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The 8th World Sustainability Forum

15/09/2020 - 17/09/2020, International Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland
Abstract Submission
19th April 2020
Acceptance Notification
1st June 2020
Full Paper Submission
31st December 2020
Early Bird Registration
30th April 2020

SDGs, Sustainable Development, Agenda 2030, Sustainability, Resources, SDSN, UN Global Compact, SDG, Water, Energy, Climate, Business, Finance, Food, Agriculture, Soil, Health
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Deadline extended!

The Abstract Submission deadline has now been extended to Sunday, 19 April 2020.

Announcements

Chairs' announcement on 31 March 2020

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
We would like to thank you for your engagement and the stimulating sessions and abstracts you have submitted for the World Sustainability Forum 2020. Due to the developing health and economic situation across the globe, and the associated uncertainties regarding health and safety, transportation, catering, and access issues, we are exploring different modalities for this event.
We will inform you on 20 April 2020 about our plans for WSF2020. Until then, we recommend that you do not book flights or hotels.
We wish you, your family, your friends, and everyone around the globe health, wellbeing, and solidarity. Ours is a time when sustainability in all its forms is badly needed. We are counting on your contribution toward this global mission.
With our very best wishes,
WSF2020 Conference Chairs

Coronavirus Announcement on 27 March 2020

We are closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are currently looking at different possible options which will enable us to still go ahead with the conference, physically or partly online. We encourage everyone interested to submit their abstracts and to register. Please select the fee that applies to you but do not proceed to payment until notification. This will help us to keep track of who is interested to attend, as well as to make sure you all receive the important updates in due course.

Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Max Bergman

Social Research and Methodology Group (SRaM), University of Basel, Switzerland

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Prof. Manfred Max Bergman is Chair of Social Research and Methodology at the University of Basel, Research Councilor of the Swiss National Science Foundation, member of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations. He is President of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology, Section Editor in Chief of Sustainability, and Editor in Chief of World. He chairs the World Sustainability Forum and the Basel Sustainability Forum. He studied at the Universities of California (BA), Geneva (MA), and Cambridge (PhD). Previous academic affiliations include the Universities of Cambridge, Florence (European University Institute), Geneva, Loyola Chicago, Notre Dame, Oxford, Stellenbosch, St. Gall, Texas A&M, the Witwatersrand, and Zurich. His research is on sustainability and the business-society nexus in India and China.

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Prof. Manfred Max Bergman is Chair of Social Research and Methodology at the University of Basel, Research Councilor of the Swiss National Science Foundation, member of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations. He is President of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology, Section Editor in Chief of Sustainability, and Editor in Chief of World. He chairs the World Sustainability Forum and the Basel Sustainability Forum. He studied at the Universities of California (BA), Geneva (MA), and Cambridge (PhD). Previous academic affiliations include the Universities of Cambridge, Florence (European University Institute), Geneva, Loyola Chicago, Notre Dame, Oxford, Stellenbosch, St. Gall, Texas A&M, the Witwatersrand, and Zurich. His research is on sustainability and the business-society nexus in India and China.

Prof. Dr. Katharina Fromm

Department of Chemistry, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

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Prof. Dr. Ed Constable

Department of Chemistry and former Vice-Rector for Research, University of Basel, Switzerland

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Prof. Dr. Marlyne Sahakian

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Geneva, Switzerland,
Co-founder of SCORAI Europe

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Prof. Dr. Antoine Flahault

Director of the Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva, Switzerland

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Conference Committee

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Ioppolo

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Messina, Italy

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IOPPOLO Giuseppe is Full Professor in Commodity Science – (Environmental Management) at the University of Messina. Author of about 110 publications, with a Scopus H-Index 18. He serves as Section Editor in-Chief of Sustainability MDPI. He attended various National and International congresses (also as invited speaker) and He was involved as member of the Scientific Committees of several international conferences, including “The 4th, 5th and 7th World Sustainability Forum”; ISDRS Conference 2018 and 2019, ISIE 2019. He was visiting researcher at CML-IE Leiden University; and visiting professor at Tsinghua University (China), BJTU (China), Tokyo University (Japan) and UCSB (USA). His main research topics are: sustainability, circular economy, urban metabolism, and sustainable lean management.

Bio
IOPPOLO Giuseppe is Full Professor in Commodity Science – (Environmental Management) at the University of Messina. Author of about 110 publications, with a Scopus H-Index 18. He serves as Section Editor in-Chief of Sustainability MDPI. He attended various National and International congresses (also as invited speaker) and He was involved as member of the Scientific Committees of several international conferences, including “The 4th, 5th and 7th World Sustainability Forum”; ISDRS Conference 2018 and 2019, ISIE 2019. He was visiting researcher at CML-IE Leiden University; and visiting professor at Tsinghua University (China), BJTU (China), Tokyo University (Japan) and UCSB (USA). His main research topics are: sustainability, circular economy, urban metabolism, and sustainable lean management.

Prof. Dr. med. Evelyne Bischof

Associate Professor, Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Shanghai, PRC,
Research physician, University Hospital of Basel , Switzerland

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Evelyne Bischof, MD is an expert in internal medicine and oncology with a focus on preventative and precision medicine, biogerontology, and geronto-oncology. She is deeply passionate about next-generation medical technology, and the applications of artificial intelligence for biomedical research and practice. She spent a decade practicing medicine and performing translational research in Switzerland, US, and China. A Harvard- and Columbia-trained physician, she is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed papers and is a frequent speaker at scientific and medical conferences. She is also an executive committee of Women's Brain Project.

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Evelyne Bischof, MD is an expert in internal medicine and oncology with a focus on preventative and precision medicine, biogerontology, and geronto-oncology. She is deeply passionate about next-generation medical technology, and the applications of artificial intelligence for biomedical research and practice. She spent a decade practicing medicine and performing translational research in Switzerland, US, and China. A Harvard- and Columbia-trained physician, she is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed papers and is a frequent speaker at scientific and medical conferences. She is also an executive committee of Women's Brain Project.

Prof. Dr. Elena Cristina Rada

Professor, Theoretical and Applied Science Department, Insubria University, Italy

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Graduated in Environmental Engineering in 2002 in the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (energy and economics specialisation). Since 2005 she got three PhD titles from Italian and Rumanian universities: a PhD in Environmental Engineering, a PhD in Energy Engineering and a PhD in Engineering and Management. In 2013, she got the Italian National Qualification to function as Associate Professor in the sector of Environmental and Sanitary engineering, confirmed in 2018 and valid until 2027. In 2016, she received the Eminent Scientist Medal from the Wessex Institute of Technology. Member of scientific committees of international conferences, she is Author of co-Author of more than 300 articles in conferences and journals (168 articles are indexed in SCOPUS data-base, giving an H index = 29). Editor of many Special Issues on International Journals with high and medium Impact Factor of Elsevier and MDPI publishers. Presently she is contract professor in the University of Insubria, Italy.

Bio
Graduated in Environmental Engineering in 2002 in the Polytechnic University of Bucharest (energy and economics specialisation). Since 2005 she got three PhD titles from Italian and Rumanian universities: a PhD in Environmental Engineering, a PhD in Energy Engineering and a PhD in Engineering and Management. In 2013, she got the Italian National Qualification to function as Associate Professor in the sector of Environmental and Sanitary engineering, confirmed in 2018 and valid until 2027. In 2016, she received the Eminent Scientist Medal from the Wessex Institute of Technology. Member of scientific committees of international conferences, she is Author of co-Author of more than 300 articles in conferences and journals (168 articles are indexed in SCOPUS data-base, giving an H index = 29). Editor of many Special Issues on International Journals with high and medium Impact Factor of Elsevier and MDPI publishers. Presently she is contract professor in the University of Insubria, Italy.

Prof. Dr. Esther Ngumbi

Assistant Professor, Entomology Department and African-American Studies Department, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

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Dr Esther Ngumbi is an Assistant Professor, Entomology Department and African-American Studies Department at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. She is a native of Kenya and earned her Ph.D. from Auburn University. She is an entomologist (chemical ecologist) and her research over the years has focused on understanding the multifaceted uses of chemical signals (both volatile and non-volatile) by herbivores, natural enemies, plants and their associated microorganisms and insects. Believing that global sustainability issues like those of hunger and food insecurity affect all of us, Dr. Ngumbi has stepped up both as a researcher and a food security advocate and fellow with Aspen Institute and has continued to demonstrate visionary and inspirational leadership in the pursuit of a sustainable future-where hunger and food insecurity becomes history. Dr Ngumbi is a thought leader and has contributed immensely to global discussions in several areas including science policy, agricultural development, food security, gender issues, youth leadership, global education and sustainability through over 100 opinion pieces published in several media outlets including Scientific American, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, Times Magazine, Nature, SciDev. Net, Los Angeles Times, The Conversation, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Bio
Dr Esther Ngumbi is an Assistant Professor, Entomology Department and African-American Studies Department at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. She is a native of Kenya and earned her Ph.D. from Auburn University. She is an entomologist (chemical ecologist) and her research over the years has focused on understanding the multifaceted uses of chemical signals (both volatile and non-volatile) by herbivores, natural enemies, plants and their associated microorganisms and insects. Believing that global sustainability issues like those of hunger and food insecurity affect all of us, Dr. Ngumbi has stepped up both as a researcher and a food security advocate and fellow with Aspen Institute and has continued to demonstrate visionary and inspirational leadership in the pursuit of a sustainable future-where hunger and food insecurity becomes history. Dr Ngumbi is a thought leader and has contributed immensely to global discussions in several areas including science policy, agricultural development, food security, gender issues, youth leadership, global education and sustainability through over 100 opinion pieces published in several media outlets including Scientific American, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, Times Magazine, Nature, SciDev. Net, Los Angeles Times, The Conversation, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Dr. Ruzanna Tarverdyan

Founding president of The Geneva Consensus Foundation

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Ruzanna Tarverdyan is founding president of The Geneva Consensus Foundation, that enjoys Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Social and Economic Council since 2016, devoted to promoting sustainable development and a social contract within the context of globalization. She is an economist-mathematician with 30 years of professional work, serving the government of Armenia for ten years, holding senior positions in the ministries of finance and economy (Trade and Investment Department, Audit Department, Armenian Aid Coordination Center, Government's Tender Board). She joined the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2001 as a Young Professional and served for seven years as a research economist in Moscow and at the Geneva headquarters. She has taught at the ILO International Training Center at Turin, Italy. She wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on “Improving Aid Management in Transition Economies”. She is a member of the editorial board of several international journals.

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Ruzanna Tarverdyan is founding president of The Geneva Consensus Foundation, that enjoys Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Social and Economic Council since 2016, devoted to promoting sustainable development and a social contract within the context of globalization. She is an economist-mathematician with 30 years of professional work, serving the government of Armenia for ten years, holding senior positions in the ministries of finance and economy (Trade and Investment Department, Audit Department, Armenian Aid Coordination Center, Government's Tender Board). She joined the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2001 as a Young Professional and served for seven years as a research economist in Moscow and at the Geneva headquarters. She has taught at the ILO International Training Center at Turin, Italy. She wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on “Improving Aid Management in Transition Economies”. She is a member of the editorial board of several international journals.

Prof. Dr. Xiaosong Hu

Professor, Department of Automotive Engineering, Chongqing University, China

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Dr. Hu is currently a professor at the Department of Automotive Engineering, Chongqing University, China. He has made salient contributions to sustainable energy and mobility solutions, particularly in the domains of modeling and control of power/propulsion systems of clean-energy electrified vehicles in sustainable transportation.Dr. Hu is productive and influential in the field of sustainable energy. He has completed more than 30 China Invention Patents and 150 papers (120 indexed by SCI and 30 indexed by EI), including top journals in the fields of clean energy and automotive systems, e.g., Cell Series Joule, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. Currently, his total Google Scholar citations are over 8200, with 7700 cited by others, H-index is 49, i10-index is 90, recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher awarded by Clarivate Analytics and by multiple awards granted by various academic organizations, like IEEE, ASME, SAE, and MDPI. Dr. Hu is an active IEEE Senior Member and serves associate editors for many esteemed journals.

Bio
Dr. Hu is currently a professor at the Department of Automotive Engineering, Chongqing University, China. He has made salient contributions to sustainable energy and mobility solutions, particularly in the domains of modeling and control of power/propulsion systems of clean-energy electrified vehicles in sustainable transportation.Dr. Hu is productive and influential in the field of sustainable energy. He has completed more than 30 China Invention Patents and 150 papers (120 indexed by SCI and 30 indexed by EI), including top journals in the fields of clean energy and automotive systems, e.g., Cell Series Joule, Progress in Energy and Combustion Science. Currently, his total Google Scholar citations are over 8200, with 7700 cited by others, H-index is 49, i10-index is 90, recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher awarded by Clarivate Analytics and by multiple awards granted by various academic organizations, like IEEE, ASME, SAE, and MDPI. Dr. Hu is an active IEEE Senior Member and serves associate editors for many esteemed journals.

Professor Hu Jiangyong

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering National University of Singapore

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Professor Hu Jiangyong is currently working in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at National University of Singapore as a full Professor specializing in the field of water treatment and water reclamation. Prof. Hu has more than twenty years research experience on water treatment technology enhancement and water quality control. Her main research interests include water innovative treatment technology, emerging contaminants detection and removal, water disinfection and biofilm control, water reclamation and water quality, and energy efficient treatment process. She has published more than 170 technical papers in various international journals. She has acted as chairs of organizing committee and co-president for a few international conferences and symposium. She currently serves as associate editor, guest editor and editorial board members and reviewers for a number of journals as well as funding agencies. She is ex-President of Environmental Engineering Society of Singapore and is currently serving as Chair of International Water Association (IWA) specialist group on Assessment and Control of Toxic and Hazardous Substances in Water and Board Member of International Ultra-Violet Association. She is currently IWA fellow and also recipients of Prosper.net-Scopus Asian Pacific Young Scientist Award in 2009 and Best Environmental Practice Green Apple Award in 2016.

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Professor Hu Jiangyong is currently working in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at National University of Singapore as a full Professor specializing in the field of water treatment and water reclamation. Prof. Hu has more than twenty years research experience on water treatment technology enhancement and water quality control. Her main research interests include water innovative treatment technology, emerging contaminants detection and removal, water disinfection and biofilm control, water reclamation and water quality, and energy efficient treatment process. She has published more than 170 technical papers in various international journals. She has acted as chairs of organizing committee and co-president for a few international conferences and symposium. She currently serves as associate editor, guest editor and editorial board members and reviewers for a number of journals as well as funding agencies. She is ex-President of Environmental Engineering Society of Singapore and is currently serving as Chair of International Water Association (IWA) specialist group on Assessment and Control of Toxic and Hazardous Substances in Water and Board Member of International Ultra-Violet Association. She is currently IWA fellow and also recipients of Prosper.net-Scopus Asian Pacific Young Scientist Award in 2009 and Best Environmental Practice Green Apple Award in 2016.

Prof. Dr. Yongrok Choi

Distinguished Inha Fellow Research Professor (IFP), Dept. of Intl. Trade, Inha University, #100 Inharo, Nam-Ku Inchon, KOREA (402-751)

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Dr. Yongrok Choi is the Distinguished Research Professor of Inha University in South Korea. He has served as the managing editorial director of Int. J. of Inno. & Sus. Dev. (IJISD) since 2009, as well as the special Guest Editors in many (S)SCI level of journals such as Energy Policy and Tech. Fore. & Soc. Change. He worked as a member of Presidential Economic Innovation Board of Korean government, and published more than 100 papers in intl. trade, environmental economics, and sustainable e-business. As the organizer, Dr. Choi has been managed the Sustainable Asia Conference (http://abf.inha.ac.kr/) since 2009. His major study is on the areas of sustainable development and management, Environment and Energy (E&E) economics, international trade and logistics, global e-business and IT applications.

Bio
Dr. Yongrok Choi is the Distinguished Research Professor of Inha University in South Korea. He has served as the managing editorial director of Int. J. of Inno. & Sus. Dev. (IJISD) since 2009, as well as the special Guest Editors in many (S)SCI level of journals such as Energy Policy and Tech. Fore. & Soc. Change. He worked as a member of Presidential Economic Innovation Board of Korean government, and published more than 100 papers in intl. trade, environmental economics, and sustainable e-business. As the organizer, Dr. Choi has been managed the Sustainable Asia Conference (http://abf.inha.ac.kr/) since 2009. His major study is on the areas of sustainable development and management, Environment and Energy (E&E) economics, international trade and logistics, global e-business and IT applications.

Professor Anthony Lehmann

Vice-director of Institute for Environmental Sciences Dpt. Forel for Environmental and Aquatic Sciences, University of Geneva, Carl-Vogt 66, CH-1211 Geneva 4, SWITZERLAND

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Anthony Lehmann is vice-director of the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva. He is a pioneer in the field of Species Distribution Modeling with the first package (GRASP) he published for making spatial predictions from point observations of plant and animal distributions. This approach made it possible, among other things, to assess the vulnerability of breeding birds in Switzerland to climate and land use changes. More recently, he has focused on the use of hydrological modelling results for decision support through the construction of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). As initiator and coordinator of a major FP7 research project called enviroGRIDS, he spent four years working with more than a hundred scientists to investigate the gaps between scientific information and decision-making in the Black Sea region. Anthony Lehmann's research today focuses on the spatially explicit assessment of ecosystem services. He currently heads the SNSF project SWATCH21 on eco-hydrological services in Swiss rivers. He coordinates the H2020 project called GEOEssential on Essential Variables in connection with the activities of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO). He is also associate editor of the journal Environmental Sciences and Policy. He was co-coordinator of the "MOOC on Ecosystem Services" and will lead the organisation of the INTECOL conference in Geneva in 2021.

Bio
Anthony Lehmann is vice-director of the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva. He is a pioneer in the field of Species Distribution Modeling with the first package (GRASP) he published for making spatial predictions from point observations of plant and animal distributions. This approach made it possible, among other things, to assess the vulnerability of breeding birds in Switzerland to climate and land use changes. More recently, he has focused on the use of hydrological modelling results for decision support through the construction of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI). As initiator and coordinator of a major FP7 research project called enviroGRIDS, he spent four years working with more than a hundred scientists to investigate the gaps between scientific information and decision-making in the Black Sea region. Anthony Lehmann's research today focuses on the spatially explicit assessment of ecosystem services. He currently heads the SNSF project SWATCH21 on eco-hydrological services in Swiss rivers. He coordinates the H2020 project called GEOEssential on Essential Variables in connection with the activities of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO). He is also associate editor of the journal Environmental Sciences and Policy. He was co-coordinator of the "MOOC on Ecosystem Services" and will lead the organisation of the INTECOL conference in Geneva in 2021.

Dr. Philipp Aerni

Director Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich

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Philipp Aerni is Director of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a Masters Degree in Geography and a PhD in Agricultural Economics. During his postdoctoral research in public policy, he focused on the role of science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development with a particular interest in institutional framework conditions that enable effective public-private partnerships to become drivers of sustainable change. Prior to his position at CCRS, Dr. Aerni worked at Harvard University, ETH Zurich, the University of Berne, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). As CCRS Director, he closely collaborates with the CCRS advisory board as well as the CCRS team in the design and implementation of the Center’s research, teaching, and outreach activities.

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Philipp Aerni is Director of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS) at the University of Zurich. He is an interdisciplinary social scientist with a Masters Degree in Geography and a PhD in Agricultural Economics. During his postdoctoral research in public policy, he focused on the role of science, technology, and innovation for sustainable development with a particular interest in institutional framework conditions that enable effective public-private partnerships to become drivers of sustainable change. Prior to his position at CCRS, Dr. Aerni worked at Harvard University, ETH Zurich, the University of Berne, as well as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). As CCRS Director, he closely collaborates with the CCRS advisory board as well as the CCRS team in the design and implementation of the Center’s research, teaching, and outreach activities.

Dr. Bradley Hiller

Visiting Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute, UK,
Senior Consultant, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

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Dr Bradley Hiller is passionate about the nexus between sustainable development, climate change and poverty alleviation. He has worked across 20 countries with international, government, non-government and private sector stakeholders and currently holds roles as a Visiting Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute, UK and as a Senior Consultant in the Asian Development Bank's Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. Bradley is an Editorial Board Member of the journal Sustainability and a 2020 Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellow (East-West Center, Hawaii). In 2019 he was a G20 Global Leadership Program Fellow (KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Korea) and in 2018 he received the World Emerging Sustainability Leader Award and was an AsiaGlobal Fellow (Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong). He holds PhD and Master’s degrees from the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Cambridge (where he was a Commonwealth Trust Scholar and Chevening Scholar) and Environmental Engineering and Science degrees from his native Australia. In his spare time, Bradley contributes to environmental documentaries and is interested in the potential for social enterprise to help address emerging challenges.

Bio
Dr Bradley Hiller is passionate about the nexus between sustainable development, climate change and poverty alleviation. He has worked across 20 countries with international, government, non-government and private sector stakeholders and currently holds roles as a Visiting Fellow, Global Sustainability Institute, UK and as a Senior Consultant in the Asian Development Bank's Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department. Bradley is an Editorial Board Member of the journal Sustainability and a 2020 Asia Pacific Leadership Program Fellow (East-West Center, Hawaii). In 2019 he was a G20 Global Leadership Program Fellow (KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Korea) and in 2018 he received the World Emerging Sustainability Leader Award and was an AsiaGlobal Fellow (Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong). He holds PhD and Master’s degrees from the Centre for Sustainable Development, University of Cambridge (where he was a Commonwealth Trust Scholar and Chevening Scholar) and Environmental Engineering and Science degrees from his native Australia. In his spare time, Bradley contributes to environmental documentaries and is interested in the potential for social enterprise to help address emerging challenges.

Dr. Sonia Ehrlich Sachs

Associate Research Scientist, Center for Sustainable Development, Earth Institute at Columbia University,
Director of the One Million CHW Campaign

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Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH is a pediatrician, an endocrinologist and public health specialist. She received a BA from Harvard University, an MD from the University of Maryland Medical School, and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Sachs practiced medicine for 20 years, 14 of which were at Harvard University Health Services in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the Earth Institute, Columbia University, since 2005 she has led the design and implementation of low-cost primary health systems in low-income rural Africa and India. Her focus is on systems delivery, primarily for improvement of maternal and child health, at local and national scales. Sachs coordinated the health sector of the Millennium Villages Project, overseeing all health-related interventions and research. The Millennium Villages Project, in ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa, was an integrated rural development initiative, designed as a proof of concept, helping poor rural communities accelerate reaching the Millennium Development Goals, using a science-based, community led approach of integrated interventions that increase food production, increase access to health care, education, water, infrastructure and business development. Dr. Sachs was involved in the EI health team advisory to Haiti, India and Nigeria. She is the Director of the One Million CHW Campaign advocating for professionalized Community Health Workers, a cadre that is paid, supervised and supported by use of information communication technology. Sachs and her team currently advise the government of Ghana on the national scale up of Community Health Workers, including the national scale up of mHealth and Telemedicine.

Bio
Sonia Ehrlich Sachs, MD, MPH is a pediatrician, an endocrinologist and public health specialist. She received a BA from Harvard University, an MD from the University of Maryland Medical School, and an MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Sachs practiced medicine for 20 years, 14 of which were at Harvard University Health Services in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At the Earth Institute, Columbia University, since 2005 she has led the design and implementation of low-cost primary health systems in low-income rural Africa and India. Her focus is on systems delivery, primarily for improvement of maternal and child health, at local and national scales. Sachs coordinated the health sector of the Millennium Villages Project, overseeing all health-related interventions and research. The Millennium Villages Project, in ten countries in sub-Saharan Africa, was an integrated rural development initiative, designed as a proof of concept, helping poor rural communities accelerate reaching the Millennium Development Goals, using a science-based, community led approach of integrated interventions that increase food production, increase access to health care, education, water, infrastructure and business development. Dr. Sachs was involved in the EI health team advisory to Haiti, India and Nigeria. She is the Director of the One Million CHW Campaign advocating for professionalized Community Health Workers, a cadre that is paid, supervised and supported by use of information communication technology. Sachs and her team currently advise the government of Ghana on the national scale up of Community Health Workers, including the national scale up of mHealth and Telemedicine.

Welcome from the Chairs

Save the Date

The 8th World Sustainability Forum - WSF2020
15 - 17 September 2020, International Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland
Part of the First World Sustainability Week, 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 MDPI, 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 MDPI, partially sponsored 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 funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation will be conferred at the conference dinner. The World Sustainability Award is endowed with USD 100'000; the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award with USD 10'000.

The 8th World Sustainability Forum is part of the First World Sustainability Week which runs from 14-19 September and comprises of satellite events.

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Organizers

MDPI, Basel, Switzerland

Conference Secretariat

Email: [email protected]

Charlotte Gardini
Email: [email protected]
Sara Vulovic
Email: [email protected]
Cédric Spinnler
Email: [email protected]
Karen Gisler
Email: [email protected]
Matthias Burkhalter
Email: [email protected]
Jisuk Kang
Email: [email protected]
Stephany Ruchti
Email: [email protected]
Dr. Franck Vazquez
Email: [email protected]

Tel. +41 61 683 77 35

Mailing Address

WSF 2020 Secretariat
MDPI AG
St. Alban-Anlage 66
4052 Basel, Switzerland
http://wsforum.org/

Invited Speakers

Prof. Dr. Michael E. Mann

Distinguished Professor, Department of Meteorology & Atmospheric Science, Penn State University,
(Live Video Keynote)

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Dr. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State. His research focuses on climate science and climate change. He was selected by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002, was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geophysical Union in 2012 and the National Conservation Achievement Award of the NWF in 2013. He made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. In 2014, he received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. He received the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One in 2017, the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the AAAS in 2018 and the Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union in 2018. In 2019 he received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is co-founder of the award-winning science website RealClimate.org, author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and four books including Dire Predictions, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, The Madhouse Effect and The Tantrum that Saved the World.

Bio
Dr. Mann is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State. His research focuses on climate science and climate change. He was selected by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002, was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geophysical Union in 2012 and the National Conservation Achievement Award of the NWF in 2013. He made Bloomberg News' list of fifty most influential people in 2013. In 2014, he received the Friend of the Planet Award from the National Center for Science Education. He received the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication from Climate One in 2017, the Award for Public Engagement with Science from the AAAS in 2018 and the Climate Communication Prize from the American Geophysical Union in 2018. In 2019 he received the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Geological Society of America, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is co-founder of the award-winning science website RealClimate.org, author of more than 200 peer-reviewed and edited publications, numerous op-eds and commentaries, and four books including Dire Predictions, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, The Madhouse Effect and The Tantrum that Saved the World.

Prof. Dr. Janet Hering

Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag),
Professor, Environmental Biogeochemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETHZ),
Professor, Environmental Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL)

DETAILS

Prof. Dr. Janet Hering is the Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag), Professor of Environmental Biogeochemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETHZ) and Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). As Director of Eawag, she oversees a staff of over 450, including approximately 175 researchers and 84 technical staff members. Research at Eawag focuses broadly on water and the water environment, encompassing the continuum from relatively unperturbed aquatic ecosystems to fully engineered water and wastewater management systems. In addition to its research activities, Eawag’s mandate encompasses both education and expert consulting. Eawag contributes to tertiary education in cooperation with degree-granting institutions, particularly its partner institutions within the Domain of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and hosts about 150 Ph.D. students engaged in their thesis research. Prof. Dr. Hering’s own research interests include the biogeochemical cycling of trace elements in natural waters, water treatment technologies for the removal of inorganic contaminants from drinking water, and knowledge exchange at the interface of science with policy and practice. Her research includes both laboratory and field experimental studies. She has been a member of the faculty of the California Institute of Technology and of the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a past recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award and Presidential Faculty Fellows Award. She has served as an Associate Editor for the journal Environmental Science & Technology and is currently a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. Prof. Dr. Hering was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 2017.

Bio
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering is the Director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag), Professor of Environmental Biogeochemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich (ETHZ) and Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). As Director of Eawag, she oversees a staff of over 450, including approximately 175 researchers and 84 technical staff members. Research at Eawag focuses broadly on water and the water environment, encompassing the continuum from relatively unperturbed aquatic ecosystems to fully engineered water and wastewater management systems. In addition to its research activities, Eawag’s mandate encompasses both education and expert consulting. Eawag contributes to tertiary education in cooperation with degree-granting institutions, particularly its partner institutions within the Domain of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and hosts about 150 Ph.D. students engaged in their thesis research. Prof. Dr. Hering’s own research interests include the biogeochemical cycling of trace elements in natural waters, water treatment technologies for the removal of inorganic contaminants from drinking water, and knowledge exchange at the interface of science with policy and practice. Her research includes both laboratory and field experimental studies. She has been a member of the faculty of the California Institute of Technology and of the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a past recipient of the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award and Presidential Faculty Fellows Award. She has served as an Associate Editor for the journal Environmental Science & Technology and is currently a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors for Science. Prof. Dr. Hering was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and as a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences in 2017.

Dr. med. Antonella Santuccione Chadha

CEO and Co-founder at Women's Brain Project pro bono,
Alzheimer's disease Global Partnership Lead F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd.

DETAILS

Dr. Antonella Santuccione Chadha is a medical doctor with expertise in clinical pathology, neuroscience and psychiatric disorders. Currently she works as a Global Medical Lead for Alzheimer’s disease Partnership at Roche. She is co-founder and CEO of the non-profit organization “Women’s Brain Project” which is addressing the influence of sex and gender on mental and brain disorders. As a medical doctor, Antonella has decades of experience in preclinical research, patient treatment, clinical development, and setting up the international regulatory framework for Alzheimer’s disease. Always focused on solving the puzzles related to Alzheimer's and other psychiatric diseases, she has worked with Swissmedic, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, several European universities, the EU Commission Directorate for Health and Food Safety, the World Health Organization, the CEOi and several Alzheimer’s’ disease Organizations. In 2018 and 2019 she has been nominated among the top 100 Women in Business in Switzerland and in 2019, Woman of the Year for her outstanding achievements in the field of Alzehimer's and Women's Brain Health. Dr. Santuccione Chadha is keenly interested in removing bias when developing solutions for mental and neurological diseases so that precision medicine and novel technologies can be delivered to patients in a more precise and timely manner.

Bio
Dr. Antonella Santuccione Chadha is a medical doctor with expertise in clinical pathology, neuroscience and psychiatric disorders. Currently she works as a Global Medical Lead for Alzheimer’s disease Partnership at Roche. She is co-founder and CEO of the non-profit organization “Women’s Brain Project” which is addressing the influence of sex and gender on mental and brain disorders. As a medical doctor, Antonella has decades of experience in preclinical research, patient treatment, clinical development, and setting up the international regulatory framework for Alzheimer’s disease. Always focused on solving the puzzles related to Alzheimer's and other psychiatric diseases, she has worked with Swissmedic, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, several European universities, the EU Commission Directorate for Health and Food Safety, the World Health Organization, the CEOi and several Alzheimer’s’ disease Organizations. In 2018 and 2019 she has been nominated among the top 100 Women in Business in Switzerland and in 2019, Woman of the Year for her outstanding achievements in the field of Alzehimer's and Women's Brain Health. Dr. Santuccione Chadha is keenly interested in removing bias when developing solutions for mental and neurological diseases so that precision medicine and novel technologies can be delivered to patients in a more precise and timely manner.

Prof. Dr. Ed Constable

Professor, Department of Chemistry and former Vice-Rector for Research, University of Basel, Switzerland

DETAILS

Science meets sustainability: Friction or fiction?

Talk
Science meets sustainability: Friction or fiction?

Dr. Jing Meng

Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London

DETAILS

Dr Jing Meng is a Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London (UCL) and a fellow of Cambridge center for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance at University of Cambridge. Her research focus is sustainable production and consumption, including theories and modelling of environmental economics, climate change and air pollution policies, energy decarbonization and trade policies. Jing receives her PhD degree in Environmental Geography from Peking University. Jing's research focuses on the impact of international trade on the distribution, climate and health impacts of black carbon. Jing also holds a bachelor’s degree in Building Environment and Energy Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Jing is an associate editor of Journal of Cleaner Production and a guest editor of Journal of Environmental Management and Sustainability.

Bio
Dr Jing Meng is a Lecturer at The Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management, University College London (UCL) and a fellow of Cambridge center for Environment, Energy and Natural Resource Governance at University of Cambridge. Her research focus is sustainable production and consumption, including theories and modelling of environmental economics, climate change and air pollution policies, energy decarbonization and trade policies. Jing receives her PhD degree in Environmental Geography from Peking University. Jing's research focuses on the impact of international trade on the distribution, climate and health impacts of black carbon. Jing also holds a bachelor’s degree in Building Environment and Energy Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Jing is an associate editor of Journal of Cleaner Production and a guest editor of Journal of Environmental Management and Sustainability.

Dr. Natalia Mykhaylova

Founder & CEO of WeavAir

DETAILS

Natalia Mykhaylova has a background in engineering, chemistry and design. Natalia is passionate about environmental sustainability field. Her PhD work involved the development of novel sensor devices and adaptable wireless networks for air pollution monitoring and smart city applications. She founded 4 ventures and 3 non-profit initiatives. She provided consulting services to community organizations working with environmental data sources and conducted community air pollution research projects. She also developed a software solution that makes use of traffic data to reduce city congestion and the associated carbon emissions, winner of Climate Hack-To-Action as well as Climathon. She also led the development of a modular solution to add more green space to the impermeable city core as well as manage storm water run-off in dense urban environments, winner of Green Infrastructure Hack-a-thon. She co-founded Cleanopy Inc. and has developed a unique portable device for children that offers continuous indoor and outdoor protection from air pollution. More recently, she is a founder and CEO of WeavAir, which develops sensor modules which improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency of HVAC systems. She leads WeavAir teams in North America and Asia and the company received 15 awards in North America, Asia and Europe. The company was incorporated in Canada and Korea and has received many awards and a large amount of interest in North America, Asia and Europe. She has been named Clean 50 Top Emerging Leader and Corporate Knights Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability.

Bio
Natalia Mykhaylova has a background in engineering, chemistry and design. Natalia is passionate about environmental sustainability field. Her PhD work involved the development of novel sensor devices and adaptable wireless networks for air pollution monitoring and smart city applications. She founded 4 ventures and 3 non-profit initiatives. She provided consulting services to community organizations working with environmental data sources and conducted community air pollution research projects. She also developed a software solution that makes use of traffic data to reduce city congestion and the associated carbon emissions, winner of Climate Hack-To-Action as well as Climathon. She also led the development of a modular solution to add more green space to the impermeable city core as well as manage storm water run-off in dense urban environments, winner of Green Infrastructure Hack-a-thon. She co-founded Cleanopy Inc. and has developed a unique portable device for children that offers continuous indoor and outdoor protection from air pollution. More recently, she is a founder and CEO of WeavAir, which develops sensor modules which improve indoor air quality and energy efficiency of HVAC systems. She leads WeavAir teams in North America and Asia and the company received 15 awards in North America, Asia and Europe. The company was incorporated in Canada and Korea and has received many awards and a large amount of interest in North America, Asia and Europe. She has been named Clean 50 Top Emerging Leader and Corporate Knights Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability.

Dr. Mathis Wackernagel

Co-creator of the Ecological Footprint,
President of Global Footprint Network

DETAILS

Mathis Wackernagel is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and President of Global Footprint Network. He completed a Ph.D. in community and regional planning with Professor William Rees at the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral dissertation developed the Ecological Footprint concept. Mathis also earned a mechanical engineering degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Mathis has worked on sustainability with governments, corporations and international NGOs on six continents and has lectured at more than a hundred universities. He previously served as director of the Sustainability Program at Redefining Progress in Oakland, California, and ran the Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad at Anáhuac University in Xalapa, Mexico. Mathis has authored and contributed to more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles, reports and various books on sustainability that focus on embracing resource limits and developing metrics for sustainability, including Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth; Sharing Nature’s Interest; Der Footprint: Die Welt neu vermessen; Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget; and WWF International’s Living Planet Report. Mathis’ awards include the 2018 World Sustainability Award, the 2015 IAIA Global Environment Award, being a 2014 ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame Inductee, the 2013 Prix Nature Swisscanto, 2012 Blue Planet Prize, 2012 Binding Prize for Nature Conservation, the 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award of the International Society for Ecological Economics, the 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment (jointly awarded with UNEP), an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne in 2007, a 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. He was also selected as number 19 on the en(rich) list identifying the 100 top inspirational individuals whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures (www.enrichlist.org). John Elkington ide

Bio
Mathis Wackernagel is co-creator of the Ecological Footprint and President of Global Footprint Network. He completed a Ph.D. in community and regional planning with Professor William Rees at the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral dissertation developed the Ecological Footprint concept. Mathis also earned a mechanical engineering degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Mathis has worked on sustainability with governments, corporations and international NGOs on six continents and has lectured at more than a hundred universities. He previously served as director of the Sustainability Program at Redefining Progress in Oakland, California, and ran the Centro de Estudios para la Sustentabilidad at Anáhuac University in Xalapa, Mexico. Mathis has authored and contributed to more than 50 peer-reviewed papers, numerous articles, reports and various books on sustainability that focus on embracing resource limits and developing metrics for sustainability, including Our Ecological Footprint: Reducing Human Impact on the Earth; Sharing Nature’s Interest; Der Footprint: Die Welt neu vermessen; Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget; and WWF International’s Living Planet Report. Mathis’ awards include the 2018 World Sustainability Award, the 2015 IAIA Global Environment Award, being a 2014 ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame Inductee, the 2013 Prix Nature Swisscanto, 2012 Blue Planet Prize, 2012 Binding Prize for Nature Conservation, the 2012 Kenneth E. Boulding Memorial Award of the International Society for Ecological Economics, the 2011 Zayed International Prize for the Environment (jointly awarded with UNEP), an honorary doctorate from the University of Berne in 2007, a 2007 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, 2006 WWF Award for Conservation Merit and 2005 Herman Daly Award of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. He was also selected as number 19 on the en(rich) list identifying the 100 top inspirational individuals whose contributions enrich paths to sustainable futures (www.enrichlist.org). John Elkington ide

How To Participate?


Submission Instructions
For the 8th World Sustainability Forum in Geneva, we seek proposals for session streams, 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) Session Stream;
2) Session;
3) Sustainability Organization Session/Session Stream
4) Paper Presentation;
5) Poster Presentation.

Submission deadline: 1 March 2020

Session Stream:
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 Professor Bergman, with a copy to the secretariat.

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 Professor Bergman, with a copy to the secretariat.

Sustainability Organization Session/ Session Stream:
Organizations or networks involved with sustainability-related topics may apply for a session or session stream. The sessions will be part of the WSF2020, 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 WSF2020. 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 WSF2020 participants. Include a representative’s name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address. Submit your organization abstract to Professor Bergman, with a copy to the secretariat.

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. If you are interested to publish the article, please check below for publication opportunities.

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.
All panel abstracts, paper abstracts, posters, and presentations will be available online as open access on sciforum.net.
Details on publication opportunities are available in the next section.

Publication Opportunities

WSF2020 Publication Opportunities:

The open access journal Sustainability will publish a special issue on the World Sustainability Forum 2020. Sustainability is indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded and the Social Sciences Citation Index, and its 2019 impact factor is 2.595.

For WSF2020 participants, the journal offers a 20% discount on the Article Processing Charges (APC). Please submit your manuscript at any time until 31 December 2020 here.

The book series Frontiers in Sustainability (ISSN 2624-9715) will publish one or two volumes associated with WSF2020. Each volume and each chapter will receive a doi and will be published in open access format. For WSF2020 participants, MDPI offers a 20% discount on the Chapter Processing Charges (CPC). Please submit your manuscript at any time until 31 December 2020 here.

The new journal World welcomes submissions for articles relevant to past, present, and future links between economic, political, social, and environmental issues. For WSF2020 participants, the journal offers a 20% discount on the APC. Please submit you manuscript at any time here.

You are, of course, free to submit your manuscript to any other publication outlet, including other MDPI relevant journals Water, Energies, Resources, Environments, Recycling, etc.

Registration

The registration fee includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks and lunches, conference bag and program book. The registration fee covers the three conference days: Tuesday 15 September, Wednesday 16 September and Thursday 17 September. Monday 14 September and Friday 18 September are free, however registration will still be required (registration platform will soon be open).

Certificate of Attendance: upon request, the participants of the event will receive an electronic Certificate of Attendance by email once the event is concluded.

Conference Dinner: The conference dinner will be served on Tuesday 15 September 2020. Please note that the conference fee does not include this social event. Therefore, if you plan to attend the dinner, please make sure you select this extra when registering to the conference. The price per person is 100 CHF.

Registering as "Academics": When registering as "Academics", please provide us with your university email address. This will accelerate the registration process. If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual university email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

*Academics entitled to a Special Discount are:
- Members of partnering societies (the list of partnering societies can be found here)
- First and last authors of all MDPI's articles published from 2018 onwards
- Reviewers who provided timely review reports from 2018 onwards
- Editorial Board Members and Guest Editors who joined an MDPI journal before 31 December 2019

**Reduced fees will be applied to low-income and lower-middle-income as indicated by the World Bank Classification.

Early Regular Required documents
Academics 450.00 CHF 600.00 CHF
Academics from Partnering Societies 360.00 CHF 480.00 CHF Proof of membership
MDPI Author/Reviewer/Board Member/Guest Editor 360.00 CHF 480.00 CHF
Academics - Low and Lower Middle Income Economies 200.00 CHF 300.00 CHF
Academics - 1 day 200.00 CHF 300.00 CHF
Academics from Partnering Societies - 1 day 160.00 CHF 240.00 CHF Proof of membership
MDPI Author/Reviewer/Board Member/Guest Editor - 1 day 160.00 CHF 240.00 CHF
Non-Academic 600.00 CHF 800.00 CHF
Non Academic - 1 day 300.00 CHF 400.00 CHF
Early price valid until: 30/04/2020  

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of paid registration is possible under the terms listed below:
> 4 weeks before the conference Refund 50% of the applying fees
< 4 weeks before the conference No refund

Disclaimer
In the unlikely event that MDPI shall deem it necessary to cancel the conference, all pre-paid registration fees will be reimbursed. MDPI shall not be liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation arrangements made by individual delegates.

Photographs and/or video will be taken during the conference
By taking part in this event you grant the event organisers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the conference’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.

Visa Support Letters

- Applicants must have paid for registration and submitted an abstract in order to get a letter of support.
- Applicants must provide us with a scan of their valid in date passport that contains a photo of them.
- Applicants must provide us with an academic CV.
- This must be carried in good time before the meeting, “last minute” requests will not be processed.

Payment methods

Wire transfer, Credit card

Currencies accepted by this conference

US Dollar, Euro, Swiss franc


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Sponsoring & Exhibiting Opportunities

For information regarding sponsoring and exhibiting opportunities, please check out our Sponsorship and Exhibition brochure below. If you have any questions, please contact the secretariat ([email protected]) or Matthias Burkhalter ([email protected]).

Blog WSF2020

3 April 2020

We are pleased to announce that the 8th World Sustainability Forum is a Partner & Supporter of Eurosoil 2020!

The objective of EUROSOIL 2020 is to bring together leading research scientists working on soil related topics and stakeholders dealing with issues of public concern, such as soil degradation and consequences of climatic changes. The important bridging role of soil practitioners to translate scientific knowledge into practice will be emphasised during EUROSOIL 2020.

To register for the Eurosoil 2020 conference, please click here.

1 April 2020

Abstract Submissions: Deadline extended!

We are pleased to inform you that we have extended the abstract submission deadline until: 19 April 2020

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

For further information on how to submit these different types of contributions, please click here. We would love to count on your participation at this conference!

19 March 2020

MDPI English Writing Prize

Good communication is fundamental to scientific research. With over 20 years’ experience in publishing and research communication, MDPI understands how crucial good writing is. For this reason, we have launched the MDPI Writing Prize. It aims to promote clear, high quality prose that powerfully communicates key scientific concepts. We invite you to participate in this year’s edition.

The competition is open to non-native English speakers who are Ph.D. students or postdoctoral fellows at a research institute.

Essays of up to 1000 words are invited on the following topic:

My work and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

1st prize (one winner): 500 CHF and certificate
2nd prizes (two winners): 250 CHF and certificate
3rd prizes (three winners): 100 CHF and certificate

Submissions should be made via email to [email protected] with the subject line “MDPI writing prize 2020”. Entries will be judged by the MDPI English Editing Department and evaluated on grammar and spelling, content and overall presentation. The following should be included in the submission email:
- Author name
‐ Author affiliation, including address
‐ Name, address, and email address of supervisor: PhD supervisor, principal investigator, line manager, or equivalent.
‐ Title of your essay
Submission Deadline: 31 October 2020
Winner Announcement: 30 November 2020


02 March 2020

Abstract Submissions: Deadline extended!

We are pleased to inform you that we have extended the abstract submission deadline until: 31 March 2020

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

For further information on how to submit these different types of contributions, please click here. We would love to count on your participation at this conference!

25 February 2020

We are pleased to announce that the 8th World Sustainability Forum is an Associate Supporter of the SWC50 – The Century of Solar!

Celebrating 50 years of the ISES Solar World Congresses, the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) is organising SWC50 – The Century of Solar which will be held in Melbourne, Australia between the 2nd and 4th December 2020. The event will comprise of a conference, networking social events, a display area, and the release of the celebratory booklet: The Century of Solar - Stories and Visions for the Future of Renewable Energy. The event will briefly look back over the 50 years since the first Solar World Congress (SWC) was held in Melbourne in 1970. More importantly, the event will focus on how we can and must transition to 100% Renewable Energy. The display area will allow entities to tell their solar story and will celebrate individuals, pioneers, who have paved the way toward achieving solar technology breakthroughs and developed the industry.

For further information, please visit their website: www.swc50.org

24 October 2019

To mark its 75th anniversary in 2020, the United Nations will launch the biggest-ever global conversation on the role of global cooperation in building the future we want.

Join the Conversation. Be the Change. #UN75

Tackling issues such as the climate crisis, inequality, new patterns of violence and the major changes we are seeing in population and technology in order to achieve the SDGs - our shared vision for the future - will require cooperation across borders, sectors and generations.

But just when we need collective action more than ever, support for global cooperation is flagging. In many countries, public trust in traditional institutions is in decline and relations between countries are under strain. Dialogue – and action – on global issues could not be more urgent. Through these conversations, the UN aims to build a global vision of 2045 – its centenary, increase understanding of the threats to that future, and support enhanced international cooperation to realise that vision.

23 October 2019

30 Business Titans Join UN Push to Scale Up Private Sector Investment for Sustainable Development

@AntonioGuterres
calls on key business leaders to step up to the challenge of financing the SDGs



UNITED NATIONS, 16 October 2019 – The UN announced today that 30 influential leaders from the corporate world will work together over the next two years in a bid to free up trillions of dollars from the private sector to finance the Sustainable Development Goals.

Convened by Secretary-General António Guterres, the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance is co-chaired by Oliver Bäte, CEO of Allianz, and Leila Fourie, CEO of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and includes the heads of Bank of America, Citigroup, ICBC, Infosys, Investec, Santander, UBS and other prominent international corporations. (See complete list below.)

“We face widening inequality, increased devastation from conflicts and disasters and a rapidly warming Earth. These leaders have seized our sense of urgency, recognizing that our pace must be at a run, not a crawl,” Guterres said. “They are committing to cooperate across borders, across financial sectors and even with their competitors, because it is both ethical and good business sense to invest in sustainable development for all people on a healthy planet.”

The High-Level Dialogue on Financing for Development held during the recent UN General Assembly brought to attention the urgent need for increasing government spending on crucial sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, and climate change. Most developed countries have not met their commitments to ODA, while factors like poverty, corruption, and tax evasion limit domestic resources in developing countries.

The development finance needs are estimated at trillions of dollars per year, and even if funding from all public sources is maximized, there will still be a significant shortfall, making financing from the private sector imperative.

“As responsible companies, we can create long-term value by embedding sustainability into our core business,” said Bäte. “Investing in the stable development of societies across the globe is not only the right thing to do, it also includes economic opportunities. We are convinced that investments in emerging markets can foster sustainable growth without losing sight of our customers’ interests.”

The UN’s research suggests that there is no shortage of money from the private sector which could be invested in sustainable development. However, a combination of factors, including the policy environment, incentive structures and institutional conditions, tend to discourage the kind of long-term commitment that is needed.

“The establishment of the GISD Alliance acknowledges the scale of the challenges we face collectively and the role that the finance sector has to play in meeting these challenges,” said Fourie. “Exchanges are a vital part of the financing ecosystem – promoting relevant disclosure, enabling effective price discovery, and ultimately mobilising funds to productive ends. We all have much work to do, and the time to start is now.”

The Alliance aims to use their expertise, influence and business acumen in devising ways to stimulate long term investment in development and speed up progress towards achieving the SDGs.

Source: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2019/10/gisd-alliance/

24 September 2019

Registration is now open.

Early fees valid until 30 April 2020

Academics

CHF 450.00

Academics*

CHF 360.00

Academics**

CHF 200.00

Academics - single day

CHF 200.00

Academics* - single day

CHF 160.00

Commercials

CHF 600.00

Commercials - single day

CHF 300.00

*Members of partnering societies will receive a 20% discount on the registration fees.

**Reduced fees will be applied to low-income and lower-middle-income as indicated by the World Bank Classification.

23 September 2019

#GlobalGoals week - UN is hosting events all week to help people & planet

Every September, the Member States of the United Nations meet at the General Assembly in New York to discuss the critical issues of global concern. This year, in addition to the general debate, world leaders will participate in a series of summits and high-level meetings to boost action on climate change and accelerate progress on sustainable development, aimed at securing healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all. Underpinning the action week are the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by all world leaders in 2015. The 17 interconnected Goals are a universal call to action to end poverty and hunger, expand access to health, education, justice and jobs, while protecting our planet from environmental degradation. More information here.

#ClimateAction Summit: 23 September | #HealthForAll Meeting: 23 September | #SDGs Summit: 24-25 September | #Fin4Dev Meeting: 26 September | #SamoaPathway Review: 27 September

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12 June 2019

Call for Participation Uploaded

The call for participation for the World Sustainability Week to be held from 14-19 September 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland has been uploaded.

12 April 2019


GENEVA HEALTH FORUM
the forum of innovative practices in global health

The Geneva Health Forum, created in 2006, is one of the most important conferences of Global Health.
Every two years the GHF brings together Swiss and International participants from all sectors.
The overall goal of the Geneva Health Forum is to promote innovative practices that improve care access, especially in resource-poor settings. To achieve this goal, the Geneva Health Forum aims to:

- give visibility to innovative field experiences;
- establish a critical and constructive dialogue and promote collaborations between global health actors from different sectors including practitioners, academics, policy makers, civil society and the private sector;
- promote interaction between actions in the field and health policy development (linking policy and practice). This applies both to guiding policies through best practices and to facilitating policy diffusion at the field level.

11 April 2019

The 4th Basel Sustainability Forum on Health and SDG3 - 3 June 2019 - Kollegienhaus University of Basel, Switzerland

The UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 (UN SDG 3) of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is about ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. Its targets include a reduction of: premature deaths of mothers and newborns, infectious and communicable diseases, premature mortality from non-communicable diseases, alcohol and substance abuse, road traffic accidents, and deaths from chemicals and pollution. Furthermore, UN SDG 3 aims to strengthen or promote mental health and well-being, sexual and reproductive health, access to health-care services and affordable medicines and vaccines, and the capacity for the management of national and global health risks (UN SDGs 2015). UN SDG 3 is only one of 17, each of which are similarly ambitious.

The UN SDGs are interdependent. Some goals serve as preconditions for healthy lives, and others are consequences thereof. Precursors are, for example, UN SDG 2 (End hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture), UN SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls), UN SDG 6 (Ensure access to water and sanitation for all), UN SDG 7 (Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all), and UN SDG 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts). Goals affected by health are, for example, UN SDG 8 (Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all). Some goals are both preconditions and consequences of health, such as UN SDG 1 (End poverty in all its forms everywhere). Poverty reduction is associated with better health and nutrition, which in turn has an effect on poverty reduction.

According to the OECD, the per capita health expenditure in 2015 (PPP) was US$9451 for the US, US$6935 for Switzerland, US$731 for China, and US$267 for India. Despite considerable variations in expenditures, all countries are struggling to maintain health care coverage in the face of rising costs, evolution of health care demands by the population, and changing demographics.

Health care is a central pillar of economic development, social welfare, and environmental management, and it is equally important to the most and least developed economies. Accordingly, health and sustainability are interdependent in at least two ways: the first relates to the reciprocal relationship between health and sustainability, the second to the sustainability of health and health care.

The Basel Sustainability Forum 2019 will focus on local and global issues associated with sustainability and health. It will explore different positions from health research, health policy, and the health business sector, and how these positions contribute or are obstacles to the sustainability of health and health care as a pillar of societal sustainability.

3 April 2019

Save The Date
The 8th World Sustainability Forum - 15 - 17 September 2020 - CICG, Geneva, Switzerland
Part of the First World Sustainability Week - 14-19 September 2020, Geneva, Switzerland
The registration platform and the program structure will be uploaded by the end of April 2019.
For information, please contact Matthias Burkhalter: [email protected]

Conference Venue

CICG

The Conference will take place at the International Conference Center in Geneva (CICG).

Sustainable Development:
The commitment of the CICG to sustainable development continues all year round with an attitude resolutely open to the world. Modernizing infrastructures, being ready to listen to clients, choosing quality partners and acting in a responsible manner: these are their commitments!

Venue Address:
International Conference Centre Geneva
17 rue de Varembé
CH - 1211 Geneva 20
T +41 22 791 91 11

Parking des Nations
The parking des Nations is located 50 metres from the CICG. With more than 2200 places available, you will have no trouble parking your vehicle for the duration of your conference.

Find the Car Park and the Available Places

Join Us

From the city
You have several possibilities to reach us from the Jet d'eau:

Bus 8: 15 minutes, Departing from Métropole and getting off at the stop UIT
On foot: About 45 minutes
By taxi: Around 10 minutes (depending on traffic)



From the station
You will need on average 10 minutes to get from the Gare Cornavin to the CICG with one of
the following three possibilities:

Bus 5: Departing from the Gare Cornavin and getting off at the stop Vermont
Bus 8: Departing from the Gare Cornavin and getting off at the stop UIT
Tram 15: Departing from the Gare Cornavin and getting off at the stop Sismondi
On foot: Around 20 minutes



From
the airport
Whether you are coming by public transport or by taxi, you will need around 15 minutes
to reach the CICG from Geneva International Airport.

Bus 5: Departing from the airport and getting off at the stop Vermont
By taxi: Around 15 minutes (depending on traffic)

Genève Aéroport offers passengers on arrival a free ticket to use public transport in Geneva for 80 minutes. The free ticket entitles you to take an airport train (train from Geneva-Airport to Geneva-Cornavin), bus, tram and boat (mouette). It can be picked up from the machine in the baggage reclaim area (Arrivals).



From the
motorway
The simplest itinerary to reach the CICG from the motorway bypassing Geneva is to take
the exit "Genève Lac".
You only have to continue along the lakeside to arrive in the International Geneva sector and access the CICG right at the heart of it.
Don't forget to buy your motorway sticker.

Geneva, Switzerland

Bienvenue à Genève! Welcome to Geneva! Situated along the banks of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Alps, Geneva sparkles as one of Europe's most beautiful cities. Home to the European headquarters of the United Nations, Geneva has a long history of diversity and tolerance dating back to the Protestant Reformation. Today, the city of Geneva is a cultural center second to none featuring world class entertainment, top rated restaurants and unlimited opportunities for recreation.
Learn more about Geneva here!


Travel

oneworld® is pleased to be the official airline alliance of The 8th World Sustainability Forum - WSF2020.

As a registered attendee, you can access discounted flights for travel to this event

attendee benefits
  • Discounts on flights for attendees and one travel companion.
  • Travel up to seven days before and seven days after the event.
  • Flights available from all oneworld member airlines and affiliates.
  • Enjoy a user-friendly booking tool showing the most convenient flight options.
  • 24-hour support via email or phone.
  • Earn rewards and tier status points on eligible oneworld flights.
  • Frequent flyer privileges including access to some 650 premium airport lounges worldwide, fast track at security lanes in selected airports and extra baggage allowance.*
  • Seamless connections and quality service on oneworld member airlines.
take advantage today

Visit www.oneworld.com/events and enter event code OW18B19 to access our online booking tool.

oneworld, the premier global airline alliance, brings together 13 leading airlines from around the world - American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines. Together with around 30 affiliate members, oneworld’s network currently serves more than 1,000 destinations in 150 countries. For more information please visit www.oneworld.com.

*Privileges depend on your oneworld tier status level. For more information visit www.oneworld.com/benefits.

Accommodation

During the conference, we want your stay in Geneva to be as good as possible. With that in mind, we have reached an agreement with several hotels to make your accommodation choice a bit easier.

We are delighted to announce that the following hotels will offer a discounted price for all attendees to the WSF2020 conference:

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HOTELS IN SWITZERLAND

Accor Hotels Geneva

1-5

Accor has been providing hospitality savoir-faire for more than 50 years and constantly expands. Accor is today a world for every lifestyle. Our group is built upon four brand pillars: maximize performance, empowered talent, open innovation and acting for a meaningful hospitality, that embrace the future while continuing to put people – guests, customers and talents – at the heart of everything we do. We offer 17 hotels in the city from 1* to 5* in the city centre, airport and suburbs to meet all needs.

All the different hotels and their locations can be found here

Booking here for all Accor Hotels

between CHF 110.- and 290.-

Extra charge for double occupancy

Hotel Eden Genève

3

The ideal hotel for a business trip or leisure break in Geneva.
All the services of a superior 3-star hotel and much more besides! 15 minutes from Geneva Airport / 1km from United Nations

See on map

Fill in this form and send by email to [email protected]

CHF 205.- (single) 245.- (double)

Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport

3

The Holiday Inn Express Geneva Airport with its modern interior has an excellent value for money. All of the 154 rooms are modern and comfortable and are all equipped with a bathroom with shower, a working desk with electrical and analogical connectors, a telephone with outside line, voice mail and an interactive television set.

See on map

Booking here

CHF 162.-

Starling Hotel Geneva

4

On-site, the Starling Hotel Geneva invites you to take advantage of the many different facilities dedicated to business, sport and leisure. Close to the city centre, it benefits from easy access to Geneva Airport as well as to Palexpo.

See on map

Booking here

CHF 200.-

Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva

5

Fairmont Grand Hotel Geneva is centrally located. Old Town, City Centre and Les Bains de Paquis are just short walks away. Additionally, the United Nations, the Botanical Gardens and other attractions of interest are also in close proximity.

See on map

Booking here

CHF 432.50

HOTELS IN FRANCE

Hotel Ibis Saint-Genis-Pouilly Genève

3

The Hotel ibis Saint Genis Pouilly Genève is easily accessible and located between the Jura mountains and the French Alps. It is just 10 minutes from Geneva airport and the Palexpo convention centre, and 1.9 miles (3 km) from CERN. It has 81 elegant and innovative rooms with free WIFI, the Courtepaille grill-restaurant and the Avanzi bar-lounge, and welcomes both business and leisure travellers seeking a cosy and modern atmosphere

See on map

The hotel is situated in France

Email mentioning the reservation number: 957246

EUR 99.00

Best Western Park Hôtel Genève-Thoiry

4

The Best Western Park Hôtel Genève-Thoiry is pleased to welcome you in a wonderful surrounding between Jura chain and the Alps. For tourism or business, whatever you come for, you will always be welcome in one of our 106 rooms (Comfort, Superior, Executive or Deluxe).

See on map

Situated in France, the hotel organises a free shuttle bus to Geneva Airport which will facilitate your transport to the CICG. You will need to book it in advance.

Email mentioning “WSF 8”, your name and dates of stay

EUR 99.87

Appart'City

Appart'City apartments offer fully furnished and equipped apartments for rent with à la carte services as well as hotel services for your stay. Four of their residences are available: Appart'City Genève Aéroport Vernier, Appart'City Genève Aéroport Ferney-Voltaire, Appart'City Genève Gaillard and Appart'City Annemasse Centre Pays de Genève

Map available on their website

Enter code: WSF2020

! Rooms subject to availability!

Price range varies depending on location and apartment

Hotel Mercure Annemasse Porte de Genève

4

This hotel will seduce you with the quality of its services - modern guest rooms, outdoor pool, and a restaurant on the terrace to enjoy local specialties. 5 minutes from the Swiss border and 20 minutes from Palexpo, Mercure Annemasse Porte De Genève is ideally close to the tram to take you to the attractions of Geneva such as Saint-Pierre Cathedral and the Palais des Nations.

See on map

Email mentioning the code: WSF74

! Rooms subject to availability!

EUR 113.50 (single)

127.50 (double)

Please be aware that every hotel has its own individual cancellation policy. Breakfast is not necessarily included in the room price. You will be charged extra for the city tax.

SDGs Book Series - Transitioning to Sustainability

With a new Open Access book series centered on the SDGs, MDPI pursues environmentally and socially relevant research which contributes to efforts toward a sustainable world. Transitioning to Sustainability aims to add to the conversation about regional and global sustainable development according to the 17 SDGs. Set to be published in spring 2020, and coinciding with the SDGs’ 5-year anniversary, the book series is intended to reach beyond disciplinary, even academic boundaries.

In 17 volumes, Transitioning to Sustainability examines each of the 17 SDGs in its dynamic and multifaceted nature. Each volume will present approaches to, achievements of, and challenges for the respective SDG. Considering the complex links among the SDGs, each volume also highlights complementarities to, as well as trade offs with, other goals. To reflect the diversity of positions, each volume may include theory chapters, chapters presenting empirical research, position pieces, progress on important research programmes, and stakeholder initiatives.
In addition to the 17 volumes dedicated to the SDGs, one volume aims to cover a global perspective on sustainability and the SDGs. It is intended to set the SDGs into context, notably, in view of other agendas, such as the Paris Agreement. Also, it will respond to the 5-year anniversary of the SDGs. Transitioning to Sustainability will be presented and serve as a basis for discussion at the World Sustainability Week, to be held from 14-19 September 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland.

For information, please contact Laura Wagner: [email protected]

World Sustainability Award - Emerging Sustainability Leader Award

Open for Nominations

The World Sustainability Award and the Emerging Sustainability Leader Award are funded to encourage new initiatives and developments in sustainability with the ultimate aim to foster the transfer from sustainability research to sustainable practices and societies. In this spirit, sustainability is understood as the interdependence between economic, social, and environmental concerns for mutually beneficial regional and global development. Sustainability is associated with a multitude of academic disciplines, and it is circumscribed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The World Sustainability Award, funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation, will be conferred upon individual researchers or research teams who have made an outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general, or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular. A joint award, shared by up to three recipients, is possible. The award includes a monetary prize of USD 100'000.

The Emerging Sustainability Leader Award, funded by the MDPI journal Sustainability, will be conferred upon an individual researcher aged 40 or under at the time of the submission deadline, who has made an outstanding academic or societal contribution to sustainability in general, or to a sustainability-relevant issue in particular. The award includes a monetary prize of USD 10'000.

For more information, see http://wsforum.org/instructions

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