The 2013 Conference on Communication and Environment in Uppsala

Uppsala Castle, photographed by David Castor, released to the public domain

Environmental Communication: Participation Revisited: openings and closures for deliberations on the commons

The 12th biennial Conference on Communication and Environment (COCE) will be held at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden from 6-10 June 2013. The conference is being co-hosted by the Division of Environmental Communication at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala University's Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) and the Cemus Research Forum (CEFO).

Conference theme

The conference theme is Environmental Communication: Participation Revisited; Openings and closures for deliberations on the Commons. 
Twenty years after Rio 1992 declared that environmental issues should be “best handled by participation of all concerned citizens at the relevant level”, calls are being made for the 2012 Earth Summit to renew the commitment for full implementation of these rights in all countries. Improvement of institutional frameworks and development of international instrumental means are being proposed today as ways for better environmental governance by nations and for giving legal force to the principle of public participation. 
This conference views it timely to revisit participation as a process for deliberating on the commons and to re-imagine participation as citizenship rather than continue to reproduce the instrumental ways of the past decades such as stakeholder engagement. Questions of returning to the old commons and the need for crafting ‘new commons’ within and beyond natural resource contexts are of concern for environmental communicators. Which new forms of deliberation are needed and who takes care of discursive openings and closures on such commons are also relevant to be considered.

Important Dates

1 June 2012 ~ Call for submissions open
15 September 2012 ~ Deadline for all submissions
10 November 2012 ~ Acceptance notification
12 November 2012~ Registration opens
15 February 2013 ~ Early-bird registration closes
12 April 2013 ~ Deadline for papers to be included in  proceedings
26 April 2013 ~ Deadline for cancellation with refund

Uppsala, Sweden

Uppsala, home to approximately 200,000 inhabitants, is Sweden’s fourth largest city. Although located close to the heart of Sweden, 40 minutes from Stockholm and 20 minutes from Arlanda’s International Airport, Uppsala retains its small town charm, still offering a big city selection of shops, restaurants, and things to do. Unique cultural treasures and an exciting history are literally right around every corner.

Conference schedule

The conference will open with a short plenary session in the late afternoon followed by a reception at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) campus in Ultuna, 6 km from center of Uppsala.
Thursday 6 June Friday 7 June Saturday 8 June Sunday 9 June Monday 10 June
Late afternoon opening session and reception Day 1 parallel panel sessions Day 2 parallel panel sessions Half day final panel sessions and closing plenary Excursion



Paid up IECA members receive conference discounts.

  • You must be a member for 2013 to receive any discount.
  • If you just joined for 2013, then you can claim the 10% discount conference rate.
  • If you were a member in 2012 and you have renewed for 2013, then you can claim the 20% discount conference rate.

Bike rental possibilities are also being explored.

Please download the conference flyer and distribute it widely.

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Photo credit: Uppsala Castle, photographed by David Castor, released to the public domain.