15th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference

International conference
When 04 Jul, 2009 11:00 PM to
07 Jul, 2009 11:00 PM
Where Utrecht, The Netherlands
Contact Name
Contact Phone +31 (0) 30 - 253 2728
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Invitation and call for papers

15th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands
July, 5-8th, 2009

ATTENTION:  Deadline for submitting abstracts is January 1st, 2009

The International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS, www.isdrs.org) is pleased to announce its 15th annual conference to be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands (conference flyer). The Netherlands provides a very exciting platform and context for global sustainable development scientific research, policy and practice. The central theme of the conference is ”Taking Up the Global Challenge: Analysing the implementation of innovations and governance for sustainable development".

Look at the website for our additional Excursion Program: Best Cases of Sustainability and the Best Paper Award.

We have a very attractive plenary program. Amongst the international speakers are Prof. Dr R.K. Pachauri (Director General TERI, India, Chairman IPCC), Dr. T. Banuri, Stockholm Environmental Institute / UN. The Conference will be opened by Mrs J.C. Cramer, Minister of Environment, from the Netherlands .

On the last day we provide a relaxing but inspiring excursion program, showing delegates Dutch examples of sustainability in progress, with examples of renewable energy in practice, combating possible flooding of the Netherlands;  Agriculture producing energy instead of using it; large scale industrial symbiosis in the Rotterdam Harbour, etc.

We organize many track sessions, grouped in 5 main themes:

  • Sustainability Science
  • Climate Change and Energy
  • Sustainable Land Use and Regional Approaches
  • Innovation for Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • Governance for Sustainable Development


Calls for Papers are available for all track sessions.

The deadline for abstracts is January 1st, 2009. About 400-500 environmental scientists from all around the world will participate in this event. The general scope of the debate, as well as the 25 track calls are described in detail on the conference website.

We explicitly encourage PhD-researchers from developing countries to submit their research papers. Visit the website for details about our sponsor program for this. We will also organize cost free hosting for PhD-researchers from developing countries by our students in Sustainable Development.

Please now also note the very exciting excursion program. On the website you can find various alternatives for post conference excursions which will enable you to experience the various front running examples of implementing sustainable development strategies in The Netherlands.

The conference works with double blind peer reviewed papers and also has an option for poster presentations. Deadline for submitting abstracts to the call for papers is January 1st, 2009. Please visit the conference website at http://globalchallenge2009.geo.uu.nl for further information and guidelines for abstract submission.

Papers presented at the conference are considered for publication in special issues of international scientific peer reviewed journals. The conference has several supporting journals, including Sustainable Development, Business Strategy and the Environment, Journal of Cleaner Production, Progress in Industrial Ecology, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, European Environment and International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development.

The full registration fee also covers a one year membership in the International Sustainable Development Research Society, ISDRS (www.isdrs.org) including a one year subscription, with six issues a year, of the academic journal Sustainable Development.

On behalf of all track organisers, and ...

Dr. Walter J.V. Vermeulen and Prof. ir. N.D. van Egmond, Conference chairs
Prof. Richard Welford, Co-Chair of ISDR Society (Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, China)
Dr. Jouni Korhonen, Co-Chair of ISDR Society (Abo Akademi University, Finland)

For further information address to:

FBU Conference Office
Utrecht University
P.O. box 80125
3508 TC Utrecht
The Netherlands
Telephone: +31 (0) 30 - 253 2728
Fax: +31 (0) 30 - 253 5851
Email:  globalchallenge2009@uu.nl
Web: http://globalchallenge2009.geo.uu.nl

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