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.

  • Thu
    10:00 amDublin, Ireland

    Optimizing our energy system is one of the great challenges of our times – and a great opportunity for innovative ICT companies. We need to better manage our use of energy at home, at work and while on the move. Generation, consumption and storage appliances must communicate to synchronize the energy provision system. Data analysis will be a key factor. Automation and business software will provide the best options for the individual actors in the modern Smart Energy world: grid operators, flexible home owners and enterprises, storage providers, energy suppliers and retailers.

    In the framework of the EU funded FINESCE project we can support innovative small or medium sized companies developing ICT solutions for the emerging energy sector.

    We invite such partners to present their business ideas and IT concepts. 


    Who we are

    FINESCE stands for Future Internet Smart Utility Services. It is a project in the framework of the EU Future Internet Public Private Partnership ( funded in the FP7 program. In 7 trial sites spread over Europe the project demonstrates that the energy revolution is possible if we use the latest hardware and software technology:

    • We are looking at smart customers and smart buildings in Malmö (Sweden), Horsens (Denmark) and Madrid (Spain).
    • Our partners in Dublin (Ireland) cover the issues of electric vehicles including load balance service to the electricity grid.
    • In Köln and Aachen (Germany) we investigate cross-border Virtual Power Plants in combination with a smart factory that is flexible in its energy consumption.
    • In Terni (Italy) we implement an electronic market place where actors of a future smart energy system can trade their consumption and generation capacity on a local market.

    All trial sites work with new standard internet software components that have been developed in the FI PPP framework. These "generic and domain specific enablers” with open APIs offer a broad range of basic functions to create specific applications in an easy and cost-effective way.

    What we offer

    We can support ideas for ICT applications in the energy and energy related sector. The new services shall prove that the emerging smart energy market offers a wide range of new business opportunities. From successful participants we expect a business concept and a mock-up or demonstrator which can be further elaborated in the framework of the FINESCE project or in upcoming funding activities of the EU Future Internet Program.

    Via an open call procedure we especially invite SMEs but also bigger companies and research institutions to present their business oriented ICT ideas. We can take partners with excellent concepts on board of our partnership and provide them with appropriate funding. Winners as well as ”lucky losers” will have the opportunity to further develop their concepts in the framework of the FINESCE innovation community.

    The call starts on September 9th. In the same call we are looking for specific support for the FINESCE trial sites. Such specific services range from Advanced Metering Infrastructure and an electric vehicle charge-point management to visualization of energy data and a serious game.


    Get to know us in our FINESCE innovation event in Dublin, Ireland!

    Meeting FINESCE project partners and representatives from trial sites, you will get a deeper understanding of what we expect from you, what we offer and how you can successfully participate. In addition, we have invited a range of venture capitalists, incubators and business angels that you can meet individually at those events!

    Meet us in Dublin!

    Please bring a short presentation (99 seconds) about yourself, your ideas and your expectations with you.

    Register now! Free of charge. Places are limited.

  • Wed
    11:45 amGeneva

    A workshop organised by REEEPGBPN and the Semantic Web Company on “How Linked Open Data (LOD) supports Sustainable Development & Climate Change Development” – part of the “Open Development and Sustainability” Program of the Open Knowledge Conference 2013 (OKCon2013) – taking place on 18-09-2013, 11:45 to 13:15, Geneva, Switzerland. This workshop is also supported by the LOD2 project.




    Panel members & workshop organisers

    Florian Bauer, Operations & IT Director, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
    Jens Laustsen, Technical Director, Global Buildings Performance Network
    Martin Kaltenböck, Managing Partner & CFO, Semantic Web Company

    This session gives an introduction & overview on how Linked Open Data (LOD) can push and support sustainable development and climate change development. Along real world examples by The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP, with or and the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN, with it will be showcased how these organisations (both NGOs) already use Linked Open Data (LOD) principles and technologies to reach their objectives in sustainable development as well as how this approach supports their vision of knowledge sharing and transparency. In addition to this the Semantic Web Company (SWC) – working in a lot in LOD projects in the field of sustainable development – will provide a short introduction into Linked Open Data (LOD) principles, benefits and best practises.

    This session should help interested organisations and individuals to learn more about the benefits and potentials of Linked Open Data (LOD) for sustainable development and climate change development and invites people to discuss use cases & ideas, principles and first steps, bottlenecks and/or pitfalls in the use of Linked Open Data (LOD) to support the respective goals together with the panelists.

    This workshop is NOT a pure technical workshop – target groups are: decision makers, project developers & -managers, people interested in / working in the fields of sustainable development and / or climate change development, all types of data workers.

    This workshop is also supported by the LOD2 project.

    See more details at:

  • Wed

    Speakers from across the ICT sector will address a range of issues from cloud computing, broadband, ICT infrastructures, ICT skills, cyber security, long term visions on the future and much more. Experts will present details on how to participate in the next EU's Research Programme - Horizon 2020. 

    Three thematic plenaries and three parts focusing on different themes of ICT research:

    A special focus wil be on Digital Futures - a journey into 2050's futures and policy challenges.

    Detailed programme

  • Thu
    12:00 pmBocconi University
    Deadline for Applications: 25 November, 2013
    Refreshments sponsored by ESADE and Clemson University
    This workshop is intended for all IS researchers (design scientists and social, behavioral, and economic (SBE) researchers) interested in ICT's role in either solving or contributing to societal challenges.
    We're no luddites! We know that ICT has had enormous benefits and remains an important catalyst for national progress and societal transformation. But, as Rob Kling reminded us, ICT's consequences are not universally positive: Cyberbullying and gaming addiction can undermine social cohesion; ICT can promote unemployment, economic inequality, and financial market instability.  All technological innovations have unintended consequences, many of them positive. Some negative consequences cannot be foreseen or avoided. But some unintended negative consequences can be anticipated and avoided with vigilance against "technological solutionism" (uncritical utopian views about the benefits of technology) and by careful upfront analysis of the societal and organizational context as an input to better technology design.
    We believe the time has come for the IS field to critically assess the SBE evidence about ICT's societal consequences and to develop better theories about the role of ICT in complex problems and their solutions. We believe the time has also come to feed SBE insights forward into the early stages of IS design rather than waiting for post-development evaluation. We are hosting a pre-ICIS 2103 (Milan) workshop to discuss these and related issues.
    The topic of ICT and societal challenges is one of growing interest in our field. It was the theme of a recent professional development workshop at the Academy of Management in Orlando.  The negative consequences of ICT are the focus of an Information Systems Journal special issue (CFP closes 30 November, 2013). ICIS 2014 (Auckland) will have a track on the Societal Impacts of ICT. ICT and societal challenges is also the theme of a forthcoming MIS Quarterly Special Issue. In order to allow time for attendees of the pre-ICIS 2013 (Milan) workshop to enhance their work-in-progress for submission to the MISQ Special Issue, the deadline for the MISQ Special Issue has been extended to 31 March 2014.
    The pre-ICIS 2013 (Milan) workshop on ICT and Societal Challenges is an opportunity for all interested colleagues-regardless of their intentions to submit to the MISQ Special Issue-to discuss ideas for SBE research on ICT's role in societal challenges and the implications for IS design science. Details of the workshop format follow.
    People interested in participating in the pre-ICIS 2013 workshop should submit a short (2 page maximum) position statement or an abstract describing your research interests to M. Lynne Markus ( by 25 November, 2013.
    The workshop will consist of three parts as follows.
    Part 1 (1.5 hours)
    We will introduce attendees to the theme of ICT and societal challenges and hold a short panel debate on some of the points-of-interest raised by the theme (e.g., "what are the pros and cons of devoting explicit IS research attention to ICT's 'Dark Side', in addition to ICT's benefits and its role as a solution to societal problems?" and "how can IS research, teaching and outreach effectively address complex social impacts of IT").
    Coffee Break (15 minutes)
    Sponsored by ESADE and Clemson University
    Part 2 (2 hours)
    (In advance of the workshop, attendees and faculty will have been assigned to small groups based on similarity of their research ideas or positions. Abstracts and position papers will have been distributed to group members.) In the second part of the workshop, participants will discuss their previously prepared position statements or abstracts of research ideas. Faculty members will facilitate discussion and record ideas.
    Part 3 (1 hour 15 minutes)
    The workshop will conclude with each group presenting the key themes that emerged in their discussions. The main findings derived from the workshop will be summarized overall. We will also discuss potential future events and initiatives for pursuing this research area.
    Session Chair:
    Monideepa Tarafdar, Lancaster University Management School (
    Workshop Faculty and Co-Organizers:
    M. Lynne Markus, Bentley University (
    Anne-F. Rutkowski, University of Tilburg, NL (
    Carol Saunders, University of Central Florida (
    Harminder Singh, Auckland University of Technology, NZ ( )
    Christina Soh, Nanyang Technological University, SG (
    Jason Bennett Thatcher, Clemson University (
    Jonathan Wareham, ESADE - Ramon Lull University (
    Ann Majchrzak, University of Southern California ( (co-organizer, but will not be able to attend the workshop)


  • Sat

    Green IS for Sustainable Development in Education, Research and Practical Solutions

    (ICIS2013 is being held in Milan, Italy from December 15-18, 2013, see )

    Workshop Chairs:

    A/Prof Helen Hasan, University of Wollongong, Past SIGGreen Chair - email for further information
    A/Prof Cathy Dwyer, Pace University NY, Past SIGGreen Chair
    Dr Chadi Aoun, University of Technology, Sydney, SIGGreen Chair

    Workshop Plan

    Participants are invited to submit Abstracts outlining their position on topics relevant to Green IS as described below. Alternatively submissions in video or other media are welcome The workshop chairs will assess the Abstracts and invite authors of selected abstracts to participate in a program of events similar to those held by SIGGreen in 2010 and 2012. Accepted Abstract will be published online for public comment and will be scheduled for discussion at a viirtual event. All participants and the IS community will be asked to participate in these discussions. At the ICIS2013 workshop, presenters will give a 10 minute overview of their work followed by audience feedback and discussion. Authors will then be invited to submit a paper to Sprouts incorporating feedback from both the virtual event and the ICIS2013 workshop. These papers will be reviewed and published on Sprouts the AIS e-publishing site
    Opinion pieces of any length on the role and future of SIGGreen are also welcome.

    Timetable (subject to change):

    Abstracts and other Submissions due: October 11, 2013
    Virtual event: Mid November
    ICIS Workshop December 14, 2013 
    Papers for Sprouts TBA

    ICIS Workshop Registration

    (registration via the ICIS2013 website )

    ‍Submission of Abstracts

    Abstracts may be submitted in any standard format up to 1,000 words, including title, authos, keywords and references. Alterntively a link to a video presentation may be submitted with a covering email to the SIGGreen email address Authors are encouraged to put a short video to introduce themselves on YouTube and to send the link with their Abstract.
    Submissions should also indicate whether at least one author will present at the virtual event in November and/or in person at the preICIS 2013 workshop.
    Abstracts will be displayed on their own page on this site


    There is universal realisation of the long term effects of human and business activities on the natural environment. Given the pace and magnitude of environmental deterioration, we are all under increasing pressure to engage in ecologically sustainable practices in addition to pursuing economical and social outcomes. In this context, SIGGreen, a Special Interest Group of the Association for Information Systems (AIS) was formed. The impact and the role of Information Systems (IS) in ecological sustainability have emerged as critical issues. IS academics and practitioners are presented with opportunities to educate, investigate and provide solutions not only to the problem of reducing the ecological footprint of IS but also how the innovative use of IS can transform and reduce the environmental impact of individuals, organisations and society and thus provide leadership in sustainability. This SIGGreen workshop will explore the development, impact and role of IS in sustainability initiatives.

    In 2010 and 2012 SIGGreen held programs of activities,each of which included a virtual event and pre-Conference Workshop (ICIS2010 and ECIS2012), to which papers on the general topic of Green IS were submitted, presented and published. We used Wikispaces to support these programs (see and From these programs a set of core themes have been identified to guide and stimulate development of the field of Green IS. In order to continue this process of development we will invite submission of abstract on these themes to the ICIS2013 Workshop leading to papers thatwill be added to the existing SIGGreen Proceedings collection on Sprouts,

  • Fri
    Barcelona, Spain


    3rd International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems – SMARTGREENS 2014


    April 4 - 5, 2014

    Barcelona, Spain

    Regular Papers

    Regular Paper Submission: October 3, 2013 
    Regular Paper Authors Notification: January 17, 2014 
    Regular Paper Camera Ready and Registration: January 31, 2014


    Sponsored by:

    INSTICC-Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication

    INSTICC is Member of:

    WfMC - Workflow Management Coaliton

    OMG - Object Management Group


    Logistics Partner:

    SCITEVENTS – Science and Technology Events



    The purpose of the 3rd International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems (SMARTGREENS) is to bring together researchers, designers, developers and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in the field of Smart Grids, Green Information and Communication Technologies, Sustainability, Energy Aware Systems and Technologies.


    SMARTGREENS 2014 will have several invited keynote speakers, who are internationally recognized experts in their areas. Their names are not yet confirmed.



    All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on CD-ROM support.

    SCITEPRESS is member of CrossRef (

    All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.

    The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Index) and Scopus.



    The awards will be announced and bestowed at the conference closing session.

    Please check the website for further information:



    Markus Helfert, Dublin City University, Ireland
    Karl-Heinz Krempels, RWTH Aachen University, Germany



    Brian Donnellan, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland



    Each of these topic areas is expanded below but the sub-topics list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed sub-topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the following main topic areas:




    • Real-Time Systems
    • Architectures for Smart Grids
    • Smart Grids Modeling
    • Smart Grid Specific Protocols
    • Scalable Infrastructures for Smart Grids
    • Load Balancing in Smart Grids
    • Smart Grid Security and Reliability
    • Smart Grids and Renewable Technologies
    • Sensors for Smart Grids
    • Fault Tolerance and Disaster Recovery in Smart Grids
    • Integration of Smart Appliances
    • Smart Homes (Domotics)
    • Interoperability and strategies to meet communications demands
    • Real time analytics and self-healing grid capability



    • Optimization Techniques for Efficient Energy Consumption
    • Economic Models of Energy Efficiency
    • Greener Systems Planning and Design
    • Energy Monitoring
    • Virtualization for Reducing Power Consumption
    • Scheduling and Switching Power Supplies
    • Energy Profiling and Measurement
    • Renewable Energy Resources
    • Embedded Sensor Networks
    • Energy Management Systems (EMS)
    • Driving innovation in energy storage
    • Virtual Power Plants
    • Evolutionary Algorithms in Energy Applications



    • Green Data Centers
    • Algorithms for Reduced Power, Energy and Heat
    • Qos and Green Computing
    • Green Software Engineering Methodologies and Tools
    • Virtualization Impact for Green Computing
    • Green Computing Models, Methodologies and Paradigms
    • Green Communications Architectures and Frameworks
    • Energy Efficient Network Hardware
    • Energy-Efficient Communication Protocols
    • Case Studies on Green Computing and Communications
    • Educational Ecosystems
    • Ecological monitoring, analytics and visualization
    • Low power wireless communication technologies



    • User-Centred and Participatory Design of Services and Systems for Smart Cities
    • Innovation Labs, Experimental Test-Beds and Simulation Environments
    • Internet-Enabled Infrastructures and Services
    • Mechanisms for Motivating Behaviour Change
    • Service Innovation and Design to Support Smart Cities
    • Cloud Computing and Service Models for Smart City Solutions
    • e-Work and e-Business Applications
    • Planning and Design Challenges for Smart Cities
    • Intelligent Transport Systems and Traffic Management
    • Smart Sensor-Based Networks and Applications
    • IS Architecture Designs and Platforms for Smart Cities
    • Case Studies and Innovative Applications for Smart(er) Cities
    • Integrating renewable energy sources into the smart cities grid
    • Harvesting energy with customer participation
    • Microgeneration
    • Frameworks and models for Smart City Initiatives




    Please check further details at the conference website (

  • Wed

    The GEO Appathon is a global App development competition that aims to develop new, exciting, and - most importantly - useful Apps using Earth observation data from the free and expansive Earth Observation data sets in the GEOSS public database.

    The first ever GEO Appathon kicks off on Wednesday 7 May 2014 and runs until 31 August 2014. Participation is open to any non-commercial entity, individual and team from any background in any country. Apps can be created for any of the main operating systems and be designed for any type of portable device. All Apps will be judged by our panel (including Microsoft and ESRI) and the top 3 winners will receive a cash prize and a year-long GEO network endorsement and publicity for the App.

    Visit our GEO Appathon website ( for more rules, details of how to register and information about how you can help us unleash the potential of Earth observation data!

  • Mon
    Dublin, Ireland

    With each passing year, sustainability becomes a more relevant topic for Higher Ed institutions and networks. To date most institutions and NRENs have been focusing on how to mitigate against Climate Change by adopting various green policies and energy efficiency initiatives. But another important aspect of the reality of Climate Change is adaptation or preparedness. We are already committed to a 2C average temperature increase because of the accumulation of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in our atmosphere since the industrial age. And if we continue on our current trajectory of increasing GHG emissions the world may warm up by as much as 5C by the end of the century. Even a 2C global average temperature increase is going to result in significantly greater frequency of severe weather events such as flooding, droughts, hurricanes, etc

    Many scientists are now arguing that we must spend an equal effort on adaptation or preparedness for Climate Change as we do on mitigation. Some governments are already mandating institutions and other organizations to start to prepare Climate Change Preparedness plans. For example President Obama has recently issued an Executive order for all US government departments and agencies to develop such plans. It is expected that many European governments will soon adopt similar policies.

    The purpose of this BOF is to discuss and explore how NRENs and HE institutions can develop Climate Change Preparedness plans. These plans will help them to identify aspects of their networks and services that may be susceptible to Climate Change events such as flooding and major long term outages in the electrical grid. The plans will also help them to develop strategies to makes their institutions or networks more resilient or robust. The other important part of the discussion in the BOF is to explore how NRENs can help HE institutions become more resilient and robust in the event of extreme weather related events due to Climate Change

    The results of the BoF will also be picked up/activated in the GN3+ Green Team and discussed with TERENA and DANTE.

  • Thu

    Between Monday 19 May and Friday 23 May
    8 European Green IT players will present their solutions or projects :

    On Monday 19th May:
    From 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
    - José OSPINA, Project Manager, MicroPro Computers (Ireland), working on the development of iameco green computers.

    On Tuesday 20th May:
    From 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
    - Eva KERN, Research associate at Green Software Engineering project (Germany), which aims at applying “Green” principles on software processes.

    On Wednesday 21st May:
    From 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
    - Sean CRONIN, CEO of EnergyWatchIT (Ireland), with their Green IT policy management tool to reduce IT electricity costs.
    From 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    - Olivier PHILIPPOT, chairman of Green Code Lab, Web Energy Archive project in order to measure the energy consumption of websites

    On Thursday 22nd May:
    From 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    - Thomas CORVAISIER, manager of The Green Little Men, design of a smartphone application called Greeniscore to increase battery life of smartphones
    From 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
    - Eric RONDEAU, Coordinator of Erasmus Mundus Master program in Pervasive Computing and Communications for Sustainable Development (PERCCOM) gathering 4 European Universities.

    On Friday 23rd May:
    From 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    - Thierry LEBOUCQ, manager of Kaliterre, Greenspector presentation, a tool detecting consuming objects in computer source codes.
    From 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
    - Valentina GRILLEA, Project Manager, MFG Baden Wurttemberg (Germany), a centre of excellence for ICT presenting the Alpine Space Project FIDIAS on Financial Instrument for SMEs from the Green IT sector

  • Sat
    Oldenburg, Germany

    For the 12th time the Technical Committee „Informatics for Environmental Protection“ of the German Informatics Society will award the “Environmental Informatics Prize". The prize is awarded for students’ works in the field of environmental informatics. Such work takes the form of projects undertaken either as part of a course or for a degree (excluding PhD) at an academic university or a university of applied sciences. The projects must demonstrate the contribution of methods and technologies of informatics to the solution of environmental problems or dissemination of information supporting sustainable development in general.

    The winners will be invited to present their work at EnviroInfo 2014 - ICT for energy efficiency, the 28th International Conference on Informatics for Environmental Protection to be held in Oldenburg, Germany:

  • Wed
    Cambridge, UK.

    ACM e-­‐Energy 2014

    The Fifth International Conference on Future Energy Systems June 11-13, 2014, Cambridge, UK.
    Sponsored by ACM SIGCOMM

    We are pleased to invite you to attend the Fifth International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-­‐Energy), where energy, computing and communication meet.

    After the successful experiences of Passau (Germany) in 2010, New York City (USA) in 2011, Madrid (Spain) in 2012, and Berkeley (USA) in 2013, this fifth edition will be held in Cambridge (UK), on June 11-13, 2014.

    This year we are proud to present an exciting technical program including 23 high quality papers, and 16 posters and demos presenting the state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art research carried out by universities, research centers and companies in the broad areas of computing and communication for smart energy systems (including the smart grid), and in energy-­‐efficient computing and communication systems.

    The technical program will also include Keynotes speakers: Pr. Berend Smit (UC Berkeley) and Dr. Olivier Verscheure (IBM Research).

    Detailed information on the conference is available at the following website:

  • Tue

    he George Washington University Law School (GW Law) will convene the first in a series of events focusing on Next Generation Compliance on March 26 and 27, 2015. The symposium will address the role of advanced monitoring, remote sensing and new forms of information gathering, analysis and disclosure in environmental compliance and enforcement. Erasmus University Rotterdam will hold the second event in April 2015 addressing the use of management systems and the role of behavioral motivations in environmental compliance and enforcement.

    This Call for Papers focuses on the GW Law Symposium.

    ++ Abstracts due by 1 July 2014 to Lee Paddock (

  • Tue
    Karlskrona, Sweden

    CONTRIBUTE. JUST DO! - submission by June 2nd
    As tomorrows' systems designers, Requirements Engineers have a very important role to play in order to ensure that future socio-technical systems are sustainable. For example, requirements have an important impact on the potential premature obsolescence of hardware, on the electricity consumption of software or on the number of servers needed to offer a service. Further, as ubiquitous socio-technical systems alter the way we live and work, the requirements of those systems have to be carefully written such that those new ways of living and working are more sustainable. For example: how do I invent an Enterprise Management System that will help my company be more responsible and create more value for all stakeholders? More and more, in the industry, companies do not only want to be "ecologically trendy”, but also become aware that sustainability requirements will have strategic impacts on business organization and value creation.

    This workshop provides an interactive stage for researchers and practitioners to share current challenges and results in RE for sustainable systems. But more than discussion, we want to foster action, and aim at jumpstarting collaboration through the live creation of hybrid teams that commit to work together to make a better world for our little mascot Susy (see
    This workshop is concerned with why and how social and environmental sustainability impact the way we design systems, at a non technical level, i.e. at requirements time. In particular, themes include: understanding RE4SuSy; adapting/inventing RE4SuSy techniques and tools; modeling, defining, measuring, and assessing sustainability in RE, etc. We are open to any bit of research or well thought practice that will let us understand better how to design more sustainable systems. We welcome problem statements, visions, positions, controversies, technical solutions, experience reports, lessons learned from practice and any results under any of the following forms:

    + short papers of up to 6 pages
    + posters, accompanied by a 2-page extended abstract
    + video clips of up to 5 minutes, accompanied by a 2-page extended abstract
    + contributions in any other multi-media format accompanied by a 2-page extended abstract.

    Given the transdisciplinary nature of sustainability concerns, we particularly welcome contributions that involve hybrid co-authorship.
    We offer shepherding, should you wish help in writing your first contribution to a scientific workshop, or in our community.
    Check past editions, important deadlines, program committee and formatting instructions on the workshop's site:
    RE4SuSy is held at RE'14, the premier venue for discussing Requirements Engineering Research and Practice.
    Submission: June 2
    Notification: June 23
    CR version: July 2
    Note that possibilities for virtual participation are under examination, just in case you already passed your CO2 and $$ limits for travels...

  • Wed

    The EnviroInfo 2014 is the 28th edition of the long standing and established international and interdisciplinary conference series on leading environmental information and communication technologies. Combining and shaping national and international activities in the field of applied informatics and environmental informatics in making the world a better place for living, the EnviroInfo conference series aims at presenting and discussing the latest state-of-the-art development on ICT and environmental related fields.

    Under the supervision of the the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg the 28th EnviroInfo conference will discuss the special topic of ICT for energy efficiency as main conference theme as well as the whole range of cross-cutting topics in ICT and environmental sciences.

    As the EnviroInfo conference series tries to strengthen the interdisciplinary activities in the fields of sustainable development, participants from industry, higher education and research institutes will be invited to exchange ideas and solutions for current and future problems.

  • Wed
    Oldenburg (Oldb.), Germany.

    Paper submission deadline: June 20, 2014

    Software Engineering aims at developing and evolving software systems in an economic manner, considering project specific needs and quality goals. One of these quality goals, which becomes more and more important, is the “energy efficiency of software systems”. Improving the energy consumption of mobile devices will not only increase the uptime and battery lifespan, it will also improve the carbon footprint. Viewing energy efficiency is not only restricted to mobile devices, it also affects e.g. embedded systems and data centres, where energy is a major factor in costs and environmental burden.

    Next to serious and ongoing efforts in hardware design, at the operating system level and by optimized code generation, software engineering techniques also contribute to optimizing energy consumption by improving software design: wasting energy can be avoided by e.g. removing energy code-smells, improving data-base queries and storage methodologies, replacing fast, but energy-consuming components by slower but more energy efficient alternatives or by transferring functionality to the cloud, where integrated energy optimization on all technical levels can be applied. This list gives only some examples of optimizing energy consumption on software level. These and further approaches will be discussed at EASED.

    The EASED workshop series on Energy-Aware Software Engineering and Development focusses on the intensive presentation and discussion of methods and technologies to optimize the energy consumption of systems by improving software components in software-intensive, embedded systems. Among others, these include techniques to:
    · Detect energy code-smells,
    · Optimize code,
    · Avoid energy waste,
    · Measure energy consumption caused by software, and
    · Model software-caused energy behaviour of embedded systems.

    EASED@EnviroInfo follows up on the Workshop on Developing Energy-Aware Software Systems (EEbS 2012), held at the annual GI Conference in September 2012 (, 2nd workshop on Energy-Aware Software Engineering and Development (EASED@BUIS), held at BUIS Tage in April 2013 (, and the 3rd workshop on Energy-Aware Software Engineering and Development (EASED@GI 2013), held together with the workshop "UINW - Umweltinformatik zwischen Nachhaltigkeit und Wandel" at the GI Conference in September 2013 (


    Accepted papers for ESEAD@EnviroInfo will be published in the workshop section of the EnvrioInfo 2014 proceedings. Authors of the best paper at ESEAD@EnviroInfo will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper to the "EnviroInfo 2014 Selected Papers" publication issued by Springer.


    Authors are encouraged to submit their papers (6 pages following the EnviroInfo Layout ( not later than June 6, 2014 through Easychair ( When submitting, please tick "Workshop: Energy Aware Software-Engineering and Development".

    Important Dates
    paper submission deadline: June 20, 2014
    author notification: July 4, 2014
    2014 camera ready deadline: July 18, 2014

  • Wed
    Sydney, Australia


    Key dates:
    Submission Deadline: July 20, 2014
    Notification: September 25, 2014
    Final Manuscript Due: October 15, 2014

    Submission site:

    Proceedings will be published by IEEE CS Press.

    Special issues:
    Distinguised papers will be selected for special issues in Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience; Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing.


    Sustainable Computing and Communications refers to principles that embrace a range of policies, procedures, programs, and attitudes that run the length and breadth of any use of information and communication technologies. It is a holistic approach that stretches from power to waste to purchasing to education and is a life-cycle management approach to the deployment of IT across an organization. It includes designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of information and communication systems with minimal or no impact on the environment.

    SuSC (Sustainable Computing and Communications) was created to provide a prime international forum for researchers, industry practitioners and domain experts to exchange the latest fundamental advances in the state of the art and practice of Sustainable Computing and Communications as well as innovative applications.

    Scope and Topics

    Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to:

    Track 1: Sustainable Computing and Communications
    ?? Theoretical Aspect of Energy, Power, and Temperature
    ?? Algorithms for Reduced Power, Energy and Heat
    ?? Power-aware Design of Software, Middleware and Systems
    ?? Power-aware Networking
    ?? Real-time systems
    ?? Power-efficient Computing Architectures
    ?? Efficient Circuit Design for Energy Harvesting
    ?? Power Management in Memory, Disk, Storage and other peripheral Devices
    ?? Configurable and Renewable Energy
    ?? Low Power Electronics
    ?? Energy Efficient Network Hardware
    ?? Energy-Efficient Communication Protocols
    ?? Low power Communication Technologies
    ?? Embedded Systems, ASICs and FPGSs
    ?? Power Leakage and Dissipation
    ?? Code Profiling and Transformation for Power Management
    ?? Power-aware Scheduling and Resource Allocation
    ?? Energy-efficient Wireless/Mobile/Sensor Systems and Networks
    ?? Security and Privacy
    ?? Wearable Computing
    ?? Ecological Monitoring, Analytics and Visualization
    ?? Green Communications Architectures and Frameworks
    ?? Green Data Centres and Enterprise Computing
    ?? QoS and Green Computing
    ?? Integration of Smart Appliances
    ?? Green Software Engineering Methodologies and Tools
    ?? Virtualiztion Impact for Green Computing
    ?? Case Studies on Green Computing and Communications
    ?? Green Computing Models, Methodologies and Paradigms

    Track 2: Sustainable Systems and Technologies
    ?? Sustainable Architectures for Smart Grids
    ?? Smart Grid Security, Reliability and Load Balancing
    ?? Energy Management Systems (EMS)
    ?? Economic Models of Energy Efficiency
    ?? Energy Monitoring, Profiling and Measurement
    ?? Renewable Energy Systems and Harvesting Energy (e.g. Solar, Wind)
    ?? Greener Systems Planning and Design
    ?? Virtualization for Reducing Power Consumption
    ?? Evolutionary Algorithms in Energy Applications
    ?? Scheduling and Switching Power Supplies
    ?? Optimization Techniques for Efficient Energy Consumption
    ?? Reliability of Power-aware Computers
    ?? Runtime Systems that Assist in Power Saving
    ?? Models for Collective Optimization of Power and Performance
    ?? Monitoring Tools for Power and Performance of Parallel and Distributed Systems
    ?? Use of Sensors for Environmental Monitoring
    ?? Smart control for Eco-friendly Buildings

    Track 3: Sustainable Methodologies and Applications
    ?? Smart City (Sustainable Design, Models, Frameworks, Policies and Strategies)
    ?? Smart City (Sustainable Integration and Optimization of Comprehensive Resources and Information Flows - energy, emissions, people, goods and services)
    ?? Sustainable Energy Generation, Transmission, Distribution and Delivery
    ?? Smart Buildings and Urban Infrastructures
    ?? Smart Grid for Energy Generation, Transmission, Monitoring and Management
    ?? Open Government, Open Data Policies, Urban-Scale Data Sharing, Information Security and Privacy
    ?? Smart Logistics and Sustainable Supply Chain Management
    ?? Smart People, Smart Living and Smart Citizen Engagement
    ?? Intelligent Transport Systems and Traffic Management
    ?? Smart Energy-efficient Sensor Networks and Internet of Things
    ?? Smart Home, Smart Healthcare and Ageing Population support
    ?? e-Mobility, e-Work and e-Business Applications
    ?? Sustainable Urban Mobility and Smart Vehicle Management
    ?? Smart Resource Support and Demand Management and Optimization
    ?? User-Centred Services and Systems
    ?? Open Big City Data, Cloud Computing, Internet-Enabled Infrastructures and Services for Sustainability
    ?? Innovation Labs, Experimental Test-Beds and Simulation Environments
    ?? Mechanisms for Motivating Behavior Change
    ?? Advanced Data Analytics for Smart Cities
    ?? IS Architecture Design and Platform for Sustainability
    ?? Case Studies and Innovative Applications for Sustainability

    Submission Guidelines

    Submissions must include an abstract, keywords, the e-mail address of the corresponding author and should not exceed 8 pages for main conference, including tables and figures in IEEE CS format. The template files for LATEX or WORD can be downloaded here. All paper submissions must represent original and unpublished work. Each submission will be peer reviewed by at least three program committee members. Submission of a paper should be regarded as an undertaking that, should the paper be accepted, at least one of the authors will register for the conference and present the work. Authors of accepted papers, or at least one of them, are requested to register and present their work at the conference, otherwise their papers may be removed from the digital libraries of IEEE CS and EI after the conference.

    Submit your paper(s) in PDF file at the submission site:


    Accepted and presented papers will be included into the IEEE Conference Proceedings published by IEEE CS Press. Authors of accepted papers, or at least one of them, are requested to register and present their work at the conference, otherwise their papers may be removed from the digital libraries of IEEE CS and EI after the conference.

    Distinguished papers presented at the conference, after further revision, will be published in special issues of Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience; Journal of Network and Computer Applications, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, and IEEE Transactions on Cloud Computing.

    General Chairs
    Ishfaq Ahmad, The University of Texas at Arlington, USA
    Mohammad S. Obaidat, Monmouth University, USA
    M (Palani) Palaniswami, University of Melbourne, Australia

    Program Chairs
    Chadi Aoun, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
    Anirban Mahanti, NICTA, Australia
    Danilo Ardagna, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

    Program Vice-Chairs
    Dongrui Fan, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
    Hussein Dia, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
    Xin Zhu, University of Aizu, Japan

    Workshop Chairs
    Mianxiong Dong, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), Japan
    Wei Zheng, Xiamen University, China

    Steering Committee
    Jinjun Chen, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (Chair)
    Fernando Las Heras, EPI, Spain
    Bor Yann Liaw, University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
    Jean-Marc Pierson, IRIT, Universit?? Paul Sabatier, France
    Sandeep Gupta, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
    Dakai Zhu, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA
    Albert Zomaya, University of Sydney, Australia
    Mohammad S. Obaidat, Monmouth University, USA
    M (Palani) Palaniswami, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Laurent Lefevre, Inria, LIP Lab., ENS Lyon, University of Lyon, France
    Jianhua Ma, Hosei University, Japan
    Laurence T. Yang, St Francis Xavier University, Canada (Chair)

    Local Organization Chair
    Nazanin Borhan, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

    Finance Chair
    Chang Liu, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

    Conference Secretary and Web Chair
    Xuyun Zhang, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  • Thu
    Mangalore, India

    3rd International Conference on
    Eco-Friendly Computing and Communication Systems
    18-21 December 2014
    National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
    Mangalore, India

    Call for Papers

    ‘Computing and Communication for Sustainable Development’ is the theme of the Conference on Eco-Friendly Computing and Communication Systems (ICECCS 2014) which will be held 18-21 December 2014 at NITK Surathkal, Mangalore, India. ICECCS 2014 is the third in the series organised by NITK Surathkal. The past two conferences have been highly successful and well-commended, and we strive to further enrich quality and relevance of the conference this year.

    The conference will provide a forum for presenting and discussing innovative research and practice on a broad range of topics in the fields of sustainable and energy-efficient computing, and computing for a more sustainable planet. It will feature keynotes by eminent persons in this area, presentation of peer-reviewed articles, panels, workshops, and tutorials. The conference will be technically co-sponsored by the IEEE, and the proceedings will be published by IEEE Digital Library, Xplore. Selected papers will be recommended for the publications in reputed journals, including special issues, following further update and revision.

    We invite prospective authors to submit original high quality articles for presentation at the conference on any of the following major areas or other related topics (for further details on topics of interest visit the conference Website):
    · Sustainable Computing
    · Computing for Sustainability
    · Energy-efficient (green) Computing
    · Energy-efficient (green) Communications
    · Sustainable Service Computing and Management
    · Sustainable ICT
    · Sustainable Engineering
    · Green/Energy-efficient Engineering
    · Cloud Computing
    · Big Data and Analytics

    Submission Details
    The papers submitted to this conference shouldn’t have been already published or shouldn’t be currently under review by another conference or journal. Acceptance will be based on the paper’s originality, technical soundness, significance, presentation, and relevance/interest to the conference participants. Please prepare your paper as per IEEE two- column conference proceedings format, and the number pages shouldn’t exceed six. Submit it through EasyChair at:

    Important Dates
    Paper submissions due: 2 July 2014
    Notifications to authors: 1September 2014
    Camera-ready papers due: 8 September 2014
    Author Registration: 1November 2014
    Conference: 18– 21December 2014
    Pre-Conference Tutorials: 18 December
    Main Conference: 19-20 December
    Post–Conference Workshop: 21 December

    Contact for Further Details
    ICECCS 2014 Conference Secretariat
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
    Mangalore 575 025, India

  • Thu
    Coventry, United Kingdom

    Modern society aspires to be economically and socially sustainable.
    The digital infrastructure underpinning our society allows us to achieve these goals by various mechanisms including online social networks, trust and reputation, peer-to-peer and content sharing, secure transactions and online voting. Such mechanisms however are at increasing risk from cyber attacks, industrial espionage, online fraud and government surveillance; each serving to undermine trust and security at different levels. This conference offers a unique platform to address the issues of cyber security and trust in the context of sustainable societies. Authors are invited to submit original research papers addressing theoretical foundations, modelling and empirical approaches, along with more exploratory work, and position papers to raise open questions.


    Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

    - Cyber Attacks (Phishing, Reputation Attacks)
    - Identity, Trust and Trustworthiness
    - Privacy, Surveillance and Control
    - Reputation Systems and Social Networks
    - Security Governance and Public Good
    - Human Factors and Behavioural Dynamics
    - Ethics, Philosophy, Politics and Innovation
    - Security Economics, Incentives and Liabilities
    - Low Carbon and Resilient City and Transport

    Submission and publication

    Submissions to the conference must not have been published or be concurrently considered elsewhere. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and judged on the basis of originality, contribution to the field, technical and presentation quality, and relevance to the conference. All papers must be written in English. Research papers must not exceed 12 pages in total while position papers must not exceed 6 pages.

    At least one author of each accepted submission will be expected to register and attend to present their work. Submission of papers is available through EasyChair at

    All accepted papers will be published in the Working Papers of the
    SSN+ (ISSN 2052-8604). Following the conference, a shortlisted set of
    papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their paper to be considered for publication in a special issue of Journal of Trust Management (Springer).

    Keynote speaker

    - Prof. Steve Schneider (University of Surrey, UK)
    - Title: “Verifiable Electronic Voting”

    Important dates

    - Submission of Papers: 1st November 2014
    - Notification to Authors: 15th December 2014
    - Submission of Camera Ready: 10th January 2015
    - Early Bird Registration: 25th January 2015

    Program committee co-chairs

    - Siraj Ahmed Shaikh (Coventry University, UK)
    - Catherine Mulligan (Imperial College, UK)

    Program committee

    - Debi Ashenden (Cranfield University, UK)
    - Anirban Basu (KDDI Laboratories, Japan)
    - Eduardo Cerqueira (UFPA, Brazil)
    - Tom Chen (City University, UK)
    - Paul Curzon (Queen Mary Univ of London, UK)
    - Zeynep Gurguc (Imperial College, UK)
    - Chris Hankin (Imperial College, UK)
    - Vassilis Kostakos (University of Oulu, Finland)
    - Paddy Krishnan (Oracle, Australia)
    - Santi Phi (Chiang Mai University, Thailand)
    - Juan E. Tapiador (Carlos III de Madrid, Spain)
    - Tim Watson (University of Warwick, UK)
    - Chris Preist (Bristol University, UK)
    - Stefanos Skalistis (EPFL, Switzerland)


    The conference will be held at Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom.


    For further information on Sustainable Society Network+

    For any queries or further information please contact:
    sustainablesocietynetwork.netOR PC Co-chairs:

    - Siraj Ahmed Shaikh (
    - Catherine Mulligan (

  • Mon
    Salamanca, Spain

    Call for Papers and Student Research Abstracts

    Software Engineering Aspects of Green Computing

    The 30th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing
    April 13 - 17, 2015, Salamanca, Spain

    The increasing amount of the energy consumption of today's IT solutions
    significantly contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. "Green Computing"
    or "Green IT" emphasizes on the need for reducing the environmental
    impacts of IT solutions by reducing their energy consumption and their
    greenhouse gas emissions. Among others, green computing can be achieved
    in software and by software. While greening by software aims at saving
    energy (or other resources) by the help of software, greening in software
    aims at reducing the environmental impact caused by the software itself.

    The Software Engineering Aspects of Green Computing track at the 2015
    Symposium on Applied Computing aims to bring together academic and
    industrial researchers to share their experience in achieving the
    green-ness in and by software. Submissions are encouraged, but not
    limited, in the following topics:
    * Greenness in Software: which dedicated software engineering methods and tools are required to model, analyze and optimize energy-consumption and carbon dioxide generation of software systems during the software development process?
    o Requirement elicitation phase:
    * Methods and tools to elicit and model greenness requirements
    * Methods and tools to identify and analyze the trade-offs among the functional requirements, greenness requirements themselves and other quality attributes
    o Architectural design phase:
    * Methods and tools to model greenness attributes of software architecture
    * Methods and tools to analyze the trade-offs among the functional requirements, greenness attributes themselves and other quality attributes
    * Metrics to evaluate the greenness of software architecture
    * Methods and tools to trace greenness attributes to the greenness requirements
    * Dedicated architectural patterns to achieve green software
    * Refactoring methods energy saving
    o Implementation phase:
    * (Domain-specific) languages to implement greener software
    * Compilation methods to achieve greener software
    * IDE support to guide programmers in implementing greener software
    * Refactoring methods to make legacy software greener
    * Methods and tools to measure the greenness of implementations
    * Methods and tools to assess the trade-offs between the functionality, the greenness and other quality attributes
    o Testing phase:
    * Methods and tools to generate test scenarios to assess the greenness of software
    * Energy profiling techniques
    o Operational phase:
    * Methods and tools to monitor the greenness attributes
    * Methods and tools to dynamically adapt the software to fulfill its greenness attributes
    * Methods and tools to profile energy consumption and to carbon foot printing
    * Metrics to identify energy hotspots
    * Greenness by software: which dedicated software engineering methods and tools are required to model, analyze and optimize energy-consumption and carbon dioxide generation of industrial solutions by means of software?
    o Industrial case studies such as smart home, smart cities, smart embedded systems
    o Methods and tools to make industrial solutions dynamically adaptive in their greenness attributes
    o Methods and tools to measure the effect of green-ness by software
    o Methods and tools to make hardware greener by software
    o Application software for smart control of eco-friendly buildings, thermo-control of data centers, climate monitoring

    Student Research Abstracts
    Graduate students seeking feedback from the scientific community on their
    research ideas are invited to submit abstracts (minimum of 2-pages and
    maximum of 4-pages) of their original un-published and in-progress
    research work in the area of Software Engineering Aspects of Green
    Computing. For more details, see

    Submission Guideline
    All submitted papers must represent original work and can only be submitted
    to a single ACM SAC track. Papers submitted to more than one track will be
    removed from the conference. There is a limit of 6 pages using the ACM SIG
    format. Authors may opt to add 2 additional pages (at extra charge). Please
    ensure that the author names and contacts are omitted from the submitted
    paper during the initial review phase. Paper submissions must be made
    electronically in PDF format via the ACM SAC website

    Paper registration is required, allowing the inclusion of the paper/poster in the conference proceedings.
    An author or a proxy attending SAC MUST present the paper. This is a requirement for all accepted papers and posters to be included
    in the ACM digital library. No-show of scheduled papers and posters will result in excluding them from the ACM digital library.

    Important Dates

    * Submission of regular papers and SRC abstracts: September 12, 2014
    * Submission of tutorial proposals: September 26, 2014
    * Notification of tutorials acceptance: November 3, 2014
    * Author notification for papers and SRC abstracts: November 17, 2014
    * Camera-ready copies of accepted papers: December 8, 2014
    * Author registration due date: December 15, 2014

    Track Chairs
    Somayeh Malakuti (Technical University of Dresden, Germany)
    Wolfgang Lohmann (Switzerland)
    Mehmet Aksit (University of Twente, The Netherlands)

    For more detailed information, please visit

  • Sat
    Firenze, Italy

    Call for Contributions to
    Software Engineering in Society

    * Goals *

    ICSE 2015 features for the first time the new Track on Software
    Engineering in Society (SEIS).

    SEIS will provide a forum for discussing the role and impact of
    software engineering in a sustainable society that is incrementally
    intertwined with ecological changes, social challenges, economic
    imperatives and technical demands and opportunities.

    * SEIS welcomes *

    - innovative, inspiring, thought-provoking research supported by
    well-motivated scientific intuition; new research directions;
    synergies with other disciplines

    - solid research results; empirical studies; research experimentation
    bridging the gap between models and reality of a sustainable society

    * Scope *

    SEIS 2015 seeks papers challenging the role and impact of the software
    engineering discipline for a sustainable society, along various

    - environmental sustainability: energy, climate change;
    - social sustainability: for both organizations, individuals and
    citizens, communities;
    - economic sustainability: business and economic aspects of software
    - societal sustainability: software engineering ethics, digital
    divide, software engineering implications of, and contribution to,
    various aspects of our society, recognition and exploitation of
    diversity to benefit software engineering practices;
    - technical sustainability: software that can evolve, adapt to
    changing requirements, adapt to ever-changing society.

    SEIS authors are encouraged to contribute both mature, and novel but
    soundly-motivated research. SEIS especially welcomes multi- and
    interdisciplinary research showcasing how software engineering can
    contribute, and complement, the various sustainability dimensions of
    our society.

    * Evaluation *

    The main criterion for acceptance is the degree to which a paper
    matches the aforementioned track goals and scope, and provides
    innovation to software engineering, emphasizing the 'Sustainability'
    dimension of the track. The SEIS program committee will perform the
    assessment according to the following criteria: originality, relevance
    and soundness of the proposal, appropriate consideration of relevant
    literature, and quality of presentation.

    Each submission will be reviewed by at least two members of the
    program committee.

    * Presentation at the conference *

    The SEIS sessions will feature a mix of short papers and long papers.

    * How to Submit *

    All papers must conform at the time of submission to the ICSE 2015
    formatting and submission instructions. Short papers must not exceed
    four pages, including all text, references, appendices, and
    figures. Long papers must not exceed 10 pages, including all text,
    references, appendices, and figures. Papers must be submitted
    electronically at the SEIS CyberChair submission site
    , by the
    submission deadline of October 24, 2014 (anywhere on earth).

    * Important dates *

    Submission deadline: October 24, 2014
    Notification to authors: January 21, 2015
    Camera ready deadline: February 13, 2015

    * SEIS Committee *

    Daniela Damian (Co-Chair) University of Victoria Canada
    Patricia Lago (Co-Chair) VU University Amsterdam Netherlands

    Marco Aiello University of Groningen Netherlands
    Rami Bahsoon University of Birmingham UK
    Travis Breaux Carnegie Mellon University US
    Bernd Bruegge Technische Universität München Germany
    Steve Easterbrook University of Toronto Canada
    Hakan Ergodomus Carnegie Mellon University US
    Steve Fickas University of Oregon US
    Anthony Finkelstein University College London UK
    Scott D. Fleming University of Memphis US
    Jim Herbsleb Carnegie Mellon University US
    Lorenz M. Hilty University of Zurich and TSL, Empa Switzerland
    Rick Kazman University of Hawaii US
    Philippe Kruchten University of British Columbia Canada
    Filippo Lanubile University of Bari Italy
    Casper Lassenius Aalto University, Finland / MIT Sloan, US
    Grace Lewis SEI-CMU US
    Walid Maalej University of Hamburg Germany
    Maurizio Morisio Politecnico di Torino Italy
    Henry Muccini University of L'Aquila Italy
    Jurgen Muench University of Helsinki Finland
    Hausi Muller University of Victoria Canada
    Norberto Patrignani Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Italy
    Birgit Penzenstadler University of California, Irvine US
    Giuseppe Procaccianti VU University Amsterdam Netherlands
    Awais Rashid Lancaster University UK
    Maryam Razavian VU University Amsterdam Netherlands
    Debra Richardson University of California, Irvine US
    Janice Singer National Research Council Canada

    * Formatting and submission instructions *

    Please review the submission and formatting instructions carefully. Submissions that do not comply with the instructions and size limits will be rejected without review.

  • Fri

    Global Hack Site:

    Fishackathon is a public-private partnership that aims to capitalize on the expansion of mobile technology use across the developing world to address sustainable fishery challenges. The annual Fishackathon event calls on coders, designers, creatives, architects, product managers, project managers, oceanographers, fishers, ichthyologist, phycologist, algologist, and beach combers from all around the world to come together to create new applications and tools for use on mobile phones, devices, and other end-solutions, which can help fishers work smarter and more safely in sustainable fishing.

    You're being asked to develop a solution which addresses one of the four areas which are challenging our fisheries and oceans today:

    • Fisheries Management - drawing on science to find ways to protect fishery resources so sustainable explotation is possible.
    • Conservation - preservation, protection, or restoration of the earth's natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, wildlife, and biodiversity.
    • Aquaculture - the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of aquatic plants and animals in all types of water environments for food or to enhance recreational, commercial, and ecologically-important species and habitats.
    • Traceability - ability to verify the history, location, or application of an item by means of a documented recorded identification. In particular, we are concerned with the fact that any product is manufactured or produced under safe working conditions, by workers that earn a fair wage and use methods that do not damage the environment or people.
    To help you with the development of your solution, you can select one of the problem statement as a specific application of your solution. Each problem statement addresses at least one of the categories above.

  • Mon
    UN City, Copenhagen + live stream

    2015 CKB Outreach Event: Creating a “Climate Knowledge Grid”
    An open session and cocktail reception to learn what climate knowledge brokers are doing to connect up climate knowledge, and discuss how your organisation can benefit and ‘plug in’ to the ‘climate knowledge grid’.
    14:00-17:30, June 22, 2015 – UN City, Copenhagen and on live stream. Organized by the CKB group jointly with CTCN, CDKN and REEEP

    Are you getting lost in an ocean of information?
    The fields of climate and development have undergone radical transformations over the past decades as the world has woken up to the perils of climate change. At the same time, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have revolutionised the way we communicate, bringing many benefits – but also new problems. A field once challenged by the lack of reliable and relevant data is now overwhelmed with oceans of information, pouring in from a multitude of sources inhabiting various corners of the climate development community. Today, the challenge is navigating and making sense of this information, overcoming the “portal proliferation syndrome” of climate web sites.
    The need for coordination: the role of the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group
    The Climate Knowledge Brokers Group (CKB) is a Community of Practice of knowledge brokers operating in the climate and development space who recognized that the current knowledge infrastructure is ineffective in delivering the right knowledge to those who need it, when they need it. In response, the group is creating practical solutions and methods to improve and streamline information sharing, to better steer the flow of knowledge to those who need it, and to engage and connect researchers, practitioners, policy actors and businesses to drive climate resilient development. The vision is to create a connected ‘grid’ for climate knowledge that is flexible, open and adaptable to changing needs and evolving technology.
    Information about the Event
    Join us at UN City in Copenhagen for a chance to meet some leading members of the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group, learn about the emerging vision for this ‘climate knowledge grid’ and how decision-makers and other knowledge users will benefit, and discuss how organizations can ‘plug in’.
    Preliminary Agenda
    Guests are welcome to come for the whole event, or dip in for part of it.
    14:00 Registration, coffee and pastries
    14:15 Welcome and introduction to the Climate Knowledge Brokers Group:
    Speakers: Florian Bauer (REEEP), Geoff Barnard (CDKN)
    14:30 Examples of Climate Knowledge Broker Initiatives (four 2-minute “elevator pitch” presentations)
    14:45 Panel Discussion: How do we create an effective ‘Grid’ for climate knowledge? Panel to include:
    Jukka Ousukainen (Director, CTCN),
    Helena Molin Valdés (Head, CCAC Secretariat),
    Martin Hiller (Director General, REEEP),
    Ari Huhtala (Deputy CEO, CDKN),
    Chair: Geoff Barnard (CDKN)
    16:00 Climate Knowledge Fair and Cocktail Reception: Learn about some of the platforms and portals that make up the CKB Group, speak to the people who run them, see demos, and discover how you can benefit from what’s already available online
    17:30 End

    To make the organization of the event easier, we kindly ask participants to pre-register for the outreach event via this link before June 18, 2015:
    Live Stream and Recording
    The event will be streamed live through the support of CTCN, and a recording will be available shortly after. More information will be communicated to registered virtual participants and will be available here:
    If you have any questions about the event or the CKB group, feel free to contact Sigmund Kluckner (CKB Coordination Hub) at

    Download this Announcement as PDF:

  • Fri
    Sydney, Australia


    Key dates:
    *Deadline for proceedings published posters/demos: 5 October 2015*
    Notification of Acceptance: 8 October 2015
    Final versions of proceeding published posters/demos: 15 October 2015

    Please email your posters/demos to with the email
    subject as "GreenCom 2015 poster demo submission".

    Two types of posters and demos:
    1. Proceedings published posters and demos: Submission is a 2-page short
    paper describing the post/demo content, research, relevance and importance
    to Internet of Things or related topics. If accepted, the 2-page short
    paper will be published in the main conference proceedings together with
    regular research papers. Each accepted poster or demo must register to the
    main conference with full registration.

    2. Web published posters and demos: Submission is a 1-page extended
    abstract. Such posters/demos will not be included in the conference
    proceedings, but will be published on the conference website.

    Both types of posters/demos will be displayed during the conference.

    Participants are invited to submit posters and research demos to
    GreenCom 2015. GreenCom 2015 is created to provide a prime international
    forum for both researchers, industry practitioners and environment experts
    to exchange the latest fundamental advances in the state of the art and
    practice of Internet of Things as well as joint-venture and synergic
    research and development across various related areas. Topics of interest
    for posters and demos include, but not limited to:

    Scope and Topics

    A. Green Computing and Communication Technologies
    • Green infrastructure sustainable design and technologies
    • Energy- and power-constrained devices and gateways
    • Ultra-low power systems architectures
    • Low-power, distributed data processing on sensors
    • Energy-efficient M2M wired and wireless communications and networking
    • Optimization and/or analysis in green computing and communications
    (including core
    network optimization)
    • Green big data architecture
    • Green cloud computing
    • Energy efficient networking, communication and protocols
    • Energy efficiency in networking, wireless networks and vehicular networks
    • Energy efficiency in data centers and large-scale data processing
    • Measurement and modeling of energy consumption
    • Standardization and benchmark

    B. Smart Energy and Smart Grid.
    • Smart metering infrastructure and technologies
    • Large-scale monitoring, control and demand response
    • Advanced data fusion, mining and modeling in smart grid
    • Management and control of distributed energy generation, storage and
    • Advanced smart grid applications: grid-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid,
    • Renewable energy generation and new energy sources
    • Standardization and benchmark

    C. Green Society Applications
    • Smart sensing systems
    • Smart city
    • Green vehicle, green home, green buildings and green anything
    • Green industrial automation and control
    • Intelligent Transport Systems and control

  • 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.
  • Wed

    CPDP is an annual three-day conference devoted to privacy and data protection. The 10th edition of CPDP will be held on 25-27 January 2017 in Brussels. Whilst a number of speakers are specifically invited by the conference, several slots remain open to application through an annual call for papers. The CPDP2017 Call for Papers is addressed to all researchers who wish to present their papers at the next Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference.

    The call is split into two different tracks. The first is dedicated to experienced researchers, while the second welcomes PhD students and junior researchers. Contributions are welcome from all disciplines with perspectives on the themes of the conference. The dual-track structure of the CPDP 2017 Call for Papers aims to meet the increasing interest of researchers – from all levels and from multiple disciplines – in CPDP and their expectations in terms of academic feedback and exchange.

  • Sun

    Special Issue on Communications and Computing for Sustainable Development Goals

    MDPI Future Internet (Scopus / DBLP Indexed)


    Submission Deadline 5 March 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.

    The list of topics includes, but is 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




    Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

    Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Future Internet is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.



    5 March 2017

    Guest Editors


    Dr. Luca Chiaraviglio

    DIET Department, University of Rome Sapienza, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Rome, Italy


    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


    Prof. Dr. Jaap Van de Beek

    Luleå University of Technology, Sweden


    Dr. Filip Idzkikowski

    Poznan University of Technology, Plac Marii Skłodowskiej-Curie 5, 60-965, Poznań, Poland


    About MDPI Future Internet


    Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903) is a scholarly open access journal which provides an advanced forum for scientific studies related to Internet technologies and the information society. It publishes regular research papers, reviews and short communications. The journal aim is to encourage scientists to publish their experimental and theoretical results in as much detail as possible. Therefore, there is no restriction on the length of the papers or the use of colour figures.

    For Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903), authors are asked to pay a fee of 500 CHF (Swiss Francs) per processed paper, but only if the article is accepted for publication in this journal after peer-review and possible revision of the manuscript. An additional fee of 250 CHF may apply for those articles that need major editing and formatting and/or English editing. Note that many national and private research funding organizations and universities explicitly cover such fees for articles originated in funded research projects. Discounts are available for authors from institutes that participate with MDPI's membership program.

    Future Internet is covered by following databases:

    - Scopus (Elsevier)

    - DBLP Computer Science Bibliography (Universität Trier)

    - AGORA (FAO)

    - Compendex / Engineering Village (Elsevier)

    - DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals

    - INSPEC (IET)

    Future Internet Website:

  • Wed

    CfP: Sensor Publics: A Workshop on the Politics of Sensing and Data Infrastructures

    Organizers: Laurie Waller and Nina Witjes, Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University Munich.

    Location: TUM / Vorhoelzer Forum, Munich

    Dates: 5-7 April, 2017

    Deadline for abstracts (250 words): 15 January 2017 to  

    Keynote speakers: Geoffrey Bowker (UC, Irvine) and Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths)

    What happens when sensing and data infrastructures, from satellites to self-tracking devices, become objects of public concern? This 2-day workshop seeks to bring together scholars from across science and technology studies (STS), sociology, international relations and critical security studies to investigate what we are calling "sensor publics". We invite contributions that attend to sensing and data infrastructures as they are publicly (con)tested and demonstrated, used and lived with, hidden, governed, maintained, repurposed and hacked.


    From the geopolitics of remote sensing satellites, to the political-economy of urban sensor networks, the domestic economy of home sensing devices or the democratic promise of participatory citizen-sensing, we are interested in how sensing and data infrastructures become publicly controversial and invested with political and moral capacities. How do sensor publics unsettle relations between political actors and their environments? In what ways do they problematise the governance of big data or the regulation of real-time surveillance? And, can sensor publics provide occasions for democratizing relations between politicians, experts, activists and citizens?

    We invite contributions of original research that address the following (non-exhaustive) topics:

    Sensors and global politics:

    How are sensors - such as those from satellites and drones - shaped by and shaping global politics whether conceived as geo-politics, international relations or political ecology? How can we understand the entanglement of technological innovation, processes of securitization, visions of transparency and privacy, global economic interests, trans-national activism and governmental and civilian surveillance?

    Data practices and governance:

    Sensors often produce lively data that unsettle formats and methods of governance. How do publics engage with the challenges of the regulation and administration of big data, also in terms of responsible research and innovation?

    Infrastructures and activism:

    Sensing infrastructures are the target of political activists concerned with issues as diverse as surveillance, ecology and social justice. How does infrastructure (h)activism unsettle relations between the methods and material settings of political action?

    Visibility/invisibility of sensors:

    The relations between sensors and publics has often been studied in terms of the making visible or invisible of devices. What roles do problems of (in)visibility play in ordering the political life of sensors?

    Engagements with the politics of sensing:

    Do we want to contribute as engaged scholars to the formation of sensor publics? In what ways do practical, theoretical, cross-disciplinary and experimental engagements with the politics of sensing amplify some issues while marginalising others?

    Who should apply?

    We invite contributions from a wide range of approaches to researching sensing and data infrastructures. The workshop particular encourages interdisciplinary research approaches and scholars pursuing engaged collaborations and experiments, and we invite creative demonstrations as well as paper presentations. In addition, we hope to stimulate the creation of new formal and informal networks and to explore coalitions for further collaboration, the writing of grant proposals and the search for funding. A possible outcome of the workshop is a proposal for a special issue or an edited volume.

    Abstracts of 250 words and brief academic biography to 

    The event is organised and funded by the post/doc lab “Engineering Responsibility” at the Munich Centre for Technology in Society. Catering will be provided throughout the duration of the workshop but travel and accomodation costs are expected to be borne by participants.

    Inquiries about the workshop can be address to or 

  • Mon

    Do you have a novel idea for improving yours and others life in a sustainable manner? Does your idea involve IoT technologies?

    This call is for you! Participate in the Hackathon event during the IoT Week 2017 and win amazing prizes. Propose your idea and develop your applications and services. This year, selected projects will focus on IoT solutions for tackling one or several of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN.


    You must submit a “Project Proposal” not longer than 2 pages, that must indicate :

     Who you are: (teams up to 4 persons, study level, country, university, something else you want to tell us…)

    – Problem description and SDG targeted
    – Proposed IoT solution (service, clients, application, sensors, objects, data sources, etc)

    – Expected impact (business, societal, environmental, etc)

    – Required infrastructure (hardware, software, service access, etc.)

    Proposals must be sent to before April 30Extended Deadline May 15

    Proposals will be evaluated by the Hackathon organization committee, you will receive a notification of acceptance not latest than 2 weeks later.  We will select the most promising submitted ideas to be part of the Hackathon event. We guarantee confidentiality of your idea until the event.


    The IoT Hackathon event will take place during the IoT week from 6 to 9 June  in the CICG (Centre International de Conférences – Geneva), Switzerland. 

    During these four days you will have access to Workshops given by ST microelectronics and Fiware and you will have also access to the required infrastructure (hardware and software) for implementing your project. 


    You will present your realization at the end of the event in front of a jury that will select the best projects to be awarded. Confirmed awards:

    – The €5’000 IoT-Week Hackathon Siemens Award

    – The 2’000 CHF ( €1’900) IoT-Week Hackathon ABB Award

    – The €1’000 IoT-Week Hackathon Hasler Foundation Award

    All participants will receive for free an STM32 Nucleo development board from ST.

  • Thu
    Santa Barbara, CA, USA

    ACM LIMITS 2017

    Third Workshop on Computing within LIMITS

    June 22-24, 2017

    Santa Barbara, CA, USA

    The ACM LIMITS workshop aims to foster discussion on the impact of present and future ecological, material, energetic, and societal limits on computing. These topics are seldom discussed in contemporary computing research. A key aim of the workshop is to promote innovative, concrete research, potentially of an interdisciplinary nature, that focuses on technologies, critiques, techniques, and contexts for computing within fundamental economic and ecological limits. A longer-term goal is to build a community around relevant topics and research. We hope to impact society through the design and development of computing systems in the abundant present for use in a future of limits.

    Paper submission deadline: March 1, 2017

    Paper reviews available: March 19, 2017

    Camera-ready paper deadline: April 10, 2017

    Bonnie Nardi, UC Irvine,, Workshop Co-Chair

    Bill Tomlinson, UC Irvine,, Workshop Co-Chair

    For more information, please visit:

  • Fri

    Call for papers:
    Focus session on ICT and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
    in Interaction Design & Architecture(s)

    Sustainability is the most important global challenge for the 21st century. While interest in sustainability is increasing within computing, it is not particularly difficult to claim that we currently do too little, and perhaps at times also the wrong things. Developing a sustainable society should include also Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) since ICT has become an integral part of all areas in society. But how does ICT contribute to a sustainable society, and, what are we aiming for?

    In September 2015, the UN formally adopted a set of global goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs, see further consisting of 17 overarching goals, aiming at accomplishing sustainable development for people and the planet by 2030. The SDGs address ecological as well as social and economic sustainability.

    In this IxD&A focus session, we want to engage everyone who is interested in working towards a sustainable future in terms and using the UN SDGs as a starting point. How can ICT be inspired by, and contribute to these goals? What should we do more of, and, are we doing the right things? In what areas should we form partnerships in order to reach the Sustainable Development Goals and with whom should we form these partnerships?
    Topics may include but are not limited to:
    ICT solutions that engages one or more SDGs
    Work that critically discusses important topics not covered by the SDGs
    The Interconnectedness of the SDGs in relation to ICT
    Bridging global goals (SDGs) in terms of scaling and operationalizing them to make them possible/easier to address
    The challenge of working with long-term goal in the context of ICT which emphasizes speed and results
    Possible tensions and contradictions between different SDGs
    The connection between socio-technical systems and the SDGs
    Methods for monitoring progress in reaching the SDGs (for example using Big Data)
    Submission procedure
    All submissions (abstracts and later final manuscripts) must be original and may not be under review by another publication. All papers will be blindly peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers. Prospective authors are invited to submit a full paper (8-20 pages) including authors' information, abstract, tables, figures, references, etc.). The paper should be written according to the IxD&A authors' guidelines. For more information see the full call at:
    Important dates
    • Deadline: June 30, 2017
    • Notification to the authors: September 30, 2017
    • Camera ready paper: October 31, 2017
    • Publication of the special issue: end of November, 2017
    Guest editors
    For advice or queries, please contact the guest editors and use the subject line “IxD&A focus session: ICT and the SDGs”.

    • Daniel Pargman (School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden),
    • Neha Kumar (Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA),
    • Mikael Anneroth (Ericsson Research, Sweden),
    • Elina Eriksson (School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden),

  • Mon
    Lorentz Centre, in Leiden, Netherland

    Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has a central role to play in the transition to a sustainable society. ICT offers us a rich set of tools to collect and analyze diverse sources of data to help us develop and share new solutions, and increasingly, ICT provides new low-energy alternatives to physically moving people and goods around the planet. But at the same time, ICT can seduce us into patterns of over-consumption and waste, as we buy and discard an ever-growing set of gadgets. The ICT4S Summer School will explore the research challenges that address this dilemma, focusing both on how to make ICT greener, and how to leverage the power of ICT to develop sustainable solutions in diverse areas such as urban planning, transport, buildings, food, clean water, and sustainable development.

    The summer school is open to all postgraduate students across the world, and we especially seek a broad and diverse set of students from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds and regions. We expect to be able to provide a travel grant to cover some of the costs for each successful applicant.

    The summer school will run for five days. Each morning and afternoon will begin with a short seminar or invited talk on a new topic, followed by a set of practical exercises and case studies related to that topic. At the end of each day, the schedule will include a 90-minute session for participants to work together in small teams, to work on research papers based on ideas covered in the summer school. Over the course of the week, each group will develop a research idea to end up with a complete paper draft, to be presented in the final afternoon.

    Topics planned for the summer school include:

    • The Role of ICT in the transition to a post-carbon society
    • Requirements for Sustainability
    • Methods for Data Analytics and Computational Modelling
    • Methods for Lifecycle Assessment
    • Assessing the Lifecycle Footprint of ICT
    • Green Software Engineering
    • Smart Cities and Sustainable Communities
    • Sustainable Buildings, Food and Transport
    • The role of ICT in Behavioural Change
    • ICT for Social Sustainability

    Tutors at the summer school are expected to include:

    • Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University, NL
    • Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto, Canada
    • Maria-Angela Ferrario, Lancaster University, UK
    • Lorenz Hilty, University of Zurich, Switzerland
    • Mattias Höjer, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
    • Patricia Lago, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Sam Mann, Otego Polytechnic, New Zealand
    • Birgit Penzenstadler, California State University Long Beach, USA
    • Chris Preist, University of Bristol, UK
    • Daniel Schien, University of Bristol, UK

    Details for how to apply will be announced soon. In the meantime, you can register your interest by sending an email to Steve Easterbrook (

  • Thu
    Boston, USA

    SIGGreen Pre-AMCIS 2017 Workshop

    Sustainability and Innovation: Building a Tradition of Research and Practice

    SIGGreen is the AIS Special Interest Group on Green Information Systems. SIGGreen provides a platform for those in our discipline who are concerned with how information systems can help reduce human impact on the natural environment – one of the greatest challenge of your time. SIGGreen recognizes that the Information Systems (IS) discipline can have a central role in creating an ecologically sustainable society  because of the field’s five decades of experience in designing, building, deploying, evaluating, managing, and studying information systems to resolve complex problems, SIGGreen’s positions are presented in its Statement on Environmental Change (

    The SIGGreen annual meeting and workshop will be held at AMCIS 2017 instead of ICIS because of travel logistics. The Pre-AMCIS 2017 workshop provides a forum for the breadth of sustainability research in IS and thus contributes to further developing this important IS research domain.

    We invite papers employing a wide variety of methods. We welcome empirical (qualitative and quantitative), design-oriented and theory development research papers.

    Interested authors submit extended abstracts (1-2 pages – see paper template for details) which will be peer-reviewed by at least two expert reviewers. Successful abstracts will be shared with other workshop participants. After the pre-AMCIS workshop, authors are invited to submit a final paper incorporating feedback. Workshop papers will be published as workshop proceedings on AIS Electronic Library (AISeL).

    Information about the workshop will be updated at

    Workshop Location
    Boston, USA

    Important Dates
    - 19 June 2017:                 Submission of extended abstracts to:<>
    - 26 June 2017:                 Notification of acceptance
    - 10 August 2017:              Workshop
    - 16 September 2017:     Submission of full workshop papers for publication on AISeL (optional)

    Formatting Requirements for Extended Abstracts
    - Expected length: 1-2 pages
    - Use Workshop Template available at

    Preliminary Schedule
    09:00 – 09:30 Morning Coffee
    09:30 – 09:45 Welcome
    09:45 – 10:30 Panel/Paper Session
    10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break
    10:45 – 12:15 Paper Session
    12:15 – 13:00 Boxed Lunch
    13:00 – 14:00 SIGGreen Meeting

    Workshop Co-Chairs (SIGGreen Executive Board)
    Chadi Aoun (SIGGreen Past President)
    Carnegie Mellon University<>

    Pratyush Bharati (SIGGreen President Elect)
    University of Massachusetts, Boston<>

    Stefan Seidel (SIGGreen President)
    University of Liechtenstein<>

    Head of Arrangements Committee
    Leona Chandra Kruse (SIGGreen Secretary)
    University of Liechtenstein<>

  • Wed

    The conference EnviroInfo2017 will be held in Luxembourg in September 2017 (13th -15th) .

    The main theme of the conference will be:

    “Environmental Informatics – From Science to Society: The Bridge provided by Environmental Informatics"

    We are calling for submissions now.

    For more detailed information, refer directly to our website

    In case of any question, you can also contact the organisers by emailing to

  • 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,


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    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.

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

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  • 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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