Global Change Research Programmes: Planet Under Pressure Print E-mail

New Knowledge Towards Solutions

26-29 March 2012

We thank you for the overwhelming response regarding date selection. We will provide you with more information and a website in 5-6 weeks time. We welcome your ideas for developing the meeting. 

The conference

Chief Scientific Advisor Elinor Ostrom


To provide a comprehensive update on the state of the planet, the pressure it is under, and the societal transformation required to move to a sustainable pathway.

The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, based on the latest scientific evidence. It will provide scientific leadership for the Earth Summit, Rio +20, also in 2012. 

Guiding the direction for the conference is the International Council for Science?s five grand challenges for global sustainability research: observations, forecasting, responses, thresholds and innovation. The conference will also support international assessment processes, for example the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the new biodiversity assessment, plus the Millennium Development Goals.

The London conference will act as a platform to strengthen and enlarge the global-change research community and mark a move to a new vision for global-change research. It will bring together leading social and natural scientists and young scholars, to create a new understanding for tackling global sustainability challenges. Working across scales will be a strong theme for the conference. The event will include strong policy interaction. The programme will be designed to attract policymakers, industry, health specialists, and many others, particularly from the developing world. Scientists will be encouraged to discuss options and solutions.