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24–26 April 2019 International Conference on Renewable Energy 2019

Paris, France

Renewable energy forms one of the pillars for maintaining a sustainable environment and meeting climate change targets. The renewable energy industry has grown, with huge investments being ploughed into it globally. New global investment in renewable energy (excluding large hydro-electric projects) was around US$241.6 billion in 2016, with an added renewable power capacity of over 138.5GW worldwide. This capacity is equivalent to 55% of the total generating capacity and was approximately double that of fossil fuel generation in 2016. The International Conference on Renewable Energy series addresses research and development in renewable energy technologies, including energy efficiency. It is an annual meeting planned to be held in different countries, initially within Europe, with Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America being highlighted as target regions for the conference.

The next session in the series of the International Conference on Renewable Energy is the ICREN2019, with a focus on international participation through the inclusion of both novice and experienced researchers with an interest in renewable energy studies. The conference will be held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, providing an unparalleled venue for fostering debate in this globally important area.

ICREN2019 will include articles and presentations on the latest research on renewable energy technologies, grid interactions, energy efficiency, data analytics, economics and finance, environmental and social impact, as well as policy and climate change implications.


12–14 June 2019 ICT4S— ICT for Sustainability Conference 2019

Lappeenranta, Finland

This special issue will present selected papers from the 2019 ICT for Sustainability Conference in June 12–14, 2019 (ict4s.fi) but welcomes also other papers relating to ICT for sustainability in a broad sense and papers developing this year’s theme of ICT4S (and beyond).
For more informatoin, please visit: http://www.ict4s.fi/
Selected conference papers will be published in Sustainability, under the Special Issue for “ICT for Sustainability”:


3–5 July 2019 21st International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC 2019)

Busan, Korea

The 21st International Conference on Electronic Commerce (ICEC 2019) will be held in Busan, Korea, on 3-5 July 2019. ICEC 2019 aims at providing researchers and practitioners in electronic commerce and related areas with an opportunity to present original ideas and share insightful opinions. The theme of ICEC 2019 is “FinTech and Logistics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution Era.”

We welcome submissions of original research papers addressing issues concerning the theory, design, development, evaluation, and application of electronic commerce and related fields. We also encourage submissions of research-in-progress contributions that are innovative and inspirational. Research articles particularly sought after are those motivated by real-world business problems and validated using rigorous research methodologies. For more information and program updates, please visit http://icec.net.


22–26 July 2019 Species on the Move 2019—International Conference Series

Kruger National Park, South Africa

Following the successful inaugural conference in 2016, the 2019 Species on the Move conference will be held in Kruger National Park from Monday 22nd to Friday 26th July 2019.

The global redistribution of our planets’ species is widely recognised as a fingerprint of climate change, however, the mechanisms that underpin such range shifts are poorly understood. Additionally, the pervasiveness of range shifts, from poles to the equator, and depths of oceans to tops of mountains, provides us with unique opportunity to advance our theory of biogeography, evolutionary ecology and macroecology.

Our move into the ‘anthropocene’ allows unprecedented opportunity to understand the mechanisms that drive species distributions across ecosystems and address the fundamental tenet of ecology: what lives where and why?  However, such dramatic changes also pose significant challenges for sustainable management of our natural resources.


23–25 September 2019 International Conference on Biofuels & Bioenergy

Barcelona, Spain

We cordially invites all the participants from all over the world to attend International Conference on Biofuels and Bioenergy will be held in Barcelona, Spain, during September 23–25, 2019. This International event will feature the world of advanced biofuels and biobased chemicals technology scale-up, project finance, policy, national markets and more with a core focus on the industrial, petroleum and agribusiness alliances defining the national advanced biofuels industry. Biofuels 2019 Conference is a premier enlightening and networking connection for all industry stakeholders, policy makers, investors, industry and research community to exchange experiences and challenges related to development and scaling up of advanced biofuels. The event provides attendees with an unparalleled opportunity to connect, learn and grow their business with the theme of "Fuels of the Future". The emergence of Biofuels production as an alternative energy source has generated considerable excitement. Unsustainable levels of greenhouse gas emissions mainly due to fossil fuels combustion, have led to increased focus on renewable energy sources.

Biofuels-2019 takes advantage of this opportunity to share your insight with the experts and global participants from renewable energy, energy efficiency, power, bioenergy, biofuels, fuel cells, waste management sectors. With its strong emphasis on innovative approaches, the conference offers a chance for scientists working in different areas of Biomass, Biofuels, Bioenergy to learn of the new ideas that could help them advance their own research and forge new professional relationships and collaborations. Your Presence at Biofuels 2019 will be a rewarding experience.

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30 September–4 October 2019 SARDINIA 2019 / 17th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium

Forte Village / Cagliari / Italy

After celebrating our 30-year anniversary in 2017, the next edition of the Sardinia Symposium to be held in 2019 is looking better than ever with a success that makes the Sardinia Symposia the most important solid waste management conference in the world.

The seventeenth edition will take place at Forte Village Resort, Santa Margherita di Pula (Cagliari) Italy, from September 30th to October 4th, 2019, with an expected attendance of 800+ delegates.

In line with tradition, the conference will include parallel oral sessions, specialised workshops, discussion forums and roundtables, a continuously accessible poster area and a wide exhibition space for companies working in the field of Waste Management.


Abstracts must be submitted no later than February 15th, 2019 following the detailed instructions on:


Abstracts must clearly describe the content of presentations and their basis (detailed case study, discussion of experience from practice, preliminary research data, completed research not presented previously, review of literature, administrative initiatives and regulations, etc) and may be submitted for oral or poster presentation. Proposal for workshops are also welcome.


  • Waste policy and legislation
  • Waste management strategies
  • Public concern and education
  • Waste Management assessment and decision tools
  • Waste characterization
  • Waste collection
  • Waste minimi- sation and recycling
  • Biological treatment
  • Thermal treatment
  • Mechanical biological treatment prior to landfilling
  • Sanitary landfilling
  • Integrated wastewater and solid waste management
  • Waste management and climate change
  • Waste management in developing and low income countries
  • Special sessions
  • New topics: Waste Architecture
  • Environmental Forensics
  • Waste & Health


7–10 January 2019 NCSE 2019 Annual Conference: Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience

Washington, DC, USA

The NCSE Annual Conference brings together a diverse community of experts from different disciplines for an enriching opportunity to collaborate on exciting projects, share research and best practices, and build professional relationships. Attendees include national and international leaders in education, government, civil society, and business. The conference is recognized for its notable presenters and innovative programming.  NCSE 2019 will focus on Sustainable Infrastructure & Resilience. Sessions will explore the opportunities and challenges for sustainability at the convergence of built, natural, social, and cyber infrastructure. Attendees will also discuss examples of community resilience and discuss how to apply best practices in their community. Don’t miss your opportunity attend this important event.  Registration is now open. For more information on the NCSE 2019 Annual


15–18 October 2018 The 7th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste

Venice, Italy

The aim of the Venice 2018 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of different substrates and biological/thermal technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields. The conference includes three days of scientific presentations plus one day of guided technical tours at biochemical and thermochemical plants, with an expected attendance of over 600 delegates from many countries worldwide.

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24–28 September 2018 CitiesAlive®: Annual Green Infrastructure Conference

Brooklyn, NY, USA

CitiesAlive® is North America's leading green infrastructure conference featuring a tradeshow, expert speakers, tours and networking events. CitiesAlive 2018 will be hosted in New York City and will take place at the beautiful and conveniently located Marriott by the Brooklyn Bridge from September 24-28. CitiesAlive connects professionals working in architecture, landscape architecture, green building, urban planning, stormwater management, and government with the latest in green infrastructure design, research and policy development. For more information visit:


23–26 September 2018 7th IBPC2018: International Building Physics Conference

Syracuse, NY, USA

The theme of IBPC2018 is “Healthy, Intelligent, and Resilient Buildings and Urban Environments”. It will provide a forum for scientific, technological and design exchanges through multiple platforms: (1) presentations of original research and development work and findings; (2) demonstrations and exhibitions of innovative green building technologies; and (3) discussions of future challenges and opportunities. It will cover a wide range of research topics cutting across multiple scales of the built environmental systems, ranging from nano-material applications, to micro-environments around occupants, to rooms and whole buildings, and to neighborhood and urban scales (http://ibpc2018.org/conference-topics/). The goal of the conference is to advance the collective understanding of the nature and behavior of the cyber–physical systems in these different scales, how they interact, and what can be done to optimize their design and operation for healthy, intelligent and resilient buildings and urban environments.

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19–21 September 2018 The 7th World Sustainability Forum

Beijing, China

Venue: University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China
Organizing Institutions: China: University of International Business and Economics and Tsinghua University; Switzerland: University of Basel and MDPI

The 7th World Sustainability Forum is an international scientific conference sponsored by the journal Sustainability under the patronage of the  University of International Business and Economics (Beijing), Tsinghua University (Beijing),  University of Basel (Switzerland), MDPI AG  Basel (Switzerland), International Green Economy Association (IGEA),  and  the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN).

The World Sustainability Forum (WSF) is an annual sustainability conference organized by MDPI. It is an excellent opportunity for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to engage with this topic, to expose the urgency of the issues, and to recognize individual, collective, and national opportunities associated therewith. The WSF2018 in China is also an excellent opportunity to sensitize researchers toward national and cultural differences, and how considerable progress can be made in sustainability, despite the multitude of challenges and differences around the world.

The programme of WSF2018 is very rich, including 12 topics and two awards. The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award will be conferred at the gala dinner of the conference. The World Sustainability Award comprises USD 100,000; the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award comprises USD 10,000.

Please visit the conference website for more information.


17–19 September 2018 The International Workshop on Simulation for Energy, Sustainable Development & Environment

Budapest, Hungary

The International Workshop on Simulation for Energy, Sustainable Development & Environment is focusing on using M&S in applications related to Energy, Sustainability and Environmental Issues. Scientists and Subject Matter Experts in these sectors are invited to present innovative papers. The application of M&S to this sector represents a major opportunity considering the nature of the complex systems related to these issues that need to be studied and analyzed


7–8 September 2018 10th OTIE International Conference on Islands Tourism—2018 (ICIT)

Palermo, Italy

The 10th OTIE ICIT_2018 will promote the scientific and technical exchange between international academics and experts on insular contexts in order to address efficient strategies for insular development by promoting a wide cooperation. The conference is one of the working step of the Island Economy Working Group created in Brussels the last November, 27th. The scope of the IEWG, as well as that one of this conference is to promote the creation of an International Network of Island Contexts.


20–22 August 2018 ICCE2018

Quebec, QC, Canada

ICCE2018 is an international conference focused on clean and renewable energy. The 7th International Conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, industrialists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Clean Energy. It provides a platform for researchers and scientists to share their research work while the participants from industry can promote their products . This is an excellent opportunity for the delegates from universities and industry to interact with the their colleagues.

ICCE2018 will Include keynotes & plenary talks, invited lectures, contributed papers, poster presentations, workshops, exhibitions and tours.


14–15 August 2018 International Conference on Sustainable Development 2018

Oxford, UK

International Conference on Sustainable Development 2018 is jointly presented by International Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Law (ICIRL), Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy (CRSJP) at Laurentian University and Ontario International Development Agency (OIDA) in Canada and Institute for Sustainability Newcastle University Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5TQ, United Kingdom.

The International Conference on Sustainable Development 2018 UK consists of following themes. 1. Development, 2. Economics, 3. Environment and Natural Resources, 4. Food and Agriculture, 5. Governance, 6. Health, 7. Information and communication, 8. Science and technology, 9. Social policy. 10. Gender equality

This conference has the following objectives,
• to provide an interdisciplinary forum on global sustainable development for practitioners and academics;
• to foster dialogue among various stakeholders, including senior level policy makers, academics, and practitioners;
• to propose multidisciplinary strategies for economic, socio-political, cultural, and institutional changes;
• to allow stakeholders to share their experiences and research results about all aspects of sustainable human and social development;
• to discuss the practical challenges encountered in promoting sustainable development and the solutions adopted; and
• to find global partners for future business or research collaborations.
More information, please refer


10–14 August 2018 AOM Annual Meeting 2018

Chicago, Illinois, USA

We will be attending the AOM Annual Meeting 2018, which will be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 10–14 August, 2018. The Academy of Management is the preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars. The theme of the 78th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management is Improving Lives. Representatives of the following open access journals will attend:

Administrative Sciences
Social Sciences

If you are also attending this conference, please stop by our booth (Booth #208). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have concerning open access publishing and our journals. For more information, please visit


7–10 July 2018 XXIII International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology

Lisbon, Portugal

Topic: Navigating Complexity: Human-Environmental Solutions for a Challenging Future

The 2018 Conference of the Society for Human Ecology is meant to be as broadly interdisciplinary as possible—bridging science, social science and policy perspectives—with literature, humanities and creative arts. Like previous SHE meetings, it is intended to bring together a diverse group of educators, researchers and practitioners who utilize, or are interested in, interdisciplinary and ecological approaches. We look forward to a diverse and exciting program with an excellent range of speakers, symposia, round-tables and individual presentations.

For more information, please visit:


1–5 July 2018 Process Systems Engineering, PSE 2018

Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA, USA

MDPI will be attending the PSE2018 conference. PSE2018 is part of a series of conferences on Process Systems Engineering held every three years, rotating between Asia, Europe, and North and South America. The high quality scientific program will cover advances in core PSE topics and cross-cutting themes. The role, contributions, and future directions of PSE research addressing challenges in energy, water, manufacturing, sustainable environment, and health will be highlighted.

The following MDPI open access journals will be represented at this event:






Applied Sciences



If you are also attending this conference, please feel free to visit our exhibition table (at the poster session, Coronado Foyer on the 4th floor). Our delegates look forward to meeting you in person to answer any questions you may have regarding open access publishing or our journals. For more information about the conference, please visit:


26–29 June 2018 SOItmC & DEMI of the UNINA 2018 conference with IFKAD

Naples, Italy

We are pleased to announce the SOItmC & DEMI of the UNINA 2018 conference with IFKAD to be held from 26th to 29th, June, 2018, in University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy. For further information, please visit


21–22 June 2018 ICA-Edu Colloquium 2018 Progarmme

Europe, Leuven, Belgium

“Let the entrepreneurial genie out of the bottle!
how will we stimulate the nascent entrepreneurial skills of our students?”

The new generation of life sciences graduates is expected to show creativity, resilience, pro-activeness and risk taking while being able to recognise opportunities: in short entrepreneurship. Whereas traditionally entrepreneurship education was the domain of business schools to stimulate new venture creation, entrepreneurship education has become more and more a university-broad approach focussing on the development of an entrepreneurial mind-set and entrepreneurial competence among staff and students: entrepreneurial development is increasingly dependent on our education. The focus of this colloquium is to share views, experiences and practices on how to stimulate nascent entrepreneurship, curricular as well as extra-curricular in the Life Sciences.

Hot Topic Session Friday 22 June at 14.00 – 15:30

Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Education: an invitation to contribute to an emerging research field

While entrepreneurship was originally primarily valued for its contribution to economic growth, its potential for the solution of societal and environmental problems is acknowledged as well. Over the last decade the notion of sustainable entrepreneurship has gained more and more momentum. Whether the outcome is an eco-innovation, sustainable start-up or project, entrepreneurial thinking and acting starts first of all with motivated individuals and their ideas. Although (higher) education is acclaimed to play an important role in laying the foundation for sustainable entrepreneurship competence, what learning factors contribute to developing such capacities is unclear. There is even less work that empirically investigates these factors, including the opportunities, challenges and dilemma's that sustainable entrepreneurship education may impose.

This session is part of a call for research papers for a special issue on Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Education for the scholarly Journal Sustainability (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability). The purpose and ambition of this session is to introduce you to the guest editors of this special issue, discuss the state of the art and to elicit emerging topics, issues and challenges that need to be addressed in future research.

More details about the Progarmme please check the link:


13–15 June 2018 The 24th International Sustainable Development Research Society Annual Conference

Messina, Italy

The ISDRS 2018 Conference will be held at Messina, Italy on 13-15 June 2018. It aims to have a positive impact on the search for sustainable solutions. For further information, please visit


7–8 June 2018 International Conference on Renewable Recovery and Sustainable Development (RenewableConfo-2018)

Park Royal Hotel, Singapore

International Conference on Renewable Recovery and Sustainable Development (RenewableConfo-2108) will be held at Singapore, Park Royal Hotel on June 07-08, 2018. This Conference covers issues related to Renewable energy recovery methodologies and focuses on sustainable development practical implications. Conference theme "Finding ways to recover renewable resources and technology transmission towards Sustainable Development". For further information, please visit


5–6 June 2018 Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering Network

Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic

Social and economic growth, security and sustainability in Europe are at risk of being compromised due to aging and failing railway infrastructure systems. This partly reflects a recognised skill shortage in railway infrastructure engineering. This project, RISEN, aims to enhance knowledge creation and transfer using both international and intersectoral secondment mechanisms among European Advanced Rail Research Universities/SMEs and Non-EU, world-class rail universities including the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (USA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Southwest Jiaotong University (China) and University of Wollongong (Australia). This project adds research skill mobility and innovation dimension to existing bilateral collaborations between universities through research exchange, joint research supervision, summer courses, international training and workshops, and joint development of innovative inventions. It spans over 4 years from April 2016 to March 2020.

From 4 to 6 June 2018, BRNO University of Technology in Czech Republic will proudly host the third RISEN ECR Training Workshop to provide training in public speaking and engagement, research commercialisation skills, intellectual properties. The theme of this year ECR Workshop is ‘Entrepreneurships’. It will be followed by Research Conference i-RISE 2018. The extended abstract of each presentation will be required early for index in Sustainability, Open Access Journal by MDPI.


1–3 June 2018 24th Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education

University of Bremen, Department of Biology and Chemistry, Leobener Str. NW2, 28359 Bremen, Germany

Topic: Building Bridges across Disciplines for Transformative Education and a Sustainable Future

The 24th Symposium on Chemistry and Science Education, taking place at the University of Bremen in June 2018, continues a long tradition of symposia stretching back to 1981. The symposia has previously, in 2014, focused on the question of how science education research can help to improve chemistry and science teaching and learning, and also what objectives need to be set. In recent years, debate on the sustainable development of our future added another dimension towards this discussion and, therefore, we meet again to exchange state of the art knowledge and experience. For further information, please visit http://www.chemiedidaktik.uni‐bremen.de/symp2018/index.html (The program will be published on the web by late February 2018)


28–31 May 2018 ASSET 2018

Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Belfast Summit on Global Food Integrity will bring together food-security experts from all over the world, spanning academia, industry, agriculture, NGOs and regulators. Over the course of four days, they will grapple with the dilemma of how to feed a growing global population with integrity - amid issues such as pollution, climate change, Brexit, food fraud and food terrorism. Its Chairperson, Queen’s University Belfast Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Elliott, conducted the UK Government’s inquiry into the horsemeat scandal of 2013 and is determined this will be no ordinary university conference but a high-level, international Summit, focused on delivering a White Paper of policy recommendations. Keynote speakers already signed up include professionals from PepsiCo, WHO, FAO, WWF, the European Commission and US Homeland Security. Countries represented include Denmark, USA, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Belgium, Singapore and The Netherlands.


28–30 April 2018 SPACE International Conference 2018 on Sustainable Architecture, Planning and Urban Design

London, UK

SPACE International Conference 2018 on Sustainable Architecture, Planning and Urban Design will be held in London between 28th and 30th April 2018. We hope that the conference will be an ideal platform to discuss the recent advances and research results in the fields of Sustainable Architecture, Planning and Urban Design and all related areas such as engineering, education, interior architecture, social sciences etc. SPACE Studies of Planning and Architecture invites researchers, policymakers and social partners to share knowledge from their fields of expertise.


25–26 April 2018 Law and Sustainability in Global Value Chains: Due Diligence and Contracts in Focus

Aarhus, Denmark

Today, production takes place in globally fragmented chains and networks of suppliers and corporate groups. In theory, global value chains should allow value and risk to be equally distributed across the points of production. However, in practice gains are not shared but instead amassed by centralized corporate entities. Those entities are often far removed from where production physically takes place and therefore far removed from the negative impacts of the production processes on people and planet. Those risks are borne by jurisdictions, such as developing countries, which may be less well-equipped to mitigate or remedy compounded and multiple social and environmental problems.
Law plays a central role both in enabling these modes of production and in providing solutions to the problem. On the one hand, the dominant conceptualizations of corporate purpose, contract, and tort allow the complexity of global production organized via contractual relationships to remain largely unseen to law. On the other hand, the contradiction between extensive control over some aspects of value chains and utter lack of liability for other value chain related aspects has led to a budding law of value chain liability. Recent regulatory approaches ranging from hard to soft law attempt to deal with the ills of global production by focusing specifically on global value chains.
All this provides context for a critically important analysis to find out how we can achieve global sustainability, contributing to securing a sound social foundation for people everywhere now and in the future while staying within planetary boundaries.
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22 April–7 December 2018 The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) Conferences in 2018

Jordan, India, Spain, Brazil, Washington, USA

The Ecosystem Services Partnership will organize several conferences in 2018 focusing on the use of the ecosystem services concept in science, policy and practice to find ‘nature based solutions’ for conservation and sustainable development issues in the MENA-region (Jordan, 22-26 April), Asia (India 9-13 October), Europe (Spain, 14-19 Oct), Latin America (Brazil, 22-25 October) and N. America, together with ACES (in Washington, USA, 3-7 December).

For more information, please visit:


21–22 April 2018 2018 International Conference on Smart Cities and Urban Design (SCUD 2018)

Wuhan, China

2018 International Conference on Smart Cities and Urban Design (SCUD 2018) will be held at Wuhan, China on Apr. 21-22, 2018. This Conference covers issues both theoretical and practical areas on smart cities and urban design. Selected conference papers will be published in special issue of SCI/SSCI indexed journal(Impact Factor: 1.789). For further information, please visit


1–2 March 2018 Just Transition Initiative Conference

Edinburgh, UK

Topic: Just Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy

The initiative behind this conference is to seek to explore from an international and interdisciplinary perspective the just transition to a low-carbon economy. In order to achieve this, we have launched this conference which aims to be the first activity of the Just Transition Initiative. We are grateful that many universities from different parts of the world have joined and we hope for more new members in future years.


1–3 February 2018 New Partners for Smart Growth™ Conference

San Francisco, CA, USA

The 17th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference will take place in San Francisco, CA on February 1-3, 2018. The 2018 program will allow participants to go deeper into certain facets of smart growth, while connecting to broader placemaking efforts with a multidisciplinary peer cohort of practitioners that will leave with an implementation strategy, new tools, models and templates to integrate into their work. Choose one of eight thematic tracks to follow or mix and match and attend whichever sessions will give you the most value. Then, attend dynamic plenaries and exciting tours that will highlight and demonstrate smart growth at work. Join us for one of the largest smart growth conference in the United States. Learn more and register today at


15–18 June 2017 SOItmC (Society of Open Innovation; Technology, Market, and Complexity) and Riga Technological University Conference 2017

Riga, Latvia

We are pleased to announce the SOItmC (Society of Open Innovation; Technology, Market, and Complexity) and Riga Technological University Conference 2017 to be held from 15th to 18th, June, 2017, in Riga Technical University, Latvia. For further information, please visit http://www.openinnovationtmc.org/.


27–28 January 2017 The 6th World Sustainability Forum

Cape Town, South Africa

An international scientific conference of the journal Sustainability under the patronage of the University of Basel, University of the Western Cape, University of Cape Town and the National Research Foundation of the Republic of South Africa.


17–19 July 2016 The 28th CESA Annual Conference

Cairns, Australia

The Chinese Economics Society Australia (CESA) in conjunction with the College of Business Law and Governance, and the Cairns Institute at James Cook University will jointly organise the CESA’s 28th Annual Conference in Cairns, Australia, 17–19 July 2016.


18–20 May 2016 The 5th GRI Global Conference

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The 5th GRI Global Conference will be an inclusive platform to inspire and engage a truly global network of sustainability leaders. As we move towards a new era of sustainability, it is clear that for information to truly empower decision making it must be more accessible, comparable, and available in real time. The focus of the GRI 2016 Conference is to embrace this new era and accelerate progress by delivering innovative sustainability content and by building capability.


11–16 October 2015 World Resources Forum 2015

Congress Centre Davos

The World Resources Forum (WRF) is the global science-based platform for shariAppenzell Headerng knowledge about the economic, political, social and environmental implications of global resource use. WRF promotes innovation for resource productivity by building bridges among researchers, policymakers, business, SMEs, NGOs and the public. Flagship activity is the annual WRF Conference.

Main theme:
Circular Economy and Resource Productivity
Tentatively scheduled is an official full back to back meeting of UNEP's International Resource Panel and its Steering Committee, and a high level ministerial.


27 September–3 October 2015 SDEWES2015 Conference

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The 10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems – SDEWES Conference, to be held in Dubrovnik in 2015, is dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars, as well as methods for assessing and measuring sustainability of development, regarding energy, transport, water, environment and food production systems and their many combinations. Sustainability being also a perfect field for interdisciplinary and multi-cultural evaluation of complex system, the SDEWES Conference has at the beginning of the 21st century become a significant venue for researchers in those areas to meet, and originate, discuss, share, and disseminate new ideas.


7–9 September 2015 The 5th World Sustainability Forum

Centre for Teaching and Research of the University Hospital of Basel

2015 is an important year for all of us. We are taking stock of the accomplishments based on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were adopted in the year 2000. The results of these efforts are immensely positive. In most countries around the globe, extreme poverty and hunger have been reduced, and infant, child, and maternal mortality have decreased. Girls have better access to primary schooling, progress has been made in slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, access to safe drinking water and sanitation has improved, and more information and knowledge is available to more people via the internet than ever before. However, not all goals have been achieved and some regions have benefitted less, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

The period marked by the MDGs will end in December 2015. As part of the post-2015 development agenda, the international community is working intensely on a new set of goals, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in the second half of September 2015. The new set of goals, despite their similarity in some aspects, go beyond the MDGs in that (a) the formulation and focus of the goals are more encompassing, explicitly requiring active participation from wealthy and poor nations alike, and that (b) the overall focus is shifting away from ameliorating the situation of poor and underdeveloped regions and societies toward improving the sustainability of global economic and social development while concurrently protecting the environment.

First Call - The 5th World Sustainability Forum (WSF5)- Transitioning toward Sustainability


27–31 July 2015 38th WEDC International Conference—Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Services Beyond 2015: Improving Access and Sustainability

Leicestershire, UK


  1. Leadership in WASH
  2. Mainstreaming equity and inclusion within Institutions
  3. WASH services in the transition from emergency to development
  4. Disaster risk management – implications for WASH
  5. Emerging transformative technologies in WASH or disruptive technologies and ‘leapfrogging’ in WASH
  6. Inclusive menstrual hygiene
  7. Instigating and sustaining hygiene behaviour change
  8. Linking WASH, nutrition and health
  9. Monitoring and learning programmes in WASH


9–12 July 2015 ECSEE 2015—The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment

Brighton, UK

Environmental Sustainability & Human Consumption: Food and Water, Hunger and Thirst 
Environmental Sustainability & Environmental Management: Land Use & Misuse 
Environmental Sustainability & Environmental Management: Atmosphere and Air 
Cultural Sustainability: Protecting, Preserving and Conserving 
Economic Sustainability: Environmental Challenges and Economic Growth 
Economic Sustainability: Sustainable Businesses and CSR 
Social Sustainability and Social Justice 
Social Sustainability and Sustainable Living 
Energy: Renewable Energy and Environmental Solutions 
Energy: Energy Economics and Ecological Economics


7–9 July 2015 International Conference on Coastal Cities and their Sustainable Future

New Forest, UK

This International Conference on Coastal Cities and their Sustainable Future aims to provide a multi-disciplinary forum to discuss a wide range of scientific, technological and socioeconomic issues related to the development of sustainability in coastal cities.


1–3 July 2015 Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, SEB-15

Lisbon, Portugal

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers and government and industry professionals to discuss the future of energy in buildings, neighbourhoods and cities from a theoretical, practical, implementation and simulation perspective. The conference will be an exciting chance to present, interact, and learn about the latest research in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings.


22–24 June 2015 True Smart and Green City? – The 8th International Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU)

Incheon, Korea

True smart & green city? is the title of the 8th conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) that will take place from 22–24 June 2015 in the city of Incheon, Republic of Korea.

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage issues related to recent insights and advances in the 5 conference topics:

  1. True Smart & Green Urban Society
  2. True Smart & Green Urban Economies
  3. True Smart & Green Urban Planning and Governance
  4. True Smart & Green Urban Design and Visions
  5. True Smart & Green Urban Technologies and Infrastructure Systems

The conference will encourage both theoretical and practical debates surrounding environmental, economical, and social contexts.


13–16 June 2015 The Fifth Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment 2015

Osaka, Japan

This international and interdisciplinary conference will again bring together a range of academics and practitioners to discuss new directions of research and discovery in sustainability, energy and the environment. As with IAFOR’s other events, ACSEE2015 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education and beyond.


3–5 June 2015 10th International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development

Valencia, Spain

The aim of the Conference is to encourage and facilitate interdisciplinary communication between scientists, engineers, economists and professionals working in ecological systems and sustainable development. Emphasis will be given to those areas that will most benefit from the application of scientific methods for sustainable development, including the conservation of natural systems around the world. The conference objectives have evolved over the years, seeking to integrate thermodynamics, ecology and economics into “ecodynamics”.


2–5 June 2015 2015 ISL Symposium

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Topics include:

  • new perspectives on sustainable leadership
  • applications and case studies
  • critical perspectives
  • challenges in applying sustainable practices
  • changing mindsets and behaviours
  • specific sustainable leadership practices
  • the cultural relevance of sustainable practices
  • and sustainable tourism (additional topic in 2015).


27–29 May 2015 Food in the Bio-based Economy: Sustainable Provision and Access

Wageningen, The Netherlands

  • Sustainable intensification and the bio-economy
  • Measurement of the bio-economy
  • Innovation and technology transfer
  • Climate change impacts
  • Water management and soil conservation
  • Food and fuel competition
  • Consumer attitudes and behavior
  • Regulations and policies
  • Distribution, trade and market access
  • Political economy of food supply


26–27 May 2015 Third Annual International Conference on Sustainable Human Development 2015

London, UK

Through this conference we aim to provide the leading forum for debate on issues of importance to society at large. Through a structured programme of research presentations, seminars, posters, demonstrations and exhibition, it is intended that participants will gain new insights, knowledge and competencies of relevance to the betterment of life in a sustainable way. Scholars and policy makers will have the opportunity to engage in discussion on the pressing problems facing long-term viability and sustainability of societies, including considerations for diversity and well-being of local communities in reaction to the challenges posed by growing globalization and development.


10–13 May 2015 International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction - ICSDEC 2015

Chicago, IL, USA

ICSDEC 2015 is a premier conference offering a unique opportunity to academia, industry practitioners and entrepreneurs alike to share their latest research, information, ideas and products relating to sustainability and resilience.


26–28 April 2015 The Third Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality in Asia (COSTA 2015)

Hiroshima, Japan

The aim of the conference is to foster greater communication and collaboration between scientists, practitioners and policy makers in seeking innovative and pragmatic approaches to sustainable tourism and hospitality.


23–24 April 2015 Conference on Social and Sustainable Finance and Impact Investment

Oxford, UK


  • Social and Sustainable Finance, Relevance and Global Governance
  • Impact Investing - Cases, Instruments, Players, Social and Financial Risk and Returns
  • Public Policy and Public-Private Partnerships
  • Environmental Markets and Finance, Stranded Assets and Carbon Markets
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives, e.g. Ethics, CSR, CG, Motives, Identity
  • Crowdfunding and Venture Capital and its social impact
  • Employee ownership, mutual funds and holding companies
  • Social Entrepreneurship, Financing, Scaling and Growing


12–15 April 2015 The 2015 European Academic Conference Sustainable on Business Tourism & Hospitality

Paris, France

This conference worldwide on 2015 can be select the theme as follow:


- International Business and Economics Research Conference

- International Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference

- International Leisure Sport and MICE Management Research Conference

- International Hotel Restaurant and Food Beverage Management Research Conference

- International Health Care Management Research Conference

- International Social Sciences Research Conference


12–14 April 2015 Sustainable Design and Manufacturing 2015

Seville, Spain






30–31 March 2015 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference 2015

Baltimore/Washington, USA

Welcome to the 10th annual Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference. “Honoring Our Past, Charting Our Future” will be our focus in 2015 as we look back on sustainability transformation in higher education over the past decade.


10–13 March 2015 International Conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction - ICSDEC 2015

Chicago, USA

ICSDEC 2015 is a premier conference offering a unique opportunity to academia, industry practitioners and entrepreneurs alike to share their latest research, information, ideas and products relating to sustainability and resilience.


5 March–6 May 2015 2nd European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference (ESPC2)


Main topics

  • EU policies on phosphorus management:
  • follow-up of the inclusion of phosphate rock on the EU Critical Raw Materials list and the European Commission Communication on Sustainable Phosphorus use in the environment: chances for reducing phosphorus losses & valorizing phosphorus materials from waste (water) in the agro and chemical industry.
  • Agricultural phosphorus efficiency and sustainable intensification
  • P from farm to fork: Phosphorus sustainability and innovation in the agricultural market and the food industry
  • Phosphorus, global food security, geopolitical dependencies, planetary boundaries
  • Regions implementing sustainable phosphorus management
  • The need for societal change, and how to achieve it


25–26 February 2015 Global Conference on Energy and Sustainable Development

Coventry, UK

The World Energy and Environment Technology Ltd. is happy to announce the Global Conference on Energy and Sustainable Development, 2015. The Conference not only provides a venue for researchers from the Midland region, but also for world-wide researchers and specialists and those interested in learning about the energy and sustainable development.


14–15 February 2015 2015 5th International Conference on Chemistry and Chemical Process

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in Chemistry and Chemical Process. Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in Amsterdam and abroad. The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Chemistry and Chemical Process and related areas.


14 February 2015–15 February 2014 2015 4th International Conference on Clean and Green Energy

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in Clean and Green Energy. Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in Amsterdam and abroad. The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Clean and Green Energy and related areas.


14–15 February 2015 2015 4th International Conference on Clean and Green Energ

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The primary goal of the conference is to promote research and developmental activities in Clean and Green Energy. Another goal is to promote scientific information interchange between researchers, developers, engineers, students, and practitioners working in Amsterdam and abroad. The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Clean and Green Energy and related areas.


9–10 February 2015 4th Annual International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Sciences (SEES 2015)


Today’s challenge is to inspire the environmental science community through the interchange of knowledge and sharing of best practices in a global-scale context and toward advances for a low-carbon future. This conference serve as a platform for researchers, academics and scientists from the environmental science community and to provide an avenue for robust exchange of information on technological advances, new scientific achievements, and the effectiveness of various environmental regulation programmes.


6–27 February 2015 The Economics of Climate Change Mitigation Options in the Forestry Sector

Rome, Italy

Key discussion points:

  • The economic costs and benefits of various mitigation options related to climate change
  • Variation in mitigation potential at different carbon prices and in different regions
  • Impacts of mitigation efforts on value chains of forest products
  • Which option worked well and which did not? What leads to success or failure? What are the barriers in achieving the mitigation potential?
  • What lessons can we learn (e.g. investments and building confidence, policies and incentives, reducing transaction costs)?
  • How these efforts contribute to the sustainable development goals of different countries?


26–27 January 2015 Global Sustainability Institute Research Conference 2015-The Interface between Sustainability Research and Policy

Cambridge, UK

The 2015 Global Sustainability Institute Conference will bring together leaders from academia, business, government, NGOs and beyond, to discuss the interface between sustainability research and public policy and practice.


21–23 January 2015 Eleventh International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability

Copenhagen, Denmark

Annual interdisciplinary conference discussing sustainability through a holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic, and social concerns intersect. Possible publication in peer-reviewed journal collection.


7–9 January 2015 ICSU: 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization

Hong Kong, China

This conference series aims to provide an international forum for the international scientific/engineering community to examine these challenges and to find effective solutions to ensure a sustainable process of urbanization and sustainable operation and management of urbanized areas.


8–10 December 2014 The World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST-2014)

London, UK

The objectives of WCST are to provide the opportunities for collaboration and reflection that have the potential to greatly enhance the infrastructure and capacity for conducting and applying art, science and technology for sustainability. The WCST-2014 bridges the gap between academia and industry by creating awareness of current development in sustainable technologies.


11–13 November 2014 EcoChem 2014 - The Global Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Event

Basel, Switzerland

EcoChem: The Global Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Event held in Basel, Switzerland on the 11th - 13th November 2014. The event will gather 150 expert speakers, 3000 attendees and over 120 exhibitors, representing the leaders and innovators of sustainable chemistry across the value chain. Senior executives from globally recognised companies including BASF, Air Liquide, AkzoNobel, Braskem, Borealis, DSM, Sigma Aldrich, Dow, DuPont, Evonik, Henkel, INEOS, Solvay, adidas Group, Umicore, L’Oréal, Nestlé, Nike and IKEA will join the Congress to share their insight, breakthrough research and disruptive new concepts.

For more information on attending, please contact [email protected] or to register visit www.ecochemex.com and benefit from the 25% discount offered to MDPI network when you book by quoting ‘ECO14EXMDPI'


10–14 November 2014 Heritage and Landscape as Human Values

Florence, Italy

The Scientific Symposium which will take place in Florence (Italy) on the occasion of the 18th ICOMOS General Assembly, from 10 to 14 November 2014, will explore the theme "Heritage and Landscape as Human Values"


5–7 November 2014 NCGG7 - Seventh International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases (NCGG7)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The 7th Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gas Symposium (NCGG7) has a focus on ¡°Innovations for a Sustainable Future¡±, with four themes: (1) Innovation and Integration, (2) Sources, Sinks and Inventories, (3) Atmospheric Processes and (4) Policy Implementation.


16–17 October 2014 Fifth International Conference on the Constructed Environment

Philadelphia, USA

This conference will explore the forms and functions of the constructed environment during a time of dramatic and at times disruptive change. The conference is a cross-disciplinary forum which brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the past character and future shape of the built environment. The resulting conversations weave between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, market pragmatics and social idealism.


14–16 October 2014 International Conference on: Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development

The Kore University of Enna, Italy

The urban planning conference deals with all aspects of development and planning and brings together scientists and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest advances in the field, as well as to seek and highlight developments in managerial strategies and assessment tools for policy and decision makers.


28–29 September 2014 Geo Utilities: Exploiting Geospatial Capabilities for Utilities

London, UK

GeoUtilities 2014 provides you with in-depth market and practical insight into how utility companies across Europe and the US are building this robust strategy for investment in geospatial network infrastructure management solutions.


23–25 September 2014 Sustainable City 2014

Siena, Italy

The International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability addresses all aspects of the urban environment aiming to provide solutions leading towards sustainability. The Conference addresses the multi-disciplinary aspects of urban planning; a result of the increasing size of the cities; the amount of resources and services required and the complexity of modern society.


20–27 September 2014 The 9th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - SDEWES Conference

Venice/Istanbul, Italy

The 9th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - SDEWES Conference, to be held at the sea between Venice and Istanbul in 2014, is dedicated to the improvement and dissemination of knowledge on methods, policies and technologies for increasing the sustainability of development by de-coupling growth from natural resources and replacing them with knowledge based economy, taking into account its economic, environmental and social pillars, as well as methods for assessing and measuring sustainability of development, regarding energy, transport, water, environment and food production systems and their many combinations.


27–29 August 2014 5th IST Conference

Utrecht, The Netherlands

The 5th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions will be hosted by Utrecht University in August 2014 - further information will follow.


26–27 August 2014 2014 Global Conference on Resource Conservation and Sustainability (CRCS 2014)


The 2014 Global Conference on Resource Conservation and Sustainability (CRCS) will be held from 26th to 27th August 2014. We aim to bring together researchers, academics, scientists and conservation practitioner communities to discuss the implications of how a rapidly growing global economy is straining the Earth¡¯s natural resources and exchange pointers on new strategies and technologies on resource conservation.


24–27 August 2014 2nd International Conference on ICT for Sustainability 2014

Stockholm, Sweden

The ICT4S conference brings together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications.


3–6 July 2014 ECSEE 2014 - The Second European Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment

Brighton, UK

ECSEE 2014 will again include a variety of presenters representing a wide range of social science disciplines, expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and creating the synergies that can inspire multi-disciplinary collaborations.


25–27 June 2014 Sustainability in Energy & Buildings 2014


The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers and government and industry professionals to discuss the future of energy in buildings, neighbourhoods and cities from a theoretical, practical, implementation and simulation perspective. The conference will be an exciting chance to present, interact, and learn about the latest research in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings.


17–19 June 2014 5th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage: Management, Technologies and Policies

Poznan, Polan

The purpose of the conference is to provide examples of how irrigation and drainage can become more sustainable, while acknowledging that the concept of sustainability is a goal that continues to change as our knowledge of the biophysical realities alter. In that sense moving towards sustainability is an ever evolving journey.


8–11 June 2014 XXV ISPIM Conference – Innovation for Sustainable Economy & Society

Dublin, UK

Themes covered will include:

  • Innovation for Sustainable Societies (Conference Focus Theme)
  • Innovation for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth 
    (Conference Focus Theme)
  • Business Models, Entrepreneurship, & Financing Innovation
  • Collaboration for Innovation (incl. Open Innovation 2.0)
  • Creativity & Idea Generation
  • Green, Public & Social Innovation
  • Innovation Training, Teaching & Coaching
  • Methods & Measurement of Innovation
  • Networks & Clusters of Innovation
  • Service Innovation
  • Strategic Foresight, Strategic Agility & 
    Future Orientation
  • Transferring Knowledge for Innovation


8–13 June 2014 20th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management

Hannover, Germany

The 20th ISSRM will put a focus on these changes, their societal impacts and the potential to mitigate their effects on natural resources and humankind. Under the conference theme, we are seeking organized sessions that fall under the following focus areas:

  • social impacts and human dimensions of natural resource management
  • conflicts from  climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies, land-use changes and renewable energies
  • ecosystem services and their evaluation
  • recreation and tourism
  • protected area management
  • smart resource management
  • local and regional development (ecological, economic and social impacts)
  • building culture and urban planning
  • incorporating uncertainties and risk management into environmental planning and resource management
  • governance models for spatial transformation
  • collaborative stakeholder processes


3–6 June 2014 9th International Symposium on Sustainable Leadership

Salzburg, Austria

Hear about the latest research and gather fresh insights into sustainable leadership practices. Network with academics, managers, practitioners, researchers and others experienced in sustainable leadership from all over the world.

Topics include:

-new perspectives on sustainable leadership
-applications and case studies
-critical perspectives
-challenges in applying sustainable practices
-changing mindsets and behaviours
-specific sustainable leadership practices
-and the cultural relevance of sustainable practices


2–5 June 2014 Sustainable Brands

San Diego, CA, USA

Sustainable Brands ¡¯14 San Diego ¨C Brand, sustainability & design leaders find inspiration and tools to create positive impact.


1–5 June 2014 Singapore International Water Week 2014


Water professionals need more than just working knowledge of developments in a fast-paced global water market. Stay ahead of current developments with this platform for water practitioners to share expertise and identify solutions to challenges faced by their peers worldwide.

In 2014, the Water Convention continues in its promise to examine the trends and challenges facing East Asia, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East regions along five themes:

1. Delivering Water from Source to Tap
2. Effective and Efficient Wastewater Management
3. Water for Liveability and Resilience
4. Water Quality and Health
5. Water for Industries


28–30 April 2014 International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing

Cardiff, Wales, UK

The Conference will consist of keynote talks, oral and poster presentations, invited sessions and workshops, on the applications and theory of sustainable design and manufacturing and related areas.


14–17 April 2014 GMIC 2014 Sustainable Meetings Conference

San Francisco, CA, USA

Topics will include certification of APEX/ASTM standards, green event apps for destinations, chefs perspectives on sustainable food and brain food menu planning, social marketing trends and sustainability, global case study perspectives, meeting design strategies, and the future of sustainable events for business meetings, sports and events.


8–9 April 2014 Water and Environment 2014: CIWEM's annual conference

London, UK

The aim of the conference is to challenge and inspire the water and environment community by sharing knowledge and best practice, which is at the heart of meeting key global challenges.


2–3 April 2014 Green Carbon: Making Sustainable Agriculture Real

Brussels, Belgium

The Conference theme of Green Carbon aims to clarify and highlight the often invisible yet vital link between Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) and soil health, and the role this link plays in the sustainability of agricultural production and the flow of ecosystem services. However, the topics to be addressed by the Conference will not be restricted only to the importance of SOC for the overall soil quality and health but also include other sustainability and landscape issues intimately related to the role of soil carbon such as ecosystem functions and services, climate change mitigation and carbon offset, and socio-economic and policy aspects.

Website: http://www.greencarbon-ca.eu/

2–3 April 2014 Second International Conference on Sustainable Human Development

London, UK

Scholars and policy makers will have the opportunity to engage in discussion on the pressing problems facing long-term viability and sustainability of societies, including considerations for diversity and well-being of local communities.


30 March–2 April 2014 Sustainable Water Management Conference

Denver, Colorado, USA

This conference seeks to combine technical presentations with in-depth discussions on legal, regulatory and legislative matters water utilities face today. Get started today and don't miss this great opportunity to share your research with your peers.


25–27 March 2014 Sustainable Chemistry Summit 2014

Brussels, Belgium

The 2014 edition of the Sustainable Chemistry Summit will address the new challenges of sustainable enterprises :
  • a more sustainable chemistry as a key factor for more sustainable industries,
  • impacts of sustainable programs of chemical companies on products, processes, services and facilities environmental and social performance,
  • strategic role of renewable sources of energy and raw materials for the industry.


18–20 March 2014 Green Polymer Chemistry 2014: International Conference on Sustainable Production of Plastics and Elastomers

Cologne, Germany

The Green Polymer Chemistry conference provides an ideal forum for today’s market, as the polymer industry looks at alternatives to petrochemical sources to ensure a viable long-term future. Green Polymer Chemistry 2014 is a forum to examine the latest developments in producing conventional polymers from sustainable sources including plants and biorefineries, algae, waste and CO2. What is the LCA and availablility of the alternative sources, and is there competition with food and bioethanol for automotive? What polymers are already available in the marketplace?


16–18 March 2014 The 2014 Conference on Anthropology & Sustainability in Asia

Hiroshima, Japan

The Conference on Anthropology & Sustainability in Asia is an international biennial conference. Selection of Hiroshima as the venue site provides the ideal backdrop for a conference that will draw researchers and scholars from around Asia to discuss the importance of anthropology in regards to the CASA 2014 theme: Anthropological Perspectives on Holistic Sustainability.

Under the theme of Anthropological Perspectives on Holistic Sustainability, CASA 2014 welcomes submissions from the following sub-themes and special topics:

Cultural Sustainability
Social Sustainability
Political Sustainability
Economic Sustainability
Archaeology and Sustainability
Linguistic Sustainability
Biological Sustainability
Other areas


4–6 March 2014 BuildingEnergy 2014

Boston, MA, USA

BuildingEnergy (BE) is the most most cross-disciplinary renewable energy and high-performance building conference & trade show in the northeastern US. NESEA members drive the content from questions that come up in their professional lives. It's a place to shape a vision of a sustainable built environment and to do the whole systems thinking it will take to get there.


28 February–1 March 2014 2014 Beyond Sustainability Conference

Tampa, FL, USA

This conference moves ideas into action and offers opportunities to cultivate collaboration among entrepreneurs, academicians, community leaders, economists, government, regulatory agencies, businesses, students and community members to create nexuses that will help shape new sustainable economic models. Participate in organic, synergistic whole systems based discussions to envision a world beyond sustainability.


13–14 February 2014 Energy & Sustainbility Conference

Richmond, Virginia, USA

At our 2013 event, more than 800 attendees heard national leaders across business and institutional market sectors discuss how sustainability is changing their organizations and how they're adapting and leveraging sustainability to enhance their business results.

The benefits of sustainability include:

  • New product/service development
  • Increased employee productivity
  • Using alternative energy technology to meet carbon goals
  • Increased test results for students
  • Improved tenant retention
  • Reducing length of stays in healthcare
  • Reduced Absenteeism
  • Increased return on investment
  • Marketing sustainability for success


20–21 December 2013 MacroTrend Conference on Energy and Sustainability: Paris 2013

Paris, France

We invite the submission of academic and practitioner articles of interest to:

a) policymakers in crafting a sustainable domestic and international energy policy;

b) investors in their attempts to value energy as a commodity, as well as energy companies and energy sectors internationally;

c) energy company executives at all levels of energy production and consumption, including the alternative energy;

d) venture capitalists in evaluation the feasibility the energy related projects and startups; and

e) research centers and organizations promoting energy related issues, sustainable development and environment. The scope of the conference is specifically related to the broader trends and themes related to energy policy, energy economics, energy production and consumption, alternative energy, energy technology and innovation, sustainable development, and environment.


11–12 December 2013 Global Conference on Energy Security and Sustainability

United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA

The United Nation’s declaration that 2014-2024 is The Decade of Sustainable Energy for All is a call to action for the international community across the wide spectrum of industry, governments, academia, and grassroots organizations. Global Energy Initiative, through the Global Energy Conference on Energy Security and Sustainability, seeks to provide a unique opportunity for this diverse array of stakeholders to convene and share vision and action for achieving Sustainable Energy for All.


2–4 December 2013 Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit 2013

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Learn from industry experts, engage in valuable peer to peer collaboration, find solutions for your business challenges, discover new products and services.  The CRFS is a great opportunity to exchange ideas and gain a global perspective on the renewable fuels industry.  We offer insightful plenaries and are now offering concurrent industry breakout sessions.


28–31 October 2013 ISEM Conference - Ecological Modelling for Ecosystem Sustainability

Toulouse, France

The International Society for Ecological Modelling (ISEM) is an important and active research community contributing to this arena. Some progress towards gaining a better understanding of the processes of global change has been achieved, but much more is needed. This conference will provide a forum to present current research using models to investigate our actions to mitigate and adapt to change as well as how to preserve and protect ecosystems and their services.


18–20 October 2013 2013 San Antonio International Multidisciplinary Academic Conference

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Regular Registration Deadline SEPTEMBER 30th

Full Paper should be submitted by AUGUST 30th in order to be considered for publication in one of the ISIS double-blind peer-refereed journals or the refereed Conference Proceedings
Abstracts and Revised full papers should be submitted by SEPTEMBER 15th

Abstract submitted by SEPTEMBER 30th, and which would meet the selection criteria of the Conference Review Committee, will be given the chance to present their work in progress at the ISIS/IAABR Conference in San Antonio.

Conference Chair:
Prof. Dr. Tom Badgett, Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas USA


12–13 October 2013 3rd International Conference on Petroleum and Sustainable Development

Paris, France

The aim objective of the International Conference on Petorleum and Sustainable Development  (ICPSD) is to provide a platform for researchers, engineers, academicians as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in Petorleum and Sustainable Development.


25–28 September 2013 SB13 Graz: Sustainable Building Conference 2013

Graz, Austria

The SB13 Graz conference is part of a major international series of conferences that focus on sustainable building and construction. The series, now on a three-year cycle, has become recognized as the world’s preeminent conference series in this important field.


23–25 September 2013 11th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing

Berlin, Germany

Sustainable manufacturing has emerged as the leading paradigm to address the dilemma of maintaining a progressive economic growth based on production of goods and services without continuing to damage our environment or future economic and social structures. While manufacturing is a major driver of civilized development that provides high quality living standards, its impact can be harmful if not managed and minimized, e.g. it may cause damage such as depletion of natural resources, global warming and toxic wastes.


17–20 September 2013 Coasts, Marine Structures and Breakwaters 2013

Edinburgh, UK

Whilst retaining the historical coverage on shoreline structures, coastal processes, and design and construction of breakwaters and related structures, the conference will extend the marine energy theme initiated with the 2009 conference; with emphasis on aspects at the civil and coastal engineering interface, such as fluid loadings, resource modelling, interactions with the environment, construction, installation, cabling, servicing and maintenance.


9–11 September 2013 6th International Urban Design Conference

Sidney, Australia

The conference "UrbanAgiNation" urbanisation | agitation | imagination will examine the Liveability, Productivity, Affordability and Efficiency of our Cities.

The conference takes its theme from the Australian Governments 2011/12 Budget Papers where it stated;

"Three-quarters of Australians live in our 18 major cities (that have populations over 100, 000). While Australians are fortunate to enjoy some of the most liveable cities in the world, our cities face a number of long term challenges: the need to improve productivity growth; provide affordable and accessible housing; create safe community spaces; meet the needs of a growing and ageing population; ensure an inclusive and cohesive society; and address the implications of climate change. The way our cities develop to accommodate future growth and change will be critical to maintaining their status as some of the best cities in the world".

The International Urban Design Conference was established in 2007.  Since then over 500 presenters have shared their knowledge in developing a range of themes including, Opportunistic Urban Design 2012, Resilience in Urban Design 2011, Designing the Future 2010, Waves of Change - Cities at Crossroads 2009 and Survival: implementing tomorrow's city 2007.


4–6 September 2013 CISBAT International Conference

Lausanne, Switzerland

The Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory organises every two years an International Conference on themes related to Solar Energy and Sustainability in the Built Environment.


27–31 August 2013 8th IAG International Conference on Geomorphology

Paris, France

The 8th International Conference on Geomorphology of the International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG) will take place in Paris at the Cité des Sciences de La Villette from August 27 to 31, 2013. The main topic of this 8th Conference is “Geomorphology and Sustainability”.

Organized by the Groupe Français de Géomorphologie (GFG) and open to all scientists and practitioners, this Conference will include 26 scientific sessions, 5 keynote lectures and one Workshop devoted to Young Geomorphologists.


18–21 August 2013 SCMT3: International Conference on Sustainable Construction Materials & Technologies

Tokyo, Japan

The construction materials industry is a major user of the natural resources. While enormous progress has been made towards sustainability, the scope and opportunities for further improvements are significant. The focus of this conference series is to highlight researches and developments mainly on durability and longevity of construction materials by new and innovative ways.


14–18 July 2013 World Renewable Energy Congress - Australia 2013

Murdoch, Australia

The types of energy we use and how we use them are central factors in determining to what extent we are moving towards a more sustainable society. Our dependence on nonrenewable fuel causes pollution and environmental degradation. Sustainable development depends on research and development into appropriate, cost effective and cost recoverable technologies and how these new technologies and new energy systems interact with existing economic and social frameworks.


9–12 June 2013 XXIV ISPIM Conference – Innovating in Global Markets: Challenges for Sustainable Growth

Helsinki, Finland

Businesses are under increasing pressure from an on-going economic crisis that is reducing growth opportunities and available resources. Societal concerns increase the need to develop sustainable processes and products, and political leaders must try to balance short with long-term interests. Globalisation offers attractive new markets and also intensifies competitive pressures. The net result of these, and related developments, is an environment where new technologies, products, services and competitors can rapidly have disruptive effects. Business models can no longer be static, moreover they call for on-going innovation, and customers require solutions based on integrated products and services. As companies strive for continuity, the stakes for innovation are rising. Effective innovation strategies are required in order to meet the challenges of ensuring growth in this increasingly open, dynamic and uncertain environment. How to innovate? Where to innovate? Who to innovate for? Who to innovate with?


5–7 June 2013 2013 Sustainable Chemistry Summit

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The 2013 Sustainable Chemistry Summit, presented by GreenCentre Canada, will map the journey of green chemistry technologies from lab to market. Following the path of innovation, the Summit will start with sessions on the genesis of discoveries, unfold along each step of the journey toward commercialization, and culminate with a look at real-life examples of technologies that have made it. The Sustainable Chemistry Summit will connect you, educate you and inspire you—leaving you with the tools you need to chart your own course from lab to market.


3–7 June 2013 11th International JTEFS/BBCC Conference "Sustainable Development. Culture. Education."

St. Petersburg, Russia

We are proud to announce the 11th international conference "Sustainable Development. Culture. Education" of JTEFS/BBCC (Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability /Baltic and Black Sea Circle Consortium in Educational Research) and UNESCO Network on Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability.

The conference is devoted to higher and professional education, the problems of focusing professional education in the context of sustainable development issues, the problems of design and optimization of educational environment in accordance with the needs of modern society.

We invite university professors, young researchers, graduate students, teachers and methodologists from colleges and secondary schools, teachers of additional education institutions. Also we invite experts in the field of interior design and architecture of children educational institutions.


15–17 May 2013 International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology

Cincinnati, OH, USA

Now in its 20th year, the International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technology (ISSST) is the premier conference for research related to the sustainability of science and technology systems. The program covers the spectrum of issues for assessing and managing products and services across their life cycle, and the design, management, and policy implications of sustainable engineered systems and technologies.


15–16 April 2013 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference

Bethesda, MD, USA

Colleges and universities are incubators of innovation, tackling the biggest challenges of society through creative means. The 2013 Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference provides the setting to learn, share and explore how campuses are using their passion for innovation to develop technologies, infrastructure, programs and curricula that address the world's most pressing sustainability challenges.


7–9 April 2013 Engineering Sustainability 2013

Pittsburgh, USA

As with our four previous events, this focused conference will bring together engineers and scientists from academia, government, industry, and nonprofits to share results of cutting-edge research and practice directed at development of environmentally sustainable buildings and infrastructure.


2–4 April 2013 2nd IIR International Conference on Sustainability and the Cold Chain

Paris, France

The global population reached over 7 billion in 2011. To feed the planet, the cold chain has to be developed all over the world in order to save harvests, avoid waste, and allow the development of a new way of life in Asia and in Africa. At the same time, the addressing of environmental issues is increasingly vital, and efforts implemented to reduce the impact of refrigeration on the environment have to be pursued.


19–21 March 2013 Green Polymer Chemistry 2013

Cologne, Germany

AMI's 2nd international conference on Green Chemistry in the polymer industry is scheduled for 19-21 March 2013 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. There is a welcome reception on the first evening followed by a 2-day programme of presentations.

Petroleum resources are limited and take around 150 million years to replace, so alternatives must be found to ensure a viable long-term future. Green Polymer Chemistry 2013 is a forum  to examine the latest developments in producing conventional polymers from sustainable sources including plants, waste and CO2. The conference brings together agricultural specialists, biotechnology experts, biochemists, the chemical and polymer industries, brand owners, market consultants and investors.  The aim is to understand the market opportunities and to find economic routes to sustainable manufacturing.


18–22 March 2013 Entrepreneurship and Local Development

Unst, Shetland, UK

Processes of globalisation are sharpening focus on economics at the local level. Local communities, whether urban or rural, are increasingly competing at an international scale, and the success of a community’s industries – tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, high-tech services, etc. – depends in large part on the ability of local businesses to adapt to challenging and ever-changing global markets.
This academic conference explores how private and NGO actors seek to create and maintain jobs  as well as how local governments can support skills development and innovation in new and existing businesses. We consider conditions affecting the prospects for entrepreneurship, such as the availability of housing, transport, and a skilled workforce, and we look at the formation of business clusters of entrepreneurs.


15–19 March 2013 2013 ANNUAL CONFERENCE: Governance & Sustainability: Local Concerns, Global Challenges

New Orleans, LA, USA

The capacity to responsibly sustain our global community has long term environmental, economic, social, and governance implications. The 2013 ASPA Annual Conference will address the myriad issues associated with the responsible management and stewardship of our diverse, yet interrelated resources. The management of these resources is a complex social challenge involving consideration of leadership, ethics, economics, planning, social equity, collaboration, and technology, amongst other issues.
This conference will consider whether we have reached or exceeded the limits of our democratic state, the governance implications of these challenges, and the effects of these issues in public management and public policy.


5–6 March 2013 World Forests Summit

Stockholm, Sweden

The World Forests Summit will assemble a leading group of experts from around the world: CEOs, government ministers, scientists and activists will meet to agree the framework for future sustainable management of a precious global resource.


25–26 February 2013 2nd Annual International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Environmental Sciences SEES 2013


The aim of the conference is to challenge and inspire the environmental science community through the interchange of knowledge and sharing of best practices in a global-scale context and toward advances for a low-carbon future.


14–16 February 2013 ICT4S Conference - ICT for sustainability

Zurich, Switzerland

The ICT4S conference aims to bring together leading researchers to take stock of the role of ICT in sustainability, to create an interdisciplinary synopsis, to inspire new approaches to unleash the potential of ICT for sustainability, and to improve methodologies of evaluating, developing, and governing the effects of ICT systems on the sustainability of societal and environmental systems.


31 January–1 February 2013 2013 Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference

Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University Portland, Oregon

Colleges and universities serve a unique role in our state. We have a responsibility to investigate societal challenges, test drive potential solutions, and serve as the shepherds of a sustainable future. Take part in the effort to maximize our collective potential. Join campus professionals, faculty, and students for two days of dialogue, networking, and training at the 2013 Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (OHESC).


28–31 January 2013 Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference: Complex Architectures, Multiple Agents

Tokyo, Japan

This event is part of the global conference series organized by the Earth System Governance Project, the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference will be jointly hosted by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the International Environmental Governance Architecture Research Group and the Tokyo Institute of Technology on behalf of the Earth System Governance Project.


24–25 January 2013 V International Seminar Tourism and Spatial Planning Centre for Geographical Studies

Lisbon, Portugal

This conference intends to meet and discuss new research ideas on the tourism impacts in the Global South, focusing namely on the construction and transformation of landscapes through tourism, on issues of identity friction and cultural change, and on the responsibility of tourism on poverty reduction and sustainable development. A proper analysis of tourism impacts always needs an interdisciplinary approach. Geography can conduct a stimulating job since it relates culture and nature, society and environment, space, economy and politics, but a single discipline cannot push our understanding very far without intersecting it with other realms of knowledge. So, this is a conference that aims at a multidisciplinary debate, which may include people with a range of different backgrounds such as Geography, History, Anthropology, Literary Studies, Sociology, Economics, Spatial Planning, Political Science, and Urbanism.


23–25 January 2013 Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability

Hiroshima, Japan

The conference will work in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives through which we can address the fundamental and related questions of sustainability. This interdisciplinary forum is for scholars, teachers, and practitioners from any professional discipline who share an interest in—and concern for— sustainability in an holistic perspective, where environmental, cultural, economic and social concerns intersect.


13–17 January 2013 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2013

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Abu Dhabi is a significant platform for international dialogue and cooperation. It is expected to welcome over 30,000 participants from 150 countries, including world leaders, policy makers, thought leaders, decision makers, experts, scientists, business leaders and academics, in an effort to:

  • Tackle the world’s pressing issues in energy, water and environment
  • Accelerate the global adoption of renewable energy
  • Address water challenges in arid regions
  • Elevate the water - energy nexus topics on the global agenda
  • Encourage the dialogue between broad industry stakeholders to strengthen strategic partnerships
  • Stimulate investment in water, energy and environment projects
  • Empower the young generations and entrepreneurs


11–13 December 2012 4th International Conference on Sustainable Irrigation and Drainage: Management, Technologies and Policies

Adelaide, Australia

The 2012 Sustainable Irrigation Conference provides a unique forum for multidisciplinary discussion. The objective of the meeting is to generate debate and ideas about how to make irrigation more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

The conference theme acknowledges that sustainability is not a fixed and clearly defined objective, rather it is a goal that is always changing as knowledge and biophysical realities alter. In that sense, moving towards sustainability is a journey with an ever evolving destination. Irrigation, as the biggest water user in most regions of the world, is facing significant challenges in balancing social, economic and environmental needs for water.


3–5 December 2012 2012 International Development Conference: Integrating Research

Auckland, New Zealand

The eighth in a series of DevNet conferences – DevNet is the International Development Studies Network of Aotearoa New Zealand – idc 2012 will provide an international forum for development scholars, researchers and practitioners to explore the linkages between the three areas that constitute international development work – research, policy and practice. Research is the critical foundation that informs policy and grounds development practice, which in turn ensure the relevance and currency of research through conceptual and empirical engagements.

The 2012 International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice, will critically explore the interrelated fields of development work, in Aotearoa and globally, in a dynamic and interactive environment. Leading international keynote speakers, high level scholarly papers and expert panels will examine the multifaceted and complex connections between research, policy and practice. The conference format will reflect the multiplicity of international development, combining academic papers by established scholars and students, with panel discussions and roundtables by researchers, practitioners, policy makers and activists with workshops and exhibitions.


20–23 November 2012 EcoBalance 2012 - Challenges and Solutions for Sustainable Society

Yokohama, Japan

The International Conference on EcoBalance, organized by the Institute of Life Cycle Assessment, Japan (ILCAJ), has been held in Japan since 1994 as a biennial conference. Setting life cycle assessment (LCA) as the core concept, EcoBalance is recognized as one of the world’s premier conferences for academic, industry and governmental professionals as a forum for the discussions on environmental performance evaluation, information disclosure of the evaluation results, and the development and implementation of its methods.


5–7 November 2012 1st International Conference for Urban Sustainability and Resilience

London, UK

The first international conference in Urban Sustainability and Resilience will bring together world experts from across a wide range of engineering, science and social science disciplines with three main objectives:

  • Bring together a strong research community committed to address some of the most pressing issues that human societies have ever faced;
  • Take stock of the current state of knowledge in the field of urban sustainability and resilience;
  • Put forward a coherent future research agenda in the field.


5–9 November 2012 CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012 - The World´s CO2-friendly Scientific On-line Climate Conference

online (see website)

Delegates will find in the e-conference a unique opportunity to look at technological developments in the field of climate change not only under a scientific perspective but also in connection with renewable energy in small islands nations in a way not yet seen elsewhere – interactive, across disciplines and 100 % virtual. To allow users from all over the world to access this extraordinary knowledge pool and avoiding travel and CO2 emissions – often a major barrier for participants from the developing world –, participation is free of charge.

CLIMATE 2012/KLIMA 2012’s aims are the following:

  • Introduce the latest findings from scientific research on climate variation, climate change and its links with renewable energies in ACP countries, with a special focus on small island countries;
  • Showcase projects, technological developments, products and other climate smart initiatives in this field being undertaken by companies, universities and scientific institutions, government bodies, national and international agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders;
  • Discuss current and future challenges, so as to identify new opportunities and highlight the un-seized potential related to promoting a better understanding of the connections between climate variation, climate change and renewable energies, worldwide.


30 October–2 November 2012 20th Anniversary Conference - Pearls of the Coniferous ForestEROUS FOREST

Joensuu, Finland

The International, three-day conference seeks local and regional solutions to reconcile between various human activities and nature. We will work in six sessions: Forests, Renewable energy, Nature tourism, Green mining, Border area nature and Networks & collaboration. Border area issues will be exemplified through the border regions in general and the Green Belt of Fennoscandia, which consists of the bordering areas of Finland, Russia, and Norway.


29–30 October 2012 Sustainable Innovation 2012: Resource Efficiency, Innovation and Lifestyles

Bonn, Germany

Sustainable Innovation 2012 will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to resource productivity, innovation and lifestyles related to products, services, technologies, infrastructures and business models.


27–28 October 2012 ICPSD 2012: 2012 2nd International Conference on Petroleum and Sustainable Development

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The aim of the ICPSD conference series is to provide a forum for laying the foundations of a new principled approach to Petroleum and Sustainable Development. To this end, the meeting aims to attract participants with different backgrounds, to foster cross-pollination between different research fields, and to expose and discuss innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools, and applications.


24–26 October 2012 Worlds Within Reach: From Science to Policy - IIASA’s 40th Anniversary Conference

Vienna, Austria

Today’s world is undergoing major transformations, characterized by increased globalization, fundamental shifts in economic and political power, escalating environmental challenges, and unpredictable social conflict. IIASA’s 40th Anniversary Conference will examine the many sustainability and development challenges such transformations impose and explore options for resolving these challenges. It will explore new ‘future worlds’, worlds that accommodate our collective needs and aspirations, while living within, and respecting, planetary boundaries.


30 September–5 October 2012 EcoSummit 2012 - Ecological Sustainability

Columbus, Ohio, USA

EcoSummit 2012 will bring together the world's most respected minds in ecological science to discuss restoring the planet's ecosystems. Come hear Nobel Prize laureate Elinor Ostrom, Pulitzer Prize winners E.O. Wilson and Jared Diamond, Kyoto Prize winner Simon Levin, Stockholm Water Prize laureates Sven Jørgensen and Bill Mitsch, and many others in the first conference ever linking the Ecological Society of America (ESA), The International Association for Ecology (INTECOL) and the Society for Ecological Restoration International (SER).


19–23 September 2012 3rd International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity

Venice, Italy

The chosen theme for the 3rd International Conference on Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability and Social Equity is: “The great transition: degrowth as a passage of civilization"

We organize, in fact, this third edition in a historical phase in which we are faced with the necessity of a deep change, a change that asks us to reflect on topics and issues apparently very different – work, income, consumption, waste, energy, technology, mobility, education, citizenship – but actually inextricably linked.

We thought the Conference as an opportunity to confront on degrowth exempt from all reductionism, economical but even ecological or political, and this requires to organize debate and discussion paying attention to connections, interactions, transversal linking, with a strong cross-disciplinary look capable of holding together natural and social sciences.


3–5 September 2012 SEB2012 – 4th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings

Stockholm, Sweden

Following the success of earlier events in the series, SEB'12, the Fourth International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, will take place in Stockholm, Sweden at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in partnership with KES International. SEB'12 invites participation and paper submissions across a broad range of renewable energy and sustainability-related topics relevant to the main theme of Sustainability in Energy and Buildings.


1–2 September 2012 Port Cities as Hotspots of Creative and Sustainable Local Development

Naples, Italy

The aim of the Meeting is to discuss principles, tools and practices of creative places, for the identification of successful policies and for the formulation of recommendations to balance economic prosperity with social needs and conservation of eco-systems in reinventing the city.

Nowadays, port areas can constitute the entry point and core place for sustainable development for the entire urban system with their dynamism that makes them as magnets. To understand and exploit this potential, it will be necessary to design an analytical framework which would link the new opportunities provided by traditional port areas/cities to creative, resilient and sustainable urban development. From that perspective, there is a need to develop fit-for-purpose, dedicated policy tools and initiatives, on the basis of general planning principles for harbour front and sea front development.


1–2 September 2012 First International Conference on Concrete Sustainability

Tokyo, Japan

Sustainability is an issue of global importance in the 21st century. All industries of all nations have to take action to achieve sustainable development. The concrete industry is no exception, as it uses an enormous amount of resources and energy. However, concrete is also essential for the creation of infrastructure and buildings that form the basis of human socioeconomic activities. We need to utilize concrete in the future by promoting the development of innovative concrete technologies and systems from the perspective of sustainability. The First International Conference on Concrete Sustainability will provide a forum to encourage such developments and to discuss the future of concrete by exchanging the latest information, technologies, and ideas.


29–31 August 2012 EnviroInfo2012: 26th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection

Dessau-Roßlau, Germany

The EnviroInfo2012 is the international and interdisciplinary conference on leading environmental IC Technologies: It aims to report about state-of-the-art applications of ICT as well as newest developing trends in the field of environmental informatics


29–31 August 2012 3rd International Sustainability Conference - Strategies for Sustainability: Institutional and Organisational Challenges

Basel, Switzerland

Following the outstanding success of the preceding International Sustainability Conferences (ISC 2005 & 2008) in Basel, the organisers – the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland and the University of Basel – are planning another conference. The theme of this 3rd International Sustainability Conference is "Strategies for Sustainability: Institutional and Organisational Challenges". From a socio-economic perspective, we take institutional and organisational progress towards integrating sustainability to be one of the major tasks involved in the anticipated societal transformation toward sustainability.

The ISC 2012 provides a platform for social scientists and economists working with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches in the field of sustainable development. The conference is committed to promoting dialogue, especially between economists and other social scientists. Moreover, the conference aims to act as a meeting point for committed individuals from the political, corporate and academic worlds as well as for representatives from civil society.


27–30 August 2012 8th World Demographic & Ageing Forum

St. Gallen, Switzerland

The 2012 WDA Forum – St. Gallen/Switzerland August 27-30, 2012 – will take place in a year that is particularly focused on issues related to demography and ageing. The 2012 WDA Forum will debate different approaches, share models of those that are being implemented and address values and rights. It will foster debate and not shy away from controversy.


20–22 August 2012 3rd International Conference on Research for Development

Bern, Switzerland


The 3rd ICRD on Research for Global Transformation is the NCCR North-South's final major event, and, as such, will be a showcase for what the 12-year programme has achieved since its launch in 2001.

The conference will offer participants an opportunity to discuss their experiences with research partnerships. Its objectives are to:

  • share and discuss most recent insights on development-oriented research conducted in North-South partnerships
  • outline an agenda for research partnerships with developing and transition countries in support of more equitable and sustainable global transformation.


28–29 June 2012 The European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN) Conference 2012

Copenhagen, Denmark

The ESDN Conference 2012 is entitled “Rio+20 and its implications for Sustainable Development Policy at the EU and national level”. Taking place shortly after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the ESDN Conference 2012 will provide aplatform to reflect on the results of Rio+20 and to discuss their implications on content and SD governance for the different political levels. Moreover, the ESDN Steering Group will, together with the conference participants, develop recommendations for implementing the Rio+20 results in practice.


24–26 June 2012 18th annual conference of the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS)

Hull, UK

The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) aims to foster and communicate the importance of sustainable development in a global society. The society is a coalition of academic researchers, teachers, government, non-governmental organizations and industry. It promotes inter- and trans-disciplinary research and education for sustainable development.


22–29 June 2012 XII International Symposium on Environmental Geotechnology, Energy and Global Sustainable Development

Los Angeles, CA, USA

The Symposium is the twelfth in a series of ISEG conferences which started in 1993 with the continuing objective of applying technical and social science knowledge from a diversity of disciplines to address critical issues in sustainable development.


19–22 June 2012 Heritage 2012 - 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development

Porto, Portugal

Heritage 2012, 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development follows the path of the previous editions: it aims at establishing a state of the art event regarding the relationships between forms and kinds of heritage and the framework of sustainable development concepts.


6–8 June 2012 5th Healthy Cities: Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities Conference

Geelong, Australia

The 5th Healthy Cities: Working Together to Achieve Liveable Cities Conference will be a platform for Government and Industry sector professionals to discuss causes, effects and solutions that relate to population health, sustainability, natural resource management, transport, climate change, urban design and more.


4–7 June 2012 Monte Verità Conference on Sustainable Resource Use and Economic Dynamics - SURED 2012

Ascona, Switzerland

The aim of the conference is to compile innovative current research from resource, energy and environ¬mental economics and dynamic economic theory. By bringing together leading experts, junior and senior scholars and young researchers in these fields, the confer¬ence covers a broad range of aspects regarding the relationship between natural resource use and long-term economic development. The conference will be the fifth of a series. The SURED conferences in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 were generally considered great successes. Participants came from all over Europe as well as from America and Asia. The conference papers reached the highest international standards and the presentations were very professional.

We welcome contributions from the fields of:

  • environmental economics
  • resource economics
  • energy economics
  • economic dynamics
  • growth theory


29–31 May 2012 2012 Tech4Dev International Conference: Technologies for Sustainable Development: A Way to Reduce Poverty?

Lausanne, Switzerland

The conference will look at how science and technologies can support both sustainable development in developing and emerging countries and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as defined by the United Nations in 2000. It will bring researchers and practitioners together in order to bridge the gap between the two communities, focusing on collaboration, methodologies, instruments and policies that could be used and/or encouraged. The possibility of a universal tool and policies for science, technology and innovation that could be of assistance in future collaborations will also be introduced.


21–22 May 2012 Taking Care of Business: Sustainable Transformation

Gold Coast, Australia

The 'Taking Care of Business: Sustainable Transformation' Conference on the Gold Coast May 2012 will bring together leaders in the "green economy" from Australia and New Zealand. Network with others who are building profitable and sustainable business models, services and products.

The conference will update delegates on a range of effective sustainable business practises from energy saving to carbon pricing. We will examine Governments' sustainability plans and the relevant grants available, make the "triple bottom line" relevant to your organisation while finding business opportunities and trends in the sector.

"Sustainability is the single biggest business opportunity of the 21st century." - Will Day, chairman of the UK's Sustainable Development Commission


13–19 May 2012 International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas

Montreal, Candada

Twenty years after the Earth Summit in Rio, the linkage of sustainable development to economic growth requires profound rethinking. It has not offered a convincing solution to one of the most dramatic crises in history: how to avert ecological collapse while enhancing social justice and improving life’s prospects. In advance of Rio plus 20, our Conference seeks to challenge and move beyond the sustainable development agenda. A degrowth perspective will help us visualize and build towards a truly prosperous world.

Drawing from previous degrowth conferences in Paris and Barcelona in 2008 and 2010 respectively, the Montreal conference will focus on the particular situations and dynamics of the Americas. What does degrowth mean for our Hemisphere with its rich geographical, cultural, social and economic diversity? How can degrowth models apply to different contexts from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego? What does degrowth mean for the indigenous peoples of the Americas and their aspirations for their lands and peoples? How can degrowth concepts be made audible, understandable and acceptable to rich North Americans?

This gathering will bring together academics, activists, environmentalists and indigenous peoples to discuss our needs and hopes for diverse and more equitable societies in the Americas, on a post-growth healing earth.


12–13 April 2012 1th SEE Conference

Denver, Colorado, USA

Participants of the SEE Conference can expect to:

- Share cutting-edge research, ideas and theories
- Foster collaborative research efforts
- Build a worldwide network of scholars who advance the state of knowledge about SEE


10–12 January 2012 Eighth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability

Vancouver, Canada

Welcome to the website of the Eighth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability. The 2012 Conference is to be held at the Robson Square, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada From 10 to 12 January. The Conference will work in a multidisciplinary way across the various fields and perspectives through which we can address the fundamental and related questions of sustainability.

Plenary speakers include some of the leading thinkers in these areas, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations. Participants are welcome to submit a proposal for a 30-minute paper, 60-minute workshop, or a jointly presented 90-minute colloquium session. Parallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues. Virtual participation is also available.

The Sustainability Conference is held annually in different locations around the world. The Conference was held at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand in 2011; University of Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador in 2010; University of Technology, Mauritius in 2009; Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala, Terengganu, Malaysia in 2008; University of Madras, Chennai, India in 2007; Hanoi and Ha Long Bay, Vietnam in 2006; and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Island of Oahu, Hawaii, USA in 2005.


6–8 November 2011 Sustainable Consumption - Towards Action and Impact

Hamburg, Germany

More than 250 papers from all over the world and from different scientific disciplines were submitted to the conference. The result of a rigorous review process are 4 thematic sessions, 2 thematic symposia, 1 round table, 90 oral presentations and about 60 posters accepted for presentation at the conference covering a wide range of issues in the field of sustainable consumption.

The focus of the conference is on consumer behaviour, its social and cultural embeddedness, and its interdependencies with institutional, economic, physical and political frameworks. Researchers from different disciplines (e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Political Science, Business Administration, Environmental Sciences, Ethics) are invited to interesting interdisciplinary discussions on different aspects of sustainable consumption. Prior to the main conference, a pre-conference for young researchers will provide a forum to discuss the present and future conditions and aims of research on sustainable consumption:http://www.sustainableconsumption2011.org/preconference

Keynote speakers:

- Erik Assadourian, World Watch Institute, USA
- Lucia Reisch, Copenhagen Business School, DK
- Inge Røpke, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), DK
- Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University, UK
- Kate Soper, London Metropolitan University, UK
- Arnold Tukker, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO
- Alan Warde, University of Manchester, UK


1–30 November 2011 The 1st World Sustainability Forum (WSF-2011)


Research concerned with sustainability and sustainable development is progressing fast.  Simultaneously, activities within industry, government and academia are becoming more globalized. Successful research requires interaction with multiple partners around the world. We are facing an obvious need for new types of communication within our scientific community. Sciforum.net electronic conferences provide a platform for fast exchange of the latest research findings, as well as a possibility for global meetings with no limitations related to traveling.

The World Sustainability Forum 2011 (WSF-2011) will cover timely research topics concerned with sustainability and sustainable development. The conference will include six topical sessions focusing on:

1.       Environmental Sustainability (Section A).
2.       Economical Sustainability (Section B).
3.       Social Sustainability (Section C).
4.       Renewable Energy Self-Sufficiency (Section D).
5.       Energy Return-on-Investment (Section E).
6.       Governance & Sustainability (Section F).
7.       Sustainability Assessment and Policies (Section G).
8.       Remote Sensing for Sustainable Management of Land and Biodiversity (Section H)
9.       General and Related topics (Section I)

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with issues related to recent insights and advances in these topics. In particular, the conference will encourage both theoretical and practical debates surrounding environmental, economical and social contexts for those who want to go beyond the buzzword.

The conference will be completely free of charge―both to attend and for authors to publish―and is sponsored by MDPI and the scientific journal Sustainability.Selected papers will be published in the journal Sustainability.

The 1st World Sustainability Forum Conference will be held at www.sciforum.net, a new platform developed by MDPI to organize electronic conferences for scholars.

For more information about Sciforum and the importance of electronic conferences, please visit http://www.sciforum.net/about/

Please submit your abstract with max 2500 character (in English) by October 1, 2011. Abstracts should be submitted online at www.wsforum.org. All submissions will be reviewed by our scientific committee. For accepted abstracts, a full draft paper should be submitted by October 30, 2011.


22–23 September 2011 4th International Urban Design Conference - Resilience in Urban Design

Gold Coast, Australia

The national objective for the future strategic planning of our cities is centred on Resilience in Urban Design and the ability for cities to adapt to a vast array of challenges.
The theme for the 4th International Urban Design Conference is Resilience in Urban Design through measures such as supported interconnectivity, appropriate densification within urban footprints, multiple transit modes and walkability, socially inclusive design, economic resilience, and adaptive built environments.

Resilience in Urban Designs
a chance to reinforce and highlight these resilient solutions for our citywide planning, design & infrastructure - to be able to successfully address emerging challenges brought about by climate change, peak oil crisis, population growth, social disengagement, technological disparity, rising pollution and waste, demands on food production, rising carbon emissions, and diminishing habitat and biodiversity.

We will foster informed debate and stimulate those both in and allied to the urban design and planning professions. The conference streams will include:
- Resilience in urban design
- Sustainable infrastructure & transport
- Population growth, densification & urban renewal
- Ecocities & energy efficient, carbon neutral buildings
- Responsive & inclusive public spaces & built environment
- Effective governance & leadership
- Tourism heritage


19–21 September 2011 World Resources Forum (WRF) 2011

Davos, Switzerland

The World Resources Forum (WRF) is an independent, international platform to discuss the economic and political implications of the current resource use trends, advocating innovation for resource productivity.


15–16 September 2011 Association for Sustainability in Business Inc - 2011 Conference 'Taking Care of Business

Radisson Resort, Gold Coast, Australia

Goals of the conference:

- Show businesses and industry realistic and workable strategies/practices that will assist developing their workplaces in a sustainable and contemporary manner
- Learn about governments’ sustainability plans and  the relevant grants available
- Make the “triple bottom line” relevant to your company
- Business opportunities and trends in the sector
- Update the members on the science of Climate Change and Carbon pricing
- Great opportunities to network and learn from other organisations
- Hold an B2B exhibition for companies and entrepreneurs to promote their ideas, products and solutions to assist businesses and government department achieve profitable sustainability
- Assessing the sustainability of complex systems and enabling sustainable change across a business
- Provide an avenue for  emerging technologies that enable sustainability within business to be reveiwed, discussed and presented to relevant parties.
- Create a Sustainable Education forum to benefit businesses, individuals and government
- Provide viable sustainable business options to SME's


- Sustainable B2B: developing Business in the Sector
- Energy Efficiency
- Resource Recovery and Waste Management
- Built Environment Initiatives
- Green Purchasing and Procurement
- Assessing Sustainability of Complex Systems/ Sustainable Change Across a Business
- Product Development
- Sustainable Education
- Connecting people with the Concept of Sustainability
- Sustainable Development Reporting
- New Technology Enabling Sustainability
- Sustainability Frameworks
- The Carbon Debate & Implications for Business and Consumers
- Finance Sources for Sustainable Business
- Why Resist Sustainable Change: Business in a Non-Rational World
- Sustainable SME Case studies


15–16 September 2011 Renewable Energy Self-Sufficiency (RESS) - Conference

Freiburg, Germany

The transformation of the present energy system to a sustainable energy system is discussed worldwide. Self-sufficiency  attained with the help of electricity, heat, and fuel from renewable energy (RE) in combination with energy saving behaviors is seen as the one way to establish a sustainable energy system. Many communities and regions in different countries have accepted these challenges and have created the objective of reaching energy self-sufficiency through the use of renewable energies. In the end, self-sufficiency should be reached on a global scale. The change of the energy system to a more decentralized structure based on RE is characterized by different elements like new technological opportunities, greater citizen involvement, regional energy supply, the chance for added value created in a region, increased employment, as well as by political decision-making processes that are increasingly taking place in local governments. Therefore for the implementation of renewable energy self-sufficiency (RESS) to be successful, numerous ecological, economic, technical, and social factors have to be taken into consideration, making an interdisciplinary analysis indispensable. Moreover the integration of local and practical knowledge is essential in many cases (transdisciplinary approaches). However, what is lacking the most is a coherent approach to the topics from various fields.

On these grounds the conference aims to attract scientists from a wide variety of disciplines who share an interest in studying the change of the energy system to a system based on renewable energies. The general ambition is to stimulate discussion within different disciplinary fields about the transformation of the energy system and go beyond disciplinary boundaries for the facilitation of a inter- and transdisciplinary approach to RESS.

Related to different elements of change in the energy system, five sessions will be offered to allow opportunites to discuss diverse perspectives surounding RESS. Each session can host about 6 contributions. We welcome disciplinary as well as inter- and transdisciplinary papers addressing the questions that will be discussed in the following sessions:

- Actors, Networks and Institutions
- Economic Impacts of Renewable Energies
- Land Use Systems
- Protest, Support and Financial Participation
- Reduction of Energy Demand
- Innovative Technological Approaches

The results and problem areas brought forth in the sessions will be further examined in two additional Integrating Sessions with the objective to advance a coherent approach to the issues surrounding RESS. While the first Integrating Session aims to develop a common understanding of issues surrounding RESS, the second Integrating Session copes with the results of the sessions and closes with prospective research in RESS.
Studying the change of the whole energy system inter- and transdisciplinarily is a challenge and constitutes integrating different disciplines to bear on a specific problem as well as taking knowledge from each discipline, melting it together, and creating a new framework for research. They are complemented by integrating people from both practice and society. It is argued that inter- and transdisciplinary processes help deal with the complexity, conflicts, and unintended feedback loops by generating socially robust knowledge. This is why conference papers with a inter- and transdisciplinary backgrounds are especially welcome.

Deadline for registration and submission of abstract: 4th May 2011



Bonn, Germany

The Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Bonn is delighted to host the 5th International Consumer Sciences Research Conference (5th ICSRC). The conference will be held from 18th to 20th of July 2011 in Bonn, Germany. After universities in Cardiff, Liverpool, Belfast and Edinburgh, Bonn University is the first conference host from outside the UK.
Under the motto 'Consumer Behaviour for a Sustainable Future', the 5th ICSRC provides a platform for studies from the broad areas of consumer sciences and education, market research, home economics and household and appliance technology. The main objective is to gain insights into determinants of consumer behaviour and their possible impact on sustainability. According to the 'three pillars of sustainability' all three areas, ecology, economy and sociology, will be covered by the conference.

The conference invites an international scientific audience in the field of consumer studies to submit papers or posters that address any of the following research questions:

-  What is sustainability?
-  How to measure sustainability?
-  How to practice sustainability?
-  How to promote sustainability?
-  Other topics regarding sustainability

Participants who would like to present a paper or poster are requested to submit an extended 2-page abstract in English until 31st of January 2011.

Contact person:

Prof. Dr. Rainer Stamminger
Institute of Agricultural Engineering
Household and Appliance Technology
University of Bonn
Nussallee 5, 53115 Bonn, Germany
[email protected]


12–14 July 2011 5th International Conference on Sustainable Development and Planning

New Forest, UK

The fifth international conference on Sustainable Development and Planning builds upon a series that started in 2003 in Skiathos (Greece) and evolved to another three conferences in Bologna (2005), the Algarve (2007) and Cyprus (2009).

As with previous meetings, Sustainable Development and Planning 2011 aims to bring together scientists and other stakeholders from across the globe to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field, as well as to seek and highlight developments in managerial strategies and assessment tools for policy and decision makers at the planning level.

The conference addresses the subject of regional development in an integrated way as well as in accordance with the principles of sustainability. It has become apparent that planners, environmentalists, architects, engineers, policy makers and economists have to work together in order to ensure that planning and development can meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations.

In recent years there has been an increase in spatial problems in many countries that has led to planning crises. Planning problems are often connected with uneven development, deterioration of the quality of urban life and destruction of the environment. The increasing urbanisation of the world coupled with the global issues of environmental pollution, resources shortages and economic restructuring are leading to major crises.

Problems of environmental management and planning are not restricted to urban areas. Environments such as rural areas, forests, coastal regions and mountains face their own problems that require urgent solutions in order to avoid irreversible damage. The use of modern technologies in planning give us new potential to monitor and prevent environmental degradation.


4–7 July 2011 The 24th International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems

Novi Sad, Serbia

Central theme: International and regional cooperation for sustainable development of energy systems: Needs, methodologies, technologies, accomplishments, plans, and potential. An important area of emphasis would be the rapidly developing region of South-Eastern Europe. Every effort would be made to encourage scientific, business, and personal connections between the South-East European energy community and its overall international complement.


19–21 June 2011 2nd International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium (ELCAS-2)

Nisyros, Greece

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology, COST Action C24(COSTeXergy), in collaboration with many Education Institutions, invites engineers, researchers, scientists, to join leading researchers in a unique volcanic scenic Greek Island setting for keynote lectures and papers presentations on the occasion of the 2nd  International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium (ELCAS-2). The topics covered at ELCAS are many (See website) and are concentrated in the four scientific areas:
- Exergy Analysis and Exergoeconomics
- Life Cycle
- Assessment Energy and
- the Environment Sustainable Development
You are all invited to submit your paper.
The 2nd International Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, and Sustainability Workshop & Symposium (ELCAS) will provide a multidisciplinary international forum for researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners from all over the world to exchange information, to present high-quality research results and new developments in the wide domain covered by exergy, life cycle assessment, the energy and environment, and sustainability issues.
The deadline for submitting your abstract is January 31, 2011. Detailed Information are available at: http://www.elcasnet.com

Dr. Christopher Koroneos
Chairman of The European Cooperation in Science and Technology COST
Action C24 (COSTeXergy)
mail to: [email protected]


12–15 June 2011 The XXII ISPIM Conference – Sustainability in Innovation: Innovation Management Challenges

Hamburg, Germany

The XXII ISPIM Conference – Sustainability in Innovation: Innovation Management Challenges - will be held in Hamburg, Germany on 12-15 June 2011. Organised by ISPIM and hosted by The Technical University of Hamburg, this conference will bring together innovation management professionals from research, industry and intermediary organisations. The conference format will include facilitated themed sessions for academic and practitioner presentations together with discussion panels and workshops. Additionally, the conference will provide excellent networking opportunities together with a taste of local culture.
Conference Themes:

  • Collaboration for innovation (incl. Open Innovation)
  • Culture & team management in innovation
  • Entrepreneurship, venturing, business models & financing innovation
  • Innovation training & education
  • Methods and tools for innovation
  • Networks and clusters of innovation
  • Organisational creativity & idea generation
  • Sustainability in Innovation (Conference Focus Theme)

The Conference Focus Theme includes topics such as: sustainable public sector innovation; regional and EU-level innovation policy and initiatives; sustainable value chains; innovation in regulatory frameworks; social entrepreneurship for sustainability; learning from and with \'bottom of pyramid\' markets; business models to exploit sustainable innovation opportunities; skills, partnerships, technology and incentive systems for sustainability in innovation management..


13–15 April 2011 The CAL Conference 2011: Learning Futures: Education, Technology & Sustainability

Manchester, UK

CAL (Computer Assisted Learning) is one of the leading international conferences in the field of education and technology. It brings together researchers across all education sectors, from primary years, to informal learning, to higher education, and across a range of disciplines from psychology to computer science, media and cultural studies.
In 2011, the conference will lead a challenging international debate about the future of research and practice in educational technology. CAL 11 aims to:

  • Explore the role of educational technology research in addressing questions of global and social justice, widening participation and digital democracy
  • Assess what role educational technology might play in the context of low carbon, energy constrained futures
  • Explore how emerging technologies from diverse fields (e.g. gaming, AI, biotech, ubiquitous computing) might offer new environments for learning
  • Examine the informal learning practices emerging in children, youth and adults’ digital cultures and their implications for education
  • Reflect on what lessons have been learned over the last thirty years of education technology research, and what these might mean for the future of research in the field.


18–22 March 2011 Climate Change Volunteer Group Conference 2011(CCVG Conference 11)

Mayfair Garden Hotel, 32 Brook Street, London, W1K 5DL UK


The financial, food, fuel and climate crises are individually serious issues, but in combination their impact could be catastrophic for the global economy. Perhaps we stand at a crossroads. Even as we move into a global economic downturn there are growing calls for an accelerated transformation towards low carbon and resource productive economies. To move forward will require new and more efficient solutions, technologies and products alongside behavioral change. Climate change is now universally recognized as a significant global environmental challenge and as a consequence, debate over the measures needed to tackle climate change has moved up to the top of the agenda amongst civil society, business and government. The United Nations Global Warming Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009 highlighted the major challenges and opportunities associated with climate change as we move towards post 2012 carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction targets. In January 2008, the UK raised the bar by announcing a target of cutting CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050. Innovation will be a core part of the way forward. The Stern Review underlined that increased investment in R&D and innovation could significantly reduce CO2 emissions and we have seen more than £3 billion of venture capital invested in clean tech worldwide since January 2007 (Source: Ernst & Young).. However, we need to create much better international, national and regional structures and systems to adapt to climate change as well those to stimulate, nurture and progress new low carbon ideas through R&D to commercialization and the marketplace. A new system is needed that fosters sustainable, low carbon and resource productive innovation - short, medium and long-term. Designers, innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, consumers and governments all have a role to play in the change that is needed.

Conference Topics

CCVG Conference & Expo 11 welcomes conceptual and research-based papers covering sustainable innovation, technology, product and service design and development. Papers focused on low carbon solutions and sustainable innovation related to the following topics are particularly welcomed:

- Global Warming and Climate Change and the Oceans
- Sustainable Environment, Health and Development
- Remote Sensing and Global Surveillance
- Water Resources Management
- Carbon & GHG Management
- Extreme Events and Impacts Assessment
- Greenhouse Gas & Ecosystems
- Human Health In a Changing Climate
- Agricultural and Forestry Resources Management
- Clean Energy Technology
- Low GHG Transportation
- Education: Global Change & Sustainable Development
- Case studies


4–7 March 2011 1st International Conference on Governance for Sustainable Development of Caribbean Small Island Developing States


The governance of Caribbean SIDS for sustainable development is a big challenge. Besides nature human behavior puts a lot of pressure on the development. Phenomena like earthquakes (Haiti 2010) and hurricanes are examples. But also the raising of the sea level and scarcity of water due to climate change are serious threads. But to often the issue of sustainability is reduced to “Planet” issues, putting the issues related to “People” and “Profit’ on a second level. The objective of the UNESCO chair are: “To become an open center of collaborative excellence in the field of policy-oriented research on issues of Sustainable Development of SIDS in the context of globalization of the Caribbean, leveraging on the unique insights that can be provided by knowledge production processes based on participatory research, involving stakeholders in the Sustainable Development of SIDS.” To discuss related issues and to share best practices this scientific conference is being held. We invite scholars to submit a paper for presentation. Propositions for Panels and Round Tables are also welcome. The tracks are: Governance Social Work Tourism Conservation Zoning Health care Education Technology and ICT Integral Development of Curaçao (Conference in conference) The conference will be held during the famous carnival season. As part of the programme participants will attend the three most important parades. In this way they will be part of the experience economy and the creatives economy of the Curaçao.


28–30 January 2011 2011 Desautels Business Conference on Sustainability

Quebec, Canada

Our generation is facing a moral imperative – there is an urgency to turn the traditional business practices of the past in a more sustainable direction for the future. This year’s conference provides a forum to learn, share, connect, innovate, and accelerate the movement towards environmentally and socially responsible business practices.

We realize that progress towards sustainability requires more than just a drastic change in infrastructure, policy, or technology. For radical change to be sustained, it requires a paradigm shift. There must be collective momentum and an intrinsic commitment to the people and places our actions affect.

Every one of us has the capacity to be a leader and to provoke change within our communities, and sometimes all it takes is one moment or one event to truly move someone from reflection into action. We believe DBCS 2010 can be that event.

This year’s conference has been designed to act as yet another catalyst towards change. It will spark the interest of those who are not familiar with issues of sustainability, inspire and challenge experts in the field, and create meaningful relationships that will continue past those three incredible days. By providing both the knowledge and tacit skills necessary to make a difference, we strive to foster within each participant a feeling of optimism, empowerment, and the confidence to act as a leader for positive change.


15–17 September 2010 Implementation in Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research, Practice and Teaching

Geneva, Switzerland

In a knowledge society, research questions, processes and results cannot be disconnected from everyday practices. Politicians, funding bodies and society at large increasingly demand of researchers to propose efficient ways of how to use abstract findings in concrete situations and as a common good. From the very start, implementation strategies should therefore include processes of embedding the research in its social and scientific contexts, recursiveness and negotiation with non-academic actors, and testing the expected impact through ‘real-world’ experiments. How exactly to bring research results to fruition, integrate theory and practice and build truly participative collaborations are key issues of inter- and transdisciplinarity. Keynotes includes experts in the fields of public health, new media, urban planning, sustainability, action research. Please visit our website for further information. Deadline for paper/poster/workshop submissions: 3 May 2010.


12–15 September 2010 7th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Environmental Health Research

Jackson, MS, USA

This symposium is a contribution to global research and education in the exciting field of Environmental Science, Biomedical Science and Public Health. Its over-arcing objective is to promote interdisciplinary discussions and international scientific collaborations, as well as to increase awareness of global environmental and public health issues facing our state, nation, and the international community.


5–6 August 2010 Cities and their Growth: Sustainability and Fractality

Poznan, Poland

The development of towns was one of the most characteristic trends of the 20th century. By the 21st century, the urban population has exceeded, for the first time in history, 50% of the total figure. This tendency is supposed to be reinforced in the next years.

Why do cities grow so explosively, and what spatial forms will they assume in the future? What mechanisms underlie the economic development of cities? What does sustainable urban development mean? Those are the questions that both spatial management and urban geography seek to answer. The body of theoretical knowledge accumulated in this field, both abroad and in Poland, is substantial.

In the recent years the notion of a complex adaptive system is employed to model the socio-economic and spatial development of towns. It helps to elucidate many processes that play a key role in the development of towns, especially big cities. When considered in their spatial aspect, cities are modelled using the theory of fractal geometry.

The aim of the conference is to present the latest achievements in this field. Another issue addressed at the conference will be the problem of balancing the factors that contribute to the formation of cities offering their residents high standards of living.

Several internationally known scholars have confirmed attendance at the conference, including Peter Nijkamp, Daniel Griffith, Paul Longley, and others.


12–13 July 2010 The 2010 Healthy Cities Conference

Brisbane, Australia

The 2010 Healthy Cities Conference will be held at Stamford Plaza Brisbane on the 12th & 13th of July. It will be a platform for Government and Industry sector professionals to discuss causes, effects and solutions that relate to population health, sustainability, natural resource management, transport, climate change and urban design. The Conference will examine the prerequisites for a "Healthy City".

The Conference will feature keynote presentations along with three concurrent streams, designed to address the below themes:

  • Managing population and economic growth
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Managing Communicable Disease Outbreaks - Health Security
  • Population Health Management - immunisation, bio security, food safety and epidemic control
  • Waste Reuse Technologies
  • City Design - designing changes to urban life to encourage Physical Activity, Healthy Cities
  • Disaster Management - public welfare - recovery and rebuild
  • Managing Legislation and Policy
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Green Cities and Technology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Community Engagement and Planning

Who Should Attend

  • Policy makers
  • Politicians
  • Senior public servants
  • City Governance personnel
  • Public Health Administrators
  • Academics
  • Waste Management Professionals
  • Natural Resources Administrators
  • Planning Professionals
  • Environmental Groups
  • Engineers
  • Urban Designers
  • Consultants
  • Social planners
  • Disaster Management Groups
  • Elected Representatives
  • Mayors
  • Non-Government Agencies
  • Community and Industry groups
  • Students


11–17 July 2010 XVII ISA World Congress of Sociology

Gothenburg, Sweden

Sociology on the move

The International Sociological Association hosts 55 different Research Committees. Research Committee 24, 'Environment and Society', will be holding 18 separate sessions at the ISA World Congress, covering many different dimensions of sustainability, risk, and social-natural relations.

“Sociology on the move” means that our discipline contributes to an understanding of our world by defining new objects of research, devising new approaches and reevaluating its rich heritage. It implies a new openness with regard to other disciplines and to normative questions. The International Sociological Association offers an enormous variety of perspectives – in terms of cultures, gender and generation. They all contribute to the vitality of our discipline.


14–17 June 2010 23rd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation & Environmental Impact Of Energy Systems (ECOS2010)

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Topics: • Development, application and teaching of methods in: basic and applied thermodynamics; thermoeconomics and environomics; simulation, improvement and optimization of energy conversion systems; process design, analysis and integration of thermal and chemical systems; diagnostic and control of thermal systems; environmental impact and sustainability of energy systems • Relevant physical systems conventional and advanced power plants; polygeneration and district heating/cooling systems; new technologies in heat pumps, refrigeration and air conditioning; new technologies for electricity (co)generation; industrial process plants; energy storage; carbon capture and storage; hydrogen and natural gas technologies; biomass conversion systems; energy conversion systems for transportation; water desalination and treatment • Focus points technology, environmental and economical aspects of biofuels and other renewable energies (biomass, geothermal, thermal solar); fuel cells systems; heat pumps and Organic Rankine Cycles


9–11 June 2010 3rd International Conference on Quantified Eco-Efficiency Analysis for Sustainability

Hotel Zuiderduin, Zeeweg 52, NL-1931 VL, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands

The Challenge

Increasing affluence and population growth will destroy the environment, will hit the poor, and will hit next generations, unless extreme, unprecedented improvements in eco-efficiency are realised, leading to decoupling of economic growth from environmental impact. De-growth, for the richest, will be an essential ingredient.
The time frames involved start now. Fundamentally new technologies in production and consumption will however require decades for their full scale introduction, and we don’t know them yet. How can we guide the right developments, based on best current knowledge, and how can we create the incentives for this key issue in long term sustainability?

The conference

The conference will set the stage on day one, with keynote speakers from all continents covering targets and strategies.On day two we will look into specific options for eco-efficiency improvements in core domains of sustainable development. On day three we will go into the intricacies of analysis and the schools involved. The day before the conference officially starts, there will be the possibility to take part in one of the available courses.

Your role

Present your challenging research. Send in an abstract now and join the conference, to learn, and to contribute to the discussions on our future. Registration will become available soon.


Authors of a selection of presentations will be invited to submit a full paper for a special section on eco-efficiency in the Journal of Industrial Ecology, following usual review procedures.


9–11 June 2010 The 3rd International Conference on Eco-Efficiency Modelling and Evaluation for Sustainability: Guiding Eco-Innovation and Consumption

Egmond an Zee, The Netherlands

Increasing affluence and population growth will destroy the environment, will hit the poor, and will hit next generations, unless extreme, unprecedented improvements in eco-efficiency are realised, leading to decoupling of economic growth from environmental impact. De-growth, for the richest, will be an essential ingredient. The time frames involved start now. Fundamentally new technologies in production and consumption will however require decades for their full scale introduction, and we don’t know them yet. How can we guide the right developments, based on best current knowledge, and how can we create the incentives for this key issue in long term sustainability?


7–9 June 2010 Sustainable Irrigation 2010

Bucharest, Romania

Sustainable Irrigation 2010 is the third conference in this series, following the success of the meetings enjoyed in Bologna (2006) and Alicante (2008).

As the standard of living of a large section of the world’s population continues to increase, the strategic importance of fresh water resources also rises. It is essential to seek ways of achieving the most efficient and equitable use of these resources at the same time as making their use sustainable.

Even in those countries where fresh water is currently easily available, over-exploitation is leading to damaging long lasting environmental effects, such as the lowering of water tables or depletion of river flows. Adding to these effects, the problem of contamination effectively reduces the availability of clean water.

Water is essential for irrigation purposes, but its indiscriminate use can lead not only to shortages, but also to the deterioration of crop yields and soils. It is hence vital to ensure that it is applied as effectively as possible in order to reach sustainability.

This conference seeks to address the different aspects of irrigation, including not only the management of water resources, scientific and technical aspects, but also matters related to policy and economics.

The conference aims to attract researchers in academia and industry as well as professional practitioners and policy makers to review the latest developments in sustainable irrigation from a scientific, technological, political and economic point of view. Its objective is also to discuss how to reach the sustainable management of irrigation resources in the future by applying modern computer simulation methods, advanced and new technologies as well as analyzing different policies and economic forecasting techniques.


7–9 June 2010 Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering Forum

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

The purpose of the Forum is to facilitate networking, as well as to disseminate research results in mechanical engineering and related disciplines and new technologies among universities, industry, government agencies, and R&D laboratories. A number of technical Symposia and special sessions will be organized with details posted at the conference website. The conference will unfold in five parallel sessions with many Symposia, special sessions and student design competition. A general assembly and keynote session starts in the morning of Monday, June 7th. The conference will feature a Reception at the Royal BC Museum on Monday June 7th; Conference Banquet at the Crystal Garden of the Victoria Conference Centre on Wednesday June 9th; and optional social events on Tuesday evening. On-site registration and special meetings starts in the afternoon on Sunday, June 6.


1–3 June 2010 Fifth International Green Energy Conference

University of Waterloo Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The International Green Energy Conference (IGEC) is a multi-disciplinary international conference on the use of energy with no or reduced environmental impact and will provide a forum for the exchange of latest technical information, for the dissemination of the high-quality research results, for the presentation of the new developments in the area of energy and environment and for the debate and shaping of future directions and priorities in sustainable development and energy security. This year\'s theme is energy diversity, energy localization, energy security and sustainable development. The conference is of particular interest and value to researchers, scientists, engineers and practitioners who are working in the relevant field of energy and environment, from policy making, technical development to management and marketing.


27–28 May 2010 International Human Capital Conference for Sustainable Economies

Karlsruhe, Germany

This event will bring together academia, senior executives of public and private organisations, chief human capital officers, executives and practitioners, economists, policy makers, environmental manag-ement experts, representatives of international development agen-cies and other relevant stake-holders to discuss key emerging issues related to: global warming and the emergence of the green economy; impacts on human capital management; and effective initiatives needed to develop and manage human capital for the next economies – the green economies.


19–20 May 2010 Practical Information for Sustainable Manufacturing - PrISM

Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge, UK

An international conference on industrial sustainability

Introducing sustainable practices into your business could save money, improve efficiency and boost competiveness. This conference is your chance to learn how you can make real environmental improvements to your business
without costing the earth. Using cutting edge examples from industry and the latest academic research, it provides realistic advice and steps to going green.

The conference is a must for any business looking at introducing or developing its sustainable manufacturing approach.

Bringing together some of the world\'s leading manufacturers, retailers and innovators in the field of practical environmental change you\'ll learn how the steps they have taken have led to major benefits for their organisation, such as:

- Major savings from waste reduction, reduced fuel and energy
consumption and operating costs
- Increased income streams from innovative recycling and waste management schemes
- Developing long-term customer relationships
- Created product marketing advantages and created new commercial opportunities.


4–6 May 2010 Environmental Toxicology 2010


This International Conference will address the need for the exchange of scientific information among experts on issues related to environmental toxicology, toxicity assessment and hazardous waste management. With large numbers of new chemicals entering the market every year, it has become necessary to assess their effects on ecosystems as well as minimise their impact on the environment.


26–28 March 2010 Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC)

Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa, USA

The Midwest Ecology and Evolution Conference (MEEC) is a conference organized by and geared toward undergraduate and graduate students to present research and make connections.

MEEC 2010 will be held Friday, March 26 to Sunday, March 28 on the campus of Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa. The heart of the conference will be oral presentations and poster presentations contributed by participating undergraduate and graduate students. The conference will also include an opening mixer, a banquet Saturday evening, and keynote addresses from three leading researchers in ecology and evolution.

A Flyer is available for advertising MEEC at your institution. Please post the flyer or distribute it directly to interested students and faculty.

What MEEC 2010 is doing?

1. Increasing awareness of sustainability issues

2. Reducing consumptiveness

3. Creating a sustainability legacy

  • Fostering general knowledge about sustainability issues
  • Encouraging MEEC 2011 to meet and exceed MEEC 2010’s efforts!
  • Surveying participants for feedback regarding sustainability issues for future committees

What can you do?

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2. Take the Pledge

3. Save on MEEC Registration!


22–24 February 2010 Header SusPack 2011 Logo 5th annual Sustainability in Packaging

Orlando, Florida, USA

As the most comprehensive conference and showcase of its kind, Sustainability in Packaging 2010 highlighted over 50 leading companies with real case studies covering all aspects of sustainability, from materials, groundbreaking design, supply chain challenges, marketing messages, consumer demand and other drivers of sustainable innovation to strategic vision of how sustainability fits with a company\'s overall image and where to go next.


14–16 September 2009 Resources 2009 Twin World Congress

Nagoya, Japan and Davos, Switzerland

The R’09 Twin World Congress promotes innovative technologies and frameworks for resource management to improve material and energy efficiencies in the production, use, and recycling of materials.

The R’09 Twin World Congress is the 9th event in the bi-annual R’ World Congress series started in 1993. It aims to improve material and energy efficiencies in industry, including energy supply, cement and building materials, metallurgical, chemical, glass, pulp and paper, machinery, the automobile and electronic industries as well as activities of collection, sorting, further treatment and final disposal of post-consumer material. The factor information and therefore the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are of increasing importance in resource management and will find special consideration at R’09.


9–12 August 2009 First International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

The purpose of the Congress is to provide a common information platform to practitioners of various physical and ecological sciences, engineering fields, economics, and social sciences. The conference will facilitate the exchange of emerging ideas about ways and means of protecting the environment and its resource depletion so that humans can achieve sustained economic growth and societal benefits through future generations. Additionally products, processes and systems for sustainability are among the major focuses of this conference.


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