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3rd International Conference for Sustainable Resource Society - ICS23

Challenges of sustainability transitions in society, environmental change, and sustainable use of natural resources
  • Conference
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Economy and society
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Kuopio Campus, Snellmania building, and online
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Yliopistonranta 8
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The International Conference for Sustainable Resource Society is a multi-disciplinary conference focused on challenges of sustainability transitions in society, environmental change, and sustainable use of natural resources. ICS23 is organized around five working groups: bio society, climate, water, energy & minerals, and circular economy and sustainable society. ICS23 is jointly organized by a consortium of University of Eastern Finland Research Communities: RESOURCE, FOBI, WATER, CLEHE, and PHOTONICS.   

ICS23 offers a platform for researchers from all fields of science to share research insights and discuss the complex global and local challenges on sustainability transitions, the use of natural resources, environmental and climate change, and circular economy themes from a broad perspective, or those themes which are related to the conference theme.  

Water is essential to life on Earth. Water connects the Earth’s climate system through air, clouds, oceans, lakes, rivers, and vegetation. Humans use water in various ways for drinking and agriculture, ditching peatlands and wetlands, for hydropower, traffic, waste disposal, and recreation, to mention a few. Watersheds are also impacted heavily by human actions such industry, mining, forestry, fisheries, and consumption, etc. Water is also crucially a social and cultural element in our societies. In this way, water brings together topical sustainability questions concerning climate change (mitigation and adaptation, floods, and droughts), biodiversity loss and nature restoration, and use of natural resources and energy. Our important task is to improve the integration of various research fields when measuring, assessing, understanding, managing, and governing the aquatic systems in different societal contexts.  

The conference will be organized as a hybrid event and there are no conference fees for conference participation or for the evening event. The on-site event will held at the Kuopio campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The online event details will be shared at a later date.   

See detailed Sustainable Resource Society conference programme here.

For further information, please contact Ville-Veikko Piispanen, email ville-veikko.piispanen (at) or Kristina Leppälä, email kristina.leppala (at) 

Please see additional information in the links below:

Sustainable Resource Society: Circular Economy, Energy and Raw Materials (RESOURCE) Research Community

Climate Forcing, Ecosystems and Health (CLEHE) Research Community

Forests and Bioeconomy (FOBI) Research Community

Sustainable Co-management of Water Resources and Aquatic Environments (WATER) Research Community

Photonics Research Community