Integrated Earth System Research Conference 2022 – From Vision to Implementation

8th and 9th November 2022 (CEST)
Potsdam (GER), Telegrafenberg, Albert Einstein Science Park, Houses H and A56

This first conference on ‘Integrated Earth System Research’ (iESR) is dedicated to scientific advances towards a coherent understanding of the increasing human impacts on the Earth system, their societal consequences, and respective governance challenges. It brings together researchers from the natural, engineering, social sciences and the humanities for targeted dialogue and to intensify research collaboration.

‘Integrated Earth System Research’ puts particular emphasis on:

  • Approaches reaching across spatial and temporal scales and societal levels involving both the biophysical Earth system and the societal world with their dynamic interdependencies,
  • Research-based reasoning of evaluation references such as planetary boundaries and planetary justice, and means of their societal negotiation, implementation and monitoring,
  • Transformative approaches covering interrelated Earth system and societal world knowledge, research-based target knowledge and sustainability transformation knowledge.

The conference responds to observations and projections clearly depicting that securing a habitable Earth critically depends on societal decisions and actions in the near future. The unique coordination and transformation tasks require integrated scientific support for society towards a more sustainable Anthropocene.

The event combines keynotes and impulse talks of internationally and nationally renowned scientists and poster presentations with dialogue phases and an in-depth world café involving all participants.

Conference themes

Theoretical basis and new methods and models of an ‘Integrated Earth System Research’; Oceans and their use in the Earth system; Water cycle and inland waters in the Earth system; Biodiversity in the Earth system; Bioeconomy in the Earth system; Urban-rural interlinkages in the Earth system; Conflicts, crises and security related to the Earth system; Data and tools for an ‘Integrated Earth System Research’.


The event will be held in presence. In addition, there will be an opportunity for virtual access. Participation is open to all interested scientists from the natural, engineering, social sciences and the humanities. The keynotes and impulse talks are invited. Abstracts for posters on the conference themes can be submitted till 23th October 2022 to: The authors will receive the notification of their poster presentation till 27th October. Dialogues in the parallel sessions and the world café allow for contributions from all participants. The conference language is English.





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Scientific Committee

Lars Bernard
(Technische Universität Dresden & NFDI4Earth)

Frank Biermann
(Utrecht University & Earth System Governance Project)

Serena Coetzee
(University of Pretoria)

Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt
(Technical University of Munich & Princeton University)

Jonathan Gilligan
(Vanderbilt University)

Edeltraud Günther
(UNU-FLORES & DFG Senate Commission on Earth System Research)

Daniela Jacob

Manfred Laubichler
(Arizona State University)

Tim Lenton
(University of Exeter)

Chukwumerije Okereke
(Centre for Climate Change and Development & Earth System Governance Project)

Julia Pongratz
(Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München & Future Earth)

Jürgen Renn
(Max Planck Institute for Geoanthropology)

Johan Rockström
(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research & Earth Commission)

Mark Rounsevell
(KIT & Future Earth)

Moekti Handajani Soejachmoen
(Indonesia Research Institute for Decarbonization)

Klement Tockner
(Senckenberg Society for Nature Research & Leopoldina)

Organising Committee
  • Jochen Schanze (IOER)
  • Dieter Gerten (PIK), Miriam Prys-Hansen (GIGA)
  • Ulrich Bathmann (IOW), Helge Arz (IOW), Nils Moosdorf (ZMT)
  • Hans-Peter Grossart (IGB), Dörthe Tetzlaff (IGB)
  • Bernhard Misof (LIB), Andreas Mulch (SGN), Susanne Fritz (SGN)
  • Heidi Webber (ZALF), Maren Dubbert (ZALF)
  • Barbara Warner (ARL), Mike Müller-Petke (LIAG)
  • Claas Schneiderheinze (IfW), Stefan Kroll (PRIF)
  • Markus Stocker (TIB)
Further information

The event is organised by the Leibniz Research Network ‘Integrated Earth System Research’. For further information please contact: