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2nd International Conference on Planet Under Pressure -
New Knowledge Towards Solutions

March, 27 - 28 2012
London, England

Website: http://www.planetunderpressure2012.net/

Conference vision
The global scientific community must deliver to society the knowledge necessary to assess the risks humanity is facing from global change. It must provide knowledge of how society can effectively mitigate dangerous changes and cope with changes we cannot manage. Based on the latest scientific evidence, the London Planet Under Pressure conference will provide a comprehensive update of our knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure our planet is now under. The London conference will focus the scientific community’s and the wider world’s attention on climate, ecological degradation, human well-being, planetary thresholds, food security, energy, governance across scales and poverty alleviation.
The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference, 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, thresholds, governance and economic requirements, and innovation (technological, political and societal). 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.

Conference themes
Each conference day will be guided by three broad themes:

. Meeting global needs: food energy, water and other ecosystem services
. Transforming our way of living: development pathways under global environmental change
. Governing across scales: innovative stewardship of the Earth system

The Planet under Pressure conference programme will be a combination of plenary sessions involving international figureheads and experts in the field, followed by parallel sessions covering a wide range of topics within the broad themes of the conference.

Important Dates
· 16 September 2011: abstract submission deadline
· 25 November 2011: author registration deadline
· 20 January 2012: early registration fee deadline

Registration Fee
Earlybird Delegates: (registrering before 20 January 2012) £275 + UK VAT @ 20% = £330
Standard Delegates: (registering after 20 January 2012) £375 + UK VAT @ 20% = £450
Student participant: £250 + UK VAT @ 20% = £300
Registration includes:
· Access to oral presentations, poster presentations ans exhibition areas
· Full conference papermaterials including programme booklet and abstract CD
· Lunch & refreshments as scheduled in the conference programme
· Welcome drinks reception on Sunday 25 March

Organised by
International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP)
World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
Earth System Science Partnership
International Council for Science