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The 4th World Sustainability Forum

01/11/2014 - 30/11/2014
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Welcome from the Chairs

Welcome from the Chair of the Forum

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 4th World Sustainability Forum. The Forum covers research in many areas relating to sustainability and sustainable development, and includes sessions in many important areas:
  • Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources
  • Social Aspects of Sustainability
  • Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability
  • Sustainable Engineering and Science
  • Energy Sustainability
  • Sustainable Urban and Rural Development
  • Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife
  • Sustainability Education and Approaches
  • Sustainability of Culture and Heritage
  • Posters (not mandatory to submit a proceedings paper)
Participants in this multidisciplinary conference will have the opportunity to examine, explore and critically engage with issues and advances in these and related areas. We hope to facilitate debates on theoretical and practical investigations, and to allow participants to "make a difference".

A special feature of the Forum is that it is an electronic conference. This type of conference is particularly appropriate and useful for the 4th World Sustainability Forum because research concerned with sustainability and sustainable development is progressing rapidly, while activities in industry, government and academia are simultaneously becoming increasingly globalized. Successful research therefore requires interaction with individuals and groups around the world, demonstrating the need for new types of communication within our community. An electronic conference provides a platform for rapid and direct exchanges about the latest research findings, as well as a possibility for global meetings with no limitations related to traveling. To further remove barriers to "attendance", participation in the Forum as an author or other participant is free of charge.

The 4th World Sustainability Forum will be held at www.sciforum.net/conference/wsf-4, on a platform developed by MDPI to organize electronic conferences and sponsored by MDPI and the scientific open access journal Sustainability. Accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the Forum, and selected papers will be published in Sustainability.

I offer my sincere thanks to all attendees, and especially to authors, keynote presenters, members of the Scientific Advisory Committee, session chairs and organizers.

I hope that your participation in the 4th World Sustainability Forum will prove to be interesting, productive and enjoyable.


Prof. Dr. Marc A. Rosen
Chair of the 4th World Sustainability Forum
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Sustainability
Past President, Engineering Institute of Canada
and Professor Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Marc A. Rosen is a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Canada. He served as founding dean from of the Faculty from 2002-08. Dr. Rosen was President of the Engineering Institute of Canada for 2008-10. He served as President of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering from 2002 to 2004, and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. With over 50 research grants and contracts and 400 technical publications, Dr. Rosen is an active teacher and researcher in thermodynamics, sustainable energy, and the environmental impact of energy systems. Much of his research has been carried out for industry. He has also worked for such organizations as Imatra Power Company in Finland, Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, and the Institute for Hydrogen Systems near Toronto. Dr. Rosen has received numerous awards and honours, including an Award of Excellence in Research and Technology Development from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Engineering Institute of Canada’s Smith Medal for achievement in the development of Canada, and the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering’s Angus Medal for outstanding contributions to the management and practice of mechanical engineering. He is a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the International Energy Foundation.

Organizing Committee
Mr. Matthias Burkhalter, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Ms. Samanta La Russa, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
E-mail: wsf@mdpi.com
Tel. +41 61 683 77 35

Call for Papers

e-conferences, virtually anywhere. Call for Contributions - The 4th World Sustainability Forum

Research concerned with sustainability and sustainable development is progressing fast. Simultaneously, activities within industry, government and academia are becoming more globalized. Successful research requires interaction with multiple partners around the world. We are facing an obvious need for new types of communication within our scientific community. Sciforum.net electronic conferences provide a platform for fast exchange of the latest research findings, as well as a possibility for global meetings with no limitations related to traveling.

The World Sustainability Forum 2014 (WSF-4) will cover timely research topics concerned with sustainability and sustainable development. The conference will include nine topical sessions focusing on:

Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources
Social Aspects of Sustainability
Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability
Sustainable Engineering and Science
Energy Sustainability
Sustainable Urban and Rural Development
Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife
Sustainability Education and Approaches
Sustainability of Culture and Heritage

This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference aims to examine, explore and critically engage with issues related to recent insights and advances in these topics. In particular, the conference will encourage both theoretical and practical debates surrounding environmental, economical and social contexts for those who want to go beyond the buzzword.

The conference will be completely free of charge, both to attend and for authors to publish and is sponsored by MDPI and the scientific journal Sustainability. Selected papers will be published in the journal Sustainability. The 4th World Sustainability Forum Conference will be held at www.sciforum.net, a platform developed by MDPI to organize electronic conferences for scholars.

Please submit your abstract with max 2500 character (in English) by 3 September, 2014. Abstracts should be submitted online at http://https://sciforum.net/conference/wsf-4/page/call. All submissions will be reviewed by our scientific committee. For accepted abstracts, a proceedings paper should be submitted by 1 October, 2014.


Paper Submission Guidelines

For information about the procedure for submission, peer-review, revision and acceptance of conference proceedings papers, please refer to the section "Instructions for Authors": https://sciforum.net/conference/wsf-4/page/instructions

Instructions for Authors

Submission
Submissions should be done by the authors online by registering with www.sciforum.net, and using the "New Submission" function once logged into system.

1. Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 200-250 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online on this website until 3 September 2014.

2. The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for the 4th edition of the World Sustainability Forum. All authors will be notified by 17 September 2014 about the acceptance of their abstract.

3. If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit the manuscript, optionally along with a PowerPoint and/or video presentation of his/her paper (only PDF), until the submission deadline of 1 October 2014.

4.. The conference proceedings papers and presentations will be available on https://sciforum.net/conference/wsf-4/ for discussion during the time of the conference 1-30 November 2014.

5. The Open Access Journal Sustainability will publish Special Issue of the conference and accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference itself. After the conference, the Conference Committee will select manuscripts that may be included for publication in the Special Issue of the journal Sustainability (the submission to the journal is independent from the conference proceedings and will follow the usual process of the journal, including peer-review, APC...).
Proceedings Paper
Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:

First page:
Title
Full author names
Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors' e-mail addresses
Abstract (200-250 words)
Keywords
Introduction
Methods
Results and Discussion
Conclusions
(Acknowledgements)
References

Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to the PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should count at least 3 pages (incl. figures, tables and references). There is no page limit on the length, although authors are asked to keep their papers as concise as possible..
Presentation Slides
Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the Manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using Sciforum.net's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.
Video Presentations
Besides their active participation within the forum, authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. If you are interested in submitting, please contact the conference organizer – conferences@mdpi.com to get to know more about the procedure. This is an unique way of presenting your paper and discuss it with peers from all over the world. Make a difference and join us for this project!
Presentation of Posters
Authors that wish to present a poster only, i.e. without proceedings paper, can do so in section P. - Posters of this conference. Posters will be available on this conference website during and after the event. Like papers presented on the conference, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments about the posters. Posters that are submitted without paper will not be included in the proceedings of the conference.
Submission of Manuscripts
Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.sciforum.net/login by registering and logging in to this website.

Accepted File Formats

MS Word: Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the Electronic Conference on Sensors and Applications Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make the layout very difficult.

World Sustainability Forum Microsoft Word template file
Manuscript Preparation
Paper Format: A4 paper format, the printing area is 17.5 cm x 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).

Paper Length: The manuscript should count at least 3 pages (incl. figures, tables and references). There is no page limit on the length, although authors are asked to keep their papers as concise as possible.

Formatting / Style: The paper style of the Journal Sustainability should be followed. You may download the template file to prepare your paper (see above). The full titles and the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before the punctuation; for example [4] or [1-3], and all the references should be listed separately and as the last section at the end of the manuscript.

Authors List and Affiliation Format: Authors' full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle name can be added. For papers written by various contributors a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties, who provided only minor contributions, should be listed under Acknowledgments only. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.

Figures, Schemes and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figure and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and a explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, a figure or a scheme.
Potential Conflicts of Interest
t is the authors' responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here "The authors declare no conflict of interest." This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section.

Copyright

MDPI AG, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI AG the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

List of accepted submissions (74)

Title Authors Poster Submitted Abstract
Green Power Through Modulated Single-Pool Tidal Energy System Mohammad Sameti Sassan Mohaseb N/A 21 May 2018 Show
Zero Emission Buildings in Korea Thorsten Schuetze Petra Hagen Hodgson N/A 21 May 2018 Show
Living with the Dead: Contested Spaces and the Right to Cairo's Inner-City Cemeteries Wael Fahmi Keith Sutton N/A 21 May 2018 Show
Sustainable Development Goals - How Can Japanese Local Government's Help? Peter Newman Kanayo Hara Yasuo Takao N/A 21 May 2018 Show
Towards Development of a Label for Zero Emission Buildings: A Method to Evaluate Potential Zero Emission Buildings Devi Bühler Ranka Junge Thorsten Schütze Poster PDF 21 May 2018 Show

Conference Chairs

Chair

Marc Rosen

[Not defined]

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Email: marc.rosen@uoit.ca

Chair

Samanta La Russa

MDPI AG

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Email: larussa@mdpi.com

Chair

Milos Cuculovic

MDPI AG

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Email: cuculovic@mdpi.com

Chair

Juha Javanainen

MDPI

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Email: javanainen@mdpi.com

Chairs of the 4th World Sustainability Forum

Prof. Dr. Marc A. Rosen
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Canada
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Sustainability

Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr. Joo Hwa (Philip) Bay, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
Prof. Dr. Rachel J.C. Chen, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA
Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Prof. Dr. Michael J. Heckenberger, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
Dr. Kathryn Hegarty, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Monzur A. Imteaz, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia
Dr. Giuseppe Ioppolo, University of Study of Messina, Italy
Prof. Dr. Christopher Koroneos, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece
Prof. Dr. Jesús Martínez Frías, CSIC-UCM, Madrid, Spain
Prof. Dr. Marc A. Rosen, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa ON, Canada
Prof. Dr. Miklas Scholz, University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom

Organizing Committee

Mr. Matthias Burkhalter, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Ms. Samanta La Russa, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Dr. Shu-Kun Lin, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland

Conference Organizers

Chairs of the 4th World Sustainability Forum

Prof. Dr. Marc A. Rosen
University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Canada
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal Sustainability

Scientific Advisory Committee

Dr. Joo Hwa (Philip) Bay, Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Prof. Dr. Rachel J.C. Chen, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

Prof. Dr. Matthias Finkbeiner, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Michael J. Heckenberger, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Dr. Kathryn Hegarty, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Monzur A. Imteaz, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Giuseppe Ioppolo, University of Study of Messina, Italy

Prof. Dr. Christopher Koroneos, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Prof. Dr. Jesús Martínez Frías, CSIC-UCM, Madrid, Spain

Prof. Dr. Marc A. Rosen, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Oshawa ON, Canada

Prof. Dr. Miklas Scholz, University of Salford, Salford, United Kingdom

List of Keynotes & Videos

Presentation of the Poster "Gross National Happiness, Limits to Growth, and Challenges to Bhutan's Development Approach"

Dr. Jeremy Brooks, Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources, USA Title of the poster"Gross National Happiness, Limits to Growth, and Challenges to Bhutan's Development Approach", available as a download at https://sciforum.net/conference/wsf-4/paper/2464.

Prof. Dr. Marc A. Rosen - Energy Sustainability: Needs and Challenges

Keynote Presentation of the Chair of the 4th World Sustainability Forum, 2014

Comments

Prof. Dr. Marc A. Rosen - Energy Sustainability: Needs and Challenges
5 November 2014 18:44
A comprehensive structured and detailed introduction, thank you so much. Induces interest in technical details, numbers, and factors. Increases curiosity on proprietary remedy models.
Posted by Marc Rosen
7 November 2014 17:07
Thank you for the comments. I hope that the curiosity you suggest my presentation spawns will lead to much interesting dialogue and debate, as that is necessary - I believe - to move us towards energy sustainability in particular, and sustainability in general.

CONGRATULATIONS
6 November 2014 00:06
Dear Prof. Dr. Rosen:

A well organized, set-on-earth explanation of a key issue.

Kind regards,

Andres Caballero
Barranquilla, Colombia
Posted by Marc Rosen
7 November 2014 17:09
I appreciate the comment very much and I hope the material I included helps move us forward on the road to sustainability, and leads to fruitful conversations.

Life-cycle methodology and sustainability assessment
Posted by Diego Iribarren
17 November 2014 18:19
Thank you for this. As done in this keynote presentation, I find very convenient the inclusion of life-cycle methodologies in the discussion about sustainability. The role of this type of methodologies in sustainability assessment is very signficant, but still with many efforts to be undertaken. In this respect, conference participants interested in novel life-cycle approaches for sustainability assessment are encouraged to see the contribution C0005 on this subject.
17 November 2014 22:51
Thanks, Mr. Iribarren. Greetings from Colombia.

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