Call for Papers: Sustainability Summit 2016

Sustainability Summit 2016 – October 12 – 13, University of Freiburg, Germany

With its three thematic symposia on sustainable materials, energy systems and resilience engineering the Sustainability Summit has a decided focus on questions of sustainability engineering; this year, however, it will also have a more social science-oriented theme cutting across the three symposia, i.e. a focus on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Responsible Research and Innovation stands for a new set of guiding principles and approaches that intend to make research more responsive to societal actors and their values, needs and expectations. For each of the three symposia we invite abstracts that address RRI in the sense of ethical, legal and social aspects of research and innovation.

Conference Topics:

1. Sustainable Materials

The optimization of materials, e.g. with regard to maximum lifetime, reusability or recycling, is an essential precondition for sustainable systems engineering helping to reduce the impact of the system on the environment.

2. Energy Systems

The transformation of the energy system is one of the central needs for a sustainable future. This symposium will focus on R&D of renewable energy technologies as well as their smart integration into the grid to build up a reliable energy supply.

3. Resilience Engineering

Resilience engineering researches preparedness, prevention, protection, response and recovery of (socio) technical systems to life cycle stresses and natural, natech, malevolent and cyber threats for increasing reliability, safety, security, sustainability and adaptability.

You can submit an abstract for the following specific research topics:

1. Sustainable Materials: 2. Energy Systems: 3. Resilience Engineering:
  • Materials Design
  • Materials Lifecycle
  • Bio- and Bioinspired Materials
  • Degradation Mechanisms
  • Materials Processing
  • Photovoltaic Technology
  • Concentrated Solar Power
  • Smart Grids
  • Transformation of the
    Energy System
  • Quantification of Resilience
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Natural / Socio / Cyber /
    Technical Systems
  • Conceptual Approaches
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection

Due to many requests from authors, the abstract submission deadline for the Sustainability Summit 2016 has been extended to 3rd of June 2016. You can submit your abstracts via e-mail: info(at)


  • Please use our template to write your abstract (no more than 250 words).
  • Fill in all the required information.
  • Choose your presentation format (oral or poster presentation).
  • Submit your abstract by sending an e-mail with the filled out template attached to: info(at)
  • If your proposal is accepted you will be invited to submit a full paper using our full paper template by sending an e-mail to the same address.

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