Relevant Events


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

    Deadline for submissions is 15th February 2016, and submissions should be made through the ASA online system, via the link above. But please feel free to email Hannah and/or Antonia if you have any questions:

    Best wishes,

    Antonia and Hannah

    Digital Environmentalisms

    Short Abstract:

    This panel will explore digital technologies as key aspects in the formation of a contemporary environmental imaginary, and as a potential site for transforming anthropological approaches to human-environmental relations.

    Long Abstract:

    Environment and energy crises have brought anthropological questions about how humans relate to nature into conversation with concerns to explore the material bases of contemporary political and economic life. Anthropologists working on this interface have shown that such global processes are the outcome of multi-scalar interactions between dynamic material arrangements, human and non-human relationalities, and industries, societies and economies. However, importantly, these global environmental processes are increasingly materialised, manipulated, and mediated by complex informational infrastructures. Digital sensors and databases measure, order and evidence environments in complex and unstable ways; models shape environmental presents, futures and pasts; and environmental data visualisations and products are called upon by diverse stakeholders, from climate sceptics to indigenous activists to anthropologists themselves. This panel will explore what happens to anthropological approaches to energy and the environment when we pay attention to the role of digital technologies in the process of human-environmental becoming.

    • What part do digital techniques play in the way in which people imagine and engage environmental processes?
    • How does an attention to digital environmentalism provide a way into a more nuanced description of the interplay between ontology and epistemology, materials and symbols, or humans and natures?
    • Can the study of digital technologies and practices in other social settings help us understand the processes we confront in digital environmentalism?
    • And finally, how does an attention to digital technologies disrupt and re-situate claims as to the role that anthropology should play in the study of environmental and energetic crises?
  • Mon
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Algorithms are everywhere! This international summer school explores the increasing importance of algorithms in society and the socio-cultural transformations that this tendency implies. The point of departure is that algorithms become implicated in society and culture: for example in media narratives, in mundane artefacts, or in organizations. Through their output and functioning, algorithms come to classify, hierarchize, value and shape different social phenomena, often well beyond their initial purpose.

    The aim of this summer school is to address algorithms through a number of themes that shine light on different aspects of algorithms in society and culture: in big data, music, law, surveillance and medicine. The summer school takes place at a few thematically chosen venues in Stockholm: at some government agencies and private organizations. How do these organisations work with algorithms and how can we as scholars understand their omnipresence?

    Algorithms and Music
    Algorithms and Law
    Algorithms and Surveillance
    Algorithms and Big Data
    Algorithms and Medicine

    Confirmed Teachers
    Baki Cakici (Goldsmiths, University of London)
    Bill Maurer (University of California, Irvine)
    CF Helgesson (Linköping University)
    Dennis Broeders (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
    Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths, University of London)
    Nick Seavers (Tufts University)
    Pelle Snickars (Umeå University)
    Philip Roscoe (University of St. Andrews)

    The summer school will take place in beautiful summer Stockholm: the home town of Spotify, Dice, Paradox Interactive, Minecraft, the Pirate Bay, Candy Crush, and countless other digital actors and phenomena. The school is hosted by the Department of Thematic Studies: Technology and Social Change at Linköping University, Sweden.

    Who should apply?
    The summer school invites doctoral students from the social sciences and the humanities.

    Application and Deadline
    Fill in the application form below as well as a 500 word motivation on how the issues adressed in this summer school is relevant for your research. Attach your CV.

    Send applications to:

    Deadline: Friday, 18 March 2016. Participants will be notified no later than March 31. Reading lists and more information will be sent out in the beginning of June.

    The summer school is free to attend. Participants will pay for and arrange their own accomodation and most meals. Some accomodation with fellow participants will be available, but we welcome your own arrangements.

    In the application please note: full name, affiliation, address, dietary restrictions. Please also note if you are interested in staying with a fellow participant.

  • Sun
    Ascona, Switzerland

    This Symposium and Summer School aims at exploring the perspective of urban water demand management with a particular attention on modelling and understanding the behaviour of water consumers, the drivers of such behaviour, the role of social norms, economic leverages and water demand management strategies to  promote behavioural change, and the role of Information and Communication Technologies to support the design, implementation and deliver smart solutions for urban water demand management.

    The symposium will take place from 21 until 25 August 2016 in the Monte Verità conference centre near Ascona, Switzerland.
    The symposium is partially sponsored by the EC through the SmartH2O project ( and the ICT4Water cluster (
    Full details on the program and information about registration are available on the website
  • Mon
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    4th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S)
    August 29 - September 1, 2016 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Call for Papers, Workshop and Posters
    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:
    The theme of the 2016 conference is “Smart and Sustainable”. ICT transformational power is essential to make our society smarter and increasingly sustainable. This should embrace all levels, from individuals to cities, from public sector to all industry sectors, from business goals to environmental objectives. Papers relating to ICT for sustainability in a broad sense and papers developing this year’s theme (and beyond) are welcome.
    Conference topics include (but are not limited to) the following:
    - 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 monitoring and adaptation of software-intensive systems and services
    - Green networking
    - ICT-induced behavioral and societal change
    - ICT-practices and lifestyles
    - ICT and design
    - Energy-efficient and energy-aware software engineering
    - Sustainable data management
    - Sustainability in business and organizations
    - Software for environmental sustainable ICT
    - Software for sustainable business governance
    - Improved service lives of hardware products
    - Material resources used in production
    - Reduced hardware obsolescence
    - E-waste and closed material cycles
    - Incentives for more sustainable ICT
    - Case studies and experience reports
    - 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
    Submission Guidelines
    **Papers, posters and workshops**
    We welcome original papers and posters reporting on research, development and demonstrations in the field of ICT4S. We also welcome workshop proposals of diverse types. Instructions for all types of submissions can be found at the conference website.
    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. Make sure that you use the MS Word template and the LaTeX class provided on the website.
    Submission will be via EasyChair at
    Important Dates
    **Workshop proposals**
    Proposal submission deadline: Feb 29 2016
    Proposal acceptance notification: Mar 07 2016
    Abstracts deadline: Apr 4 2016 (compulsory)
    Full papers deadline: Apr 11
    Paper acceptance notification: May 31
    Camera-ready deadline: June 15
    Submission deadline: June 7
    Poster acceptance notification: June 15
    **General chair**
    Anwar Osseyran, SURFsara & University of Amsterdam,  The Netherlands
    **Program chairs**
    Paola Grosso, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Patricia Lago, VU University Amsterdam,  The Netherlands
    **Workshop chairs**
    Ivano Malavolta, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy
    Annelise de Jong, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, Sweden
    **Local chair**
    Maurice Bouwhuis, SURFsara,  The Netherlands
  • Mon
    University of Trento (Italy)
    *Special Session on *
    *Co-located with IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2-2016 ), 12-15
    September 2016
    hosted by University of Trento (Italy)
    This session concerns the sustainability and the growth into maturity of local
    energy initiatives. In the current energy transition, these are emergent actors
    often characterized by hybrid organizational, business and institutional forms
    that imply tight interactions among bottom-up processes and the more traditional
    top-down and managerial ones. Local energy initiatives can range from collective
    buyers groups, cooperative-based energy organizations and energy sharing NGOs to
    emergent commercial actors such as Energy Service Companies (ESCOs).
    Contributions to this session can explore, theoretically or empirically, the
    sustainability and the ripening of such energy actors from the perspective of
    cultural, socio-economic, technological, regulatory or energy dimensions.
    *Relevant topics include but are not limited to:*
      * Smart ICT solutions for local energy initiatives;
      * Business models for local energy initiatives;
      * National or international comparisons of organizational, business,
        technological or regulatory characteristics of local energy initiatives;
      * Case studies focusing on the human-technology infrastructures of local
        energy initiatives and their governance systems;
      * Regulatory, organizational, economic or cultural drivers and barriers along
        local energy initiatives' growth into mature and sustainable energy actors;
      * Energy models, tools and analysis for enhancing local energy initiatives;
      * Historical perspectives on the emergence of local energy initiatives
    Thesession is hosted by the IEEE International Smart Cities Conference
    (ISC2-2016 ): the premier conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative.
    *How to Submit*
    Prospective authors are invited to submit high-quality original *full* or
    *short* papers.
    Full papers should describe novel research contributions and results and are
    limited to six (6) pages. Short papers, limited in length to four (4) pages,
    should be more visionary in nature and are meant to discuss new challenges and
    visions, showcases, early research results, and explore novel research directions.
    Authors are encouraged to refer to the IEEE manuscripts guidelines:
    *Important Dates*
      * Paper submission deadline: April 11, 2016 (possible deadline extension under
        consideration and likely to be announced soon)
      * Acceptance notification: June 6, 2016
      * Camera ready submission: June 27, 2016
      * Early registration: June 27, 2016
      * Conference: September 12-15, 2016
    Giacomo Poderi, University of Trento, Italy
    Henk Ensing, TNO, The Netherlands
  • Mon
    Trento Italy
    It is increasingly recognized by governors, academics and industrial practitioners that, although the smart city concept is driven by advanced information and communication technologies, its success can be highly influenced by a wide range of socio-technical factors and challenges.  However, current studies on smart cities focused mainly on technical and engineering aspects.  In contrast, there is a significant scarcity of studies to explore potential social, cultural, political, managerial, organizational, and human aspects related to the design, development, deployment and usage of smart city applications and services.  This Special Session thus aims to serve as a forum to bridge this knowledge gap, as well as to offer a socio-technical angle to complement the very technical view in the current smart city agenda.  Main topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
    • Public trust, user acceptance, user behaviors, citizen needs, and citizen engagement in smart city services
    • Emerging economic, business and service models in smart cities
    • Technochange management in smart cities
    • Data integration, archiving and management issues in smart cities
    • Cultural, institutional, and any other socio-technical challenges affecting the development and deployment of smart solutions in the context of specific cities
    In addition, submissions to this Special Session can consider smart city as a whole or focus on a specific area in the city, e.g. transportation, healthcare, energy, safety, etc.
    This Special Session on Socio-Technical Challenges in Smart City Development ( is a part of the IEEE International Smart Cities Conference (ISC2), taking place in 12-15 Sep 2016, Trento, Italy.
    ISC2 is the flagship conference sponsored by the IEEE Smart Cities Initiative.  Every day cities worldwide suffer from serious organizational and logistic difficulties due to overcrowding and adverse weather conditions, traffic congestion and pollution issues, limits in the quality of service offered to senior and disabled citizens, safety and security problems in peripheral areas and new challenges continuously arise.   The goal of ISC2 is to promote innovative, conceptual, and city-wide platforms for technology-human-infrastructure integration in order to tackle the urban challenges highlighted above through the use of information and sensing technology, citizen engagement, manufacturing efficiency, economic development, and environmental sustainability.
  • Wed

    The EnviroInfo is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year in September 2016 in Berlin and invites new researchers and PhD students, to share their current research or research proposals with a community that always thrived on new ideas, concepts and research questions. The PhD workshop will focus on bringing PhD students from similar fields together and provide them with a platform where they can network, discuss approaches and challenges as well as present their current state of work. In addition, there will be opportunities to obtain feedback from the established research community.


    For more information, see

  • Wed
    Within the EnviroInfo 2016 conference, the research area “New Internet services and technologies for environmental applications and energy infrastructures” will be a focal topic.
    The topic includes but is not limited to:
    • Use of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, smart infrastructures and sensor networks in the application fields of environmental protection, sustainability, renewable energy and energy efficiency
    • Service and microservice oriented architectures, cloud computing and big data applications for environmental sustainability
    • Information provision (including provision for the public), new software architectures and new software systems using IoT, big data or other new Internet technologies and services in the application area
    • Environmental monitoring networks and mobile data acquisition
    The focal topic will be addressed in a corresponding session track. The objective of these sessions is to present and discuss new developments and trends in the thematic field. The sessions aim at providing an overview about new research and developments in the area and to discuss with software developers and users possible synergistic effects.

    Deadline for submission of full scientific papers is March 31, 2016. These papers shall be published in a Springer book or a journal. For work in progress, short contributions and posters (published with ISBN or ISSN or in the book of abstracts), the submission deadline is July 15, 2016. For more information about contributions to the conference and important dates see
  • Thu
    University Theatre, University of Amsterdam
    How do people resist corporate privacy intrusion and government surveillance by means of technical fixes? How does civil society take advantage of the possibilities for civic engagement, advocacy, and campaigning provided by the availability of the so-called 'big data’? Contentious Data is the kick-off event of the DATACTIVE project (, an interdisciplinary research project hosted at the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. DATACTIVE investigates citizens’ engagement with massive data collection. With the diffusion of big data, citizens become increasingly aware of the critical role of information in modern societies. This awareness nurtures new social practices rooted on data and technology, which we term ‘data activism’. By increasingly involving ordinary users, data activism is a signal of a change in perspective and attitude towards massive data collection emerging within the civil society realm. Contentious Data will bring together scholars and practitioners to explore the politics of big data from the perspective of civil society and grassroots activism.
    Contentious Data is sponsored by the European Research Council (ERC), the Amsterdam Centre for Globalisation Studies (ACGS), the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA), and the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). Participation is free of charge, but you must RSVP on our website: The University Theatre is located in Nieuwe Doelenstraat 16, walking distance from Amsterdam Central Station.
    10.00-10.30 Welcome and introduction by Stefania Milan (DATACTIVE Principal Investigator)
    10.30-11.30 Keynote: Sandra Braman (Texas A&M)
    11.30-12.30 Keynote: Alison Powell (LSE)
    12.30-14.00 lunch break
    14.00-15.30 Roundtable ‘Promises and Perils of Data Activism’
    o        Miren Gutierrez (Universidad del Deusto)
    o        Hisham al-Miraat (Digital Rights Morocco)
    o        Linnet Taylor (Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society)
    o        Dorien Zandbergen (University of Amsterdam)
    15.30-16.00 break
    16.00-17.00 Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures) in conversation with Denis Rojo aka Jaromil (Dyne)
    The event will be followed by a by-invitation-only session on September 16, with the participation of (in order of appearance) Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths), Seda Guerses (Princeton University), Melanie Rieback (Radically Open Security), Vladan Joler (Share Labs), Renata Avila (Centre for Internet and Human Rights), Emanuel Didier (UCLA/CNRS), Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths), Richard Rogers (University of Amsterdam), Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine), and David Berry (University of Sussex). Limited seating available (please inquire with
  • Thu
    WU Vienna, Austria
    The idea of this workshop is to bring together researchers and PhD-students, investigating companies approach towards Green, Responsible, Ethical and Social IT/IS.
    Why you should join:
    1) The event takes place in beautiful Vienna on the amazing WU Campus next to the Prater park.
    2) No workshop fee, no accomodation costs for the 1-day-workshop
    3) Researchers from various disclipines meet to discuss and this important topic
    Date: September 22nd, 2016
    Venue: WU Vienna, Austria -
    Format: Extended abstracts (max. 1 000 words excl. references) covering research proposals, work-in-progress, finished research projects
    Important dates
        August, 15th, 2016: Submission deadline
        August, 29th, 2016: Notification on acceptance
        September, 12th, 2016: Workshop registration deadline
        September, 19th, 2016: Deadline for camera-ready version
        September, 21st & 22nd, 2016: pre-workshop discussion panel / full-day-workshop
    Participation: No fee for the workshop; participants receive no monetary compensation. Snacks and refreshments are included.
  • Sat
    Carlson School of Management, the University of Minnesota

    During past decade IS/IT research has moved beyond its earlier primary
    concern regarding the */centrality/*of IS/IT construct to include the
    */vitality/*of IS/IT constructs for a vast array of problem domains. MIS
    researchers led the business research in the use of computer networks of
    business processes whether it was the use of novel mercantile mechanisms
    or the host of behavioral issues associated with anonymized behavior to
    nature of virtual office.Information technology fundamentally changed
    the problem characteristics, application environment and domain,
    incentives of participants, and above all technology provides new ways
    to measure and manipulate participants’ incentive. One of the roles of
    IS research is to*/pose new questions about old beliefs/*due to
    technological advances in IS/IT. We do that because MIS researchers are
    the first one to embrace technology as vital component in interaction
    with our surrounding environment.

    The workshop on Policy, Awareness, Sustainability and Systems (PASS) is
    an initiative of Workshop for Information Technology and Systems to
    encourage forward looking research in terms of problem domains,
    technological and methodological scope and its potential
    impact.Information is key to organizing a sustainable environment for
    the planet whether it is in terms of creating and managing food supply,
    energy, water or embedded devices that will provide new perceptory
    abilities to humans in the form of augmented reality and interactive
    decision environments.Building, testing, managing and controlling these
    new generation of technology would require an understanding that current
    data and approaches may not adequately be able to deal with.Yet
    appropriate guidelines and policies must be developed to avoid
    exploitation of new technology for potentially destructive purposes. The
    purpose of the PASS workshop is to invite researchers and scholars to
    discuss their forward looking research related to Information Systems
    and Technology and provide a forum for substantive discussion around a
    broad set of forward looking topics, not limited to the issues discussed
    above.Consistent with WITS theme, the methodological focus we encourage
    is that of computational, simulation and algorithmic strain.

    While a broad set of questions at different level of granularity are of
    interest, the following questions provide broad strokes of kinds of
    areas that may be of interest.

    ·Given the triple-bottom-line concept of sustainability that requires
    long-term simultaneous optimization of economical, ecological and social
    objectives, what are the implications on the traditional resource-based
    view? How could we model/analyze these seemingly unrelated objectives in
    a collective manner?

    ·What are the policy implications of the scenario wherein the cost of
    information is decreasing, but environmental resources (and resources
    derived from environmental resources) are becoming increasingly constrained?

    ·Traditional IT has focused on indicators based on built capital, for
    example, physical capacity, financial resources, human resources,
    etc.What are the methodological implications of relying on indicators –
    for example, those related to well-being and natural capital – do they
    provide a reflection of the reality?

    ·How do we design and develop systems that capture information that is
    attached to anything that is exchanged?

    The workshop will take place on Saturday September 24,^, 2016 at Carlson
    School of Management, the University of Minnesota.The participants will
    be provided accommodations for one night (Friday).There is no
    registration fee, however, the space is limited and will be provided on
    first come first serve basis.Interested presenters should send an
    abstract (One page) to Alok Gupta ( <>)
    by September 2, 2016.

  • Mon
    Gothenburg, Sweden

    Workshop in conjunction with NordiCHI'16 conference, Gothenburg, Sweden

    Ever since Eli Blevis presented his seminal paper “Sustainable Interaction Design” almost a decade ago (in 2007), sustainability has been an established topic within the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Even though interest in Sustainable HCI is increasing, critique has been expressed that suggests that we do too little, and perhaps also at times the wrong things. It can be daunting for researchers to tackle global problems such as climate change, famine and biodiversity loss, to name just a few of the large issues the world is and will continue to grapple with during the remainder of the 21st century. Still, also a field like Human-Computer Interaction should aim at being part of developing a sustainable society. But how do we do that, and, what are we aiming for?

    In September 2015, the UN formally adopted a new set of global goals that were ushered in just as the previous Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015) were slated to “expire”. The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) consist of 17 overarching goals, aiming at accomplishing sustainable development for people and the planet by 2030.

    In this workshop we want engage everyone who is interested in working towards a sustainable future in terms of and with the UN SDGs as a starting point. How can Sustainable HCI be inspired by, and contribute to these goals? What should we in the field of HCI do more of, and what should we perhaps do less of? In what areas should we form partnerships in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals? And with whom should we form these partnerships? The benefit of arranging the workshop would be to have a common vision of how to work with the SDGs, to collaboratively explore how we could contribute to the goals and to be inspired – by each other – in our research.

    For more information about the workshop, see:
    For more information about the ICT4S conference, see:

    You can apply to the workshop by submitting a position paper or a presentation, which includes at least two of the following bullet points:

    • Shortly describe your UX work/HCI research interests and/or shortly describe your sustainability work.
    • Explain how your work/research relates to one or more of the SDGs
    • Describe how, in your opinion, the SDGs could/should relate to UX/the field of HCI in general

    Please send your position paper (500-1500 words) or presentation (6-9 slides) by email to

    Deadline 25 August 2016.

    If there are many prospective applicants, the workshop organizers will strive to put together a diverse set of participants from the research community as well as from industry. Submissions will be reviewed based on quality, originality, and their potential contribution to achieving workshop goals. We expect to include 15-25 participants.

    Important dates
    Deadline for papers: August 25, 2016
    Notification of acceptance: September 3, 2016
    Workshop: October 24th, 2016 (one full day)

    Elina Eriksson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
    Daniel Pargman (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
    Oliver Bates (Lancaster University, UK)
    Maria Normark (Södertörns Högskola, Sweden)
    Jan Gulliksen (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden)
    Mikael Anneroth (Ericsson, Sweden)
    Johan Berndtsson (InUse, Sweden)

  • Fri
    Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary
    This one day workshop, co-organised by NUI Galway School of Law, FEASTA, and Cultivate, in partnership with Cloughjordan Ecovillage, and funded by the Irish Research Council., aims to explore the possible future applications of blockchain technology in the development and coherence of sustainable communities.
    What exactly is the likely nature of blockchain disruption? Will it be isolated in the #fintech community or will it reach into the “real” economy? How does the trustless mindset behind cryptocurrencies map on to the essentially trustful aspirations of sustainable communities? Will explicit transparent contract conditions assist community development and coherence or act as a barrier? How can we build bridges and meaningful relationships between the tech and sustainability communities? Will the emergence of new institutional structures have a deep effect on society? This workshop seeks to explore all of these questions, and more.
    The morning presentations comprise of a series of differing perspectives on these themes - of currency design, community activism, technology limitations, social factors and the design of new institutions. Speakers include Prof Joshua Fairfield, Washington & Lee University School of Law; Prof Peadar Kirby, University of Limerick; Dr Graham Barnes, Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability; Dr Rónán Kennedy, School of Law, NUI Galway; Dr Paul Ennis, UCD Coding Value Project.
    The afternoon discussions are aimed at solidifying a shared understanding from the morning sessions, and mapping out key future research questions.
    The presentations and workshops will be informed by the implementation experience of the Cloughpenny ( a blockchain-based academic pilot project developed during 2016 in the Cloughjordan Eco-village and supported by the Irish Research Council.
    This event is part of the 2016 CONVERGENCE Sustainable Living Festival. Accommodation is available in Django’s Hostel or call 087 256 9348. Some other B&B accommodation is available; contact for details.
 Posted by at 7:47 am

 Leave a Reply

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>




Skip to toolbar