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 four 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.


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.

Conference registration is now open

Registration for the 4th triennial Resilience conference is now open! The conference will be held from 20 to 23 August 2017 in Stockholm.

There are several social events taking place outside the scientific programme, available upon registering. The social programme offers opportunities to meet with fellow researchers, students and other participants, exploring global sustainability challenges and opportunities for biosphere-based sustainability science. An important and fun part of getting as much as possible out of the conference.
Register here to take part of Resilience 2017 – Resilience Frontiers in Global Sustainability.

Early bird fee is available until April 30, 2017.

There is funding available for a limited number of participants. The funding is restricted to policy and practice participants, primarily from least developed and low income countries.

The application for funding is extended until May 7Read more about the funding and how to apply here.

For participants traveling to the conference from outside the Schengen area, please make sure to give enough time for your embassy to administer your visa application. For queries regarding visa application and letter of invitation, please contact therese.lamonde@su.se

During registration, you will also be able to donate funding, to help bring more people and perspectives to the conference.
Thank you in advance for your contribution.

Call for abstracts for the Resilience 2017 conference is closed

Notifications have been sent. If you haven’t received a notification, please contact resilience2017.src@su.se

Tentative timeline

All updates will be notified through the website, social media and the monthly Stockholm Resilience Centre newsletter. The exact dates will be updated continuously.

Registration opens

March 3

Abstracts in review

Letters of acceptance /refusal

April 12

Early-bird fees closes

April 30

Read more under Price & payment

Funding application extended until May 7

Registration closes

May 31


Available on the website

Tentatively in July

Practical info


We are proud to inform that on Sunday August 20 the Stockholm City welcomes all conference participants for a drink at the City Hall at 6-8 pm. 

Photo: Yanan Li


Recommended alternatives for hotels close to the venue, and in different price ranges will be available for booking directly through the registration page. From the registration page you can also access the Swedish Tourist Association, where you can search for and book hostels. There are also limited number of free couch-surfing places. Please note that hostels and couch-surfing require self-booking.


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.

To register for couch-surfing, or if you have any further questions about couch-surfing, please e-mail Katja Malmborg (katja.malmborg@su.se) with “Couch-surfing at Resilience 2017” in the subject line.

Register for the conference here


There will be a conference app compatible with iOS and Android. The app will host features to make your conference experience easier and will be available closer to the conference.

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.
Contact: owen.gaffney@su.se

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, 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.


Note: funding application has been extended until May 7.

There is funding available for a limited number of developing country participants. The funding is restricted to policy and practice participants, primarily from least developed and low income countries. Presentation of abstracts or functioning as facilitator/chair of session is a merit for support. Priority will be given for topics of relevance for resilience and development perspectives from developing countries, and especially topics concerning poverty alleviation, equity, sustainable livelihoods and sustainable management and governance of biodiversity and ecosystems, as well as approaches such as knowledge generation, dialogue and exchange between practitioners, policy makers and scientists for development and implementation of policies and methods at multiple scales. The selection will be done striving towards a balanced gender representation.

The funding cover early bird registration fee, travel costs including international flight and local transportation, visa costs and accommodation, but not per diem (food, beverage, mileage gas and parking tickets).

Please indicate your interest in funding upon registering.

Price & payment

Prices for participants are

Early-bird student: 2200 SEK
Early bird regular: 3500 SEK ­­
Student: 3200 SEK
Regular: 5500 SEK
One-day-stay: 2500 SEK

Please note that the early-bird fees close April 30th.
All payment can be made using card payment, invoice or bank transfer.

Donate funding
Many scientist and young scholars show interest in attending Resilience 2017, but lack sufficient funding for covering both travel, accommodation and registration expenses. You will have the opportunity to donate funding and help bring more people and perspectives forward, as you register for the conference.

Thank you in advance!


A programme will be available at the website, tentatively in July.

Review process

Double-blind peer review.

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.

Sign up soon and we will be in contact!

Best wishes from the SRC PhD group

Register for the conference (and this event) here

Contact us

Feel free to e-mail us to ask questions or provide feedback on resilience2017.src@su.se

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