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.

  • 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
    Toronto, Canada

    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.
    Detailed call for proposals here:

    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 are linked on the website.
    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


  • Wed

    Dear Friends,

    We’re inviting you to set the agenda at
    RightsCon Toronto
    (May 16-18, 2018) by designing and building a session through our Call
    for Proposals, open until
    November 24, 2017.

    We’re particularly excited to see your submissions under the track for Digital
    Tech and Sustainable Development, as well as Environment, Health, Land, and Labour. We are looking to expand the program on these issues for this year’s event, and it will be an excellent opportunity for collaboration across sectors.

    Why lead a RightsCon session?

    RightsCon is home to the world’s leading community of movers and shakers in
    the digital age. The event brings together policy makers, business leaders, government representatives, technologists, campaigners, and human rights defenders from around the world.
    RightsCon Toronto is set to be our biggest and most impactful event yet, with over 2000 participants from 110 countries and 750 organizations.

    Leading a session is the
    best way to make a direct impact
    at RightsCon: from identifying and mapping problems, to connecting with the right allies and partners, and workshopping solutions and ultimately driving change. By getting involved in the program
    and setting the agenda, you will gain expert insight, build new strategic partnerships, and influence global norms.

    What does a RightsCon session
    look like?

    Timely, engaging, outcomes-oriented, and creative. We suggest you start by reading
    our submission guide,
    as it offers helpful tips and suggestions for what makes a great proposal! There are many different formats you can choose from:

    Need to get our community together to problem-solve a major challenge? Design
    a Fishbowl.
    Want to launch or showcase a new internet freedom product? Do a
    Tech Demo.
    Have a specific policy or advocacy strategy you want to map out? Lead a
    Looking to give a crash course on a recent development in your field? Give a
    Lightning Talk.

    There’s no one-size-fits-all approach in setting the RightsCon agenda, but the
    key to a successful session is picking the right format to engage participants and achieve your objectives. Still not sure which format is best? We’re here to help, email us at

    Attending RightsCon 2018

    are on sale now in
    Early Registration pricing! To celebrate the start of ticket sales, we’re offering another 20% -- just use the promo code
    OFF20. These tickets tend to run out fast, and will soon return to regular pricing! Be sure to act now if you
    want to get the best deal on your ticket for RightsCon Toronto.

    Speakers, Local Champions, and
    Community Participants

    This year, we’re strengthening our RightsCon community in a few ways, including
    with a new local champions initiative. You can check out our
    community page to learn more. In the meantime, here’s a sample of who you can expect to see
    and meet at RightsCon Toronto!
    Tara Denham,
    Director, Democracy Unit, Global Affairs Canada
    Harlem Désir,
    Representative on Freedom of the Media at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
    Amira Elghawaby,
    National Representative, Digital Communications at the Canadian Labour Congress, Contributing Editor & Board Member at Rabble
    Annie Game,
    Executive Director, IFEX
    Elinor Buxton,
    Senior Cyber Research Analyst, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
    Michael Posner,
    Director at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights
    John Ralston Saul,
    Co-Chair, Institute for Canadian Citizenship, author
    Kelsey Merkley,
    Public Lead, Creative Commons Canada
    Julie Owono,
    Head of Africa Desk, Internet Sans Frontières
    Kyung-sin Park,
    Director, Open Net Korea
    Fereidoon Bashar,
    Co-Director, ASL19
    Nighat Dad,
    Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation
    Ronaldo Lemos,
    Director of the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio
    Dmitri Vitaliev,
    Farhaan Ladhani,
    CEO and Co-Founder at Perennial
    David Kaye,
    UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
    Walid Al-Saqaf,
    Board Trustee for the Internet Society (ISOC)
    Eileen Donahoe,
    Executive Director & Adjunct Professor at the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law
    Alison Gibbins,
    Tech Community Engagement Lead, Royal Bank of Canada
    Sarah Saska,
    CEO, Feminuity
    Camille Francois,
    Principal Researcher, Jigsaw
    Judith Lichtenberg,
    Executive Director at Global Network Initiative
    Hans de Zwart,
    Director, Bits of Freedom
    Gabriella Coleman,
    Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, McGill University
    Ron Deibert,
    Director of the Citizen Lab, author, and co-founder of Psiphon
    Alice Klein,
    CEO, NOW Magazine
    Laura Tribe,
    Executive Director, Open Media
    Michael Geist,
    Professor, University of Ottawa
    Plus many more!

    We’d love for you to join us at
    this important event. If you have any questions about your session proposal, registration, or our ticket discounts and special rates, please let us know, by contacting me or our RightsCon Director, Nick Dagostino, at

  • Thu
    Oldenburg University

    The 10th BUIS-Tage 2018 (“CEMIS-Days”, Corporate Enviromental Management Information Systems) are organized by the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Research (COAST) of the University of Oldenburg. The focus is on “smart” cities and regions. The sustainable development of such structures is not limited to individual aspects – the interaction is crucial. The conference will present innovative methods and concepts in the interaction of science, business, politics and society.

    The different information technology solutions and approaches are reflected in current (planned) smart cities and regions. These provide an indication of how the impact of sustainable ideas and solutions will impact the environment in the upcoming years. The conference aims to discuss innovative approaches (technical, economic and social) in expert sessions and show how corporate environmental information systems can influence these developments.

  • Sat
    Portsmouth, UK

    Track 29: Sustainably Digital

    June 23rd - 28th 2018 / Portsmouth, UK

    Deadline for paper submissions: November 27th, 2017

    === TRACK CHAIRS ===

    Johann Kranz
    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU), Munich, Germany

    Savanid (Nui) Vatanasakdakul
    Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

    Helena Karsten
    Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland


    Full version:

    The aim of this theme track is to advance the ongoing, yet emergent, discussion on the role and relevance of information systems in the context of sustainability. It intends to provide thought leaders with a forum that accounts for the breadth of sustainability research in the information systems discipline in terms of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Potential topics range from the design of systems and digital services for sustainability to the application of existing theories on change at the individual, group, organizational, and societal levels, as well as the development of new theory. We particularly look for rigorous research that shows that IS can have a "real impact" on the pressing issues of sustainability.

    The track's topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

    - Green IS and Green IT in organisations
    - Sustainable IS-based Business Models (e.g., smart mobility, sharing economy)
    - Ecological, social, and economic impacts of information technology
    - IS-based Social Entrepreneurship
    - IS enabled sustainability education and training
    - Crowdsourcing and environmental collaboration
    - Convergence between Green IS theory and practice

    We are looking forward to seeing you in Portsmouth 2018!

  • Wed

    The 32nd edition of the EnviroInfo conference series will take place in

    Garching near Munich, 5th – 7th September 2018
    at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ)

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