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January 7, 2016

Upcoming: International Sustainability Transitions Conference 2016

The 7th International Sustainability Transitions Conference will be hosted by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy in Wuppertal, Germany. The conference is the annual platform to share theoretical, empirical and practical advances in the field of sustainability transitions. The conference is part of the activities of the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN) and is linked to the journal Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (EIST).

Sustainability transitions are transformations of major socio-technical systems of provision and use in areas such as energy, water, mobility and food towards more sustainable societies. Sustainability transitions research focuses on the dynamics of system change,studying innovation in its various forms (social innovation, technological innovation, business model innovation, infrastructural innovation, institutional innovation). It is a multidisciplinary field with inputs from economics, science and technology studies, geography, political science, management, sociology and history. It is also a transdisciplinary field in the sense that it focuses on „real-world problems“, is impact- and solution-oriented, and aims at fostering societal change towards sustainable development.

The Wuppertal Institute as the hosting institution has since its foundation 25 years ago been a sustainability research institute positioned at the science-society interface. Thus, in 2016 we invite you not only to IST 2016 but also to celebrate our anniversary with us. We want to make IST 2016 a very practical transition experience and will open our urban realworld lab in the city of Wuppertal with its many exciting projects and initiatives to all conference participants.

As a special cooperation initiative between STRN and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s (BMBF) Programme “Research for Sustainable Development” (FONA3) the IST Conference will include a side session on the BMBF’s funding initiative “Sustainable Economy” in the context of its funding priority “Social-Ecological Research” (SÖF). Furthermore, one research session as well as one dialogue session at the IST Conference will be particularly discussing questions regarding transformations towards a
sustainable economy co-hosted by the BMBF. Papers regarding this topic are particularly invited (

Key dates

29 February 2016 Deadline for submissions
15 April 2016 Outcome of review process and acceptance decisions
15 May 2016 Draft program
05 August 2016 Deadline for submission of full papers
24 August 2016 Final program
6-9 Sept 2016 IST 2016

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