From October 22nd until October 27th 2023, the Radboud Conference on Earth System Governance will be hosted in Nijmegen by Radboud University and the Earth System Governance Project (on-site, with optional virtual access and presentations). The conference is organized by the Radboud Centre for Sustainability Challenges (RCSC) and will be part of the University’s celebrations of its 100-year anniversary.
The 2023 conference stands in a long tradition of global conferences on earth system governance, from Amsterdam (2007 and 2009) to Colorado (2011), Lund (2012), Tokyo (2013), Norwich (2014), Canberra (2015), Nairobi (2016), Lund (2017), Utrecht (2018), Oaxaca (2019), Virtual Forum (2020), Bratislava (2021), and Toronto (2022).
In addition to five analytical lenses of the earth system governance research agenda, the 2023 Radboud Conference will feature a programmatic focus on bridging sciences and societies for sustainability transformations – in other words inter- and transdisciplinarity.
The conference organizers has therefore particularly invited inter- and transdisciplinary research teams and researchers, based in the global North and South, from different scientific disciplines, including the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, as well as practitioners (e.g., policy makers, civil society, business actors, citizens groups) working on specific sustainability challenges related to e.g., water, energy, food, biodiversity, forests, climate change, oceans and pollution.
Proposals for innovative sessions joining scholars from different disciplines and/or scholars and practitioners were also welcomed. Together with panels featuring inter- and transdisciplinary research these innovative sessions can inform the further operationalization of inter- and transdisciplinarity in the context of the Earth System Governance 2018 Science Plan and Community. With this, the conference is designed to have impact also beyond the event itself.