Why People Attended

This conference brought together a wide range of stakeholders from international global change communities, policy, development, finance, business and the wider non-government sector.

Who attended the Conference:

Researchers | Development agencies | Private sector | Policy | Media | Conservationists

Researchers, students and faculties from physical, natural, health and social sciences, the humanities and engineering and technology

  • Present your latest research and learn from others in the comprehensive oral and poster programmes
  • Gain the latest scientific input on new technology for the development of renewable and sustainable products
  • Network with investors, venture capitalists and governments looking to develop and invest in new projects
  • Meet face-to-face with the experts from other disciplines and identify new areas for collaboration
  • Input to the international development agenda – and notably to Rio+20

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Delegates from the development agencies and developing world

  • Input practical experience to the options and implications for future change solutions
  • Look at potential funding and collaboration for solutions and science capacity building in the developing world
  • Talk to investors about sustainable technologies and approaches in the developing world.

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CEOs, decision makers and professionals from the private sector

(energy, water, food, finance, insurance, construction…)

  • Understand pressures on natural resources and how to seek alternative, sustainable solutions
  • Identify ethical and sustainable investment and business opportunities on a global level
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest science and technological advances in producing products and services reduce ecosystem impacts

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Policy makers from governments, NGOs and environmental agencies

  • Look at ways of meeting humanity’s growing needs for food, energy and water while safeguarding the planets ecosystems
  • Find development pathways that can improve the quality of life and alleviate poverty for the world’s growing population
  • Examine options for better managing urban development and resource use from local to global levels

Journalists, reporters and other media

  • The Planet Under Pressure conference will bring together the leading researchers and thinkers on climate change, population, global risks, food security and much more.
  • The conference will provide a platform for scientists to communicate the latest research on the state of the planet: sea level rise, ice sheet stability, food prices, financial stability. Journalists will report from new perspectives on some of the worlds hottest issues
  • Journalists will meet with industry leaders, representatives from government and the development agencies and gain an insight into the role of science in moving towards global sustainability
  • Reporters will gain real understanding of the subjects that will feed into the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20.


Understand the dynamics of ecosystems and how to maximise the opportunities that influence and change adverse consequences. Consider the future directions that conservation should take in the wider context of the pressures and challenges we face. Share, explore and discuss approaches that bring together the needs of society and nature.

Read more about what the conference means for conservationists here

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