COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2)

We would like to use this opportunity to thank you for your patience and cooperation in these unprecedented times. As you know, the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) outbreak is causing health concerns as well as travel constraints that are affecting events across the world, including the DNC2020. In order not to compromise the conference goal, the DNC Steering Committee has made the decision to go ahead with the realisation of the DNC2020, but as an online event only. In order to do this, we have identified programme elements that will be offered in new digital formats.

We hope to use this crisis as an opportunity to enable broader participation worldwide and will thus offer this virtual event entirely free of charge. If you have already registered for the conference, we will reimburse the delegate fees.

In order to keep up to date, please check our website regularly. We will keep you informed about the developments of the programme, the new digital formats, and all related procedures.

The Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) is an international conference series dedicated to advancing research and the implementation of a Nexus Approach to resource management. By bringing together actors from a diverse range of disciplines and sectors, DNC fosters dialogue on how nexus thinking contributes to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Dresden Nexus Conference 2020

The third Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC2020) will take place 3–5 June 2020 under the theme “Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society”. Dresden is one of Germany's most dynamic cities; the capital of Saxony is known for its indomitably pioneering approach, advancements in high technology, and strong research landscape.

DNC2020 aims to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy by focusing on identifying and discussing the concepts that nexus thinking offers to support the transition towards a circular economy. A Nexus Approach shares many synergies with the concept of a circular economy - a system that eliminates waste, keeps resources in use, and contributes to regenerating natural systems. Read more here.

DNC is a one-of-a-kind event, bringing together actors from academia, civil society, industry, and government from all over the world to discuss the sustainable management of environmental resources in Dresden.

Providing a platform for exchange on this topic is crucial to ensure the findings and good initiatives from the scientific community are communicated to the right actors for implementation – political decision makers as well as local stakeholders and representatives of the business community. DNC provides the scientific community opportunities to inform their initiatives through dialogue about the needs and challenges of political decision makers as well as local stakeholders and representatives of the business community. Across the scientific community itself, this platform is important because the discussion around the Nexus Approach must be inter- and transdisciplinary, involving, for example, the social sciences as well as practitioners.

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The Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) series is dedicated to advancing a Nexus Approach to natural resource management. DNC is organised by the United Nations University (UNU-FLORES), the Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden), and the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER).

Call for Abstracts is now closed

DNC2020 Topic & Dates Announced!

Early-bird extension until 28 Mar 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) 

Find more information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2) here.

Important Dates 
15 Oct 2019  Call for Abstracts closed
Dec 2019 Registration opens
28 Mar 2020 Early-bird registration ends
3 May 2020 Registration closes
3 - 5 Jun 2020 DNC2020



United Nations University UNU-FLORES


Technische Universität Dresden
Leibnitz Institut für Ökologische Raumentwicklung