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Past Conferences

29 – 02 September 2023

Zagreb 2023

9th International Degrowth Conference. Planet, People, Care: It Spells Degrowth!

15 – 17 May 2023

Brussels 2023 (EU Parliament)

Beyond Growth: Pathways towards Sustainable Prosperity in the EU The Beyond Growth 2023 Conference is a multi-stakeholder event aiming to discuss and co-create policies for sustainable prosperity in Europe, based on a systemic and transformative approach to economic, social and environmental sustainability and its encompassing governance framework. For more information, see here.

24 – 28 August 2021

The Hague 2021

8th International Degrowth Conference Caring Communities for Radical Change 24 - 28 August 2021 The restless expansion of our economies is causing unprecedented crises and threatening our very existence. How do we confront the contradictions between endless economic growth and the ecological boundaries of our planet? What kind of society would ensure a good life for all, without wealth and p...

05 – 08 July 2021

Manchester 2021

Joint International Conference with Ecological Economics, originally announced as the 7th Degrowth / 16th ISEE International Society for Ecological Economics Conference: "Building Alternative Livelihoods in times of ecological and political crisis" Here is some material available from the conference: - The book of abstracts- The list of plenary speakers and their biographies- The videos of ...

29 – 01 June 2020

Vienna 2020

Degrowth Conference Vienna 2020: Strategies for a Social Ecological Transformation - Now online! From May 29th – June 1st 2020, Vienna will host a thematic degrowth conference, focusing on Strategies for Social-Ecological Transformation. The Vienna conference will explicitly focus on exploring strategies for a degrowth transformation, complementing the 2020 international degrowth conference in...

17 – 18 September 2018

Brussels 2018 (EU Parliament)

Post-Growth Conference in Brussels From 18-19 September 2018 a post-growth conference supported by various stakeholders (Members of the European Parliament from different political groups, academics, NGOs and unions) took place in the premises of the European Parliament. The date coincided with the 10th anniversary of the collapse of the US Bank Lehman Brothers that sparked the economic crisis...

04 – 06 September 2018

Mexico 2018

Degrowth-Conference 2018 in Mexico (City) The First North-South Conference on Degrowth was held in Mexico City from 4-6th of September. Supported by universities, NGOs, and social movements, it was an occasion to open and continue in-depth debates around the dominant illusions on economic growth. These are already ongoing debates inside and across the societies that are on their way to become ...

21 – 25 August 2018

Malmö 2018

Degrowth-Conference 2018 in Malmö (Sweden) The 6th International Degrowth Conference in Malmö, Sweden, titled "Dialogues in turbulent times" has taken place from August 21-25. It was organized by the Institute for degrowth studies (Institutet för nerväxtstudier), This conference aimed at expanding the geographical and thematic scope of degrowth discussions, as well as building dialogues wi...

13 – 15 October 2017

Degrowth Meet-up 2017

Degrowth-Meet-up From October 13 to 15 we created a networking space for people that are already active in the Degrowth movement and those that are interested in the topic. Besides getting to know each other and mingling, this meeting served as a platform to learn from and with one another. The idea is that people that are active in various ways share their experiences. Then everyone can pick ...

30 – 02 September 2016

Budapest 2016

Budapest 2016 The fifth International Conference on Degrowth took place in Budapest from the 30th of August to the 2nd of September 2016. The conference was hosted by a post-socialist environment with the purpose to bring together degrowth conversations from different Eastern European regions. To facilitate this process several preparatory meetings were organised throughout the region. In li...

02 – 06 September 2014

Leipzig 2014

Fourth International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity Here you can find information on the Fourth International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity which took place in Leipzig from September 2nd to September 6th 2014. Basics > This page provides basic information about the conference. Organization > Here you'll find ...

01 – 03 September 2012

Venice 2012

Venice 2012 The third International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity took place in Venice in September 2012. About 1000 participants from about 40 countries took part in the conference, many of them belonging to the international degrowth community but also many others who where just getting familiar with the topic joint the event. The conference combined a...

13 – 19 May 2012

Montreal 2012

This week long gathering in Montreal from May 13th to 19th 2012 brought together 340 academics, activists, environmentalists and indigenous peoples from Canada, the USA, Europe and Latin America, to present, discuss, share and celebrate our needs and hopes for diverse and more equitable societies in the Americas, on a post-growth healing earth. You can find the media and writtten results of our...

20 – 22 May 2011

Berlin 2011

Berlin 2011 In Mai 2011 (20. - 22.5) the Conference Beyond Growth?! took place in Berlin. 2500 participants met to take part in discussions on ecological justice, social rights and good life. The conference was organized by Attac in cooperation with the Heinrich-Böll, Rosa Luxemburg, Friedrich Ebert and Otto Brenner Foundation. > Various videos of the conference can be found here. In G...

01 – 03 March 2010

Barcelona 2010

Barcelona 2010 The second International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity took place in Barcelona in March 2010. More than 500 participants joined the conference. An important part of this conference was its participatory part, the so called group assembly process (GAP). Through this process scientists, practitioners and activists formulated a set of politic...

18 – 19 April 2008

Paris 2008

Paris 2008 The first International Degrowth Conference for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity took place in Paris in April 2008 (18th and 19th). This first Degrowth Conference was visited by 140 participants from about 30 countries. The conference was organized by Research and Degrowth, Institut TELECOM SudParis, the International Society for Ecological Economics, the Sustainable Eu...

Support group of the International Conferences

Celebrating 15 years of international degrowth conferences (2008-2023) Décroissance (degrowth) was born with the publication of a special issue of S!lence in February 2002. Built on old ideas and concepts, like critiques of development, conviviality, autonomy or ecofeminism, it brought together the physical limits to growth and the cultural aspirations to diverse flourishing. Springing from ac...