist of a balanced mix of presentations and hands on exercises demonstrating the applications and case studies of the new GOES-R and GOES-S products.
    • Many areas will be covered, Severe Weather, Broadcast Meteorology, Aviation, Agro Meteorology, Wildfires, Air pollution, Oceanography, and other topics.
    • Participants are expected to bring their laptops or tablets for the hands-on exercises.
    • Registration fee is $50 per person. You don’t have to be signed up for the Congress to take this workshop, it’s open to all
    • Limited space; first come first serve.
  • 26.06.2019


    Global Research Forum 2019 - Transforming Production and Consumption: Bridging Sustainability Research with Policy and Practice

    21 January 2019: Call for Contributions Deadline!

    There is growing alarm and political tensions surrounding the ecological and social challenges reflected in the Paris Climate Agreement, IPCC report, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is a clear need to scale the translation of ‘know-how’ and solutions in order to transform systems of production and consumption towards sustainability.

    Given this context, the fourth international conference of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF) takes stock of sustainable production and consumption research, including cutting edge insights, and accelerates the engagement of researchers with knowledge users in business, policy and practice.The conference is organized to identify insights and linkages across the SPAC research themes and actively bridge research with policy and practice. The scope covers local and global issues and interconnections across scales, connecting regions, networks of practitioners and researchers.

    The Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF) brings together individuals and organizations engaged in research and its applications on the transition towards sustainable production/consumption systems from various regions of the world. It builds on more than twenty years of research tradition on sustainable production and consumption by numerous researchers, institutes, and networks around the world, and on many successful attempts to apply research findings into policy, civil society, and business.

    Participants are invited to submit proposals for sessions, workstudios, papers and posters, particularly exploring the following four themes:

    Theme #1: Asian Perspectives and Prioritis in SCP

    Theme #2: Imagining Sustainable Futures and Transforming Cultures

    Theme #3: Sustainable Lifestyles and Livelihoods

    Theme #4: Smart, Circular, Sustainable Urbanization

  • 17.06.2019


    2019 IMBeR Open Science Conference

    1 December 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    The second IMBeR Open Science Conference called "Future Oceans2" will provide an opportunity to join world leading researchers to present advances in science from all disciplines that contribute towards ocean sustainability for the benefit of society.

    In addition to delivering an update of the pertinent science, Future Oceans2 will foster productive inter-and trans-disciplinary discussions and provide a forum to strategically map future research directions. Within this context, Future Oceans2 is based around three interlinked themes:

    • Theme 1: Understanding and quantifying the state and variability of marine ecosystems;
    • Theme 2: Improving scenarios, predictions and projections of future ocean-human systems at multiple scales; and
    • Theme 3: Improving and achieving sustainable ocean governance.

    Future Oceans2 will be an exciting mix of talks (including keynote, research, and contributed -up to ten concurrent sessions each day), posters, workshops, focus groups, world cafés, and other innovative formats to engage delegates. The conference will be preceded by two days of workshops.


  • 12.06.2019


    NCGG8 - 8th International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases

    1 December 2018: Call for Papers Deadline!

    What are the global challenges when it comes to reducing Non-CO2  gas emissions? And what kind of solutions are possible on a local level? These are the main questions which will be adressed at the 8th international Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse gases. The topics that the conference will be focused on are:

    • Sources, sinks, and atmospheric processes of non-CO2 greenhouse gases;
    • mitigation options and emission reduction technologies and practices;
    • policies and measures, both in the public and private sectors; and
    • the science-policy-industry interface

    The NCGG will invite the submission of papers with respect to the four themes, covering causes, effects and solutions of the environmental problems associated with non-CO2 greenhouse gases. These papers may report on science (from natural, social, technological or integrated sciences) and policy.


  • 20.05.2019


    Training: Assessing Crop Production, Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models

    Registration now open!


    The DSSAT Foundation, in collaboration with the University of Florida and the International Fertilizer Development Center, will host an international training program entitled DSSAT 2019 - "Assessing Crop 
    Production, Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models".

    The overall goal of the workshop is to familiarize the workshop participants with the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT v4.7); the Cropping System Model (CSM) for the simulation of crop growth and yield, soil and plant water, nutrient, and carbon dynamics; and the application of models to real world problems, such as crop and resource management, climate change and climate variability, carbon sequestration, food security, biofuels, and environmental sustainability.

    Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT) is software application program that comprises dynamic crop growth simulation models for over 40 crops. DSSAT is supported by a range of utilities and apps for weather, soil, genetic, crop management, and observational experimental data, and includes example data sets for all crop models.

  • 14.05.2019


    49th Session of the IPCC

    The 49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC 49) is expected to convene from 14-18 May 2019, in Kyoto, Japan.

    The IPCC is currently in its sixth assessment cycle. During this cycle, the Panel will produce the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6), a Methodology Report to refine the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories, and three special reports: the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15); the Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL); and the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC).

  • 14.05.2019


    Conference on Pan-Pacific Anthropocene (ConPPA) 2019

    31 January 2019: Submission Deadline!


    The anthropocene is a developing anthropogenic epoch. Human intelligence and acitivities have become an unprecedented new geological force in the 4.5 billion-year history of the Earth, changing our atmosphere, hydropshere, biosphere and even geosphere. The current most important issues such as global warming, sea level rise, ocean acidification, waste disposal and plastic crisis, have profoundly affected the global climate and ecosystem. The Pan-Pacific realm, with richness of civilizations, has been experiencing severe environmental pollution and ecological crisis, associated with swift economic development over the past decades. The APPA, a nonprofit and non-governmental organization, divulges and emphasizes the anthropogenic impact on the Pan-Pacific region in particular and on the Earth in general.

    The Association of Pan-Pacific Anthropocene (APPA) proposes future possible trends and related countermeasures for the international community through multidisciplinary academic studies, such as climate observation and simulation, proxy and historic records, anthropogenic geohazards, topography and geomorphology, biodiversity, environmental pollution, and archeology and civilization.

    APPA's mission is:

    • To promote academic researches of relative fields in the Pan-Pacific Anthropocene.
    • To hold workshops, academic speeches and conferences.
    • To reveal the updated regional and global changes in climate, environment, propose possible future trend and suggestion to the international society
    • Conduct other activities that are consistent with the aims of Association
  • 01.04.2019


    2nd World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research

    30 August 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!
    Registration now open!
    Based on the perceived need to explore and present concrete case studies which illustrate how Sustainability Science and Research can help to achieve the many goals listed in the document "Transforming our world: the  2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development", the "2nd World Symposium on Sustainability Science and Research” is being brought to life.

    The Symposium is being jointly organised by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Brazil), Hamburg University University of Applied Sciences (Germany), and the Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP), in cooperation with various UN bodies, government offices and authorities, universities, enterprises, NGOs and grassroots organisations from across the world. 

    Sustainability researchers from across the world are invited to attend and present their work at the symposium: their active inputs will help to reiterate the potential of Sustainability Science and Research, showing how it may contribute to the realization of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

    A further aim of the event will be to document and disseminate the wealth of experiences on Sustainability Science and Research available today. For this purpose, the multi-volume publication “Universities and Sustainable Communities: meeting the goals of the Agenda 2030” will be published with all accepted papers.

    The symposium will be organised in two main strands:

    1. Participating organisations will be able to put-up poster displays describing their works and projects, and to distribute the relevant information to the participants. The posters will allow close, one-to-one contacts between the participants and the exhibitors.

    2. A set of presentations, divided into five themes will be organised, dealing with issues of strategic value in reviewing the state of the art of Sustainability Science and Research today, with a focus on communities and the UN Agenda 2030. These are:

    • Theme 1: Political, social and economic dimensions of sustainable development
    • Theme 2: Environmental and technological dimensions of sustainable development
    • Theme 3: Holistic approaches to sustainable development
    • Theme 4: Stakeholders´ engagement in sustainable development
    • Theme 5: Education for sustainable development

    Across the event, participants will have the opportunity to enlarge their networks and become familiar with excellent examples of how principles of sustainability are being put into practice.

  • 25.03.2019


    Call For Abstracts: CMIP6 Model Analysis Workshop

    15 November 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!
    The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) Model Analysis workshop is jointly organized by the WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM) CMIP Panel and the European Commission Horizon 2020 projects PRIMAVERA (PRocess-based climate sIMulation: AdVances in high-resolution modelling and European climate Risk Assessment) and EUCP (EUropean Climate Prediction system). Following the format of the WCRP CMIP5 model analysis workshop held in 2012, the workshop focus will be on:
    • Multi-model CMIP6 analyses and evaluation that take advantage of the large suite of CMIP6 experiments
    • Efforts to connect model development and analysis to identify Earth system model improvements that help reduce systematic biases and/or increase the realism of models
    • Methods for multi-model analysis
    • Climate change impacts

    The workshop will be structured around the three scientific questions:

    1. How does the Earth system respond to forcing?
    2. What are the origins and consequences of systematic model biases?
    3. How can we assess future climate change given climate variability, predictability, and uncertainty in scenarios?
    15 November 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!
    The Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6) Model Analysis workshop is jointly organized by the WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM) CMIP Panel and the European Commission Horizon 2020 projects PRIMAVERA (PRocess-based climate sIMulation: AdVances in high-resolution modelling and European climate Risk Assessment) and EUCP (EUropean Climate Prediction system). Following the format of the WCRP CMIP5 model analysis workshop held in 2012, the workshop focus will be on:
    • Multi-model CMIP6 analyses and evaluation that take advantage of the large suite of CMIP6 experiments
    • Efforts to connect model development and analysis to identify Earth system model improvements that help reduce systematic biases and/or increase the realism of models
    • Methods for multi-model analysis
    • Climate change impacts


    The workshop will consist of a series of seven half-day sessions of three hours each. Each session will begin with 20-25 presenters given a 3-minute time slot to show no more than one slide summarizing the main conclusions of their poster. The rest of the half-day session will consist of viewing posters of that session. In addition, there will be a plenary talk each day.

    The workshop will be built around the three scientific questions:

    1. How does the Earth system respond to forcing?
    2. What are the origins and consequences of systematic model biases?
    3. How can we assess future climate change given climate variability, predictability, and uncertainty in scenarios?
  • 18.03.2019


    Geoscience and Society Summit: Bridges to Global Health, Resilience and Sustainability

    8 November 2018: Innovation Submission Deadline!
    The summit aims to create a highly interactive forum for effective cooperation between scientists and users of scientific information to tackle global and local challenges around sustainability of natural resources and systems, global health, and resilience. The conference will bring together researchers, students, scientists and administrators from academia, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, government agencies, and for-profit corporations, many of whom have already participated in geo-philanthropic or global development projects. It will be highly interactive and include breakout groups, panels and facilitated discussions, as well as scientific presentations on case studies of past efforts at all scales.

    Anticipated cross-cutting topics include:

    • Energy and Minerals Sustainability
    • Climate Change and Ocean- and Habitat-Health
    • Water and Agricultural Production Sustainability
    • Environmental Hazards, Human Health, and Social Justice
  • 25.02.2019


    Symposium "Climate Change and Natural Hazards: coping with and managing hazards in the context of a changing climate"

    30 September 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!
    Due to climate change, the frequency and intensity of hazard events such as extreme weather events are increasing. Hazards may change exposure patterns, lead to substantial breakdowns of infrastructure, damages to property and ultimately  decrease the resilience of households and communities. Not to mention the links between climate hazards and health, which are incredibly impactful, with mortality and morbidity rates rising as a result of them. Hazards pose additonal pressures to both human and natural systems.
    The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) outlined  on its 4th (2007) and 5th (2014) Assessment Reports the need to manage the risks of extreme events and the hazards they bring about, to advance climate change adaptation.
    The goal of this symposium is to make its participants understanding of what climate change hazards are better, while taking into account how the diffrent components of climate change including frequency, intensity, variability and uncertainty work together and relate to ecosystems, and how a better understanding of vulnerability of people to climate change in terms  of sensitivity can be achieved.
    Apart from the presentation of scientific research and studies, the Symposium will also provide a forum for the discussion on sustainable solutions to matters related to climate change and hazards. Ultimately, the Symposium will also serve the purpose of showcasing experiences from research, field projects and best practice to address climate hazards, which may be useful and/or widely implemented.

    The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects related to climate change and hazards, from across the world.

  • 21.02.2019


    SYMPOSIUM: The Expansion of Low Oxygen Zones in the Global Ocean and Coastal Waters

    13 February 2019: Registration Deadline!


    Oxygen concentrations in both the global ocean and coastal waters have been declining since at least the middle of the 20th century. This oxygen loss is one of the most important changes occurring in an ocean increasingly modified by human activities that have raised temperatures, CO2 levels, and increased nutrient inputs that have altered the abundances and distributions of marine species. Oxygen is naturally low or absent where biological oxygen consumption through respiration exceeds the rate of oxygen supplied by physical transport, air-sea fluxes, and photosynthesis. The enhanced production in surface waters of the coastal zone from nutrient inputs from sewage and agricultural activities increases the delivery rate of degradable organic matter to bottom waters where microbial decomposition by aerobic respiration consumes oxygen. In addition, ocean warming reduces the solubility of oxygen and raises metabolic rates also accelerating the rate of oxygen consumption. Under current trajectories, anthropogenic activities could drive the ocean toward widespread oxygen deficiency within the next thousand years. The symposium will address the impact of changes in productivity, biodiversity, and biogeochemical cycles with declining oxygen in the global ocean and coastal waters.

    Lectures by:

    • Andreas Oschlies, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany
    • Denise Breitburg, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA
    • Jacob Carstensen, Aarhus University, Denmark
    • Christoph Humborg, Stockholm University, Sweden
    • Alf Norkko, University of Helsinki, Finland
    • Caroline Slomp, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    • Bess B. Ward, Princeton University, USA
  • 04.02.2019


    ESP Regional Conference Africa 2019 - "Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Wellbeing in Africa"

    15 September 2018: Deadline for Session Proposal Submission!

    The Ecosystem Services Partnership conference is organized to draw attention to the key role ecosystems are playing in the development of the economy, human wellbeing and culture in (Sub-Saharan) Africa. Yet, in spite of all the benefits of ecosystem services, the ecosystems providing them are facing many threats affecting the livelihoods and resilience of local communities.

    Therefore, the theme of the conference is 'Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Wellbeing in Africa'. The conference welcomes everyone with an interest in the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of ‘Nature’s Contributions to People’ in Africa and its association with human wellbeing.

    The ESP Africa Regional Conference is part of the bi-annual cycle of ESP regional conferences around the globe. open to both  ESP members and non-members.

    Active members within ESP Working Groups, Regional Chapters and National Networks as well as  others working on Ecosystem Services are encouraged to submit a session proposal.


    15 September 2018: Deadline for Session Proposal Submission!

    The Ecosystem Services Partnership conference is organized to draw attention to the key role ecosystems are playing in the development of the economy, human wellbeing and culture in (Sub-Saharan) Africa. Yet, in spite of all the benefits of ecosystem services, the ecosystems providing them are facing many threats affecting the livelihoods and resilience of local communities.

    Therefore, the theme of the conference is 'Management of Ecosystem Services for Nature Conservation and Human Wellbeing in Africa'. The conference welcomes everyone with an interest in the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of ‘Nature’s Contributions to People’ in Africa and its association with human wellbeing.

    The ESP Africa Regional Conference is part of the bi-annual cycle of ESP regional conferences around the globe. open to both  ESP members and non-members.

    Active members within ESP Working Groups, Regional Chapters and National Networks as well as  others working on Ecosystem Services are encouraged to submit a session proposal.


  • 28.11.2018


    G-STIC 2018 - Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference

    Register now!

    When it comes to technological solutions that are good for the planet, for the people and for the economy, G-STIC aims to bring the best ideas forward. G-STIC is a series of conferences that strive to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technological innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The focus lies on building knowledge bases and global expert networks to support the technological transitions that are needed for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

    Building on the outcomes of last year's conference and aiming to create synergies within and between sectors, G-STIC 2018 will revolve around 3 main themes:

    1. Further developing recommendations for policy actions that are critically important to upscale the use of integrated technological solutions that address several SDGs at the same time.

    2. Introducing new integrated technological solutions that have the potential to impact the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in a significant way, while being socially acceptable and economically feasible at the same time.

    3.Invites companies to showcase their engagement towards the implementation of the SDGs, either by demonstrating thought leadership, showing integrated solutions in action or exhibiting market-ready and globally scalable technologies.


    The G-STIC Conference series will be hosted jointly by VITO (the prime research and technology organization on cleantech and sustainable development in Belgium) and its international partners ACTS (African Centre for Technology Studies), AIT (Asian Institute of Technology), FIOCRUZ (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz), IITD (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute).

  • 27.11.2018


    SOLAS workshops to Core Themes 4 and 5

    2 October 2018: Early Registration deadline!


    The Registration to the two SOLAS workshops "Influence of Coastal pollution on 'Marine Atmospheric Chemistry: Effects on Climate and Human Health" and "Interconnections between Aerosols , Clouds and Marine Ecosystems in Contrasting Environments" is now open.

    The first workshop will focus on challenging topics in the field of air-sea interactions and atmospheric chemistry. Organised jointly by SOLAS and IGAC, the workshop will specifically address the influence of the coastal pollution (air and water) on the chemistry of gas and particles in the marine environment, as well as the effects on climate and human health. The main question is: How does coastal pollution (air and water) affect gas and particles emitted over the coasts and how does this feedback on air quality and human health?

    Workshop two is the realisation from the SOLAS national annual reports of the existence of many large programs aiming at improving our understanding of the interconnections between ocean and aerosols and ultimately clouds. The timing seems just right to bring these people together and see what they have to say and try to expand from the local/temporal scale of a single project to the global scale. For this we will identify key similarities and differences in the findings of the different programs (where they overlap) as well as complementary information where they don’t. The deliverable will be a community paper.


    The workshops are sponsered by International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (ICAG), Italian National Research Council (CNR), Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) and Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS).

  • 13.11.2018


    WCRP workshop - “The Earth’s Energy Imbalance and its implications”

    22 June 2018: Abstract submission deadline!


    The Earth’s energy imbalance is a topic developed by the CLIVAR research focus “Consistency between planetary energy balance and ocean heat storage” (CONCEPT-HEAT) that has grown in scope to embrace the relevant activities of the WCRP Core Project, in particular GEWEX.

    In this workshop, the main objective is to initiate a new WCRP-wide activity and to thus strengthen and extend the community on the Earth’s energy imbalance through a community wide discussion on links across all the WCRP Core Projects and relevant activities.

    Identifying research goals and opportunities focused on the Earth’s energy imbalance as well as synthesizing the various aspects across WCRP through discussion and reporting on how the CONCEPT-HEAT topic could evolve into a WCRP topic will all be part of the expected outcome.

    The workshop will take place over 3.5 days and is an open event for all experts of related fields. The program is organized under four sessions, which build on oral presentations (invited & abstract submissions) and posters.

  • 05.11.2018


    2018 Utrecht Conference on Earth System Governance

    21 March 2018: Deadline for paper abstracts!

    The 2018 Utrecht Conference stands in a long tradition of global conferences on earth system governance. In this long-standing event series, the Utrecht Conference will have a special status: in 2018, the Earth System Governance Project’s current Science and Implementation Plan will be replaced by a new 10-year science plan; and new, enthusiastic leadership will take over the helm of our project.

    This conference will hence focus on harvesting the many findings of our community over the last decade, combined with a bold outlook to the future and the next scientific challenges for earth system governance research.

    The 2018 Utrecht Conference will be organized around the core analytical problems that have structured the last decade of earth system governance research, while providing an outlook on emerging themes and new directions. Abstracts can be submitted to one of the following six conference streams:

    • Architectures of Earth System Governance
    • Agency in Earth System Governance
    • Accountability, Legitimacy and Democracy in the Anthropocene
    • Allocation, Access and Equity in Earth System Governance
    • Adaptiveness, Resilience, and the Transformation of Earth System Governance
    • Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Earth System Governance
  • 23.10.2018


    43rd Climate Diagnostics & Prediction Workshop

    10 August 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    NOAA's 43rd Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop will be hosted by the Earth Research Institute and Department of Geography at the University of California Santa Barbara and is co-sponsored by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) and the Climate Service Branch (CSB) of the National Weather Service (NWS)

    The workshop will focus on five major themes, with an emphasis on climate prediction, monitoring, attribution, diagnostics, and service delivery related to:

    • Improved understanding of the coupled atmosphere-ocean climate system through dynamical and statistical models and methods, forecaster practices and protocols, reanalysis data and model improvement, and scientific concepts.
    • Prospects for improved understanding, prediction, and simulation of intra-seasonal, seasonal, and inter-annual climate variability, including the extratropical annular modes, stratosphere/troposphere coupling, tropical-extratropical interactions, land-surface forcing, atmospheric river events and drought/precipitation events etc.
    • Climate variability and prediction in relation to the hydrologic cycle and in particular Western water resources.
    • Observation, prediction and attribution of recent high impact weather and climate events, and implications for extreme precipitation and temperatures, heat/cold waves, droughts and wildfires.
    • Improving climate information delivery for impact-based decision support services through the application of new technologies, including GIS, statistical tools, and software development practices.

    The workshop will include daytime oral presentations, invited speakers, and discussions with a poster session event on one evening.


    10 August 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    NOAA's 43rd Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop will be hosted by the Earth Research Institute and Department of Geography at the University of California Santa Barbara and is co-sponsored by the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) and the Climate Service Branch (CSB) of the National Weather Service (NWS)

    The workshop will focus on five major themes, with an emphasis on climate prediction, monitoring, attribution, diagnostics, and service delivery related to:

    • Improved understanding of the coupled atmosphere-ocean climate system through dynamical and statistical models and methods, forecaster practices and protocols, reanalysis data and model improvement, and scientific concepts.
    • Prospects for improved understanding, prediction, and simulation of intra-seasonal, seasonal, and inter-annual climate variability, including the extratropical annular modes, stratosphere/troposphere coupling, tropical-extratropical interactions, land-surface forcing, atmospheric river events and drought/precipitation events etc.
    • Climate variability and prediction in relation to the hydrologic cycle and in particular Western water resources.
    • Observation, prediction and attribution of recent high impact weather and climate events, and implications for extreme precipitation and temperatures, heat/cold waves, droughts and wildfires.
    • Improving climate information delivery for impact-based decision support services through the application of new technologies, including GIS, statistical tools, and software development practices.

    The workshop will include daytime oral presentations, invited speakers, and discussions with a poster session event on one evening.


  • 16.10.2018


    IV International Conference on El Niño Southern Oscillation

    20 April 2018: Abstract submission deadline! (already open)

    The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO), which originates in the tropical Pacific Ocean, is Earth’s most dominant source of year-to-year climate variability and exerts a profound impact that extends well beyond the Pacific basin.  Knowledge about ENSO and its impacts help to strengthen prediction tools used in support of early warning systems. Therefore, improving our understanding of ENSO is fundamental in reducing societal vulnerabilities.

    This background highlights the need to address ENSO scientific challenges in the context of international climate research, assessments, and operational prediction efforts.  As a catalyzing activity in this process, CLIVAR and CIIFEN propose the IV International Conference on El Niño Southern Oscillation: ENSO in a Warmer Climate.

    The main goal of the conference is to review the progress on the science of ENSO with a focus on examining the range of ENSO “flavors” (especially in regard to the longitudinal variations of warming), assess the existence of possible, and distinct precursors to the different flavors, an examine how the different oceanic and atmospheric processes that drive the different ENSO flavors and impact their predictability would vary in a warming world.

  • 01.10.2018


    SPARC General Assembly 2018

    1 April 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    The 6th General Assembly of SPARC (Stratosphere-Troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate), a core project of the World Climate Research Programme, will bring together a large community of scientists from around the world. General Assemblies are opportunities for SPARC to take stock of what has been achieved, where gaps in the portfolio of research undertaken by SPARC need to be filled, and to define where SPARC needs to be moving to remain responsive to the needs of both its members and the users of SPARC research products.

    Themes of the General Assembly:

    1. Connections of Atmospheric Composition and Chemistry to Weather and Climate
    2. Climate Prediction from Weeks to Decades
    3. Role of Atmospheric Dynamics for Climate Variability and Change
    4. Atmospheric Impacts and Interactions Related to Tropical Processes
    5. Advances in Observation and Reanalysis Datasets
    6. SPARC Science for Society

    The SPARC General Assembly 2018 will be held back-to-back with Joint 14th iCACGP Quadrennial Symposium/15th IGAC Science Conference, on 25-29 September 2018, in Takamatsu, Kagawa, Japan.

  • 29.09.2018


    2nd KLASICA Taipei Symposium

    15 May 2018: Application deadline!

    The focus of the second international Knowledge, Learning, And Societal Change research Alliance (KLASICA) Taipei symposium is ‘Core affective narratives of vision and identity that guide and motivate societal change toward sustainable futures and their applicability for modeling social dynamics’.

    Examples of narratives of vision and identity evident in local or regional contexts are being sought. A limited number of papers (15-20) selected from those submitted in response to the call will be used as the basis for discussion and development of a typology of narratives.

    Invited are researchers, policy makers, community activists, and practitioners who are concerned with societal transformations to sustainable futures in accord with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a wide range of backgrounds, including those in early career stages. Participation is particularly encouraged of those who have experience or are concerned with

    • social movements toward sustainability in different communities, contexts, and cultures
    • narrative(s) that have played a significant role in framing or motivating actions by a community or collective
    • computational modeling of social dynamics in the context of sustainability

    In order that the symposium functions as a mutual learning experience in which to produce new insights and approaches to complex issues, the number of participants is limited to a total of 50 people.

  • 25.09.2018


    World Social Science Forum 2018: Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures

    1 March 2018: Call for papers closes!

    The World Social Science Forum 2018 is the fourth in a series of international, interdisciplinary social science conferences focusing on contemporary global challenges. The Forum will address the issues of security for all people in an equitable and sustainable world.

    Over the course of four days, discussion at the Forum will explore how current concerns about security relate to equality and sustainability. Discussions at the Forum will be arranged around the following sub-themes:

    • Sustainability and security;
    • Cybersecurity, cyberattacks, hybrid warfare;
    • Human security;
    • Security and the 2030 Agenda;
    • Globalization, diversity, and cultures of belonging;
    • Development and inclusion in urban and rural areas;
    • Gender equality and security;
    • Health, safety and biosecurity;
    • Freedom, democracy and security;

    The Forum is expected to convene around 1,000 researchers from all over the world, who will identify critical research priorities on security, as well as data and knowledge gaps, globally and in specific regions.

  • 24.09.2018


    EURAGRI Conference 2018

    27 August 2018: Registration deadline!

    Since being adopted by the UN, the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2016 - 2030- 2050 have become a major core concept of European and national funding strategies. Science, Technology and research within the field of the bio-economy as well as the agro, food, aqua and forest sectors are vital means to reach the SDGs.

    The Norwegian Research Council and EURAGRI invite you to address the various dimensions of SDGs
    and their implementation in research and innovation, with a special focus on the following questions:

    • What are the appropriate instruments and processes needed for the European research system to address the challenges?
    • How do we know that the approaches chosen are relevant?
    • How do we coordinate approaches with important actors outside the research system?
    • How can we include an improved and a continued reflexivity function into the overall process?


  • 24.09.2018


    Massive Open Online course (MOOC) - One Planet, One Ocean - "From Science to Solutions"

    Is the ocean the real final frontier? Humans have a greater understanding of the surface of the moon than they do of the depths of these waters. But what we know of the ocean proves it hosts a wealth of opportunity – connecting the world; supporting important and basic economic, cultural and environmental functions – despite being under significant threat. Stressed by unsustainable lifestyles and the increasing demands of a growing global population, how do we become good stewards of this massive natural resource?

    In this course, learn from the world's leading experts on ocean science. They will present the issues and potential solutions – grounded in rigorous scientific research – to fight for our endangered waters.

    This course is for:

    • Sustainable development practitioners who need a science-based overview of preservation and conservation of the oceans and the ecosystems they support
    • Private-sector actors – such as those who work in corporate sustainability and responsibility, energy, fishing and other industries connected to the oceans – who are interested in understanding the sustainable interaction of their field with these resources
    • Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students studying oceanography, environmental science, environmental law, sustainable development, sustainable business and related fields
    • Climate change activists or practitioners interested in the current science and governance of ocean use and preservation

    Anyone is welcome to join, whether you are looking to upgrade your education, are professionally involved in ocean issues or seek to know more about your local coastline, the fish you eat or the climate that the ocean regulates.

  • 12.09.2018


    6th International Conference on Sustainable Development

    10 June 2018: Late proposal submission deadline!

    The critical challenge of human, environmental, and economic sustainability concerning the present and future generations on a global-scale context remains a focal point in our journey towards a better, more sustainable future and is also the inspiration behind the 6th International Conference on Sustainable Development.

    The theme of  this year’s conference is: "Creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education".

    The International Conference on Sustainable Development is organized by the European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with CIT University and will provide guests a forum for sharing ideas, presenting research findings and discussing professional issues relevant to Sustainability Science.

    The ICSD2018 program is built around the following range of streams:  

    1. Economic Sustainability
    2. Environmental Sustainability
    3. Socio-Cultural Sustainability

    Scholars, teachers and practitioners from any professional discipline with an interests and concern for sustainability in a holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic and social concerns intersect, are welcome to share and discuss their ideas.

  • 23.08.2018


    Asia and the Anthropocene

    2 October 2017: abstract submission deadline!

    The Association for Asian Studies (AAS) is pleased to invite applications to participate in the second of three workshops in its series “Emerging Fields in the Study of Asia” supported by the Luce Foundation. The second workshop, “Asia and the Anthropocene,” will take place August 23-27, 2018 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

    The purpose of this gathering is to explore the emerging concept of the Anthropocene through shared readings and collective conversations about how scholars of Asia might best respond to the scientific proposal of a new geological epoch. The selection committee seeks bold ideas and broadly framed research papers that grapple with the challenges posed by this new understanding of planetary conditions. Among the topics of interest, although certainly not limited to these, are the following questions: 

    • How does understanding the Anthropocene as the result of collective human forces change the relationship between the sciences, on the one hand, and the humanities and social sciences on the other?
    • What political, social, and economic forces have led to the Anthropocene?
    • When did these forces emerge and/or become unstoppable?
    • Which cultural, religious, and intellectual constructs have led to the overshoot of earth systems, and which might help us to meet the challenge of our changed conditions?
    • Are there new forms of community, politics, and economic activity in Asia that might bring hope through adaptation and resilience?

    Welcome are a broad range of participants to this workshop but they are especially interested in scholars early in their careers (including doctoral students) and scholars based in Asia.

  • 20.08.2018


    International Scientific Events in August 2018

    28 February 2018: Abstract submission and registration deadline!

    In August 2018, there are several interesting International Scientific Events in Elenite Holiday Village, Bulgaria:

    20 - 24 August 2018: 17th International Conference on Economy & Business

    23 - 27 August 2018: 9th International Conference on Education, Research & Development

    26 - 30 August 2018: 12th International Conference Language, Individual & Society

  • 21.07.2018


    25th World Congress of Political Science: Borders and Margins

    10 October 2017: Proposal Submission Deadline! (panels and papers)

    The Call for Proposals for the next IPSA World Congress of Political Science, to be held in Brisbane (Australia), 21-26 July 2018, is now open!

    The Congress will provide an opportunity for you to network with global scholars. It will have particularly strong local and regional representation, because it will integrate the annual conference of the Australian Political Studies Association and the biennial Oceanic Conference on International Studies. The Congress will have a rich program under the theme ‘Borders and Margins’.

    There will be several general sessions: Democracy and Autocracy, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Globalization and International Political Economy, Electoral Integrity, Political Theory, Minorities: Race, Religion, Sexuality, Migration: Borders, Citizens, Marginalized Others, Political Participation, Indigenous Politics, Populism, and Politics in Asia. Moreover, there will be sessions on Australian Political Studies, International Studies, and Research Committee Sessions.

    Proposals for panels and papers on any subject within political science are welcome. The Congress Theme “Borders and Margins” will be featured in specially organised topical sessions and events.

  • 14.07.2018


    COSPAR 2018

    9 February 2018: Abstract submission deadline!

    The abstract submission function of the website is now open for the 2018 Scientific Assembly.

    The 42nd COSPAR Scientific Assembly, COSPAR 2018, will be held in Pasadena, California and will mark the 60th anniversary of the formation of COSPAR itself. It will also mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of Explorer-1, built at the nearby Jet Propulsion Laboratory which is a division of the official host for COSPAR 2018, the California Institute of Technology. COSPAR membership today is comprised of forty-two national scientific institutions, thirteen international scientific unions, and many thousands of individual associate members. Pasadena’s location on the western edge of the Pacific Rim, near several international airports, makes it an especially convenient venue for scientists from North America, Asia and Europe.

    COSPAR 2018 is expected to attract well over 3,000 of the leading space scientists and space leaders from as many as seventy nations.

  • 27.06.2018


    Sustainable Consumption: Fostering Good Practices and Confronting the Challenges of the 21st Century

    15 October 2017: Deadline for submission of session proposals!

    15 November 2017: Deadline for submission of abstracts!

    15 May 2018: Deadline for Paper Submission!

    Mitigating the social and environmental impacts of contemporary provisioning systems constitutes a grand challenge the 21st century. Movement to implement sustainable consumption lags significantly behind advances in knowledge.

    In collaboration with the VELUX Endowed Chair in Corporate Sustainability and hosted by the Copenhagen Business School, the Third International Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) will be held in Copenhagen on June 27–29, 2018. The event will comprise paper presentations, panel discussions, and keynote presentations by acclaimed speakers.

    The conference is expected to attract an international assemblage of researchers who value close interaction with policy makers and practitioners while pursuing co-designed interventions to enable progress toward a more sustainable future. Participation from representatives of academia, industry, government, and civil society organisations is encouraged. Across these sectors, those with recognised and emerging expertise in topics related to sustainable consumption from interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and disciplinary perspectives are invited.

  • 20.06.2018


    International Scientific Events in June 2018

    31 January 2018: Abstract submission and registration deadline!

    In June 2018, there are several interesting International Scientific Events in Elenite Holiday Village, Bulgaria:

    20 - 24 June 2018: 6th International Conference on Agriculture & Food

    23 - 27 June 2018: 27th International Conference on Ecology & Safety

    26 - 30 June 2018: 20th International Conference on Materials, Methods & Technologies

  • 19.06.2018


    Joint SCAR and IASC Conference at POLAR 2018

    The Open Science Conference is part of the POLAR2018, a joint event of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), which will be held in Davos, Switzerland from 15 – 27 June 2018.

    Participants will have the chance to attend sessions that cover a broad range of topics across the spectrum of Polar and high altitude research, such as for example, climate, glaciology, social and human sciences, ice sheets, atmospheric sciences, oceanography, geology, sustainable development, technology and education.

  • 15.06.2018


    POLAR2018 – Where the Poles come together

    1 November 2017: abstract submission deadline!

    The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research SCAR and the International Arctic Science Committee IASC invite the international polar and high altitude community to their joint meeting POLAR2018, hosted by WSL and SLF in Davos, Switzerland.

    The goal of POLAR2018 is to bring together excellent research from both poles, as well as from high altitude areas, focusing on the similar challenges those regions face. The program features 65 different sessions, structured into 12 categories:

    • Astrophysics and Astronomy
    • Atmosphere, Climate
    • Biology, Ecology, Ecosystems, Biodiversity
    • Cryosphere
    • Environment
    • Geology, Geophysics, Solid Earth
    • Medicine
    • Outreach and Communications
    • Ocean, Sea Ice
    • Social Sciences and Humanities
    • Observation Systems
    • Technology, Engineering

    The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research SCAR and the International Arctic Science Committee IASC invite the international polar and high altitude community to submit abstracts to be considered for oral or poster presentations. The session program provides guidance on the thematic areas covered at POLAR2018.

  • 04.06.2018


    2nd International Conference on Mountain Futures

    23 March 2018: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    The second Mountain Futures Conference will take place in China’s Yunnan province, against the backdrop of the famous Hani rice terraces in Honghe and the rapidly growing city of Kunming. Building on the success of the first Mountain Futures Conference in 2016, the event will give participants the opportunity to shape the future of the Mountain Futures Initiative and to share knowledge and ideas with a range of researchers and representatives from mountain regions around the world.

    The Centre for Mountain Ecosystem Studies (CMES), together with the Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) would like to invite contributions for the 2nd International Conference on Mountain Futures, with a focus on “Ecosystem Rhythms, Land Systems, and Sustainable Livelihoods”.

    CMES will hold an Open Science Conference (June 6-7, 2018) in Kunming, Yunnan as part of a week-long series of activities which will include field visits in the terraced hills of southeastern Yunnan Province, and a Mountain Futures Film Festival. This scientific gathering will offer Mountain Futures professionals and practitioners, as well as representatives from indigenous communities, policymakers, and other mountain-based stakeholders a platform to present and disseminate evidence-based socio-ecological knowledge–innovations, practices, and technologies from mountain communities.

  • 29.05.2018



    5 January 2018: Abstract submission deadline!

    23 March 2018: Early Bird Registration Deadline! (extended)

    Building on the successful inaugural Planetary Health Meeting in Boston, the goal of the second Planetary Health Annual Meeting in Edinburgh is to bring together new communities around the world to stimulate interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral collaboration towards ground-breaking solutions to major planetary health challenges. The objective is to examine how the health impacts of various global environmental changes manifest in regional settings and to highlight emerging responses to planetary health issues. The aim is to engage with researchers, policy makers, planners and local communities who experience these planetary health impacts to progress tailored policies built on action-focused research and innovations across sectors. The expectation is that, through gathering a diverse group in-person and via small regional satellite sessions, the global reach and perspective of the planetary health community will be expanded in pursuit of advancing planetary health solutions.

    To catalyze innovative ideas among the disparate yet integrally related fields, The Lancet Planetary Health will publish a booklet of outstanding abstracts in planetary health research, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Planetary Health Alliance. Researchers from any discipline relevant to planetary health are invited to submit an abstract of their research describing a recent study or a project currently in process that contributes to the gaps in knowledge, governance, and imagination as reported by the Rockefeller–Lancet Commission.

  • 16.05.2018


    IAIA18: Environmental Justice in Societies in Transition

    20 April 2018: Registration deadline!

    The theme of the 38th annual conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment is Environmental Justice in Societies in Transition.

    Globally, societies are in transition due to environmental challenges such as climate change, shifts in political power as seen in Europe and the USA, and social changes such as mass migration. All these changes and challenges pose a threat to the sustainability of the physical and human environment, and growing inequality threatens both the social and natural environment.

    Although the aim of development is to create a more sustainable environment, the reality is often that only few people benefit while others are left to bear the brunt of the impacts and greater inequality. Environmental management should serve to translate environmental costs into wellbeing benefits for all of humankind and not just the privileged few.

    Conference topics include Assessing and managing environmental risks in societies in transition; Biodiversity and ecology; Climate change; Contribution of IA to human wellbeing; Corporate stewardship and risk management; Cultural heritage; Disasters and conflicts; Ecosystem services, health, livelihoods, and environmental justice; Energy and societies in transition; Environmental justice challenges of climate change; Health impact assessment; Human rights, equality, and environmental justice; Indigenous peoples and environmental justice; Extractive resources; Mining, industrial development, and environmental justice; Renewable energy; Power generation and transmission; Professional development and capacity building in IA; Public participation and environmental justice; and Social impact assessment.

  • 09.05.2018


    Seedbeds of Transformation

    Registration now open!

    16 February 2018: New Deadline for SDG Labs Africa

    Future Earth, the South African Government Department of Science and Technology, the National Research Foundation of South Africa, and START are pleased to announce the Seedbeds of Transformation: the Role of Science with Society and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa conference.

    The conference will provide a collaborative, transdisciplinary space for people with diverse perspectives to explore transformations and the SDGs in Africa. The meeting will draw on a wide range of knowledge and regional contexts to identify appropriate pathways for achieving these goals in Africa. Designed around the concept of an innovation marketplace, this three-day conference will bring together innovators from research, government, industry, NGOs, the media and more.

    They are seeking proposals for sessions that encourage active participation and open dialogue among attendees. Sessions should seek to draw on diverse perspectives from research, policy and practice and focus on African priorities and actions. The session proposals are expected to address one or more of the conference themes:

    • Understanding trajectories of change
    • Traversing critical challenges
    • Creating momentum

    They also invite researchers, innovators and change-makers to propose SDG Labs Africa for the Seedbeds conference. A lab is a short series of solutions-focused workshops aimed at delivering a specific innovation.

  • 20.04.2018


    Tenth International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses

    20 January 2018: Regular proposal deadline!

    The Tenth International Conference on Climate Change will have a special focus on ‘Engaging with Policy on Climate Change’.

    Invited are proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

    • Theme 1: Scientific Evidence
    • Theme 2: Assessing Impacts in Divergent Ecosystems
    • Theme 3: Human Impacts and Impacts on Humans
    • Theme 4: Technical, Political, and Social Responses
    • 2018 Special Focus: Engaging with Policy on Climate Change

    Moreover, The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses welcomes article submissions related to the above mentioned Research Network themes.

  • 16.04.2018


    Science Diplomacy supporting Climate Change Action in SADC

    6 April 2018: Registration closes!

    The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) invites and welcomes SASSCAL researchers and stakeholders from science, policy, the public and private sector to the SASSCAL Science Symposium with the theme:  ‘Science Diplomacy supporting Climate Change Action in SADC’.

    The overall aim of the Symposium is to provide a platform for sharing research outcomes from the scientific work that was managed by SASSCAL with specific emphasis on its contribution to climate change action in the SADC Region. SASSCAL will also use this opportunity to introduce the SASSCAL 2.0 research agenda to scientists, policy-makers and the public.

    There will be the following thematic sessions:

    1. Water-Climate-Food Nexus
    2. Biodiversity – Climate-Food Security
    3. Forest Conservation-Climate-Livelihoods
    4. Agriculture-Climate-Food Security
    5. Science Policy Interface in SADC
    6. Data, Technology and Infrastructure
    7. Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management
    8. Climate Change impact on livelihoods and health
    9. Capacity Development in SADC
    10. Wetland monitoring, assessment and management in SADC
  • 07.04.2018


    PalMod International Open Science Conference

    15 December 2017: Abstract submission deadline!

    The first International Open Science Conference organized by PalMod will be held at Tech Gate Vienna, Vienna, Austria back-to-back with the 2018 EGU meeting. PalMod is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

    Invited are cross-cutting contributions based on PalMods topics. The conference will consist of inspiring talks and an intensive poster session within the following sessions:

    • Feedbacks, thresholds, and abrupt changes in the Earth System dynamics during the last deglaciation 
    • Spectrum of climate variability (governing processes, energy transfer across century-to-orbital timescales
    • Cryosphere-climate interactions
    • Novel methodological aspects of long-term simulations and reconstructions 
  • 05.03.2018


    Cities and Climate Change Science Conference

    6 October 2017: proposal and abstract submission deadline!

    The conference aims to inspire the next frontier of research focused on the science of cities and climate change. The primary goal of the conference is to assess the state of academic and practice-based knowledge related to cities and climate change, and to establish a global research agenda based on the joint identification of key gaps by the academic, practitioner and urban policy-making communities.

    Conference Themes:

    • Cities & climate change (Imperatives for action)
    • Urban emissions, impacts and vulnerabilities (Science and practice of cities)
    • Solutions for the transition to low carbon and climate resilient cities (Science and practice for cities)
    • Enabling transformative climate action in cities (advancing science and advancing cities)

    You are invited to submit a proposal for a complete 90-minute session. In addition to complete sessions, proposals for individual contributions (oral presentations in sessions as well as posters) are also invited.

  • 17.02.2018


    Ocean Mesoscale Eddy Interactions with the Atmosphere

    6 October 2017: application and abstract deadline!

    Several decades of observations have revealed the richness of the mesoscale eddy field in the oceans, especially in association with western boundary currents and the Southern Ocean. The small scales of ocean eddies, however, mean that they are not represented in the current generation global coupled models used for climate prediction and projection. In short, we have a process — atmosphere-ocean interaction on the ocean eddy scale — that is beginning to be well observed, that is potentially significant for the dynamics and climate of both systems, yet is not captured by our “workhorse” modeling systems.

    This raises two specific, and related, challenges that will be addressed at the workshop.

    1. How to represent atmospheric feedbacks on ocean eddies in ocean-only models?
    2. How do atmospheric weather and climate respond to the ocean eddy field?

    The overall goal of the workshop is to create a shared understanding of how ocean-atmosphere interactions at the ocean-eddy scale should be represented in climate models to improve climate prediction and projection in both the atmosphere and the ocean.

    The workshop will bring together the oceanography and atmospheric communities. Meeting participation will be limited to ~50 attendees selected through an online application process. Those who are interested in presenting a poster during the lunch break must submit an abstract.

  • 11.02.2018


    2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting

    06 September 2017: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    The 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting will be held 11-16 February 2018 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. The program will span a broad array of marine science topics.

    The Ocean Sciences Meeting (OSM) convenes every two years and provides a venue for international scientists, students, government representatives and industry practitioners to exchange information via oral presentations and poster sessions. Topics covered include all aspects of oceanography, especially multidisciplinary topics, as well as presentations that reflect new and emerging research on the global ocean and society, including science education, outreach and public policy.

    The OSM originated in 1982 as a joint effort between the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO); The Oceanography Society (TOS) joined as a regular co-sponsor in 2004.

  • 22.01.2018


    Sustainable Development Goals: The Contribution of Science

    17 January 2018: Deadline for Registration!

    With the "Agenda 2030", the international community determined 17 goals on global sustainable economic, social and environmental development. Adopted as the SDGs in September 2015, all states committed themselves to achieve these goals until 2030.

    To engage the scientific community in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences and the Swiss Commission for UNESCO organize this conference that sets the framework, illustrates the challenges and showcases contributions.

  • 17.01.2018


    14th International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability

    17 October 2017: Regular proposal deadline!

    The Fourteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability features research addressing the following annual themes:

    • Theme 1: Environmental Sustainability
    • Theme 2: Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context
    • Theme 3: Sustainability Policy and Practice
    • Theme 4: Sustainability Education

    The Special Focus of 2018 is “Forging Solidarity—Collective Sustainability Solutions in a Fragmenting World”.

    Invited are proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia addressing one of these themes.

    This Research Network provides a forum for discussion of the connections between environment, culture, economy, and society. The perspectives presented range from big picture analyses that address global and universal concerns, to detailed case studies that speak of localized applications of the principles and practices of sustainability.

  • 17.01.2018


    Fourteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability

    17 December 2017: Final deadline for presentation proposal submissions!

    How, amidst fragmenting social, economic, political and demographic trends, can we generate the global forms of solidarity necessary to tackle the increasingly urgent intergenerational challenges we face? This is the question that will be considered by the 14th International Conference on Environmental Cultural Economic and Social Sustainability.

    The Fourteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability features research addressing the following annual themes:

    • Theme 1: Environmental Sustainability
    • Theme 2: Sustainability in Economic, Social and Cultural Context
    • Theme 3: Sustainability Policy and Practice
    • Theme 4: Sustainability Education
    • Special Focus 2018: Forging Solidarity—Collective Sustainability Solutions in a Fragmenting World

    Proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia addressing one of these themes are invited.

    Moreover, the On Sustainability Journal Collection welcomes article submissions related to these themes.

  • 11.12.2017


    Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union

    02 August 2017: Regular Abstract Submission Deadline!

    With more than 23,000 Earth and space scientists in 2016, AGU’s (American Geophysical Union) Fall Meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. The meeting continues to be the premiere place to present your research; hear about the latest discoveries, trends, and challenges in the field; and network with colleagues that can enhance your career.

    Fall Meeting brings together the entire Earth and space science community from across the globe for discussions of emerging trends and the latest research. The technical program includes presentations on new and cutting-edge science, much of which has not yet been published, meaning you’ll return to work with knowledge you can’t get anywhere else.

    With more than 1,700 sessions in 2016, Fall Meeting’s scientific program spans the Earth and space sciences, offering something for everyone no matter their scientific discipline. The meeting offers a unique mix of more than 20,000 oral and poster presentations, a broad range of keynote lectures, various types of formal and informal networking and career advancement opportunities, and an exhibit hall packed with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing new and relevant research tools and services that meet the professional needs of our attendees year after year.

  • 11.12.2017


    Ecology Across Borders

    28 April: deadline!

    The British Ecological Society (BES), the Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ) and Dutch-Flemish Ecological Society (NecoV) have agreed to hold a joint Annual Meeting, 11 – 14 December 2017, in Ghent, Belgium.

    This is the first time the BES, GfÖ and NecoV have held a conference together and we are delighted to be working together to deliver a meeting of 1,200 leading ecologists from around the world in Belgium. The joint meeting aims to build closer ties between the vibrant academic ecological communities in Europe, and meets the strategic objectives of all three of the ecological Societies. The meeting will bring together ecologists to discuss the latest advances in ecological research across the whole discipline and will focus on the major environmental challenges at the European level. The meeting will be held in association with the European Ecological Federation (EEF).

    A call for applications for workshops is now open.

  • 07.12.2017


    Multinational Enterprises and Sustainable Development 2017

    31 July 2017: abstract submission deadline!

    The conference will mainly focus on what Can MNEs Do to implement Sustainable Development Goals. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years. For the goals to be reached governments, the private sector, civil society and individuals need to do their part. Given their market power, globally distributed operations and political influence, MNEs can be either accelerators or inhibitors of the requisite changes in sustainability.

    MESD’17 encourages any type of multi-, inter- or transdisciplinary studies and practices linking disciplines, knowledge systems and stakeholders to help MNEs to reach these sustainable development goals. A variety of conceptual and empirical submissions, drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives and diverse methodologies (case studies, in-depth issue studies, speculative analyses) are welcome. MESD’17 also encourages solutions-oriented studies by going beyond the analysis of problems to offer potential for significant sustainability benefit.

    This international conference will be of great interest to researchers, scientists, experts, policy practitioners, business decision makers, industry representatives, members of government or non-governmental organizations, consultants, advanced graduate students, and other professionals working in any enterprise committed toward more sustainable business.

  • 18.11.2017


    International Workshop on Tropical-subtropical Weather, Climate and Oceans

    08 September 2017: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    The Sun Yat-sen University, the CAS South China Sea Institute of Oceanology and the CMA Guangdong Meteorological Service will organize an international conference on November 18-20, 2017 in Guangzhou, China, which the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG) has endorsed.

    The main goal of this conference is to provide a platform for researchers from various disciplines to discuss the recent advances, establish collaborations, and identify challenges towards a better understanding of the tropical-subtropical weather, climate, and oceans. It is expected that (1) new challenges and directions for future studies of tropical-subtropical weather, climate, and oceans will be identified; and (2) national and international communications and collaborations on relevant research areas will be greatly promoted. 

    Themes and Proposed Sessions:

    • 1. Tropical-subtropical weather and forecast
    • 2. Tropical-subtropical climate variability/change and predictability
    • 3. Tropical-subtropical air-sea interaction and oceanic dynamics

    Presentations of research results from various areas of weather, climate and oceanic sciences including ocean-atmosphere interaction, global monsoons, high-impact weather/climate events, multi-scale atmospheric and oceanic variations, weather/climate monitoring and prediction, atmospheric and oceanic environment are invited.

  • 13.11.2017


    5th International Conference on Reanalysis

    15 May 2017: abstract submission deadline!

    Climate research has benefited over the years from the continuing development of reanalysis. As reanalysis datasets become more diverse (atmosphere, ocean and land components), more complete (moving towards Earth-system coupled reanalysis), more detailed, and of longer timespan, community efforts to evaluate and intercompare them become more important.

    The conference aims to assess the merits and review the progress in reanalyses, to monitor climate variations and support policy makers to develop adaptation policies, and to provide complementary information to other climate sources.

    The conference will be organized around five main topics:

    • Status and plans for future reanalyses
    • Observations for reanalyses
    • Methods for reanalyses
    • Evaluation of reanalyses
    • Applications of reanalyses

    Interested contributors are invited to submit an abstract, specifying the topic of the contribution, whether they would prefer an oral or poster presentation, and if they would like to apply to receive travel support.

    The conference will bring together reanalysis producers, observation providers, numerical modellers and the user community to review current reanalysis activities and to discuss user needs for future reanalyses.

  • 09.11.2017


    Changing Societies: Migration, Integration, Participation

    25 September 2017: Application Deadline!

    The Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) and the Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme (FMSH) invite researchers to participate at the workshop „Migration, Integration, Participation”. The workshop takes place in the frame of the second year of the Franco-German research program „Changing Societies“. 

    The research program, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education (BMBF), aims to foster exchange and collaboration across disciplines and between France and Germany. Central issue of the cooperation is the critical evaluation of major societal changes. Key questions are: 
    1. What are central societal, political, economic and ecological changes of our times? 
    2. How can we adequately describe, measure, and compare these changes between countries and over time? 

    The workshop takes place in a wider framework in order to encourage the intercultural and interdisciplinary scientific exchange and to strengthen the Franco-German research perspective. Core topic of the workshop will be: Migration, Integration, Participation. After the launch of the second program year, this second Paris workshop is the occasion to further develop and present the so far established research cooperation as well as to ideally generate new projects. New participants are explicitly welcome to apply for the workshop.  

  • 07.11.2017


    Achieving Impact from Marine Research

    Register now!

    The COLUMBUS annual conference is an international forum to bring together actors interested in sharing best practice and learning about initiatives and sectoral progress in Knowledge Transfer. This conference will offer an opportunity to collaboratively explore the barriers, challenges and possible solutions to achieving the impact potential of marine and maritime research, at all stages of the funding cycle. Training on the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology will be available, targeted towards EU staff and funding agencies.

    The COLUMBUS project intends to capitalise on the European Commission’s significant investment in marine and maritime research by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end-users: policy, industry, science and wider society. COLUMBUS will ensure measurable value creation from research investments contributing to sustainable Blue Growth within the timeframe of the project.

  • 07.11.2017



    Registration  now open!

    29 April 2017: New submission deadline for session abstracts & proposals for a special journal issue! (extended)

    The Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) aims to integrate research on the stewardship of social–ecological systems, the services they generate, and the relationships among natural capital, human wellbeing, livelihoods, inequality and poverty.

    PECS-II focuses on the contributions of ongoing place-based transdisciplinary research undertaken in different part of the planet to inform global sustainability.  The premise is that solutions towards sustainability change dramatically accross context. This meeting provides a unique opportunity for sharing insights gained within a wide range of contexts at local scales to identify pathways towards sustainability at a range of spatial scales and contexts.

    The four general themes that this conference will address are:

    • Context-specific pathways for working towards sustainability,
    • Challenges and opportunities for informing global sustainability through place-based research,
    • Social-ecological dynamics of ecosystem services: Synergies, trade-offs and links to human wellbeing,
    • Cross-scale connections and feedbacks that impact the structure and dynamics of social-ecological systems.

    There now is a second call for proposals for oral sessions, symposia and workshops, as well as regular talks, speed talks and posters.

    Moreover, there is a call for abstract proposals for producing short papers that can contribute to the special issue ‘The role of transdisciplinary place-based research to address global sustainability challenges’ of the journal “Global Sustainability”.

  • 24.10.2017


    World Resources Forum 2017 - Accelerating the Resource Revolution

    3 April 2017: abstract submission deadline!

    The World Resources Forum (WRF) is the global science-based platform for sharing knowledge about the economic, social and environmental implications of global resource use. WRF promotes innovation for resource productivity by building bridges among researchers, policymakers, businesses, SMEs, NGOs and civil society. The flagship activity is the annual WRF Conference.

    The three key topics are:

    1. Policies and Governance 
    2. Technology and Innovation 
    3. Lifestyles and Education 

    Participants are welcomed to submit short proceedings for oral presentations, posters for oral presentations, and proposals for workshops and side events. Paper abstracts of either theoretical or applied nature can be submitted online on the WRF website. Contributions should address one of the three key topics listed above and should not have been previously presented at international conferences or published in international journals.

  • 24.10.2017


    Nature-Based Solutions: From Innovation to Common-use

    14 July 2017: abstract submission deadline!

    As part of the Presidency of the Estonian Republic of the Council of the European Union, a flagship conference “Nature-based Solutions: From Innovation to Common-use” will be organized by the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia and the University of Tallinn. The conference will be held in Tallinn from 24 to 26 October 2017.

    The conference will address nature-targeted innovation actions involving all societal actors. It will host leading scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs from around the world who will share their experience on how nature-based innovation and eco-innovative technologies can be implemented in many areas of life.

    The NBS 2017 conference Program Board welcomes abstracts for oral presentations, and posters for the parallel sessions which will address five specific themes:

    • Blue-green infrastructure in smart cities
    • Integrated water management through natural systems
    • ICT as a supporting tool for nature based solutions and ecosystems
    • Ecological restoration through eco-innovation
    • Nature-based solutions in circular economy.

    Contributions are welcome from practitioners, policy advisers and scientists, and collaborations of groups.

  • 24.10.2017


    SHIPPING AND THE ENVIRONMENT-From Regional to Global Perspectives

    The international conference addresses scientific findings on impacts of shipping on environment and their application in policy, marine spatial planning and the maritime transport sector. The conference is jointly organised by the Bonus project SHEBA and by the International Surface Ocean -Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS).

    Topics addressed

    • Impacts of shipping on air pollution and climate change including impacts on human health and land ecosystems
    • Impacts of shipping on marine pollution and marine ecosystems
    • Impact of shipping on noise pollution - underwater noise and its impacts on marine biota, above-water noise and its impacts on human well-being
    • Environment and society - socio-economic valuation of the impacts of shipping, impacts of shipping on ecosystem services, shipping and marine spatial planning

    Invited are researchers and students from atmospheric, marine and climate research, environmental economics, political and social science, as well as environmental and transport agencies, environmental managers from governmental, regional and local organizations, and the maritime transport sector.

  • 18.10.2017


    WCRP Grand Challenges and Regional Climate Change

    15 August 2017: Abstract Submission Deadline!

    An Early Career Researchers (ECR) Symposium and WCRP/SPARC workshop on “WCRP Grand Challenges and Regional Climate Change” will be held in Incheon, Republic of Korea, from 18-20 October 2017. 

    SPARC (Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate) is a core project of the WCRP (World Climate Research Program), coordinating international efforts to bring knowledge of the stratosphere-troposphere system to bear on relevant issues in climate variability and prediction. 

    This SPARC-sponsored workshop aims to:

    1. Identify the SPARC-related research topics of relevance to Asia,
    2. Bring international and Asian scientists together for active interactions and collaborations, and
    3. Promote capacity development in Asia. 

    A half-day symposium for early career researchers (ECRs) is organised as a part of the SPARC local workshop. This symposium consists of a series of invited lectures from distinguished scientists as well as poster presentations from ECR on broad issues of SPARC-related science and regional climate change. ECR from Asian and Oceanian countries are encouraged to join the symposium to extend their research horizons through active discussion with leading international scientists.

  • 18.10.2017


    NTNU Sustainability Science Conference: Transitions to Sustainable Systems

    Early Bird Registration Deadline: 15 May 2017

    The first NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) Sustainability Science Conference aims to gather an holistic view on the three dimensions (economic, environmental and social) of sustainable development. Therefore, it will serve as a platform to share evidence-based research for sustainable decision-making and aims in participating in the efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

    Abstracts, dealing with sustainability science concerning one of the following fields, are welcome:

    • Institutions, governance and ethics
    • Smart and sustainable city services
    • Biodiversity and ecosystem services
    • Business models for sustainability
  • 17.10.2017


    BONUS SYMPOSIUM: Science delivery for sustainable use of the Baltic Sea living resources

    Abstract Submission deadline 31 March

    The BONUS INSPIRE (INtegrating SPatial  pRocesses into Ecosystem models for sustainable utilization of fish resources) Project invites you to join its event in Tallinn to gain insight and discuss recent scientific findings such as the spatio-temporal dynamics of Baltic Sea biodiversity at various levels of organisation and its relationship with changing environmental conditions, the ecology of the main commercial species as well as assessment methods and tools for the management of marine living resources.

    The project is part of BONUS – the joint Baltic Sea research and development programme, funded by the national research funding organizations in the eight member states – which was launched to gain full understanding of the Baltic Sea System in order to provide protection for it.

    Relevant presentations from BONUS INSPIRE, BONUS BIO-C3 and other BONUS projects, as well as beyond BONUS and the Baltic Sea are welcome.

    Early bird registration until 31 July.

  • 09.10.2017


    2017 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance

    15 March 2017: abstract deadline!

    The conference is part of the global series organized by the Earth System Governance Project. The 2017 Lund Conference on Earth System Governance will address the overarching theme of ‘Allocation and Access in a Warming and Increasingly Unequal World’. Inequality is far more complex than simply wealth distribution and climate change impacts. Earth system governance must address the entire spectrum of environmental, social and political inequalities. This leads to the fundamental questions of ‘who gets what, when, where and how’. In earth system governance research, we refer to this as the analytical problems of ‘allocation and access’. In this line of inquiry, we are particularly interested in outcomes, pathways and reallocation in governance.

    The conference theme ‘Allocation and Access in a Warming and Increasingly Unequal World’ will be addressed in five thematic streams:

    • Environmental justice in earth system governance
    • Conceptual understandings and progress
    • Science and activism
    • Theory and methodology
    • Earth system governance in turbulent times

    Proposals for individual papers, full panels, as well as innovative sessions that address either the main conference theme; one or more of the five conference streams; or any other topic that is relevant to the Earth System Governance Project are invited.

  • 08.10.2017


    Global Challenges and Data-driven Science

    28 July 2017: Abstract and Session Submission Deadline!

    Global science is increasingly data-driven. Major international scientific programmes contribute to a collective endeavour to understand contemporary global processes and phenomena that are of deep relevance to contemporary societies. The unprecedented volume of data generated by the digital revolution of recent decades has led to the emergence of distinctive and powerful means of characterising and understanding the complex systems that are at the heart of many global challenges. These developments raise major questions around data collection, stewardship and analysis; and there are timely lessons to be shared between the academic and commercial sectors.

    This major scientific conference aims to explore the intersection between data-driven technological and scientific approaches and specific global challenges. It will explore the nexus between:
    1. Approaches that permit vast quantities of data to be created, stored, recombined and analysed, with the capacity to integrate data from disparate domains to reveal unanticipated relationships, and with the use of powerful learning algorithms to establish deep relationships in complex systems.
    2. And their application to major global challenges including disaster risk, smart cities and urban development and global environmental change.

    The conference will be of interest to researchers in many domains, and particularly those relating to the global research programmes sponsored by the International Council of Science (Future Earth, Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, Urban Health and Wellbeing), as well as research around the Sustainable Development Goals, ecological and environmental challenges and assessments and the Sendai Framework on disaster risk reduction.  

  • 02.10.2017


    IMBIZO 5: Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean

    15 June 2017: abstract submission deadline! (extended)

    The aim of the fifth IMBeR IMBIZO (the Zulu word for a gathering) is to progress the implementation of the new IMBeR (Integrated Marine Biosphere Research) Science Plan (2016-2025). The overall theme of the meeting is “Marine biosphere research for a sustainable ocean: Linking ecosystems, future states and resource management”. This is the basis of the science plan where the research goal is to understand, quantify and compare the historic and present structure and functioning of linked ocean and human systems to predict and project changes including developing scenarios and options for securing or transitioning towards ocean sustainability.

    IMBIZO 5 will follow the format of three concurrent but interacting workshops. This format has previously been successful in promoting discussion between disciplinary experts, in developing interaction between biogeochemical, ecological and social science research, and in producing synthesis papers and journal special issues. The three workshops are:

    1. Critical constraints on future projections of marine systems
    2. Metabolic diversity and evolution in marine biogeochemical cycling and ocean ecosystem processes
    3. Management Strategy Evaluation: Achieving transparency in natural resource management by quantitatively bridging social and natural science uncertainties

    To ensure an environment conducive to interaction and discussion, each workshop will be limited to around 40 participants. For a diversity of scientific interests, participants will be selected according to their research interests and the abstracts that they submit.

  • 25.09.2017


    Kongress zu Klimawandel, Kommunikation und Gesellschaft

    Wie kommt man über Klimawandel und Klimaschutz ins Gespräch? Wie gelingt Klimakommunikation? Eine Konferenz in Salzburg bringt hierzu erstmals die Klimacommunity aus Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz zusammen.

    Der Klimawandel ist eine große Bedrohung für die Menschheit – aber die scheint sich nur punktuell dafür zu interessieren. Warum das so ist und welche Kommunikation das ändern kann, wird eine Konferenz am 25. und 26. September 2017 in Salzburg beschäftigen. Erstmals im deutschsprachigen Raum werden Expertinnen und Experten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis unter dem Titel „K3 – Kongress zu Klimawandel, Kommunikation und Gesellschaft“ über neue Wege in der Klimakommunikation diskutieren. Expertinnen und Experten aus Disziplinen wie Psychologie, Soziologie, Verhaltensforschung oder Medienwissenschaft stellen Beispiele neuer Klimakommunikation vor.

  • 11.09.2017


    5th iLEAPS Science Conference: Understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges

    01 June 2017: abstract submission deadline!

    The Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS), a global research project of Future Earth, will hold its 5th Science Conference in Oxford, United Kingdom.

    The event which will run from the 11th - 14th September 2017, has the theme 'Understanding the impact of land-atmosphere exchanges.' It is being organised by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology of the Natural Environment Research Council. 

    The iLEAPS International Project Office (IPO) has a limited number of financial bursaries available to cover registration fees, especially for early-career scientists and those from developing countries.

  • 10.09.2017


    14th IWA/IAHR International Conference on Urban Drainage

    Online Registration to be open by May 12. 2017!

    The International Water Association (IWA) and the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) invite to discuss the latest advances and innovative approaches in fundamental and applied research on urban drainage, taking into account meteorological, hydrological, hydraulic, water quality and socio-economic aspects worldwide, at the 14th ICUD conference. In cooperation with the Czech Water Association (CzWA) and the Czech Technical University the event will take place in Prague this year,

    The ICUD invite abstracts on the congress’ topics:

    • Urban Hydrologic Processes
    • Transport and Sewer Processes
    • Drainage Impacts
    • Sustainable Drainage and Impact Mitigation
    • Tools, Techniques and Analyses
    • Water Management and Society

    Young authors (up to 35 years) have the chance to win the Poul Harremoës Award for the presentation of novel and ideally, provocative ideas, relating to developments in urban drainage. 

  • 05.09.2017


    Littoral 2017 Conference

    19 May 2017: abstract submission deadline for session!

    Liverpool Hope University is pleased to announce their three-day international conference and excursions exploring the anthropocene and the littoral, with particular reference to the themes of 'change, naturalness and people'. The conference will seek to examine how humans and human processes influence the littoral, and how these influences may now be viewed as natural, as much as any other natural processes.

    The theme will gather all disciplines to explore current issues of relevance to the coast and will be of interest to a wide spectrum of scientists, including those from the physical sciences, climate change scientists and ecologists, social scientists, engineers, policy makers and advisers and practitioners. 

  • 01.09.2017


    Economy & Business

    30 June 2017: abstract submission deadline!

    The 16th international conference on Economy and Business takes place from September 1st to 5th 2017 in Elenite, Bulgaria.

    The following topics will be covered:

    • Reconstructing the World Economy
    • Economic Theories and Business Practices
    • Knowledge Economy and Innovation Economy

    Papers on other relevant topics are welcome too.

  • 30.08.2017


    Transformations 2017

    31 October 2016: deadline for abstract submissions!

    Transformations 2017 is the third in a biennial series of international interdisciplinary conferences that focuses on transformations towards sustainability: addressing contemporary challenges and creating conditions for enhancing people’s wellbeing, today and in the future, while strengthening the Earth’s support system. The aim of the conference is to develop a better understanding of the practices that facilitate social and environmental transformations at local and at large scales in both developed and developing country contexts. It will bridge academic and practical knowledge to develop deeper insights into processes that enhance deliberate transformations. This will include gathering together researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines around the world to share cutting-edge research and practices on transformations for sustainability.

    The overarching theme of this conference is ‘sustainability transformations in practice’.
    Within that, there are six sub themes:

    • Conceptualising sustainability transformations
    • Designing transformation and transformative forms of design
    • Conditions and practices for transformation
    • Research for transformation
    • Creativity and innovation for enhancing thinking and practice of transformation
    • Linking practice with policy

    Submissions for presentations, practice sessions and workshops from any practical sector, organisation or academic discipline interested in being part of the dialogue that encourage significant changes towards enhancing environmental and social sustainability related to one of the broad themes of the conference are invited.

  • 27.08.2017


    Good Hope for Earth Science

    22 August 2017: Registration deadline!

    The 2017 Joint IAPSO (International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Ocean), IAMAS (International Association of Meteorological and Atmospheric Sciences), and IAGA (International Association of geomagnetism and Aeronomy) Assembly, endorsed by the University of Cape Town and the South African Department of Science and Technology, will take place from 27 August to 1 September 2017 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

    Cape Town acts as an environmental gateway to the oceans south and thus provides an ideal scientific destination for an international conference on various earth system studies (IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA). The oceanic region south of Africa is a critical crossroad for the inter-ocean communication between the subtropical South Indian Ocean, South Atlantic gyres, and the cooler Southern Ocean waters. Modelling and observational studies have provided a large body of evidence that increased transport of warm water between the Indian and Atlantic oceans south of Africa plays a role in strengthening local storms and increasing rainfall over large parts of South Africa. Many of South Africa’s flooding disasters have resulted from cut-off lows that can intensify further when the southern Agulhas Current is anomalously strong and warm. The wide range of ocean environments influencing both the biota and climate conditions of the region provides an ideal scientific backdrop for the location of Cape Town as the host for the 2017 Joint Assembly.

  • 27.08.2017


    IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Conference “Good Hope for Earth Science”

    Abstract submission deadline: 12 March 2017

    Three associations of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) will jointly host the Conference “Good Hope for Earth Science” in Cape Town: the International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans (IAPSO), the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) and the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy (AIGA).

    There will be joint sessions as well as individual sessions of the associations of the three earth systems studies Oceanography, Meteorology and Geomagnetism. The event invites abstracts, dealing with a topic of one of the various sessions. 

    Early bird Registration Deadline: 5 May 2017

  • 24.08.2017


    Call for Sessions: 7th International Conference on Sustainability Sciences (ICSS 2017)

    Submission deadline 28 February 2017

    Together with the Stockholm Resilience Centre of the University of Stockholm, Future Earth is organizing the 7th International Conference on sustainability Science (ICSS)  with the theme of “Global Goals – new approaches to knowledge generation – challenges and solutions from local to global scales”

    From 24 to 26 August 2017 the event in Stockholm aims to provide a platform for the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs) in order to jointly develop ideas for United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) in 2018.

    Thus, session proposals aligned to HLPF’s topics - stated below - are especially welcome, however other ideas may also be proposed:

    • SDG 6 Clean water and sanitation
    • SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
    • SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production
    • SDG 15 Life on Land
  • 21.08.2017


    Resilience 2017 Conference: Resilience Frontiers for Global Sustainability

    13 January 2017 - abstract submission deadline.

    Resilience as a key lens for biosphere-based sustainability science. Stockholm Resilience Centre together with the Resilience Alliance invite the scientific community to dicuss this assumption at Resilience 2017 Conference in Stockholm. The 4th conference since 2008 will reflect back on the scientific progress made, and aims to set out exciting future directions for research. A main focus will be on global sustainability challenges and opportunities, which today are heavily influenced by the speed, scale and connectivity of the Anthropocene.

    The four main topics:

    • Social-ecological transformations for sustainability
    • Connectivity and cross-scale dynamics in the Anthropocene
    • Multi-level governance and biosphere stewardship
    • Approaches and methodes for understanding social-ecological system dynamics
  • 21.08.2017


    10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference

    10 June 2017: poster submission deadline!

    The 10th anniversary International Carbon Dioxide Conference will provide participants with an integrated, interdisciplinary view of the global carbon cycle and its perturbation by humans.

    Conference themes include the contemporary carbon cycle, its trends, variability and observations, the paleo perspective and planetary boundaries, biogeochemical processes and their feedbacks and linkages with ecosystems, climate and socio-economic processes, scenarios for the future and steps toward long-term Earth system stability, as well as carbon cycle research in support of the Paris agreement.

    Contributions from natural and social scientists and from all disciplines addressing the global carbon cycle and its anthropogenic perturbation are invited. 

  • 10.07.2017


    Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts

    Register now!

    Sea level change is already impacting coastal communities globally and will continue to do so. To meet urgent societal needs for useful information on sea level, the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) has established the theme “Regional Sea-Level Change and Coastal Impacts”, as one of its cross-cutting “Grand Challenge” (GC) science questions.

    The GC Sea Level has designed and developed an integrated interdisciplinary program on sea level research reaching from the global to the regional and coastal scales. In particular, the program aims for close interaction with relevant coastal stakeholders to make sure that the results effectively support impact and adaptation efforts and wider coastal zone development and management.

    The WCRP, jointly with the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC), is organizing an international conference on sea level research that will address the existing challenges in describing and predicting regional sea level changes, and in quantifying the intrinsic uncertainties. It follows 11 years after the first WCRP sea level conference (Paris, 2006), and three years after the last Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will provide a comprehensive summary of the state of worldwide climate-related large scale sea level research.

  • 06.07.2017


    CROP & UNESCO MOST Workshop – “The Politics of Inclusion”

    Abstract submission deadline 31 January 2017

    The concept of “Social Inclusion” is considered an “antidote” to poverty and is gaining importance for organizations such as CROP (Comparative Research Programme on Poverty) and UNESCO’s MOST (Management of Social Transformations).

    Therefore, this workshop, jointly organized by the two of them, serves as a forum to discuss how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets aimed at social and economic inclusion are conditioned by poverty, inequality and power relations. Moreover, the types of social transformations that may be able to change the dynamics that keep people disadvantaged shall be examined.

    Proposals for papers dealing with one of the following issues are invited:

    • Struggling with the concepts of inclusion, exclusion and adverse incorporation
    • Poverty and inequality as social constructions
    • Which social transformations are needed in order to “leave no one behind”?
    • Collaborative research: the way forward
  • 19.06.2017


    11th GEO European Projects Workshop

    The 11th GEO European Projects Workshop will take place from 19th  to 21st  June 2017 in Helsinki. It is co-organised by the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the European Commission.

    The GEO European Projects' Workshop is the annual European GEO event which brings together European stakeholders  interested in and actively contributing to the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS). The aim is to look for synergies among the participants and to discuss how Europe can contribute to this international effort. The event is a forum to exchange ideas and inform participants about work and initiatives undertaken in the context of GEOSS. 

    The conference is organised by the European Commission and Finish Meteorological Institute.

  • 13.06.2017


    SPARC/IGAC 5th Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative (CCMI) Science Workshop

    31 May 2017: registration deadline!

    The Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative (CCMI) is a joint activity between Future Earth's International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Project and the World Climate Research Programme's (WCRP's) Stratosphere and troposphere Processes and their Role in Climate project (SPARC).

    The fifth workshop of the CCMI is open to a wide range of researchers, including chemistry-climate modelers, observationalists and data analysts. Main focus of the workshop will lay on recent analyses of CCMI phase-1 simulations  aiming at understanding trends and interannual variability of tropospheric and stratospheric composition over the past and into the future, and how the composition interacts with changes in the physical climate. Abstracts, related to these issues or one of the specific topics of the workshop (see workshop website), are invited for submission.

  • 12.06.2017


    4th Pan-European IPBES Stakeholder Consultation

    24 March 2017: Registration deadline!

    The Pan-European Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Stakeholder Consultation (PESC) aims to bring together a wide range of IPBES stakeholders coming from the region of the IPBES regional assessment for Europe and Central Asia. It provides a forum for discussing engagement in IPBES, therefore supporting the work of the Platform to mobilize stakeholders and provide inputs to the current programme of work of IPBES, such as the second draft of the regional assessment for Europe and Central Asia. This also allows to share experience across countries and stakeholders about engaging efficiently with IPBES (through the national biodiversity platforms for example).

    The event wants to bring together policymakers, researchers and other knowledge holders from the pan-European region affiliated to governmental and administrative bodies of IPBES member states or non-member states, IPBES subsidiary bodies, scientific institutions, non-governmental organisations, other civil-society organisations, or the business-sector, dealing with issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services.

  • 05.06.2017


    The Ocean Conference: Partnering for the Implementation of SDG 14

    31 March 2017: Deadline for side event application!

    The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference.

    The Conference aims to be the game changer that will reverse the decline in the health of our ocean for people, planet and prosperity. It will be solutions-focused with engagement from all.

    The Ocean Conference will be open to a broad range of stakeholders including non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, the scientific community, the private sector, philanthropic organizations and other actors.

  • 17.05.2017


    Conference: Impact of Environmental Change on Infectious Diseases 2017

    Environmental changes — the manifestations of which can include loss of biodiversity and habitat, increasing atmospheric temperature, rising sea level, and climatic instability (e.g., longer and more severe periods of drought or rainfall) - are likely to affect the prevalence of various infectious diseases by making conditions more (or less) propitious for the survival of pathogens and their vectors, and by inducing mass movement of human and animal populations.

    This conference will discuss the impact of current and predicted future environmental changes on infectious disease dynamics in people, wildlife, and livestock across the globe, and what actions need to be taken.

  • 07.05.2017


    PAGES Open Science Meeting (OSM) and the associated Young Scientists Meeting (YSM)

    20 December Deadline Abstract Submission

    The Open Science Meeting (OSM) and the associated Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) are the premier scientific events of Past Global Changes (PAGES), a core project of Future Earth and a scientific partner of the World Climate Research Programme. The events will reflect the PAGES structure and themes of climate, environment and humans, the strengthening of the connections between PAGES working groups and the increasing importance of an interdisciplinary approach.

    The theme of the OSM and YSM is "Global Challenges for our Common Future: a paleoscience perspective.”

  • 02.05.2017


    ALTER-Net conference 2017 Nature and society: synergies, conflicts, trade-offs

    Register now!

    Synergies, conflicts and trade-offs in the relationship between nature and society are key processes in socio-ecological systems.  While conflicts are regarded as challenging and difficult trade-offs between ecosystem services are often necessary, the search for synergies and win-win solutions are essential steps in finding lasting solutions to major socio-environmental issues.

    Through critical views from a range of disciplines, the conference aims to develop a deeper understanding of conflicts in human-nature relationships, and to explore the possibility that such conflicts may – through their resolution – actually lead to more sustainable solutions.

    The conference will comprise a mix of plenary sessions and interactive ‘living lab’ type workshops. Representatives from a wide range of disciplines, including scientists from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences as well as local, regional and EU level policy makers, will collaborate towards developing a practical guide to nature-related synergies, conflicts and trade-offs, focusing on positive outcomes for nature and society.

    A call for contributions and the framework of the programme are planned to be announced soon.

  • 26.04.2017


    Call for Papers: “Two decades discourse about globalizing social sciences – concepts, strategies, achievements”

    15 December 2016 Deadline Abstract Submission

    The phenomenon of the globalization and its impact on the future of social sciences has been discussed for about 20 years now.

    Therefore, in April 2017, the international scientific conference at Kharazami Univeristy, Tehran aims to find answers to questions like: What have we learned from the two decades discourse about the globalization of the social sciences? What has been discussed about what the globalization of the social sciences means and what globalized social thought aims at?

    The Tehran conference welcomes abstracts progressing with the knowledge about what globalizing social sciences are or should be.

    The following topics might be addressed:

    • Concepts of global social thought (e.g.: What are the main discourses and controversies among global social sciences about?)
    • Strategies (e.g.: Are there particular methodological approaches making social sciences theorize about?)
    • Achievements (e.g.: Have the social sciences changed thanks to their globalization or localization?)
  • 21.04.2017


    9th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts & Responses

    21 March 2017: presentation proposal deadline!

    The Ninth International Conference on Climate Change will have a special focus on communicating and collaborating for resilient solutions to climate change.

    It is becoming increasingly important for scientists to communicate their findings effectively to those informing and formulating policy. Climate change—arguably the most serious challenge facing mankind—requires exceptional abilities to communicate complex science, while managing the uncertainties that characterise it. With growing pressure for policy-makers, practitioners, civil society organisations, businesses, and members of the public to change their own practices to reduce greenhouse gases and adapt to impacts of climate change, scientists are under increasing pressure to engage with these audiences effectively.

    Invited are proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia addressing this special focus or one of the following themes:

    • Scientific evidence
    • Assessing impacts in divergent ecosystems
    • Human impacts and impacts on humans
    • Technical, political, and social responses
  • 19.04.2017


    2017 CATCH Workshop

    Registration deadline for the event: 1 April 2017

    The Cryosphere and ATmospheric CHemistry (CATCH) is an emerging activity on Chemistry, Biology and Physics in Cold Regions of the International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) project. It is jointly sponsored by the international Surface Ocean-Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), a research initiative by various scientific programmes.

    Its mission is to support and facilitate atmospheric chemistry research within the international scientific community. Its next event is going to be the “Community Workshop in the Development of CATCH”. Abstracts are welcome for oral and poster presentations. They should address a scientific topic and explain how this research area could benefit from international and interdisciplinary collaborations.

  • 27.03.2017


    PAGES EcoRe3 workshop - Measuring Components of Resilience in Long-term Ecological Datasets

    27 January 2017 - application deadline.

    EcoRe3, PAGES' Resistance, Recovery and Resilience in Long-term Ecological Systems working group invites 20 scientists to participate in the first of 3 workshops planned within the next 3 years.

    EcoRe3 aims to develop a set of standardised approaches for comparing components of resilience from the paleorecord since it provides a long-term record of ecological responses to disturbance. However, even though resilience is a key attribute needed to ensure the persistence of Earth's ecosystems, it still exists a great variety of definitions of resilience, and the methods used to measure it.

    In a preliminary workshop in March 2016, the theoretical basis of two alternative approaches for deriving components of ecological resilience in sediment data has been outlined. The upcoming workshop now aims to develop these ideas, and implement the quantitative approaches to put these ideas into practice.

    Preference will be given to researchers with a combination of specific study system expertise and data access, analysis skills and theoretical ecological understanding. Preference will be given to early-career researchers and for non-European attendees.

  • 11.07.2020

    Scenarios Forum 2019



    The Scenarios Forum will host a diverse set of communities using and developing scenarios to carry out research and policy analysis related to climate change and sustainability. By taking stock of progress and facilitating further scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will also help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future national and international assessments as well as policy initiatives, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    The goal of the Scenarios Forum is to bring together a diverse set of communities who are using or developing scenarios for use in climate change and sustainability analysis to:

    • exchange experiences, ideas, and lessons learned

    • identify opportunities for synergies and collaboration

    • identify knowledge gaps for future research.

    The meeting will reflect a balance of contributions from both developers and users of scenarios, from those working with the SSP-RCP framework as well as other scenarios or methods of characterizing the future, from disciplines related to all three IPCC Working Groups (climate science, impacts/adaptation/vulnerability, emissions/mitigation), and from the climate change topic as well as the broader field of sustainability. There will be 36 parallel sessions of presentations and panel discussions, as well as several plenary sessions.

    Participants will exchange experiences, ideas, and lessons learned, identify opportunities for synergies and collaboration, and identify knowledge gaps for future research.