As president of ESSSAT, I cordially invite all ESSSAT members and every-one interested to join us at our nineteenth conference in Ålesund, Norway, from May 4 to 8, 2022.

At ECSTXIX in Norway, in one of the most scenic environmental settings in Europe, we want to reflect on "Global Sustainability: Science and Religion in Dialogue". Our organizing committee is working hard to provide a stimulating venue and interesting programme with and around our conference. We will be staying at Scandic Parken Hotel in the city centre of Ålesund. Deadline for registration is April 10, 2022. It is possible to register later than April 10th. However, we cannot guarantee accommodation at Scandic Parken after this date). See more information below.

Main speakers are:

See you in Norway!

Dirk Evers, President of ESSSAT,
University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany)

Conference theme

ECST XIX: Global Sustainability – Science and Religion in Dialogue
From the Brundtland-Report Our Common Future from 1987 to the UN sustainability goals, sustainability has become an important concept for public political debates on ecology and the future of our planet. What are the conditions required for the development of human lives and communities that enable them to be sustainable for generations to come? How can we develop our technology, our culture, our economy and our systems of political decision-making so that our local and global ecosystems can flourish and sustain humanity in a harmonious relationship with our environment? While such considerations originally concentrated on technology and politics, sustainability has long been identified as also comprising a cultural and spiritual crisis. Thus not only the humanities and social sciences, but also religion, come into the picture. Modernity began with the development of technological means for an emancipation of human beings from nature. In the wake of an accelerating development of consumerism and exploitation, nature served mainly as a means for human ends. But we now understand that nature is not only an economical resource, it is also important as a realm of resonance and meaning, in which we act as stewards and find ourselves as part of nature. This reveals there to be a spiritual and religious dimension of nature and our commitment to sustainability. While some have argued that Western Christianity has contributed to desacralizing and instrumentalizing nature, Church leaders and voices from other religions have argued that we should respect nature as God’s creation, and that humans are called to protect nature and the environment. Pope Francis, for example, in his encyclical letter Laudato Si’, wanted “to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development” of our ways to deal with “our common home.”
At our 2022 ESSSAT conference in Norway, in one of the most scenic environmental settings in Europe, we want to reflect on these issues. We want to bring science, humanities, social science, ethics and theology into interdisciplinary dialogue about questions of sustainability and about how religions, being a primary resource of values in any culture, might contribute to this task. Our main speakers will be drawn from the fields of Sustainability Science, Ethics, Sociology and Theology, and we invite everybody from within and outside the ESSSAT community to join our exchange of ideas and to contribute to our discussions and paper sessions.

Venue and travel


Scandic Parken Hotel, Ålesund. Scandic Parken Hotel is located in the city center of Ålesund. All activities at ECSTXIX - residential and academic - will take place here.

Travel Information

The beautiful city of Ålesund is located where mountains and fjords meet the ocean in the North-West coast of Norway. Read more about Ålesund and the region here: 

Consider combining ECSTXIX with some extra days, visiting this spectacular region in Norway.

The easiest and most convenient way is to travel by plane. We recommend you to book flights in good advance, due to increasing prizes close up to the conference.

Ålesund Airport Vigra (AES)
AES is located only 18 km from the city center. The airport has several daily national connections to Oslo Airport Gardermoen (SAS/Norwegian), Bergen (SAS/Wideroe) and Trondheim (SAS). International connections are Amsterdam (KLM) and a few other European cities.

Airport Shuttle
Bus (with connecting flights), fares to Ålesund approx. 25 min. One way NOK100. From the city center (the bus stop “Skateflukaia”) 5 min. walk to Scandic Parken Hotel
Taxi, fares to Ålesund, approx. 15 min., NOK450 (max. 4 people)

From Oslo and Oslo Airport Gardermoen (Train and Bus), 2 daily dep (7h30min). More info at VY  

The Norwegian Costal Express
From Bergen, (1 daily dep) 12hrs

Climate and Weather

May is the most sunny month in Ålesund with only 85mm (3.3 inches) precipitation. However, you might expect rainy weather and an average temperature around 10°C (50°F). For more information on climate, see Climates to travel

For updated forecast 4.-8. May, see weather forcast at YR

Electric Equipment

In Norway the power plugs and sockets are of type C &F. The standard voltage is 220. Internet can be accessed free at the venue.

On Covid

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation. Please check information and restrictions concerning your own travel.

Information on COVID-19 in Norway


Hosts and sponsors

Local hosts


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 The Research Council of Norway

Organised by ESSSAT - European Society for the Study of Science and Theology



in cooperation with Volda University College, NTNU Ålesund and Molde University College

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and our main sponsor Sparebanken Møre

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with support from

The Research Council of Norway

The Research Council of Norway