World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities: WSSD-U-2016: Second Call for Papers

Abstracts are due on September 30th, 2015...


WSSD-U-2016: Second call for papers

The 3rd World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2016) will be held at the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, on 14-16 September 2016. The theme of the event is: "Designing Tomorrow’s Campus: Resiliency, Vulnerability, and Adaptation". As usual, the wide spectrum of sustainability will be covered at the event, whose co-hosts are Dr. Julie Newman (MIT Office of Sustainability) and Prof. Walter Leal (HAW Hamburg and Manchester Metropolitan University).

The World Symposium on Sustainability in Higher Education series, started at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, is the world´s leading series of events specifically focusing on sustainability in a higher education context. The event, held bi-annually, aims to offer a platform via which academic, technical and support staff concerned with sustainability issues at universities may meet, interact and exchanges ideas and information. The event is also aimed at promoting innovative approaches, methods and projects, thus furthering the cause of sustainability at universities. It encompasses, teaching, research, campus greening and extension. WSSD-U-2016 is expected to have up to 250 participants from over 30 countries.

The deadlines are as follows:

  • Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 30th September 2015
  • Deadline for the submission of papers: 30th January 2016
  • Deadline for the submission of revised papers: 30th March 2016

All papers will be peer-reviewed. The accepted ones will be published either at the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education (special issue) or in books, as part of the World Sustainability Series, published by Springer, one of the world´s top 5 scientific publishers. Books published as part of the series are peer-reviewed, and fully indexed. They have already provided a valuable addition to efforts towards career development and tenure, serving both young academics and well-established researchers, from across the world.

Expressions of interest to attend WSSD-U-2016, initially consisting of a 200 words abstract with all contact details from the authors, should be sent to the Symposium´s team by the 30th September 2016 at: Only 250 delegates will have access to WSSD-U-2016, and selection will be made on a "first come first served" basis.

Further details can be seen at: (the site will be constantly updated, as the organization of the event develops).

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