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Special Issue "Sustainability in Research Infrastructure"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022 | Viewed by 567

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Oliver Opel
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Guest Editor
Department of Engineering, Westcoast University of Applied Science, 25746 Heide, Germany
Interests: energy efficiency; renewable energy; efficient buildings; energy storage
Ms. Marlies Wiegand
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Institute for the Transformation of the Energy System, FH Westkueste University of Applied Science, Carl-Friedrich-Benz-Straße 5, 25770 Hemmingstedt, Germany
Interests: efficient building systems; corrosion in heating and cooling circuits; microbially influenced corrosion
Prof. Dr. Gunther Gehlert
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Department of Engineering, FH Westkueste University of Applied Science, Fritz-Thiedemann-Ring 20, 25746 Heide, Germany
Interests: efficient buildings; quarters; sector coupling; integrated energy; hydrogen
Dr. Frank Schiller
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Institute for the Transformation of the Energy System, FH Westkueste University of Applied Science, Carl-Friedrich-Benz-Straße 5, 25770 Hemmingstedt, Germany
Interests: social aspects of sustainability; acceptance; heat usage; sufficiency

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Research infrastructure—that is, buildings, laboratories, large-scale instruments and research facilities, data centers and infrastructure that are needed to operate these—often produce environmental impacts, e.g., through the use of high amounts of energy, chemicals, and the production of various and sometimes complex-to-handle wastes. However, these facilities are often essential for sustainability innovation. How can environmental impact be kept low and the research framework itself excel in sustainability? In addition to technical and operational issues, organizational and social challenges are met in the everyday struggle to serve researchers and accommodate their valuable work while optimizing material as well as energy and work flows, always facing limited funding and cost restrictions.

We invite papers covering all aspects of this interdisciplinary challenge, with a special focus on planned projects, strategies, and also best practices as well as analyses of work and material flows, energy efficiency, and technical and organizational processes. We encourage submissions from researchers who also do research on how to improve sustainability at their home facility, often hand in hand with technical staff and administration. Most often, this valuable work is done away from key research activities and is more as an outcome of academics’ own responsibility rather than part of their duties in their research roles. Thus, it finally deserves to receive the attention it has not been given to date. Of course, work which focusses on institutional learning and operations excellence in sustainability aspects is also very welcome.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Opel
Ms. Marlies Wiegand
Prof. Dr. Gunther Gehlert
Dr. Frank Schiller
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • research infrastructure
  • sustainability
  • energy efficiency
  • waste management
  • institutional learning
  • sustainability transformation

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