Opportunity: Call for Abstracts, Online International Conference on Sustainable Development

The 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development, set for Sept. 21-22, 2020, has announced it will take place online. If you are interested in presenting, abstracts for this year's theme, Cross-Cutting Solutions for the Decade of Action are due by May 1, 2020. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels. 

There are three energy-specific panels at this year's conference:

3. Cross-cutting, Just Solutions Towards the Sustainability of the Energy System

Energy is one of the main sources of climate impact, as well as a source of environmental, economic, and social sustainability concerns on a global scale. Cross cutting solutions are much needed in this core sector to achieve this century's ambitious sustainability goals. This session will explore innovative solutions to decarbonize the energy system that will increase its resiliency without creating new social issues. Maurizio Cellura, Francesco Guarino, Tatyana Lanshina, & Igor Makarov 

4. Democratizing Renewable Energy in the Global South

Several studies have shown that increased electricity access advances socio-economic development, brings about rapid industrialization, reduces poverty, improves food security, and increases quality of life and social well-being of the population. This session seeks analyses of the obstacles to achieving universal access to modern energy services in the Global South, and solutions to providing services in resource-poor settings, particularly field and pilot studies. Femi Oyeniyi, Labode Popoola, Ngozi Ifeoma Odiaka, & Famous Chiemerie

11. Multidisciplinary Energy Education for Societal Well-being (Co-chaired by Irving Institute Education Director Amanda Graham!)

Transforming both the societal and physical dimensions of energy systems is fundamental for addressing climate change, community welfare, and environmental justice. This session will extract lessons from diverse examples of multidisciplinary energy education, particularly university-level and online forums, that hold promise for inspiring and equipping a wide range of learners to help society navigate energy transitions in the decade of action. Amanda Graham, Greg Poelzer, & Jennie Stephens

How to Submit

Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English, by 1 May, 2020, via the conference website. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one Topic. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or the submission of the same abstract under multiple topics is likely to result in the abstract being declined. The scientific committee will review abstracts and send all decision letters by 1 June, 2020. Abstracts can be accepted as either poster or oral (i.e. PowerPoint) presentations. Presenters invited to give oral presentations must submit a full paper by 1 August, 2020, in order to maintain their position in the program. Presenters failing to submit full papers will be moved to poster presentations. Presenters who do not register before the 1 September, 2020 deadline may also forfeit their spot in the agenda.

Learn more about all the conference topics and submit your proposal here.