Reflections from the conference

Conference videos and live streams

Harini Nagendra on Bangalore and science that leads to change
Marten Scheffer on resilience, art and critical transitions
Sundaa Bridget-Jones on resilience and development

Media coverage

“Scientists jam with musicians, artists to stir public passion for nature”

Reuters Foundation, 5 September 2017

Cambodia, Khmer Times, September 7, 2017

Lebanon, The Daily Star, 6 September 2017

“Thirsty world must wake up to looming water crisis, expert says”

Reuters Foundation, 24 August 2017

“Lakes, trees vital to health of India’s growing cities – author”

Reuters Foundation, 23 August

“People must collaborate with the planet to stay out of trouble – scientists”

Reuters Foundation, 21 August 2017

Facebook Live interviews

Zilient, 20-23 August (Harini Nagendra, Fred Boltz, Dorcas Robinson, Johan Rockström, Anders Paulsson)

“Professor: Sweden could be a role model for sustainability”

Radio Sweden, 24/8 (Johan Rockström)


More media coverage (in Swedish only)

“Stockholm värd för stor konferens om hållbarhet”

Sveriges Radio Ekot, 20/8 (Lisen Shultz)

Intervju med Johan Rockström

Godmorgon Sverige SVT, 21/8

“Träden ska lösa samhällsproblem”

Sveriges Radio, 23/8 (Erik Andersson)

“Den här veckan träffas världens tusen främsta experter och forskare på klimatområdet i Stockholm”

TV4 Nyhetsmorgon, 23/8 (Johan Rockström)

“Dödlig hetta i ett varmare klimat”

Sveriges Radio Klotet, 23/8 (Thomas Elmqvist)

”Samtal: Jan Eliasson och Johan Rockström” efter uruppförandet av Anders Hillborgs Aeterna, 24/8:

Sveriges Radio, 24/8 (Johan Rockström)


Media contact:

About the conference

Stockholm Resilience Centre together with the Resilience Alliance are excited to welcome you to the upcoming Resilience 2017 conference in Stockholm.

Following previous Resilience conferences held on triennial basis since 2008, Resilience 2017 will discuss resilience as a key lens for biosphere-based sustainability science. It will reflect back on the scientific progress made, and aim to set out exciting future directions for research. A main focus will be on global sustainability challenges and opportunities, which today are heavily influenced by the speed, scale and connectivity of the Anthropocene. Read more about our take on resilience in a recent summary in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science, by Professor Carl Folke, science director at Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Explore five major conference themes:

Social-ecological transformations for sustainability

This theme will focus on the frontier of deliberate transformations to sustainability by exploring solutions compatible with both people and planet.

Considering the many global environmental problems that we face today, and that human activity is emerging as a major force shaping the Earth system, it is becoming clear that we need to facilitate, catalyze and identify opportunities for transformations to sustainability. This needs to happen at a rate and scale that the challenges of the Anthropocene call for. This conference theme will explore the frontiers in the research field around sustainability transformations – looking at potential solutions to the global challenges that can contribute to creating good lives for people today and in the future, while at the same time strengthen Earth’s life support system. We invite sessions and presentations on a wide range of topics that relate to sustainability transformations, such as patterns and dynamics of transformation in social-ecological systems, the role of social and technical innovation and agency in driving transformational change, and critical analyses of the dynamics of scale in order to understand how promising innovations, currently being promoted, can tip the social-ecological system into a new, sustainable pathway.

Connectivity and cross-scale dynamics in the Anthropocene

This theme will explore global complex interactions, effects and activities that in the context of increasing biosphere-disconnect, aim to reconnect people to the planet.

Airline traffic, shipping routes and land-based cargo physically connect the world, whereas increasingly global markets, financial flows and corporations connect distant ecosystems to consumers. The flow of ideas and information is in turn shaping global perceptions about the challenges and opportunities on a human-dominated planet. The effects of human activities are increasingly obvious on both poles, in the deserts, and in the deep sea, but paradoxically, it is also becoming increasingly clear how functioning ecosystems shape the physical and emotional well-being of humans. Increasingly connected societies and novel connections between humans and ecosystems are generating teleconnected and surprising dynamics. What is also becoming evident is the pervasive ability of societies to adapt and transform in the face of change – how ideas and innovation can spread on a connected planet. We invite sessions and presentations that will explore these complex interactions, from cascading ecosystem effects across the planet to the “contagious” rise of urban gardening and analogous activities aimed to reconnect societies to the biosphere.

Multi-level governance and biosphere stewardship

This theme will explore how people in various contexts can strengthen the capacity of the biosphere to support human wellbeing in the face of change.

Humans across the globe depend on, influence, and are part of an intricate web of life that forms the biosphere. A major challenge is to meet human needs and aspirations in ways that nurture instead of erode the capacity of the biosphere to support future generations. Biosphere stewardship is about maintaining the diversity of living systems and their capacity to support human wellbeing in face of change and uncertainty. Stewardship emerges from human-nature interactions that engage with complexity through continuous learning. Examples range from urban gardening to wetland restoration and sustainable fisheries, involving actors, networks and organizations. Multi-level governance connects local initiatives to regional, national and international decision-making , enabling stewardship and allowing for context-specific responses to change at an appropriate time and scale. This conference theme invites sessions and presentations that advance theory and practice of biosphere stewardship and multi-level governance. For example: What characterizes governance structures and processes that enable stewardship at multiple scales? What shapes and forms can stewardship take in an urbanizing and increasingly connected world?

Approaches and methods for understanding social-ecological system dynamics

This theme will focus on inter- and transdisciplinary scientific approaches that can support research and understanding of social-ecological interactions in the Anthropocene.

Analyzing the challenges and opportunities of the Anthropocene, with a specific focus on human-environmental interactions, requires innovative approaches and methodologies. This ranges from novel method development within the field of sustainability science itself, to combining traditional methods from the natural and social sciences and the humanities in new and creative ways to address sustainability questions, and to engaging with stakeholders in processes specifically designed to co-create knowledge and solve particular problems. While discussions on approaches and methods will surface in all conference themes, this theme will specifically focus on the inter- and transdisciplinary scientific approaches and theories that may best support research in the Anthropocene, in order to genuinely debate and understand social-ecological interactions in the 21st century.

Cross-cutting perspectives on resilience

This theme will explore a number of cross-topic themes, each illustrating recent developments in resilience thinking.  

Resilience approaches and thinking has made advances in multiple domains of science and society the last decade. This conference theme will explore this progress in a diversity of topics ranging from marine systems, to climate change adaptation and food security. The ambition is to discuss emerging insights, key challenges for research and applications, and exciting new opportunities. Sessions in this theme have been put together by the conference’s Scientific Committee based on submitted abstracts as a means to secure that multiple perspectives on resilience and its applications, are presented and discussed during the conference.  



Conference programme

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20-23 August 2017


Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre
Nils Ericsons Plan 4
111 57 Stockholm

Map showing conference venue (orange), reception venue and Stockholm Central station.

Practical info


August update

Hotel accommodation in Stockholm is filling up. There may be some rooms still left but expect a high price. Contact ReachEm at

Please visit Vandrarhem Stockholm (Hostel Stockholm) to search more affordable accommodation options in the different parts of Stockholm city. Please note that hostels require self-booking.

Couch-surfing (fully booked)

We proudly present the opportunity to couch-surf in the homes of Stockholm Resilience Centre staff, for a different accommodation experience while attending the conference.

Living in someone’s private home can include some practical limitations, but it also gives you the opportunity to experience Stockholm from your host’s point of view. The couch-surfing option is free of charge, and places are limited. Students and conference participants from low-income countries applying before April 30 will be given priority. Thereafter, a first-come, first-served basis is implemented.
You will receive more detailed information about the couch-surfing as you register your interest.

Airport transfer

Airport transfer

There are buses and trains that take you to the central station in Stockholm from Arlanda Airport. The bus takes approximately 40-45 minutes and costs between 99 (prepaid online) and 119 SEK single journey. Tickets can be bought online or at the airport.

The Arlanda Express train takes 20 minutes and costs 280 SEK for a single journey. Tickets can be bought in advance online via or at the airport.

Most taxi companies offer a fixed price from Arlanda to central Stockholm and normally costs somewhere between 450 and 550 SEK, but check with the driver.


Associated events

International Sustainability Science Conference, 24-26 August

Back-to-back to Resilience 2017 (21-23 August), is the International Sustainability Science Conference also in Stockholm. Bridging these two major conferences is a one-day knowledge exchange forum between science, policy and business to showcase and discuss new ideas and innovations to deliver the SDGs:

Ideas and innovation forum, August 24
Ideas and innovations will be developed through a series of SDG Labs that will take place in advance of the conferences. The best ideas have been selected and will be presented at the forum. Read more about the winning labs here.

The Stockholm Act, August 21-27

Timed to coincide with Resilience 2017, adding another reason to make the most out of your conference experience, the recently founded Stockholm Coordination Initiative is organizing this one-week festival, in close collaboration with Resilience 2017, blending cutting edge sustainability science with art, politics and finance. During the Stockholm Act festival, the integrated picture of the global goals will be visualized and concretized to present possible ways forward for societal transformation.The Stockholm Coordination Initiative was founded to coordinate change agents within the fields of science, culture, politics, civil society, and business. Read more about the Stockholm Act here

Child minding service

Please contact us if you need child minding during the conference. We can help you get in touch with experienced staff.

City of Stockholm

Stockholm activities

In Stockholm you can use the same commuter card for busses, trains, boats and bikes. But where to go? If you are planning on arriving early or staying an extra day or two, to see the city you can visit the following websites for ideas and tips on activities and attractions in and around Stockholm:

Or look at these suggestions from the New York Times:

Conference venue

The conference venue

The conference will be held at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre located by the Central Station in downtown Stockholm. Click here for map and how to get to the conference venue:

A detailed map of the venue is available in the downloadable programme brochure.

Dinner party

Conference dinner party (separate registration required)

The conference dinner party will take place on Tuesday 22 August at The Copper Tents, located in Stockholm’s unique Royal National City Park. Please note that registration is required. Any spare tickets will be available for purchase at the conference front desk come Monday afternoon. Buses to get to the dinner venue will depart from the City Terminal across from the conference centre at 18.30 and return to the same location between 22.00 and 01.00. 

As the Copper Tents is a semi-outdoors location we recommend that you bring a jacket and wear comfortable shoes for walking on grass.


Exhibitor info

If you have pre-booked an exhibition space you are welcome to set-up Sunday 20 August between 14.00 and 17.30, or in the morning of Monday 21 August. Upon registration more information regarding your space will be available at the front desk.

Media /press

Press release about the conference on Stockholm university website here

Note there are two related conferences in Stockholm in the same week – the Resilience 2017 conference and the International Conference on Sustainability Science, bridged by an Ideas and Innovation Forum featuring 21 selected SDG labs.

Read more about ICSS here
Read more about the SDG labs here

Please note that accreditation is needed to attend the Resilience conference. For more information contact our conference media coordinators Owen Gaffney or Fredrik Moberg

Monday Fun Day

Monday Fun Day (separate registration required)

On Monday 21 August, the Stockholm Resilience Centre will open its doors for an evening event, starting from 18.30. Please note that registration is required. Stockholm Resilience Centre is located in Kräftriket 2C (Roslagsvägen 101), a 15-20 minutes’ walk from the Universitetet subway stop along the red line (north bound towards Mörby centrum). More specific instructions on how to get there will be provided those who have registered. Please sign in once you arrive at the event to receive your food and drinks tickets. Dinner will be provided by two foodtrucks and served until 20.30.

There will be a jam session and we hope you want to join, so please bring your instrument – anything is welcome!

Packing list

What to bring

  • Jacket/warm sweater 
  • Umbrella/rain jacket 
  • Musical instruments 
  • Your presentations as powerpoint or pdf, or your printed poster 
  • Curiosity 

PhD students and Early career researchers day

PhD students and early career researchers’ day

If you are an early career researcher (a PhD candidate or currently doing your Post-doc) visiting the conference, you are warmly invited to a pre-conference event held at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sunday 20th August 2017, 10am – 4pm, organized by the SRC’s PhD student group.

This is a great opportunity to network and mingle with other early career resilience and sustainability researchers in a relaxed environment, before the scientific programme kicks off at the conference venue on Monday. The day will involve meeting fellow colleagues, and participating in a variety of workshop sessions that will take place over the morning and afternoon (outdoors if the summer weather is kind on the day), with an inclusive lunch at the SRC.

Please note that signing up to this event will be considered as a commitment on your behalf – due to space constraints we have to limit the number of people who can attend. Therefore, we ask that you please make sure to attend for the full day if you sign up, and most importantly, let us know beforehand if you cannot make it so that someone else can take your place from the waiting list.

We will be in contact!

Best wishes from the SRC PhD group

Note: This event is fully booked. If you signed up on the waiting list and in case any of the event participants should cancel their attendance,  more information will follow on a first come first served basis closer to the conference.


Conference photographer

The conference and social events will be documented by a photographer. If you do not wish to appear in photographs, please bring this to the attention of the photographer.


Information for poster presenters

Upon registration you will receive further instructions on where in the venue your poster should be placed.

Set up
Sunday 20 August 15.00 – 17.30
Monday 21 August 7.30 – 10.00

Print the poster in maximum A0 format portrait (approx. 900 mm width x 1200 mm height). Please note that we are unable to accommodate posters larger than A0, or landscape formats. Apart from these formatting restrictions, we invite creativity when designing the poster.


Please send your presentations in power point or pdf format by email, or using for example or for transfer of larger files, to:

If you are unable to send them prior to the conference there is a presentation drop-off desk at the conference venue (Level 4). Please bring your presentations in power point or pdf format on a USB memory stick, and upload them at the latest 1 hour before your session starts. 

If you have embedded media (video) in your presentation, please send or bring the original media file as well.

Public transport

Public transport

Public transportation in Stockholm is generally well functioning and safe. All public transport travel needs to be prepaid and you can buy tickets for public transport at the central station, where your bus or train from the airport arrives. Find information about the different kinds of tickets available here:–tickets/

Participants who have paid for public transport card in their registration will receive this in their registration package.

Registration desk

Registration desk opening hours
Sunday 20th 14.00 – 17.30
Monday 21st  08.00 – 17.30
Tuesday 22nd 08.00 – 17.00
Wednesday 23rd 08.00 – 16.00

You will receive your conference badge containing information about any events you pre-registered to attend, as well as a conference folder with the programme brochure. You will be asked to pay with card upon registering if you have not prepaid.

Please note that your badge is needed for conference access all days and at all events.

Queries regarding your registration? Please turn to the conference registration desk/ front desk on Level 4 (ground level).
Queries regarding registration can also be sent to

Sunday reception

Sunday reception, Stockholm City Hall (separate registration required)

On Sunday 20 August the City of Stockholm welcomes all conference participants to a drinks reception at the City Hall – home of the Nobel banquet – in walking distance from the conference venue. Doors will open at 17.30 and the event will start at 18.00, ending at 20.00. For security reasons please respect the starting time. Registration is required. Please note that the event does not include dinner.


Free wifi is available at the conference venue.
Network: Waterfront

Weather and clothing

Weather and clothing

Weather in Sweden in August can vary in temperature between 10 and 25 degrees Celsius, with showers. Consider that both the “Monday Fun Day” event and the conference dinner will take place partly outdoors. Please bring a jacket and wear shoes that can tolerate rain and walking on grass. As the Swedish saying goes “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing”.



Contact us

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Feel free to ask questions or provide feedback. During the course of the conference, please turn to the conference registration desk on Level 4 for a quicker reply. Thank you!

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