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29 March 2012

State of the Planet DeclarationFirst State of the Planet Declaration published

Scientists issue first “State of the Planet” declaration at the world’s largest gathering of experts on global environmental and social issues in advance of the major UN Summit Rio+20 in June Download declaration.

28 March 2012

Watch the Daily Planet News Show live each dayWatch the Daily Planet News Show live each day

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27 March 2012

Welcome to the AnthopoceneWelcome to the Anthropocene - film and new website

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25 March 2012

Guest appearancesMeet global change scientists at the organisers booth

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23 March 2012

Debategraph ideas mapCheck out the Planet Under Pressure Debategraph

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20 March 2012

Live web streamingNot attending?

Prepare for our online web streaming. Click here to learn more.


19 March 2012

Ban Ki-MoonBan Ki-moon to address conference (via video)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will address the conference during the opening of the High Level Policy Day, Thursday 29 March. All plenaries will be streamed live online.


Policy Briefs for downloadNew policy briefs available for download

Download the Health, Well-being and Green Economy briefs.


2 March 2012

Science and Technology CentresScience and Technology Centres

Over 100 Association of Science-Technology Centers worldwide have events planned related to Planet Under Pressure.

8 February 2012

Bridges to the Future Participatory Sessions added. Photo courtesy of Tim Boyd ( to the Future Participatory Sessions added

World Café, Pro-action Café, Unconference and Interactive Workshops. Designed to open dialogue between industry, policy and science, you can find out more about these participatory sessions here

3 February 2012

Programme UpdateMajor Programme Update

View the papers to be presented at each session

1 February 2012

Speakers and panelists addedNew plenary speakers and panellists added

25 January 2012

Check out our exhibitorsCheck out our exhibitors

Plan who you want to meet at Planet Under Pressure

20 January 2012

Early registration deadlineEarly registration deadline

We’ve topped 2000 delegates!

16 January 2012

Optional Tours of the Thames BarrierTours of the Thames Barrier

Optional Tours of the Thames Barrier are available for delegates on Friday 30 March 2012. There is a morning (10am) and an afternoon tour (2pm). The visits last approximately 2-3 hours: the first hour comprises a DVD and Q&A session and then visitors will be taken out onto the Barrier for an hour's guided tour.

To book onto one of the the tours, please add the tour to your conference registration booking. Please book now to avoid disappointment, as spaces are very limited - 42 people per tour.

Delegates that book onto the tour should make their own way to the Barrier 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour and should meet in the Visitors Centre - please see the map for guidance.

16 December 2011

Plenary Speaker UpdatePlenary Speaker Update

We are pleased to welcome more plenary speakers to the line-up for the conference. These include Yvo de Boer, Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability, KPMG, The Netherlands and Mary Barton-Dock, Director of the Environment Department at the World Bank.

Visit the programme pages for more information.

12 December 2011

Latest BlogLatest Blog

How to rewrite the Durban script by Guest Blogger Sunita Narain

30 November 2011

Planet under Pressure's Carbon Offset Programme - Aiming to be a Carbon Neutral ConferencePlanet under Pressure's Carbon Offset Programme - Aiming to be a Carbon Neutral Conference

Read MORE about our Programme and the Projects that all participants and conference organisers will support.

29 November 2011

Planet under Pressure BlogCarbon - a new Blog post

Liese Coulter from the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility in Australia takes a look at the topical subject of Cabon in our latest Blog.

24 November 2011

Governance experts warn U.N. overhaul required to govern Earth systemGovernance experts warn U.N. overhaul required to govern Earth system

Reducing the risk of potential global environmental disaster requires a “constitutional moment” comparable in scale and importance to the reform of international governance that followed World War II, say experts preparing the largest scientific conference leading up to next June’s Rio+20 Earth Summit.

Read it here

23 November 2011

Policy BriefsPolicy Briefs available for download

The following policy briefs are now available for download: water security, food security, transforming governance and institutions, biodiversity and ecosystems.

Click here to view and download the policy briefs.

18 November 2011

Planet Under Pressure blogRead our first blog

What's so special about 2012? Mark Stafford Smith kicks off our conference blog page.

15 November 2011

Planet Under Pressure - a carbon neutral conferencePlanet under Pressure aims to be a Carbon Neutral Conference

Our aim is for the conference to be carbon neutral. Click here for information on our carbon offset project.

6 October 2011

NASANASA to sponsor poster awards

A prize for each day of the conference will be awarded by Nasa.

22 September 2011

Planet Under Pressure6831 authors, 139 countries

Abstracts were submitted by 6831 authors. 40% of abstracts (2738) were submitted from developing countries. The reach of the conference is truly global - 139 countries are represented (65% are developing countries).

19 September 2011

More than 3750 abstracts already received

We have had a fantastic response to our call for papers with more than 3750 abstracts already received. Abstract submission is now closed. Please visit our programme pages to learn more about the plenary speakers and conference outline for this major conference.

2 September 2011

New plenary speakers added

Check out our panelists and the new speakers added to the plenary sessions within our programme. View the programme pages for full details of the line-up confirmed to date.

15 August 2011

Additional sessions added

A further batch of conference sessions and key events have been added to the website. To make it easier for you to find which session is most relevant for your abstract you can now search on session topics by keyword. Visit the session page for details.

1 August 2011

SESSS to fund 3 young scientists

Sweden's secretariat for Earth system science is funding 3 young scientists to attend the conference. For more information view:

16 July 2011

Extension to abstract submission deadline

Following an overwhelming response to the Call for Sessions, the organizers have extended the abstract deadline to give an additional 4 weeks for authors to prepare abstracts against the final list of sessions. Additional sessions were added to this list on 15 August 2011. A few final sessions will be added prior to the abstract deadline.The extended deadline for submission of abstracts is 16 September 2011.

14 July 2011

Extension to abstract submission deadline

Following an overwhelming response to the Call for Sessions, the organizers have extended the abstract deadline to give an additional 4 weeks for authors to prepare abstracts against the final list of sessions which will be available by the end of July 2011. The extended deadline for submission of abstracts is 16 September 2011.

11 July 2011

First invited speakers announced: preliminary plenary programme now available

The full conference overview is today announced, including details of the first confirmed plenary speakers. View the preliminary line-up on the programme page.

8 July 2011

Sessions update: additional conference sessions added

Additional sessions have been added to the parallel sessions and key events on all conference days. View the session pages for details of these new sessions for which abstracts are now invited.

4 July 2011

International Science Journalists to join conference

Journalists from Kenya, Mali and India have won expenses paid trips to the Planet Under Pressure conference. The draw was held at the World Conference for Science Journalists in Doha, Qatar, 26-29 June.

24 June 2011

Online abstract submission now open

Submit abstracts now for oral and poster presentation within the conference sessions. The Scientific Organising Committee are in the process of completing a rigorous review of more than 420 session proposals. Abstract submission is now open for a preliminary set of sessions.

23 June 2011

Press Briefing

The Planet Under Pressure conference will hold a press briefing at the World Conference of Science Journalists, in Doha, Qatar on Monday 27 June. Conference Co-chairs, Lidia Brito and Mark Stafford-Smith will brief the press on conference developments and links to the Rio+20 Summit.

10 June 2011

Accommodation Booking Open

Accommodation is available via our agents at a number of hotels in London and can be booked online at: A number of sightseeing tours and entry to top London attractions can also be booked on this site.

17 June 2011

Conference registration now open.

Online booking for the Conference is now open. The following booking deadlines apply: 25 November 2011 – Author registration deadline. 20 January 2012 – Early booking deadline.

31 May 2011

Swedish International Development Agency to fund delegates

Funding Update: The organisers would like to acknowledge the support of SIDA, the Swedish International Development Agency, which has agreed to fund 50 delegates from developing countries to attend the conference.

16 May 2011

Board of Patrons announced

To help ensure that the Conference meets the needs of the wide-ranging stakeholder communities and to highlight its importance and relevance to them, the conference co-Chairs are establishing a Board of Patrons will comprising about 20 leading figures including CEOs, senior politicians and opinion formers to help promote the event. View our first members here.

21 March 2011

More than 420 session proposals received

Following a highly successful Call for Sessions, the Scientific Organising Committee are currently reviewing more than 420 proposals for parallel sessions within the conference programme. The call for abstracts will open once the review is complete.

17 February 2011

Planet Under Pressure Conference 2012

WTO joins organizing committee
Global sustainability and global trade are closely linked. Vesile Kulaçoglu, Director of the Trade and Environment Division of of the World Trade Organization's (WTO), has joined the Scientific Organizing Committee to bring a global-trade perspective to the conference.

28 January 2011

Call for sessions opens - deadline 18 March 2011

The Scientific Organising Committee invites proposals for parallel sessions in line with the conference themes and daily conference outline. Session submission form.

November 2010

Scientific Committee announced

The Scientific Committee for Planet Under Pressure 2012 is today announced. It is co-chaired by Lidia Brito Head of Science Policy, UNESCO and former science minister for Mozambique and Mark Stafford Smith Science Director, Climate Adaptation Flagship at CSIRO, Australia. View Scientific Committee

October 2010

London to host major conference to provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20

A major new conference will take place in London, 26-29 March 2012 to review the pressure planet Earth is now under and discuss solutions at all scales to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. Planet under Pressure 2012 will attract 2500 participants representing global-change science, policy, business and development communities and provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference. It will aim to provide a new vision for international research, build trans-disciplinary research communities and identify opportunities for enhanced partnerships between global change science and policy, industry and the public.

The conference will take place at the ICC London at Excel in East London.

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