IST 2017: Taking the lead in real world transitions
18-21 June 2017 in Gothenburg
Hosted by Chalmers University of Technology and Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions (CIIST)
Year 2050 is just around the corner.
From a transition perspective three decades is not a long time. Yet the United Nations sustainability goals are set for 2030, and the pace of climate change calls for rapid change of massive sociotechnical systems. The challenges are enormous. Reaching ambitious societal targets rely on collective action, but also on private and public agents daring to take the lead.
The 8th International Conference on Innovation and Sustainability Transitions (IST 2017) will devote special attention to problems and challenges for those wanting to take action and do more. What understanding and conclusions can transition scholars bring to the table and what types of new knowledge do we need to search for?
Year 2017 is definitely just around the corner.
We therefore ask all transition scholars to save the dates, and join us next year for some stimulating and important days of interaction in the harbour of Gothenburg, a real world arena in transition.
On behalf of the organising committee,
Björn Sandén, Professor of Innovation and Sustainability, Chalmers University of Technology
Hans Hellsmark, Coordinator of Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions and IST2017
SENIX Conference in Stockholm on June 13-15, 2016 – The Role of Social Sciences in a Low-Carbon Energy Mix
Web site: www.delegia.com/senix2016
Group workshop Community of inquiry of the concept of development, organized by Tulsa Jansson, Linköping University, Founder of Swedish Society for Philosophical Practice
SCORAI holds conferences in every other year. 2016 conference is in Orono, ME this June. Here's the information about it.
On behalf of the Program Committee for the 2016 Conference of the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) being held at the University of Maine on June 15‒17, 2016, we are pleased to release the first preliminary agenda for the event.
We are also delighted to note that the program includes papers and posters from more than 200 scholars representing 26 countries! Together we will cover a wide range of topics—from sustainable food, alternative economies, and urban transformations to theories of social movements and socio-technical transitions.
We ask that you kindly check the schedule, available on the conference website and please forward this message on to your co-authors (for whom email addresses were not provided during abstract submission). Please inform us, as soon as possible, if corrections are needed or your plans have changed.
Information about travel, accommodation, registration and the post-conference excursion to Acadia National Park is available on the conference website. Early bird registration rates are available until March 15, so please register soon! Registration rates include meals, refreshments and a one year membership to SCORAI.
We have invited several presentations from scholars traveling from developing countries, many of whom receive no financial assistance from their institutions. If you, like us, are interested in participating in an inclusive and diverse conference, please consider adding a small donation to your registration fee to support scholars in need of assistance. You can also contribute via ourcrowdfunding campaign.
Please remember that full papers are due May 1st (instructions for submission forthcoming). SCORAI –sponsored events provide a unique opportunity for deeper engagement by utilizing this format—which enables participants to read others’ work prior to the conference. We strongly encourage you to get your papers in so that your contribution will have maximum impact and our time together can be used most effectively to advance shared learning and collective knowledge.
Please note the pre-conference workshops and “dialog” sessions included in the program. These sessions invite participation in a less formal and more discussion-oriented format. The Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) and OneEarth have developed the workshop “Identifying Promising Strategies for Advancing Sustainable Consumption in Cities” and Maurie Cohen (New Jersey Institute of Technology) and Peter Wells (Cardiff University) will be moderating a conversation on “The Burdens of Wealth: Impacts of ‘Decadent Consumption’”. We welcome your participation in these events! We have also included, with this email, a call for participation for a dialog session on teaching sustainable consumption (see attachment and note the February 15th deadline).
Finally, we’d like to remind you of SCORAI’s new Early Career Scholar Award. If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program or are within four years from the completion of your PhD, you are eligible to submit your paper for consideration. For more information, please visit the conference website.
We very much look forward to what promises to be a wonderful conference! Thank you all very much for your interesting contributions. We look forward to welcoming you to Maine in June and to a fruitful future of collaboration. If you’re not already subscribed, please consider joining the SCORAI listserv for updates, announcements, and sustained interaction with the SCORAI community!
Cindy, Philip & the Conference Organizing Committee
Cindy Isenhour, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Cooperating Faculty, Climate Change Institute and School of Economics
Faculty Associate, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions
University of Maine
Sustainability in the Global City: Myth and Practice
The 7th International Sustainability Transitions (IST) Conference will take place in Wuppertal, Germany from 6 - 9 September 2016.
The conference is the annual platform to share theoretical, empirical and practical advances in the field of sustainability transitions, covering a broad range of areas (e.g. energy, water, mobility, food systems) and disciplinary approaches.
Following the theme of IST 2016 “Exploring Transition Research as Transformative Science“ we want to focus on impact- and solution-oriented research approaches enabling transitions in practice. We invite contributions that address the following questions: How can we assess the societal impact of transition research? What are common challenges, best practices and future prospects in transdisciplinary research approaches, such as real-world laboratories, LivingLabs, transition experiments etc.?
We invite contributions focusing on key issues in the field of sustainability transitions research: the role of cities and geography of transitions, governance of transitions, transitions towards a sustainable economy, global perspectives on transitions, innovation and institutional change, modeling transitions - and all issues linked to the research agenda of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN).
For more information see the attached Call for Papers, which can also be downloaded at the conference website: ist2016.org
We want to make IST 2016 a very practical transition experience and we are pleased to welcome you to Wuppertal, our urban real-world lab with its many exciting projects and initiatives. We are looking forward to an engaging and impactful IST 2016.
Uwe Schneidewind, President of the Wuppertal Institute
Karoline Augenstein & Franziska Stelzer (IST 2016 Organizing Committee)
directs research at the Energy Trans Lab