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26–27 October 2020 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum - The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions


The 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum (BSPF) will be held in Basel, 26–27 October 2020. The aim of the forum is to offer a platform for open and constructive conversation between researchers, learned societies, university librarians, funding agencies, scholarly publishers, publishing platforms, and other concerned stakeholders (professional associations, etc.) to identify implementable solutions for a sustainable global transition to open access.

A main topic of discussion of BSPF2 will be the challenges facing learned societies in this transition to Open Access, but the conference will also cover a broad array of topics relevant to these challenges, like the development of alternative metrics, the evaluation and promotion of researchers, the OA price transparency, the current situation and limitations of transformative agreements, copyright, etc.

This will be a unique opportunity to work together towards sustainable solutions for a successful global transition to open access.

15–17 September 2020 The 8th World Sustainability Forum


September 2020 marks the 5th birthday of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. If it were a child and given the right circumstances, it would now have developed fine motor skills, be able to stand on one foot for 10 seconds, have long conversations, and start to develop independence and responsibility. With The 8th World Sustainability Forum, we are not only celebrating a birthday, but are also taking stock of where we are in relation to a more sustainable world, what has worked, what has not yet worked, and where we need to go next. Sustainability has gained considerable traction: Many countries have integrated sustainability and environmental protection as part of their national development agenda, many businesses have realized the considerable long-term potential in sustainable development, and many research agendas have aligned with sustainability goals. It is now time for the research, policy, and business communities to enter into enduring dialog and to embrace greater global responsibilities. With this event, we hope to contribute to building a platform and network for a sustainability agenda that fosters partnerships among stakeholders beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines, narrow national agendas, and quarterly spreadsheets. The quest is to conceive of ways to assure long-term sustainable development for our people, our planet, as well as societal and corporate profit. In light of the importance of developing institutional partnerships and networks, this forum will be coordinated by MDPI, the UN Global Compact, the Global Footprint Network, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

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8–11 June 2020 6th International Conference on Food and Wine Supply Chain

Bologna, Italy

The 6th International Conference on Food and Wine Supply Chain addresses the topic of design and planning of sustainable food supply chains from a multidisciplinary and systemic food ecosystem perspective involving all stages from growers to consumers. It aims to better understand food ecosystems according to a holistic approach, by highlighing the horizontal connections among the supply chain stages and the associated interdisciplinary fields of research. Interactions between the food ecosystems and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) like providing affordable food, mitigating climate change, greening the sector, saving energy and preserving the environment will be central.

Within such a complex and boundless ecosystem, quantitative models and methods intended towards designing, prototyping, engineering and monitoring of novel food products and processes, developing designer foods, eco-friendly food package, as well as adopting sustainable harvesting and farming, processing, storage and distribution technologies and strategies are vital in order to address to the threefold pillar of sustainability (i.e. environmental, social and economic).

The Conference builds upon the state-of-the-art of the interdisciplinary literature on food ecosystem, and addresses the trade-offs and synergies underlying the design, planning, management and optimisation of food industries and systems.

Contributions which bridge disciplines (i.e. Industrial Systems Engineering, Food Science, Packaging Science, Decision Science, Logistics and Facility Management, Supply Chain Management, Agricultural Science and Land-use Planning, Energy Engineering) and foster collaborations for decision-making between different stages of the food supply chain are particularly encouraged. Furthermore, single discipline or specific studies on food products, processes, and systems, technologies or design/planning methodologies will find room in parallel sessions or as posters.

9–11 June 2020 BEYOND 2020 World Sustainable Built Environment Conference (WSBE)

Gothenburg, Sweden

BEYOND 2020 is the next edition of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference (WSBE), one of the most renowned conferences in the world in the field of sustainable built environment, taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden from 9th to 11th June 2020. It is organized by Chalmers University of Technology and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, with the support of Johanneberg Science Park and the City of Gothenburg.
By the year 2020 it’s estimated that 4.3 billion people will live in cities and this global trend towards urbanization is expected to continue. To think and plan the cities and communities of tomorrow has therefore never been more urgent.  This planning journey will have a profound effect on the built environment all over the world.
Thus, we have the responsibility to address key sustainability challenges relevant for the building sector with a global view and many different local perspectives.
At BEYOND 2020, we have the ambition to collectively formulate a transformational plan and a set of commitments for the built environment to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
It is possible to submit a 300-words abstract until 14th August. All information on the conference website


31 Jul 2019: abstract submission
02 Oct 2019: abstract notification
09 Jan 2020: final paper submission
26 Feb 2020: final paper notification
09-11 Jun 2020: conference

14–17 June 2020 NSB 2020 - 12th Nordic Symposium on Building Physics

Tallinn, Estonia

This building physics conference focuses on the heat, air and moisture transfer in buildings, and on aspects in microbiology, building services and energy performance linked or strongly interacting with building physics. Arranged every third year since 1987, this conference is the biggest and longest international conference in Building Physics. Organised in Nordic countries, the conference is not limited to cold climate and has grown to attract participants from all over the world so that over half of participants are from other countries.

15–17 June 2020 XVIII Triple Helix Conference 2020 - Future of Innovation and Innovation for Future

Tampere, Finland

Tampere University welcomes you to take part in the conference, which unites scholars, policy makers and practitioners to discuss the future directions of innovation. The 2020 conference will promote dialogue among stakeholders involved in various aspects of innovation ecosystem for example with the issues related to knowledge society, social innovation, technology transfer and innovation policy to name a few.

We are inviting you to submit your proposals for individual papers, poster presentations and panel discussions by January, 31 2020.

Tracks of the Conference:

1. Theoretical foundations and methodological approaches of Triple Helix
2. Concepts and theories to frame the future of innovation
3. Innovation in transnational contexts
4. Innovation for sustainable development goals
5. University reforms for future innovation
6. Governance and public policy in shaping future innovative society
7. Individuals’ role in Triple/Quadruple Helix or future innovation
8. Other topics related to the theme of the Conference

Further information and application guidelines available on

Early bird tickets will be available on 1 February - 15 April 2020.

17–19 June 2020 The 15th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD 2020)

Rome, Italy

The 15th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD 2020) is a conference that addresses the role of knowledge-based development and knowledge assets in organisation, firm and city value planning, creation, management and development.

IFKAD 2020 aims to represent a space of inspiration and knowledge, as well as an ‘agora’ of learning, networking and sharing where experts, entrepreneurs, professionals and academics meet to discuss about why and how technologies and digital transformation may act as levers to innovate, transform and improve knowledge management systems, working schemes, innovation processes, business models and customer-orientation, as well as to understand how public organizations may improve their level of efficiency and the value provided to the citizens, making government more transparent and responsive, trying to raise quality of life and, accordingly, drive territorial development and positive change in society.

The main goal of IFKAD 2020 is to forge a strong connection between theory and management, enhancing and promoting the transfer of research results to real-world management practices and policies, drawing together scholars who are working at the forefront of research domain with the emerging business and government challenges, such as knowledge divide, threats to privacy, and the potential loss of diversity of knowledge.

IFKAD 2020 will include strong theoretical, conceptual and empirical papers using quantitative and qualitative approaches exploring the main theme of Knowledge in the Digital Age, and it will also host special tracks focusing on other related topics. Moreover, the Forum´s PhD sessions will give a unique opportunity to postgraduates and PhD students to present and discuss their work, and to gather feedback from international experts to further develop their research projects.

IFKAD 2020 will be hosted in the suggestive frame of the city of Rome. It represents an ideal place to discuss the role and the impact of the new relationships between knowledge management and digital transformation, and to be inspired about how to balance competitiveness and growth with good employability, social and environmental sustainability and quality of life.

For additional information please visit the conference website at:

24–26 June 2020 6th International AR & VR Conference

Lisbon, Portugal

To better understand how immersive technology is impacting businesses, society and human beings, the growing and interdisciplinary community of international researchers meets at the international AR VR conference to present and discuss recent advancements in the field. This conference has rapidly developed from a small conference on AR and VR to an established conference attracting industry professionals and researchers from various disciplines.

Following the success of 5th International AR & VR Conference in Munich, we are very excited to announce that 6th International AR & VR Conference will be held at ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon (hosted by Prof. Sandra Loureiro) in June 2020 ( See attached call for papers and the deadline for abstracts is 15th February 2020.  

We welcome the latest research on the application of AR & VR  and selected abstracts will be invited to Special Issue of Sustainability, International Journal of Advertising (SSCI), Journal Destination Marketing & Management and Journal of Interactive Communications.

Instructions for authors

All Papers/abstracts must be submitted via Easy Chair ( Authors of accepted papers will be expected to attend the conference and make a 10-15 minutes oral presentation.

Scientific Track & Industry Track

All paper submissions must be in English and submitted as a word file. The document file should not contain information that unnecessarily identifies the authors, their institutions, or their places of work. Extended abstract length: max. 3 pages (excl. references). All accepted papers are expected to be presented during the conference. Papers are invited to be expanded into a book chapter to be published by Springer post-conference.

PhD Poster Track

2 pages abstract: recently completed work, work in progress, or publicly presentable ideas for unimplemented and/or unusual systems or applications. All accepted posters are expected to give an oral presentation during the pre-conference and to present a poster during the main conference.

Time Schedule

·  Submission closes: February 15, 2020

·  Notification of acceptance/rejection/revision: March 27, 2020      

· Early bird registration deadline: April 29, 2020

· Normal registration ends: May 30, 2020

· Conference: 24-26 June 2020 at ISCTE-IUL,Lisbon, Portugal


Best regards,
Dr Timothy Jung

Conference Chair: 6th International AR & VR Conference, 24-26 June 2020, Lisbon

1–2 July 2020 2nd International Workshop on Crowd-Powered e-Services (CROPS 2020)

Zakynthos, Greece

Crowdsourcing is a model in which individuals or organizations obtain goods and services from a large, open and rapidly-evolving group of Internet users. The idea of dividing work between participants to achieve a cumulative result has been applied successfully in many areas, from biology and linguistics to engineering and cultural heritage. As a particular branch of crowdsourcing, crowd computing (also known as “human computation” or “human-centered AI”) systematizes the intertwining of human intelligence with artificial intelligence, aiming to solve tasks that are hard for individuals or computers to do alone. The key principles include (i) automation: machines do non-creative and repetitive work, providing a cascade of knowledge for humans to evaluate; (ii) micro-tasking: work is broken into small tasks that are easier to complete by humans chosen specifically on the grounds of their expertise; and (iii) mixed crowd: a greater volume of work, and of greater value, can be completed when specialists and open communities work together.

This workshop seeks to become a forum to discuss broad, interdisciplinary research about human-in-the-loop intelligent e-services, human-AI interaction, and techniques for augmenting the abilities of individuals and communities to perform whichever tasks. We thereby solicit papers presenting theoretical contributions or practical uses of crowdsourcing and crowd computing models in any domains of application. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Crowdsourcing/crowd computing case studies:
    • digital humanities,
    • economy,
    • education,
    • health,
    • journalism,
    • software engineering,
    • tourism,
    • urban data collection,
  • Crowdsourcing/crowd computing theory and techniques:
    • algorithm design,
    • collective knowledge,
    • human-AI interaction,
    • incentives to collaboration,
    • intellectual property,
    • macro- and micro-tasking,
    • mixed crowd,
    • psychological and emotional aspects of crowd involvement,
    • quality control,
    • task assignment,
  • Uses of crowdsourcing/crowd computing:
    • games,
    • knowledge bases,
    • fact verification,
    • information retrieval,
    • machine learning,
    • optimization,

2–4 July 2020 12th OTIE International Conference on Islands Tourism—ICIT 2020

Catania, Sicily, Italy

The 12th OTIE International Conference on Islands Tourism 2020 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 meeting includes a variety of topics relevant for the Islands Tourism and suited for many disciplines, including: tourism, economy, policies, environmental issues, business development, and more. Please send your abstract (250/300 words with at least 3 references and 4/5 keywords) by 30 March, 2020 by e-mail to [email protected] (see the Call for Abstract: Also this year OTIE encourages delegates to organize a session within the conference. Please, see the guidelines in OTIE website (deadline 30 March 2020) or in the Call for Session:

For further information [email protected] or [email protected]

8–10 July 2020 ICA CCR European Research Conference - Athens 2020——“Rethinking co-operatives: From local to global and from the past to the future”

Athens, Greece

The Blueprint for a Co-operative Decade of the ICA sets out a strategy plan with a number of ambitious goals to be achieved by 2020. The latter highlights -in many instances- the importance of safeguarding the cooperative identity, as well as encouraging the cooperation between cooperatives. Nevertheless, as we are approaching the end of the Co-operative Decade, how to maintain a common cooperative identity which is inclusive to both traditional and emerging cooperatives, while strengthening their network capacities in local, regional, and global level, still remains an open question. To address the aforementioned challenges, new strategic visions for cooperatives need to be explored and debated.

For this reason, following the main theme of the Berlin Conference in 2019 on cooperatives and the transformation of business and societies, the 2020 ICA CCR European Research Conference chose as its main theme: Rethinking cooperatives: From local to global and from the past to the future” and invites scholars, practitioners and policy makers to reflect critically upon the evolution of the cooperative model over the years, the challenges that it has successfully addressed and those that remain unanswered, as well as the need to both evolve and adapt to new conditions, while maintaining a common cooperative identity.

Based on the above perspective, the conference aims to address a wide range of topics of the cooperative movement’s development through time and location from different scientific fields and traditions, including – among others:

  • Agricultural cooperatives
  • Consumer cooperatives
  • Cooperative governance
  • Cooperative law and public policies
  • Cooperative management
  • Cooperative networks and territorial and rural development
  • Cooperative resilience and sustainability
  • Cooperatives and climate change
  • Cooperatives and social and solidarity economy
  • Cooperatives and sustainable development goals
  • Cooperatives and the commons
  • Emerging types of cooperatives (e.g. cooperative platforms)
  • Financial and banking cooperatives
  • History of the cooperative movement.
  • Innovation in Cooperative education
  • Measuring the cooperative impact
  • Producer Cooperatives
  • Social Cooperatives
  • Statistics on cooperatives
  • Worker cooperatives

Thematic/topics are NOT exclusive and shall be re-defined based on the received submissions.

10–13 July 2020 SOItmC & Oklahoma State University 2020

Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA

SOItmC & Oklahoma State University 2020 will be held at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA, 10 July (Friday)–13 July (Monday) 2020. The theme is “Ambidextrous Open Innovation; When Engineering and Digital Technology Meet Political Economy and Market”. We hope that the conference will be an ideal platform to discuss the recent advances and research results in the fields of open innovation, engineering, digital technology, political economy, market, etc. Selected conference papers will be published in many Special Issues of SSCI/SCIE indexed journals. For further information, please visit

20–23 August 2020 The 9th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Advanced Reliability and Maintenance Modelling (APARM 2020)

Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver, Canada

Innovative tools for reliability analysis and decision making in design, operation and maintenance of engineering systems in today’s connected era, are critical for safe, reliable and effective operation of these systems. The 9th Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Advanced Reliability and Maintenance Modelling (APARM 2020) to be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver, Canada (August 20 to 23, 2020) aims to provide a friendly platform for synergistic exchanges of ideas and practices among academics and industry practitioners. The conference will cover a broad range of research and application topics relevant to reliability and maintenance. Special attention will be paid to provide a sociable professional environment for participants to develop new contacts, forge new research collaboration, and strengthen existing relationships. APARM 2020 is a continuation of the series of successful workshops - AIWARM 2004 (Hiroshima, Japan), AIWARM 2006 (Busan, Korea), AIWARM 2008 (Taichung, Taiwan), APARM 2010 (Wellington, New Zealand), APARM 2012 (Nanjing, China), APARM 2014 (Sapporo, Japan), APARM 2016 (Seoul, Korea) and APARM 2018 (Qingdao, China).

Special Session:
Decision Support Systems for Improving the Construction and Maintenance of Renewable Energy Projects

For further information on the Special Session, please visit:

Submission of Papers to Special Session:
Authors need to submit their manuscripts to the special session using the following instructions: (1) create an account in the conference database using your personal information (if you do not have one already); (2) use the following link for paper submission; (3) provide the information regarding the title of paper and the paper abstract; and (3) use the password “111” at the submission page and click on the “Submit” button. All papers submitted to the special session will be subject to the same peer-review procedure as regular papers. All papers submitted to the special session (if accepted and presented) will be published as part of the regular APARM 2020 proceedings.

Important Dates:
Full paper submission February 15, 2020
Notification of paper acceptance April 15, 2020
Camera-ready paper submission May 15. 2020
Author registration deadline May 15. 2020
Arrival and registration August 20, 2020
Technical program August 21 to 23, 2020

8–11 September 2020 13th National Conference on Biodiversity (Biodiversity 2020)


The Department of the Science of Agriculture, Food and Environment, of the University of Foggia, in conjunction with the Academy of Mediterranean Biodiversity Sciences and other Universities and Research Institutions from Puglia region, is delighted to invite you at the 13th National Conference on Biodiversity (Biodiversity 2020) that will take place in Foggia, September 8-11, 2020.

The event represents an important appointment for the scientific debate among researchers, experts of national and international organizations and technicians of public administrations on the protection and the valorisation of biodiversity.

The conference program, whose subtitle is "agriculture, environments and wellbeing", is based on various aspects of scientific research and policies, related to plant, animal and microbial biological diversity for food and agriculture, as well as to natural ecosystems.

The main objectives of the conference are: 1) to examine the urgent issues of biodiversity protection in a scenario of climate change and food insecurity; 2) to disseminate current knowledge in the identification, application and development of strategies aimed at promoting the diversification in natural and anthropized systems, cultural and food diversity; 3) to increase knowledge on the function, distribution and abundance of biodiversity, 4) to communicate scientific knowledge on biodiversity.

We look forward to welcome and meet you at Biodiversità 2020 next September 8-11, 2020 in Foggia, Puglia!

13–15 September 2020 Challenges of Contemporary Economics

Warsaw, Poland

The Conference program is very broad, for example: Circular Economy, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurship, FinTech Sector, Welfare State and many others. Every participant will receive the certificate that confirm the conference attendance. Please register and submit your extended abstract before May 31, 2020.
Don’t waste this opportunity!
Please, send this invitation to your colleagues and students. Also, visit our fanpage on Facebook and share the event among your friends:

Participation in this Conference gives many opportunities for publication in a book and prestigious journals with Impact Factor (

20–24 September 2020 66th Scientific Conference of the Committee for Civil Engineering of Polish Academy of Sciences

Muszyna - Złockie, Poland

The conference will take place on September 20-24, 2020 in Muszyna - Złockie, Poland.

Scope of the problem section
Challenges of underground construction
Scope of the general section
Scientific problems of Civil Engineering
• Hydroengineering
• General building design
• Building physics
• Geotechnics
• Building materials engineering
• Engineering of building enterprises
• Road engineering
• Concrete structures
• Metal structures
• Mechanics of structures and materials

Committee for Civil Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences
Science Committee of the Polish Association of Civil Engineers,
Cracow University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering,

1–4 December 2020 Grazing in Future Multi-Scapes

New Zealand

We are delighted to hold the First International Workshop on “Grazing in future multi-scapes: From thoughtscapes to landscapes, creating health from the ground up.”

We cordially invite you to Lincoln University, New Zealand from 1 to 4 December 2020. New Zealand is often called the most beautiful country on earth, as well as the ‘premier league of grazing management.' This makes New Zealand the ideal location for this unique event, which convenes experts in: system thinking;pastoralism;rangeland and grasslands ecology;indigenous development;agroecology;environmental sustainability;economic sociology;natural resources management;landscapes ecology and design

Our workshop will also engage with transformative innovation from all over the world in the framework of re-imagined or redesigned pastoralism and grazing for future landscapes.

This workshop provides a great opportunity to present state-of-the-art, future thinking and practice in grazing and pastoralism to an international audience of scientists, academics, post-grad students and policy makers. In a New Zealand grazing tradition going back more than 100 years, the workshop in is an excellent opportunity to assemble researchers for discourse on future grazing. There is no other scientific convention in the world that offers such breadth of topic coverage.

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