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) was 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 brougth 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 responded 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 combined 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 was held in presence with an additional opportunity for virtual access. Participation was open to all interested scientists from the natural, engineering, social sciences and the humanities. The keynotes and impulse talks were invited. The was an open call for posters on the conference themes. Dialogues in the parallel sessions and the world café allowed for contributions from all participants. The conference language was English.


Scientific Committee

  • Lars Bernard (TU Dresden + NFDI4Earth)
  • Frank Biermann (Utrecht University + ESG)
  • Antje Boetius (AWI)
  • Serena Coetzee (University of Pretoria)
  • Eugénia da Conceição-Heldt (TUM + Princeton University)
  • Jonathan Gilligan (Vanderbilt University)
  • Edeltraud Günther (UNU-FLORES + Scientific Council ESS)
  • Manfred Laubichler (ASU)
  • Tim Lenton (University of Exeter)
  • Chukwumerije Okereke (NG + ESG)
  • Julia Pongratz (LMU + Future Earth)
  • Jürgen Renn (MPI Geoanthropologie)
  • Johan Rockström (Earth Commission)
  • Mark Rounsevell (KIT, Future Earth)
  • Moekti Handajani Soejachmoen (CGP & IRID)
  • Klement Tockner (Senckenberg)

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)

The final programme can be downloaded here.


The webnews of the conference can be found here.

Further information

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