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4th International Conference for Sustainable Resource Society - ICS24

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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Joensuu campus, Aurora building, and online
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Yliopistokatu 2
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Welcome to ICS24! Registration and abstract submission are now open!

Deadline for abstracts (oral presentations and posters, max 300 words): 31 August, 2024
Deadline for registration: 18 Oct, 2024

See session descriptions 
See tentative programme and information on accommodation 

No conference fees for participation or evening event

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. ICS24 is organized around five working groups: bio society, climate, water, energy & minerals, and circular economy and sustainable society. ICS24 is jointly organized by a consortium of University of Eastern Finland Research Communities: RESOURCE, FOBI, WATER, CLEHE, and PHOTONICS.
ICS24 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. The ICS24 special theme is: 

Environmental Monitoring and Impact Assessment

Relationships between human beings and natural ecosystems are under radical changes in many respects. Ecological crisis is globally alarming, and at the same time, urbanization, digitalization and artificial intelligence are increasing the distance between human beings and nature. For example, digital platforms applied in natural resources management, applications of virtual reality and digital twins are typical technological channels connecting human beings and nature.

Technology evidently offers great possibilities. However, we need to profoundly understand how natural ecosystems function, how human-nature relationships change in different contexts, and how to keep natural ecosystems and human-nature relationships alive through our knowledge- and community-based expert systems. Environmental monitoring, impact assessment and management systems should offer adequate support to decision making when developing just policies, sustainable nature-based solutions in business and environmental governance as a whole - so that sustainability challenges can be genuinely tackled on global, regional and local scales. 

The conference will be organized as a hybrid event. The on-site event will held at the Joensuu campus of the University of Eastern Finland. The online event details will be shared at a later date. 

For further information, please contact Helen Reijonen, email or Jarno Suni, email

Please, register and submit your abstract via the links below:

Registration form

Abstract submission form