ESF Research Conferences

ESF-VR-FORMAS Conference on Global Change Research



We are sorry to inform you that, due to an unexpectedly low number of applications, the conference on “Climate Change Challenge: Transforming Energy System” has been cancelled.

Chaired by


Stockholm UniversityDepartment of Applied Environmental ScienceStockholm Resilience CentreStockholmSweden
Thomas B.JohanssonE-Mail
University of LundInternational Institute for Industrial Environmental EconomicsLundSweden


Jonas Björck, Swedish Research Council, Stockholm, SE
John Marks, Former ESF Director of Science and Strategy
Nebojsa Nakicenovic, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, AT
Björn Sellberg (Scientific Secretary) Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, Stockholm, SE
Uno Svedin, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, Stockholm, SE 

Preliminary programme

The human impact on global climate change is now deemed to be unequivocal. However, human impacts on the global environment go well beyond changes in the physical climate, into effects on ecosystems, biodiversity, and the essential goods and services provided by the environment on which we are dependent. In the next few decades, we will need to fundamentally transform a number of sectors if we are to be able to ensure the sustainable pursuit of the human endeavor. Among these sectors are energy, transportation and agriculture.

The purpose of this conference is to provide the research basis for long-term transformation of energy systems that will allow us to achieve a sustainable production of energy for future generations. The conference will begin by mapping out the current landscape for energy production, and envisioning the goal for future sustainable energy systems. We will then explore the transformations necessary to realise this goal, and define the kinds of systemic-level analyses that will be necessary to support reaching this goal.

The conference will be a mix of plenary sessions and group meetings. The aim is to produce a report (to be made openly available) documenting a) a discussion of the major transformations that are necessary, b) a picture of the desired energy systems landscape, c) a description of the research required, and d) suggestions for an implementation framework to enable and support this research and ensure that it is useful for decision.

Preliminary Programme PDF (363 KB) 
Conference Flyer

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This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with the Vetenskaprådet (VR)