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This page lists events relating to the use of ICT for environmental regulation. The site has no role in the organisation of these; please refer to the websites linked for further information.

  • Mon

    The 5th workshop "Environmental Informatics between Sustainability and Change" will take place during INFORMATIK 2017 in Chemnitz (25. to 29.09.).

    We are calling for contributions:

    If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to contact anyone of the organising committee .

    We are looking forward to seeing you in Chemnitz!

    Stefan Naumann, Kristina Voigt, Eva Kern

  • Sat

    Call for Papers
    Dear Colleagues,
    The journal Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903) is currently running a Special Issue entitled “Communications and Computing for Sustainable Development Goals”.
    Special Issue: Communications and Computing for Sustainable Development Goals
    Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Luca Chiaraviglio, Dr. William Liu, Prof. Dr. Jaap Van de Beek and Dr. Filip Idzkikowski
    Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2017

    The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector is currently focused on exploring different technological challenges, such us increasing the speed, maximizing the available capacity, and, in general, improving the performance of ICT systems. However, little attention has been paid so far to the role of ICT towards sustainable development. For example, the forthcoming 5G technology is mainly devoted to urban areas, while the development of such technology in rural zones is not yet considered. Additionally, more than two billions people still lack an Internet connection, and relatively low number of initiatives are being put into place to invert this trend.

    This Special Issue dedicates itself to explore the role and impact of the transformational power of ICT for making our world more sustainable: saving energy and material resources by creating more value from less physical input, increasing quality of life for ever more people without compromising future generations ability to meet their needs. In this context, the United Nations General Assembly has proposed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a list of actions over the next fifteen years in areas of critical importance for the humanity and the planet. The goal of the special issue is to pursue these goals in all areas of networking and computing. Papers related to ICT for Sustainability in a broad sense such as Sustainability by ICT, Sustainability in ICT and their overarching aspects, and especially papers developing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are welcome.

    Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
    · 5G networks for rural zones
    · Sustainable backbone networks/cellular network or data centers
    · New paradigms to improve the network sustainability: softwarization and fog computing
    · Networks elements and storage units powered by renewable sources
    · Sustainable architectures for increasing the connectivity in rural zones
    · Sustainable drone-services and network-services
    · e-Health applications for rural zones
    · Emergency services in rural zones
    · Case-studies results from the application of networks and services for improving the sustainability
    · Measurement of sustainability including metrics and benchmarks in networks and computing resources
    You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline. Submitted papers should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also encourage authors to send us their tentative title and short abstract to the Editorial Office ( for approval.

    If you are currently preparing your manuscript or would like to contribute a paper for this interesting issue, please feel free to contact us. For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors at the journal website. Each new submission will be processed as quickly as possible and published on acceptance.

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,
    Guest Editor
    Dr. Luca Chiaraviglio
    Department of Electronic Engineering, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Via del Politecnico 1, 00133, Rome, Italy

    Guest Editor
    Dr. William Liu
    Department of Information Technology and Software Engineering,
    School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences,
    Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1142, New Zealand

    Guest Editor
    Prof. Dr. Jaap Van de Beek
    Luleå University of Technology, Sweden

    Guest Editor
    Dr. Filip Idzkikowski
    Poznan University of Technology, Poznan, Poland

    Adela Liao
    MDPI Branch Office, Beijing
    Tel.: +86 010 6280 0830
    Future Internet Editorial Office
    Klybeckstrasse 64, 4057 Basel, Switzerland
    Tel. +41 61 683 77 34 (office)
    Fax: +41 61 302 89 18

  • Wed

    You are invited to submit contributions to a Special issue on ICT for sustainability in the well-ranked journal Sustainability. We invite papers from a broad range of topics connected to Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for Sustainability. More information can be found here

    The Special issue is coordinated but not formally connected with the fifth ICT4S-conference to be held in Toronto in May 2018, Thus - papers accepted for publication in the journal by November 15, 2017 can be submitted for presentation at the "Journal first-track" of the Toronto-conference. Sustainability has a good track record on quick reviews, so there is good chance of getting a good paper accepted in time, if you hurry up in finalising the paper.

    If you need more time, the Special issue is open for submission until March 15, 2018. Thus it is possible to submit a conference paper to the ICT4S-conference (deadline Nov 15, 2017) and then develop that paper with 30-50% new content and submit your full journal paper to the Special issue. There are no restrictions on the length of manuscripts in the Special issue, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive.

    Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted).

    Sustainability is an Open access journal, with an Article Processing Charge of CHF1400, payable if the article is accepted.

    With best regards,
    Guest editors
    Mattias Höjer
    Elina Eriksson
    Chris Preist

  • Wed
    Funchal, Portugal


    The 5th Conference on Sustainable Internet and ICT for Sustainability (SustainIT 2017) will be held December 6-7, 2017 in Funchal, Portugal. Papers are invited in all aspects of Sustainable Internet and ICT, Sustainability through the application of ICT, and Human-Centered technology for sustainability, including works that report on prototype test best and real-world deployments.

    Ultimately, the goal of this conference is to bring together people from different research areas, and provide a forum to exchange ideas, discuss solutions, and share experiences among researchers, professionals, and application developers from both industry and academia. The topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

    *Sustainable Internet and ICT

    1.Green Internet (e.g., novel standards and metrics for green communications, measurement and evaluation of the Internet's sustainability)

    2.Energy-efficient data centers (e.g., algorithms for reduced power, energy and heat, trade-offs between energy efficiency, Quality of Service, and reliability)

    3.Adaptation of computing and communications infrastructure to variable renewable energy supply

    4.Emerging computing / storage technologies for energy efficient operation

    5.E-waste (e.g. obsolescence of electronic equipment and its disposal issues)

    *Sustainability through the application of ICT

    1.ICT for energy efficiency in smart homes and buildings

    2.ICT for energy efficiency in industrial environments

    3.ICT for smart grids and water distribution systems

    4.ICT for sustainable transport and logistics

    5.ICT for monitoring and conservation of biodiversity (e.g., underwater and fauna monitoring)

    *Human-Centered Technology for Sustainability

    1.User evaluation of test-bed and prototype implementations

    2.Metrics for sustainability and their evaluation

    3.Behavior change regarding sustainability choices

    4.Human-factors in sustainable ICT systems

    5.Novel user interfaces and interaction techniques



    Chair: Mario Bergés, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

    Vice-chair: Lucas Pereira, Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Funchal, PT



    * June 23 - title and abstract registration

    * July 7 - paper submission

    * September 21 - WIP / Demo / PhD Forum submission

    * October 8 - notification of acceptance

    * October 21 - WIP / Demo / PhD Forum acceptance notification

    * November 10 - camera ready version

    * December 6 and 7 - conference



    * Papers - up to 10 pages (8 + 2 additional)

    * WIP - up to 4 pages (3 + 1 additional)

    * Demo - up to 2 pages

    * PhD Forum - up to 3 pages

    (additional pages are subject to an extra charge)

  • Mon
    University of Cambridge, UK

    World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST-2017)
    Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter
    11-14 December, 2017
    University of Cambridge, UK

    The World Congress on Sustainable Technologies (WCST-2017) is Technically Co-Sponsored by IEEE UK/RI Computer Chapter. It is a multidisciplinary congress, bridging efforts across the natural, social and engineering sciences, the environment and development of communities. The congress covers a wide spectrum of topics that relate to sustainability, which includes technical and non-technical research areas. It also encourages sharing new knowledge in the field of sustainable technologies and the environmental impacts.

    The mission of WCST-2017 is 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 bridges the gap between academia and industry by creating awareness of current development in sustainable technologies.

    The topics in WCST-2017 include but are not confined to the following areas:

    Sustainable Energy Technologies:
    * Bio-energy and Geo-energy
    * Energy
    * Energy in Transportation Systems
    * Energy Efficiency in Utilization
    * Environmental Issues
    * Energy Harvesting
    * Energy Storage Systems
    * Energy Storage Systems
    * Energy Market, Management and Economics
    * Energy Resources for Portable Electronics
    * Energy Efficiency in Utilization
    * Geothermal energy
    * Intelligent Energy, Power Transmission Distribution, Interconnects and Protection
    * Materials for Energy Resources
    * Nanotechnology in Energy
    * New Enabling Technologies
    * New Materials for Energy Resources and RF and Magnetic Field Energy Devices
    * Off-grid Isolated Energy Systems
    * Policy Issues on Renewable Energy
    * Power Electronics and Energy Conversion
    * Renewable Energy and Biofuels

    Renewable Energy Management, Economics and Environmental Impact:
    * Climate Change
    * Energy from waste
    * Environmental assessments
    * Environmental issues
    * Environmental policies and planning
    * Hazardous Chemical
    * Innovative use of Renewable Raw Materials
    * Offshore pollution and oil spills
    * Pollution prevention
    * Sustainable waste management technologies
    * Sustainability impact assessments and tools

    * Environmental Education
    * Education and Training
    * E-Society (e-Learning, e-Health, e-Medicine, e-Governance, e-Business, e-Art, e-Science)

    Green Computing:
    * Advanced IT energy-aware technologies
    * Green Computing Geo-energy
    * E-Cycling
    * E-Inclusion
    * Electronic waste
    * Energy Efficient Ethernet
    * IT energy management
    * Power-aware software
    * Power-efficient architectures and chip designs
    * Component level power management, e.g., memory, disk.
    * Power aware networking
    * Smart Grids applications
    * Technology as Green Enablers (Grid, Cloud, Data Centers, Virtualization)

    Sustainable Building Design:
    * Building Design and System
    * Creative Industries
    * Industrial Developments
    * Low and zero energy houses and buildings
    * New Insulation materials and techniques
    * New building materials and recycling
    * Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal

    Sustainability and Policy:
    * Sustainable Applications
    * Sustainable Development Policy
    * Sustainable Innovations
    * Sustainable Technology Programme

    Waste Management:
    * Agricultural wastes
    * Industrial waste management
    * Medical wastes
    * Mining and mineral wastes
    * Nuclear and hazardous waste
    * Waste from electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE)
    * Waste water treatment

    All the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings and modified version of selected papers will be published in special issues peer reviewed journals.

    **Paper/Extended Abstract Submission:
    - To submit a paper/extended abstract, please email your paper/extended paper to or submit it online at

    **Workshop/Special Track Submission:
    - Please email your Workshop/Special Track proposal to or

    **Poster/Demo Submission:
    - Please email your poster to and

    Submission Dates:

    *Extended Abstract (Work in Progress) Submission Date: September 15, 2017
    *Notification of Extended Abstract Acceptance/Rejection: September 25, 2017
    *Full Paper Submission Date: September 30, 2017
    *Notification of Paper Acceptance/Rejection: October 15, 2017
    *Camera Ready Paper Due: November 15, 2017
    *Workshops and Tutorials Submission Date: September 01, 2017
    *Notification of Workshop and Tutorial Acceptance: September 05, 2017
    *Special Track Submission Date: September 01, 2017
    *Notification of Special Track Acceptance: September 05, 2017
    *Poster/Demo Submission Date: September 30, 2017
    *Notification of Poster/Demo Acceptance: October 15, 2017
    *Proposal for Industrial Presentation: September 01, 2017
    *Notification of Industrial Presentation Acceptance: September 05, 2017
    *Early Registration Deadline: October 30, 2017
    *Late Registration Deadline (Authors only): November 15, 2017
    *Late Registration (Participants only): November 25, 2017
    *Conference Dates: December 11-14, 2017

    For further details, please visit


  • Mon

    3rd International Workshop on Big data for sustainable development will take place in Boston on 11-14 December 2017. Deadline for submission is 10th October 2017

    For more information visit:

  • Fri


    Socio-technical Transitions and Practices: Insights into Environmental Sustainability

    The multi-level analytical framework of socio-technical transitions promoted since the beginning of the 2000s (Grin, Rotmans and Schot 2011; Smith, Voß and Grin 2010; Geels 2002; 2011) has been recently brought into question by taking into consideration materiality, the dispersed and uneven distribution of agency and power, and the importance of (historical, spatial and political) context (Avelino et al. 2016). As pointed out by various criticisms, the multi-level perspective on socio-technical transitions often assumes a vertical trajectory, is too focused on institutions, and – methodologically – is based on secondary analyses of official data. By linking these criticisms with sustainability issues, moreover, inconsistencies and ambivalences emerge, as several contributions have shown especially in the renewable energy sector (e.g. Schreuer 2016; Scotti and Minervini 2016). This reminds us of the ambiguous meaning of the notion of ‘sustainability’ (Redclift 2005; Moneva, Archel and Correa 2006; Hornborg 2015; Rice 2007; Gottschlich and Bellina 2016). Furthermore, from a Science and Technology Studies (STS) perspective, Shove and Walker (2007; 2010) have suggested the need to reconsider the multi-level approach to socio-technical transitions by taking into account the practice level. This means to analyse, on the one hand, the mutual relationship between technologies and innovation paths; on the other, how these relate with practitioners.

    In recent years, transition studies have actually turned to the practice theory approach, especially drawing on STS theoretical perspectives (Chilvers and Longhurst 2016), as well as on a renewed interest for the material components of innovation processes (Hoffman and Loeber 2015). In this framework, socio-technical transitions are regarded as the outcome of co-production processes simultaneously involving human and non-human actors.

    Intensifying contaminations between the field of socio-technical transitions and the field of practices ask for a systematic reflection. This special issue of Tecnoscienza. The Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies aims therefore to offer a venue for contributions addressing environmental sustainability by linking socio-technical transitions and practices. An STS perspective may in particular shed light on the role of non-human agency in co-shaping the everyday practices involved in the transition towards sustainability. Innovation experiences, for instance, may be both fostered and hindered by material elements or broad infrastructures in which local practices are embedded, and we need a better understanding of the factors leading to the one or the other outcome.

    This special issue invites paper submissions including, but not limited to, the following themes: mobility; waste management; food production, consumption and supply; energy consumption and production.

    Key research questions to be addressed include the following:

    • Are there competing (human/non-human) networks around a same sustainable transition goal? What shape do they take? Do they interact in some way?

    • What are the actants that play a role in a local network?

    • How can the issue of “path dependency” be explored through the lens of practices?

    • What are the practices that characterize a socio-technical transition process in a specific context (e.g. everyday mobility strategies; personal care; dietary choice and food consumption; heating)?

    A further aim of the special issue is to include a variety of geographical and societal contexts. The link between growth and sustainability in socio-technical transitions implies several political consequences, in terms of Global North-South divide as well as at local level. For instance, governments – especially in the European Union – are engaged in promoting investments in the energy sector to pursue climate emissions reduction, yet the actual implementation of these efforts does not distribute benefits equitably among the territories involved in the process. Similarly, the dominant account of sustainability has a specific cultural connotation, since it originates in the Global North (Gottschlich and Bellina 2016). Therefore, cases from the Global South may enrich the reflection we wish to develop.

    Deadline for abstract submissions: December 15th, 2017

    Abstracts (in English) with a maximum length of 500 words should be sent as email attachments to and carbon copied to the guest editors. Notifications of acceptance will be communicated by January 2017. Full papers (in English with a maximum length of 8,000 words including notes and references) will be due by April 30th, 2018 and will be subject to a double-blind peer review process. The special issue is expected to be published in 2019.

    For information and questions, please do not hesitate to contact the guest editors:

    Paolo Giardullo,

    Sonia Brondi,

    Luigi Pellizzoni,


    Avelino, F., Grin, J., Pel, B., and Jhagroe, S. (2016) The politics of sustainability transitions,Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 18(5), 557-567.

    Chilvers, J. and Longhurst, N. (2016) Participation in transition(s): Reconceiving public engagements in energy transitions as co-produced, emergent and diverse, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 18(5), 585-507.

    Geels, F. W. (2002) Technological transitions as evolutionary reconfiguration processes: A multi-level perspective and a case-study, Research Policy, 31(8), 1257-1274.

    Geels, F. W. (2011) The multi-level perspective on sustainability transitions: Responses to seven criticisms, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 1(1), 24-40.

    Gottschlich, D. and Bellina, L. (2016) Environmental justice and care: critical emancipatory contributions to sustainability discourse, Agriculture and Human Values. doi:10.1007/s10460-016-9761-9

    Grin, J., Rotmans, J., and Schot, J. (2011) On patterns and agency in transition dynamics: Some key insights from the KSI programme, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, 1(1), 76- 81.

    Hoffman, J. and Loeber, A. (2015) Exploring the micro-politics in transitions from a practice perspective: The case of greenhouse innovation in the Netherlands, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, 18(5), 692-711

    Hornborg, A. (2015) Cornucopia or zero-sum game? The epistemology of sustainability. Journal of world-systems research, 9(2), 205-216.

    Moneva, J. M., Archel, P., and Correa, C. (2006) GRI and the camouflaging of corporate unsustainability, Accounting forum, 30(2), 121-137.

    Redclift, M. (2005) Sustainable development (1987-2005): An oxymoron comes of age, Sustainable Development, 13(4), 212-227.

    Rice, J. (2007) Ecological unequal exchange: Consumption, equity, and unsustainable structural relationships within the global economy, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 48(1), 43-72.

    Schreuer, A. (2016) The establishment of citizen power plants in Austria: A process of empowerment?, Energy Research & Social Science, 13, 126-135.

    Scotti, I. and Minervini, D. (2017) Performative connections: translating sustainable energy transition by local communities, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 30(3), 350-364.

    Shove, E. and Walker, G. (2007) CAUTION! Transitions ahead: Politics, practice, and sustainable transition management, Environment & Planning A, 39(4), 763-770.

    Shove, E. and Walker, G. (2010) Governing transitions in the sustainability of everyday life. Research policy, 39(4), 471-476.

    Smith, A., Voß, J. P. and Grin, J. (2010) Innovation studies and sustainability transitions: The allure of the multi-level perspective and its challenges, Research Policy, 39(4), 435-448.

  • Fri
    Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
    7th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems
    Submission Deadline: October 16, 2017
    March 16 - 18, 2018
    Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.
    SMARTGREENS is organized in 4 major tracks:
    - Energy-Aware Systems and Technologies
    - Sustainable Computing and Systems
    - Smart Cities and Smart Buildings
    - Demos and Use-Cases
    In Cooperation with IEEE Technical Area in Green Computing, Siemens, EDSO, APEA.
    With the presence of internationally distinguished keynote speakers:
    A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Springer.
    All papers presented at the congress venue will also be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library (
  • Mon
    *First Call for Contributions *
    5th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S)
    *About the ICT4S conferences*
    The ICT4S conferences bring 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. More information can be found at:
    *Theme and Topics*
    The theme of the 2018 conference is “Thriving Communities”.
    The transformational power of ICT is essential to put our society on the path to sustainability. This potential could embrace all levels, from individuals to communities, from public sector to all industry sectors, from business goals to social aspirations and environmental objectives. ICT can bring people together to build thriving, resilient communities. Papers relating to ICT for sustainability in a broad sense and papers developing this year’s theme (and beyond) are welcome. Instructions for all types of submissions can also be found at the conference website.
    Conference topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • Sustainable community building via ICT
    • Grassroots movements facilitated by ICT
    • Resilience by ICT
    • Social sustainability implications, contributions and limitations of ICT
    • Enabling and systemic effects of ICT on society and/or the environment
    • Smart cities, homes and offices
    • Intelligent energy management in buildings
    • Smart grids
    • Sustainability in data centers and high-performance computing
    • Intelligent transportation and logistics
    • Green networking, monitoring and adaptation of software-intensive systems and services
    • ICT-induced behavioral and societal change
    • Design principles for sustainable ICT
    • Energy-efficient and energy-aware software engineering
    • Sustainability of technical infrastructures
    • Software for environmental sustainable ICT
    • Software for sustainable business governance
    • Reduced hardware obsolescence
    • E-waste and closed material cycles
    • Incentives for more sustainable ICT
    • Tools supporting green decision making and development
    • Challenges for an environmentally sustainable ICT industry
    • Education in ICT for sustainability
    • Systematic interdisciplinary efforts in ICT for sustainability
    We invite workshop proposals of traditional or unconventional formats for half-day or full-day workshops. Workshops will be held on Monday, May 14, and Friday, May 18, 2018.
    ICT4S'18 workshops will facilitate the exchange of new ideas in all areas related to sustainability and technology research and practice. A variety of formats can be considered, ranging from traditional research paper presentations to extremely interactive and participatory sessions. We particularly invite proposals that cover controversial viewpoints, emerging technology drivers or transformative ideas aimed at changing basic assumptions.
    Details of what should be addressed in the proposal and a more detailed description of the submission process will be posted on the website soon.
    We welcome original papers and posters reporting on research, development, case studies, and experience reports in the field of ICT4S.
    All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines, and limited to at most 6,500 words, and 10 pages including text, appendices, figures and references. The current Word template and LaTeX files will be linked on the website soon.
    Submission will be via EasyChair at
    *Journals First track*
    We invite authors of recently published journals papers to present their work at ICT4S. Journals first papers should relate to ICT4S and describe original and previously unpublished results that significantly extend (or were not previously reported in) prior work. Papers that are extensions of previous conference papers, or which are minor enhancements or variants of the results presented in the prior work are not eligible.
    For a journal paper to be eligible to participate, the paper must be:
    • In scope of the conference, see above for possible topics;
    • Accepted in one of the journals listed on the detailed call on the website;
    • Accepted for publication after May 15, 2016 and before November 15, 2017.
    If you would like us to consider a paper published in another journal of equal reputation to those presented in the list on our website, please contact the Program Chair.
    We invite submissions of high-quality extended abstracts for posters. Posters may present late-breaking research or work in progress. A poster can help attract interest and give a rapid overview of what your research is all about. At the conference, the work described in the extended abstract will be presented as a poster, ideally in interactive discussion with the audience. We especially welcome posters that describe proposed empirical studies. An attachment with a maximum of 2 additional pages must be included in the submission. The attachment must clearly state how the work described in the extended abstract is to be presented at the conference, emphasizing interaction potential and explaining how an engaging participant experience will be achieved. More details will be available on the website soon.
    *Important dates*
    Workshop proposals
    Proposal submission deadline Oct 15 2017
    Proposal acceptance notification Oct 22 2017
    Paper & Journals First submissions
    Abstracts deadline Nov 7 2017
    Full papers deadline Nov 15 2017
    Paper acceptance notification Feb 1 2018
    Camera-ready deadline Mar 1 2018
    Submission deadline Feb 15 2018
    Poster acceptance notification Mar 15 2018
    Student volunteers
    Application deadline Feb 15 2018
    Notification Feb 22 2018
    (Authors of accepted posters or workshop contributions may submit a late application by March 20 2018.)
    General chair
    Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto, Canada
    Program chair
    Birgit Penzenstadler, California State University Long Beach, USA
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