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The 8th World Sustainability Forum

September 14 - September 19

CHF160

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WSF2020
14 – 19 September 2020, Geneva, Switzerland

September 2020 marks the 5th birthday of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. If it were a child and given the right circumstances, it would now have developed fine motor skills, be able to stand on one foot for 10 seconds, have long conversations, and start to develop independence and responsibility. With The 8th World Sustainability Forum, we are not only celebrating a birthday, but are also taking stock of where we are in relation to a more sustainable world, what has worked, what has not yet worked, and where we need to go next.

Sustainability has gained considerable traction: Many countries have integrated sustainability and environmental protection as part of their national development agenda, many businesses have realized the considerable long-term potential in sustainable development, and many research agendas have aligned with sustainability goals. It is now time for the research, policy, and business communities to enter into enduring dialog and to embrace greater global responsibilities. With this event, we hope to contribute to building a platform and network for a sustainability agenda that fosters partnerships among stakeholders beyond the boundaries of academic disciplines, narrow national agendas, and quarterly spreadsheets. The quest is to conceive of ways to assure long-term sustainable development for our people, our planet, as well as societal and corporate profit.

In light of the importance of developing institutional partnerships and networks, this forum will be coordinated by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, the UN Global Compact, the Global Footprint Network, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The 8th World Sustainability Forum

WSF2020 is an international scientific conference coordinated by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, under the patronage of the University of Basel, the University of Geneva and  the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN).

The language of the conference is English.

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award will be conferred at the gala dinner of the conference. The World Sustainability Award is endowed with USD 100’000; the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award with USD 10’000.


For the World Sustainability Week (WSW) in Geneva, we seek proposals for sessions, and for presentations of papers and posters on sustainable development that are policy-relevant, change-oriented, and inter- or trans-disciplinary. Submissions should aim to foster research, networking, and debates in science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences, as well as fruitful exchanges between academia and the public, civic, or private sectors.

Submissions can be made for five types of contributions:
1) Sustainability Organization;
2) Session Stream;
3) Session;
4) Paper presentation;
5) Poster presentation.

Submission deadline: 1 March 2020

Sustainability Organization:
Organizations or networks involved with sustainability-related topics may apply for a session or session stream. The sessions will be part of the WSW, and they will be listed under the organization’s name. At least one of the proposed sessions must be open to regular participants of the WSW. Please specify in a 500-word abstract in English the purpose of the organization, the website of the organization, the focus and purpose of each proposed session (60 to 90 minutes, depending on the number of presenters), and the names and email addresses of at least three presenters for each session that is open to WSW participants. Include a representative’s name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Submit your organization abstract to bergman@wsforum.org with a copy to burkhalter@wsforum.org.

Session Streams:
A session stream consists of between two and four sequential sessions. Submit a 500-word abstract in English that includes the title, focus, and purpose of your session stream. Also include the focus, working title and purpose of each session. For each session, provide the names of at least two presenters and their email addresses. Include your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Submit your session stream abstract to bergman@wsforum.org with a copy to burkhalter@wsforum.org.

Session:
A session consists of between three and six papers, and it lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. Submit a 300-word abstract in English that includes the title, focus, and purpose of your proposed session. Provide the names of at least two presenters and their email addresses. Session applications without paper presenters will not be considered. Include your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Submit your session abstract to bergman@wsforum.org with a copy to burkhalter@wsforum.org.

For Paper presentation:
Create an account on Sciforum.net and follow the link “Submit a new abstract” in User Home. Submit a 300-word abstract in English that includes the title, focus, and main contributions of your paper. For empirical presentations, include data and methodological details. Provide your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address.

For Poster presentation:
Create an account on Sciforum.net and follow the link “Submit a new abstract” in User Home: Submit a 200-word abstract in English that includes the title, focus, and main contributions of your poster. For empirical presentations, include data and methodological details. Provide your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address.

Publication opportunities:
Presenters will be invited to submit their papers for publication to EITHER a special issue of Sustainability

Special Issue “8th World Sustainability Forum—Selected Papers”
Open for Submissions – Deadline: 31 December 2020

OR the edited book series Frontiers in Sustainability (ISSN 2624-9715). A DOI number will be registered for each paper published in edited books. Obviously, you are free to publish your paper in any other outlet. All papers published in Sustainability and Frontiers in Sustainability are published in open access.

Details

Start:
September 14
End:
September 19
Cost:
CHF160
Event Category:

Organizer

MDPI Sustainability Foundation
Website:
https://www.wsforum.org/

Venue

International Conference Center in Geneva (CICG)
Rue de Varembé 17
Genève, 1211 Switzerland
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Website:
https://cicg.ch/