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The 5th World Sustainability Forum

07/09/2015 - 09/09/2015, Basel, Switzerland
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The 5th World Sustainability Forum

7–9 September 2015
Universitätsspital Basel, Zentrum für Lehre und Forschung, Main Lecture Hall, Hebelstrasse 20, Basel, Switzerland
An international scientific conference of the journal Sustainability under the patronage of the University of Basel.

Welcome from the Swiss Federal Councillor J.N. Schneider Ammann

I warmly welcome you to the 5th World Sustainability Forum. This Forum takes place at a promising moment from a sustainability perspective. The intergovernmental negotiations on both Financing for Development and the 2030-Agenda for Sustainable Development have just been concluded successfully. This opens the way for the official adoption of the 2030- Agenda for Sustainable Development by heads of state and government on the margins of the UN General Assembly later this month. Switzerland welcomes this universal framework for sustainable development, which guides our efforts between now and 2030.

Switzerland has played an active and substantive role in the elaboration of the 2030- Agenda. The 2030-Agenda acknowledges that global challenges such as extreme poverty, environmental degradation and climate change can only be solved if all countries and stakeholders contribute jointly to implement the so-called Sustainable Development Goals, while taking into account the interactions between the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Now that the framework is defined, let us set our sights on its implementation. Switzerland intends to implement it through activities at home and abroad, independently and with partners. The whole government supports the 2030- Agenda in a number of ways.

For instance, the economic cooperation and development of my ministry provides technical assistance to support developing countries in creating better tax systems. As a result, these countries can better raise domestic resources to finance sustainable development. This support is fully aligned with the 2030-Agenda, which underlines that domestic resources are central to the pursuit of sustainable development. Another example involves various ministries: REPIC (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Promotion in International Cooperation) is a platform to support renewable energy and energy efficiency projects by offering seed money and capacity development for promising initiatives run in collaboration with local entrepreneurs in developing countries. In Tajikistan, for example, REPIC is supporting a small hydropower initiative in a remote village, by providing technology and know-how transfer. These examples illustrate how we can contribute to implementing the 2030-Agenda.

As all of us prepare to implement the Agenda for Sustainable Development, I commend you for choosing sustainability as the focus of your work and wish you well in exploring how your efforts can contribute to sustainable development.

Welcome from the Chair of the Forum

2015 is an important year for all of us. We are taking stock of the accomplishments based on the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were adopted in the year 2000. The results of these efforts are immensely positive. In most countries around the globe, extreme poverty and hunger have been reduced, and infant, child, and maternal mortality have decreased. Girls have better access to primary schooling, progress has been made in slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, access to safe drinking water and sanitation has improved, and more information and knowledge is available to more people via the internet than ever before. However, not all goals have been achieved and some regions have benefitted less, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

The period marked by the MDGs will end in December 2015. As part of the post-2015 development agenda, the international community is working intensely on a new set of goals, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted at the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly in the second half of September 2015. The new set of goals, despite their similarity in some aspects, go beyond the MDGs in that (a) the formulation and focus of the goals are more encompassing, explicitly requiring active participation from wealthy and poor nations alike, and that (b) the overall focus is shifting away from ameliorating the situation of poor and underdeveloped regions and societies toward improving the sustainability of global economic and social development while concurrently protecting the environment.

The 5th World Sustainability Forum aims to be a platform for researchers to present and engage with research-relevant stakeholders on issues relating to sustainability. We seek to contribute to policy-relevant, change-oriented, and transdisciplinary research and collaboration from science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences. Three thematic areas have been identified to structure this event:

Thematic Area Sustainability Dimension Economic
Development
Social
Development
Environmental
Protection
Sustainable Science, Technology, and Energy Panel 1 Panel 2 Panel 3
Sustainable Consumption, Lifestyles, Mobility, and Cities Panel 4 Panel 5 Panel 6
Sustainability in Economics, Business, and Management Panel 7 Panel 8 Panel 9

As part of the output of this conference, we plan to publish a special issue in Sustainability, as well as three edited books, one for each of the three thematic areas (please read the Instructions for Authors). We, the co-chairs of the conference and I, as well as the organizing institutions, are looking forward to welcoming you at the 5th World Sustainability Forum at the University of Basel from 7 to 9 September 2015

Max Bergman
Chair

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs – Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (Live Video Keynote)

Prof. Marc A. Rosen – Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario, Canada

Prof. Klaus Leisinger – President of the Global Values Alliance Foundation, Professor of Sociology of University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Dr. Aldo StroebelExecutive Director, International Relations and Cooperation, National Research Foundation, South Africa

Confirmed panels are listed on the Schedule and Program page.

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Executive Committee

Chair

Prof. Max Bergman

Prof. Max Bergman
Professor of Social Research and Methodology, Department of Social Sciences, University of Basel, Petersgraben 11, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Conference Secretariat

Co-Chairs

Dr. Philipp Aerni

Dr. Philipp Aerni
Director of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS), University of Zurich, Zähringerstrasse 24, 8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Prof. Guéladio Cissé

Prof. Guéladio Cissé
Professor Sanitary Engineering & Environmental Epidemiology, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Socinstrasse 57, 4051 Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Ansgar Kahmen

Prof. Ansgar Kahmen
Professor for Sustainable Land Use, Botanical Institute, University of Basel, Schönbeinstrasse 6, 4056 Basel, Switzerland

Dr. Frédéric-Paul Piguet

Dr. Bongiwe Njobe
Cornell Institute for African Development, Cornell University, 190 Uris Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Dr. Frédéric-Paul Piguet

Dr. Frédéric-Paul Piguet
Institut Biosphère,16 b route de Jussy, 1226 Geneva, Switzerland

Scientific Advisory Committee

Chair

Prof. 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 at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario, Institute of Technology, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Members

Dr. Joo Hwa (Philip) Bay
Faculty of Humanities, School of Built Environment, Architecture and Interior, Curtin University of Technology, Kent Street, Bentley Campus, WA6012, Australia

Prof. Volker Beckmann
Faculty of Law and Economics & Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, Grimmer Strasse 88, 17487 Greifswald, Germany

Dr. Mark Elder
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, 2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115, Japan

Prof. Jay N. Meegoda
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering New Jersey Institute of Technology, 323 MLK Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102, USA

Prof. Peter Newman
Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, Curtin University, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Dr. Masa Noguchi
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, 757 Swanston Street, VIC 3010, Australia

Prof. Enrico Sciubba
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Roma Sapienza, Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Roma, Italy

Prof. Vincenzo Torretta
Department of Biotechnologies and Life Sciences, Insubria University, Via G.B. Vico 46, Varese I-21100, Italy

Dr. Robert B. Richardson
Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University, MI 48824-1222, USA

Conference Secretariat

Dr. Franck Vazquez
Cornelia Bauer
Matthias Burkhalter
Dr. Le Zhang
Alistair Freeland
Dr. Shu-Kun Lin

E-mail: wsf5@mdpi.com
Tel. +41 61 683 77 35

Sponsoring Opportunities

For information regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact the secretariat.

Mailing Address

MDPI AG
WSF 2015 Secretariat
Klybeckstrasse 64
4057 Basel
Switzerland
www.mdpi.com

Conference Chairs


Manfred Max Bergman

Unibas

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max.bergman@unibas.ch

Franck Vazquez

MDPI

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vazquez@mdpi.com

Cornelia Bauer

MDPI

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bauer@mdpi.com

Zinette Bergman

[Not defined]

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zinette.bergman@unibas.ch

Henry Jordaan

[Not defined]

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Email
jordaanh@ufs.ac.za

Instructions for Authors

Instructions for Authors
We seek contributions to policy-relevant, change-oriented, and transdisciplinary research and debates from science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences across the three thematic areas and sustainability dimensions below:


Thematic Area - Sustainability Dimension

Economic
Development
Social
Development
Environmental
Protection
Sustainable Science, Technology, and Energy Panel 1 Panel 2 Panel 3
Sustainable Consumption, Lifestyles, Mobility, and Cities Panel 4 Panel 5 Panel 6
Sustainability in Economics, Business, and Management Panel 7 Panel 8 Panel 9
For panel proposals:
Submit a 300 word abstract in English on the focus and purpose of your panel.
List at least two paper presenters who will participate in your panel.
Indicate which panel would be your first and second choice, referring to the table above (Panel 1 to Panel 9).
Add your name, institutional affiliation, phone number, and email address.
Submit the panel proposal not later than 31 May 2015 to wsf5@mdpi.com. You will be notified by 31 May 2015.
For paper presentation proposals:
Create an account on Sciforum.net and follow the procedure to "Submit a New Abstract" in your User Home
Indicate which thematic area is best suited for your paper (Science, Technology, and Energy; Consumption, Lifestyles, Mobility, and Cities; Economics, Business, and Management)
Submit a 300 word abstract in English, including the focus and contribution to sustainability. If it is an empirical paper, include information about the data and data analysis, as well as the most relevant findings.
Submit the paper proposal not later than 31 May 2015. You will be notified by 31 May2015.

Once your abstract has been accepted:

You will be invited to submit your paper for publication to EITHER a special issue of Sustainability OR the edited book series Frontiers in Sustainability. Manuscripts are due on 31 December 2015.
For posters:
Create an account on Sciforum.net and follow the procedure to "Submit a New Abstract" in your User Home
Indicate which thematic area is best suited for your poster (Science, Technology, and Energy; Consumption, Lifestyles, Mobility, and Cities; Economics, Business, and Management)
Submit a 200 word abstract in English, including the focus and contribution to sustainability. If it is an empirical paper, include information about the data and data analysis, as well as the most relevant findings.
Submit the poster proposal not later than 31 May 2015. You will be notified by 31 May 2015.
Publication opportunities:
Special issue relating to this conference in the journal Sustainability.
Sustainability is indexed by the Science Citation Index Expanded and the Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science) and has an Impact Factor of 1.077 (Journal Citations Reports, 2013).
Three edited books, one for each of the three thematic areas, of a new book series entitled Frontiers in Sustainability (ISSN 2409-9309). A DOI number will be registered for each paper published in the edited books.
All Panel abstracts, paper abstracts, posters and presentations will be available online in Open Access on Sciforum.net.

Registration Fees

To register with this conference, please follow this link. If you need assistance, please e-mail the Conference Secretary.

Early Registration
(until 31 May 2015)
Academic, three days 400 CHF
MDPI Author*, three days - 20% discount 320 CHF
MDPI Reviewer**, three days - 10% discount 360 CHF
Academic, single day 200 CHF
Academic, low-income country*** 200 CHF
Student, three days 200 CHF
Commercial, three days 600 CHF
Commercial, single day 300 CHF

Late Registration (from 1 June 2015)
Academic, three days 500 CHF
MDPI Author*, three days - 20% discount 400 CHF
MDPI Reviewer**, three days - 10% discount 450 CHF
Academic, single day 300 CHF
Academic, low-income country*** 300 CHF
Student, three days 300 CHF
Commercial, three days 800 CHF
Commercial, single day 400 CHF

Additional Fees
Conference Dinner 80 CHF
Edited book on sustainability 40 CHF per copy

The registration fee includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks and lunches, conference bag and program book.
Prices are in CHF (Swiss Francs)
* First and last authors of articles published in 2012 or later will enjoy a discount.
**Reviewers who provided timely review reports in 2012 or later will enjoy a discount.
***Reduced fees will be applied to "low-income" and "lower-middle-income" countries as indicated by the World Bank Classification

Media Release - The 5th World Sustainability Forum in Basel

The 5th World Sustainability Forum (WSF 2015) will take place at the Zentrum für Lehre und Forschung in Basel, 7–9 September 2015. The Forum is organized by MDPI and the University of Basel. The organizers, headed by Prof. Manfred Max Bergman, have put together an outstanding program to highlight the most significant sustainability challenges currently facing the global community.

Four distinguished keynote lecturers will contribute to the Forum:

Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, will give a live video conference from his office in New York. Prof. Klaus Leisinger, President of the Global Values Alliance Foundation and Professor of Sociology of University of Basel; Dr. Aldo Stroebel, Executive Director, International Relations and Cooperation, National Research Foundation, South Africa; and Prof. Marc A. Rosen, Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, in Canada, Editor-in-Chief of the Open Access journal Sustainability, and Chair of the four previous electronic editions of the World Sustainability Forum will join us in Basel.

The 5th World Sustainability Forum comprises 226 presentations across five main thematic streams. It will bring together more than 350 participants from 45 countries. The Forum is being supported by the journal Sustainability, published by MDPI. It is still possible to register on the conference website on Sciforum.net. We look forward to welcoming you soon in Basel!

PDF version here

Conference Venue

Basel

The conference will be held at the Centre for Teaching and Research of the University Hospital of Basel. Basel is the third largest city in Switzerland and is located in the Northeast of the country, on the border of France and Germany. It is an important economic center in Switzerland and offers a rich cultural life. It is home to the Museum of Fine Arts, which holds the most significant and largest collection of art in Switzerland, the Foundation Beyeler, the Theater Basel and the Musical Theater Basel.

Located on the bank of the Rhine and situated only a few kilometers from the German Black Forest and French Vosges, it also offers great possibilities for excursions in the nature.

Centre for Teaching and Research

The Center for Teaching and Research belongs to the University Hospital of Basel. Many congresses and conferences are held in this modern and spacious venue. The venue is situated in the heart of Basel and is close to the University of Basel campus. The Center for Teaching and Research is used for many international meetings, which bring together renowned scientists and practitioners from various scientific fields. (Address: Hebelstrasse 20, 4031 Basel)

CO2 Neutral Travel to Basel

The conference organizers would like to encourage participants of the WSF5 conference to compensate the CO2 emissions generated by their travel to Basel.

Below is a project we would like to recommend:

Trees for All

Trees for All

At Trees for All you can compensate for the greenhouse gases you emit for a small amount of money. This way you facilitate the development and protection of forests. These projects also provide additional income for the local population and provide for the recovery of nature and the environment. You can choose the project that is most appealing to you directly online.

Conference Photos

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Prof. Max Bergman, University of Basel and Chair WSF2015, during the Opening Ceremony

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Welcome message by Prof. Ed Constable, University of Basel

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Participants at WSF2015

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Prof. Marcel Tanner, Former Director Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Swiss TPH

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Prof. Guéladio Cissé, Co-Chair WSF2015, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel

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Presentation on Day One

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Coffee Break at the ZLF, University Hospital Basel

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Coffee Break at the ZLF, University Hospital Basel

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Prof. Ed Constable and Prof. Max Bergman

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Lunch Break

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Dr. Philipp Aerni, CCRS University of Zurich, Dr. Dirk Hebel, ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore and Anders Nordström Head Sustainability ABB

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Prof. Amy Glasmeier, MIT Urban Planning

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View into the audience.

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Yaqiong Guo, Managing Editor, MDPI Wuhan Office, Dr. Giuseppe Ioppolo, Section Editor-in-Chief, Sustainability

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Dr. Paul Mäder, FiBL Research Institute of Organic Agriculture

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Front: Prof. Ansgar Kahmen, Sustainable Land Use, University of Basel. Second row left: Prof. em. Thomas Boller, University of Basel. Second row right: Prof. em. Andres Wiemken, University of Basel.


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Prof. Max Bergman, Chair WSF2015 and Dr. Guoshui Liu, Managing Editor, MDPI Beijing Office

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Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University

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Prof. Klaus M. Leisinger, President of the Foundation Global Values Alliance and Professor of Sociology at the University of Basel

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Ms. Yaqiong Guo and Dr. Franck Vazquez having a good time.

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Dr. Aldo Stroebel, Dr. Frans Swanepoel (Chairs WSF2017, Cape Town, South Africa) together with colleagues from Rome, Italy.

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The MDPI Conference Team! Left to right: Ms. Cornelia Bauer, Dr. Franck Vazquez, Mr. Matthias Burkhalter.
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The Conference Organizing Team!
Left to right: Mr. Matthias Burkhalter, Ms. Cornelia Bauer, Prof. Dr. Max Bergman, Dr. Franck Vazquez, Ms. Zinette Bergman.

Conference Secretariat

Dr. Franck Vazquez
Cornelia Bauer
Matthias Burkhalter
Dr. Le Zhang
Alistair Freeland
Dr. Shu-Kun Lin

E-mail: wsf5@mdpi.com

Tel. +41 61 683 77 35

Sponsoring Opportunities

For information regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact the secretariat.

Mailing Address

MDPI AG
WSF 2015 Secretariat
Klybeckstrasse 64
4057 Basel
Switzerland
www.mdpi.com

Visa Requirements

Letter of Invitation

A letter of invitation can be requested during the registration process using the "comments" field. The letter will be sent to you by email once the registration fees has been received. Letters of invitation do not include responsibility of, and, do not imply any financial support from the conference organizers.

Travel Insurance

Subscription to an insurance plan to protect you from the high costs of illness or accident during your stay in Switzerland is a prerequisite for obtaining your visa. You should obtain adequate travel, health and accident insurance before you depart from your country (e.g. Allianz Schengen Travel Insurance).
MDPI or the University of Basel are not responsible for personal injuries, or loss of, or damage to, private property belonging to the congress participants.

Citizens of the EU and the EFTA and their family members

Citizens of EU and EFTA countries must present valid personal identification, an ID card or a passport. No visa is required.

Regardless of their citizenship, family members of EU and EFTA citizens must present a valid passport and they must have a specific residence permit from a Schengen country (no visa required). Otherwise a visa must be obtained.

EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

EFTA Countries: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland.

Schengen Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.


Citizens of the USA and Canada

A valid passport is required. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.


Third-Country Nationals

A valid passport is required and in some cases a visa must be obtained prior to entering Switzerland. For more information, check the column "Visa required for stays of up to 90 days" for your country in the Overview of ID and visa provisions according to nationality from the Swiss Office for Migration.

Traveling to Basel

For a complete overview, see wikitravel.org.
By Plane: Basel can easily be reached by direct flights from many cities within Europe to the EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (IATA airport codes: MHL/BSL/EAP). Intercontinental travel to Basel is recommended via Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris or London.
By Train: reachable from most major cities in France (via Strasbourg or Mulhouse), Germany (via Frankfurt a. M. or Mannheim) and Italy (via Milan).

Chair

Prof. Dr. Max Bergman
Professor of Social Research and Methodology, University of Basel, Department of Social Sciences,
Petersgraben 11, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland

Co-Chair

Dr. Philipp Aerni
Director of the Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CCRS), University of Zurich,
Zähringerstrasse 24, CH-8001 Zürich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Guéladio Cissé
Professor Sanitary Engineering & Environmental Epidemiology, Univesity of Basel, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute,
Socinstr. 57, CH-4051 Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Kahmen
Professor for Sustainable Land Use, University of Basel, Botanical Institute,
Schönbeinstrasse 6, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland

Dr. Bongiwe Njobe
Cornell Institute for African Development, Cornell University,
190 Uris Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Institut Biosphère,
16 b route de Jussy, CH-1226 Geneva, Switzerland

Scientific Advisory Committee

Chair

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

Members

Dr. Joo Hwa (Philip) Bay
Faculty of Humanities, School of Built Environment, Architecture and Interior, Curtin University of Technology,
Kent Street, Bentley Campus, WA6012, Australia

Prof. Dr. Volker Beckmann
Faculty of Law and Economics & Institute of Botany and Landscape Ecology, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald,
Grimmer Str. 88, 17487 Greifswald, Germany

Dr. Mark Elder
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, 2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama,
Kanagawa, 240-0115, Japan

Prof. Dr. Jay N. Meegoda
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering New Jersey Institute of Technology,
323 MLK Blvd., Newark, NJ 07102, USA

Prof. Dr. Peter Newman
Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, Curtin University,
Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Dr. Masa Noguchi
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne,
757 Swanston Street, VIC 3010, Australia

Prof. Dr. Enrico Sciubba
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Roma Sapienza,
Via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Roma, Italy

Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Torretta
Department of Biotechnologies and Life Sciences, Insubria University,
Via G.B. Vico 46, Varese I-21100, Italy

Dr. Robert B. Richardson
Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University,
MI 48824-1222, USA


Conference Secretariat

Dr. Franck Vazquez
Cornelia Bauer
Matthias Burkhalter
Dr. Le Zhang
Alistair Freeland
Dr. Shu-Kun Lin

E-mail: wsf5@mdpi.com

Tel. +41 61 683 77 35

Sponsoring Opportunities

For information regarding sponsoring opportunities, please contact the secretariat.

Mailing Address

MDPI AG
WSF 2015 Secretariat
Klybeckstrasse 64
4057 Basel
Switzerland
www.mdpi.com

List of Keynotes & Videos

Keynote: Jeffrey D. Sachs, The Earth Institute, Columbia University, USA

Jeffrey D. Sachs's Keynote at the 5th World Sustainability Forum on Sustainable Development, MDGs and SDGs Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Implementing the SDGs: Getting Started - 2015 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - September 23–24, 2015 Columbia University, New York City http://ic-sd.org/

Conference Schedule

Program Schedule

The details of the presentations in each panel are available in the sessions listed on the left menu bar of the website.

The full program is also available in the abstract book

Stream: 1 - Policy & Planning Day: 1
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-9:00 Welcome: Ed Constable and Max Bergman
9:15-10:15

Environmental policy

3
Coffee Break
10:45-12:15

Environmental policy (continued)

5
Lunch Break
14:45-15:45 Risk management policy 3
Coffee Break
16:15-17:45

The Challenges and Opportunities of Rapid Urban Development

[Stream 2: Urbanization and Cities]

4

18:00-19:00

Live Video Keynote: Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

Stream: Mixed Day: 2
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-9:30

Food Sustainability
(Stream 3: Environmental Sustainability)

3
Coffee Break
10:00-13:00 Enhancement of Eco-system Services Governed by Soil through Sustainable Management
(Stream 3: Environmental Sustainability)
9
Lunch Break
13:30-14.30 Keynote: Klaus Leisinger, Global Values Alliance Foundation: Corporate Sustainability, Global Values and Pluralistic Societies: What can we know? What ought we to do? What may we hope?
14:45-15:45

Socioecological Metabolism and Sustainability
[Stream 3: Environmental Sustainability]

2
Coffee Break
16:15-17.45 Cultural Values & Sustainability
(Stream 4: Lifestyle, consumption, & mobility)
4
Stream: Mixed Day: 3
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-9:30 Keynote: Marc Rosen, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada: Potential Contributions to Sustainability of Net-zero Energy Buildings and Communities

9:45-11:00

Waste-Water Management

4

Coffee Break
11:15-12.45 Time & Space Studies
(Stream 2: Urbanization & Cities)
4
Lunch Break
14:00-15.00 Keynote: Aldo Stroebel, National Research Foundation, South Africa: Towards Impact and Resilience: Innovative Funding Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Africa
15:15-16:45 Case Studies on Sustainable Consumption
Stream 4: Lifestyle, consumption, & mobility
5
Coffee Break
17:15-18:15 Livestock
(Stream 3: Environmental Sustainability)
3
Stream: 2 - Urbanization & Cities Day: 1
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-9.00 Welcome: Ed Constable and Max Bergman
9:15-10:45 Global Health and Sustainability: Ensuring People and Ecosystems Health 4
Coffee Break
11:15-12:45 Sustainable life-cycle Analysis of Buildings 3
Lunch Break
13:30-15:30 Sustainable Retrofitting of Buildings
[&] Sustainable Construction Methods
6
Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 Transformational Solutions for Sustainable Future Cities
[&] Climate Change and Urban Form
4
18:00-19:00 Live Video Keynote: Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Stream: Combined Streams Day: 2
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-10:00

Urbanization
[Stream 2: Urbanization and Cities]

5
Coffee Break
10:30-12:30 Urban Planning
(Stream 2: Urbanization & Cities)
6
Lunch Break
13:30-14:30 Keynote: Klaus Leisinger, Global Values Alliance Foundation: Corporate Sustainability, Global Values and Pluralistic Societies: What can we know? What ought we to do? What may we hope?
14:45-17:00

Urban Planning (continued)
[Stream 2: Urbanization and Cities]

7
Coffee Break
17:30-19:00 Urban Policy 5
Stream: Policy and Planning Day: 3
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-9:30 Keynote: Marc Rosen, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada: Potential Contributions to Sustainability of Net-zero Energy Buildings and Communities
9:45-10:45 Funding Mechanisms for Sustainable Practices 3
Coffee Break
11:15-12.45 Funding Mechanisms for Sustainable Practices (continued) 4
Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Keynote: Aldo Stroebel, National Research Foundation, South Africa: Towards Impact and Resilience: Innovative Funding Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Africa
15:15-16:45 Energy Policy & Forecasting 4
Coffee Break
17:15-18:15

The Elusive Search for Sustainable Anti-Corruption Strategies: What have we overlooked?

3
Stream: 3 - Environmental sustainability Day: 1
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-9:00 Welcome: Ed Constable and Max Bergman
9.15-10:15 Farming 3
Coffee Break
10:45-11:45 Farming (continued) 3
Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Optimizing Farming [&] Potential of Payments for Environmental Services to Improve Livelihoods of Small-Scale Farmers... 5
Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 Sustainable Agricultural Production 5
18:00-19:00 Live Video Keynote: Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Stream: 3 - Environmental sustainability Day: 2
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-10:00 Alternative Energy Sources 5
Coffee Break
10:30-11:30 Alternative Energy Sources (continued) 3
Lunch Break
13:30-14:30 Keynote: Klaus Leisinger, Global Values Alliance Foundation: Corporate Sustainability, Global Values and Pluralistic Societies: What can we know? What ought we to do? What may we hope?
14:45-16:15 Developing Sustainable Water Systems 4
Coffee Break
16:45-18:15 Water Insecurity [and] Assessment of Small Island Developing States Vulnerability-Resilience Face to Global Changes 5
Stream: 3 - Environmental sustainability Day: 3
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-9:00 Keynote: Marc Rosen, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada: Potential Contributions to Sustainability of Net-zero Energy Buildings and Communities
9:45-11:15 Farming Practices (water) 4
Coffee Break
Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Keynote: Aldo Stroebel, National Research Foundation, South Africa: Towards Impact and Resilience: Innovative Funding Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Africa
15:15-17:15 Ecosystem Conservation (3)
[&]Natural Resources (3)
6
Coffee Break
17:45-18:45 Irrigation (3) 3
Stream: 4 - Lifestyle, consumption, and mobility Day: 1
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-9:00 Welcome: Ed Constable and Max Bergman
9:15-11:15 Engaging the Public: Renewable Energy 6
Coffee Break
11:45-12:45

Individual Behaviour & Sustainability

3

Lunch Break
13:30-15:00 Attitudes, Behaviours, and Lifestyles 4
Coffee Break
15:30-17.30 Transitioning towards Sustainability 5
18:00-19:00 Live Video Keynote: Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Stream: 4 - Lifestyle, consumption, and mobility Day: 2
Time Activity Presentations
08:30-09:30

Health-related Consumption and Lifestyle

3

Coffee Break
10:00-11:30 The Quest for Theoretical and Conceptual Fameworks in Sustainable Lifestyles and Consumption 4
Lunch Break
13:30-14:30 Keynote: Klaus Leisinger, Global Values Alliance Foundation: Corporate Sustainability, Global Values and Pluralistic Societies: What can we know? What ought we to do? What may we hope?
14:45-16:45 Mobility System 6
Coffee Break
17:15-18:45 Mobility and Access 3
Stream: Combined Streams, Sourcing and Material Flows Day: 3
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-9:30 Keynote: Marc Rosen, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada: Potential Contributions to Sustainability of Net-zero Energy Buildings and Communities
9:45-11:15 Developing Appropriate High Level Capacity in Africa to Achieve Sustainable Development [Stream 1: Policy and Planning] 4
Coffee Break
11:45-13:15

Sourcing and Material Flows
[Stream 5: Sustainability in Economics, Business, and Management]

5
Lunch Break
14:00-15:00 Keynote: Aldo Stroebel, National Research Foundation, South Africa: Towards Impact and Resilience: Innovative Funding Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Africa
Coffee Break
Stream: 5 – Sustainability in Economics, Business, and Management Day: 1
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-9:00 Welcome: Ed Constable and Max Bergman
9.15-10.15 Technological Innovation 2
Coffee Break
10:45-12:15 Sustainable Manufacturing 4
Lunch Break
14:45-15:45 Managing Business Impacts as Sustainable Development Corporate Responsibility and the SDGs 3
Coffee Break
16:15-17:45 Managing Business Impacts as Sustainable DevelopmentCorporate Responsibility and the SDGs (continued) 4
18:00-19:00 Live Video Keynote: Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Stream: 5 – Sustainability in Economics, Business, and Management Day: 2
Time Activity Presentations
8:30-10:30 Corporate Management and Sustainability 6
Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Corporate Management and Sustainability (continued) 5
Lunch Break
13:30-14:30 Keynote: Klaus Leisinger, Global Values Alliance Foundation: Corporate Sustainability, Global Values and Pluralistic Societies: What can we know? What ought we to do? What may we hope?
14:45-16:45

Economic Assessment of Sustainability

6
Coffee Break
17:15-18:45

Assessing Sustainability

4
Stream: 5 – Sustainability in Economics, Business, and Management Day: 3
Time Activity Presentations
8.30-9.30 Keynote: Marc Rosen, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Canada: Potential Contributions to Sustainability of Net-zero Energy Buildings and Communities
9:45-11:15 The Role of Private Enterprise 5
Coffee Break
11:45-13:15 Contrasting Approaches to CSR 4
Lunch Break
14:00-15.00 Keynote: Aldo Stroebel, National Research Foundation, South Africa: Towards Impact and Resilience: Innovative Funding Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Africa
15:15-17:15 CSR Principles and Guidelines 6
Coffee Break
17:45-18:45 CSR Principles and Guidelines (continued) 3

Live Video Keynote Speaker

Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs – Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Marc RosenPotential Contributions to Sustainability of Net-zero Energy Buildings and Communities.
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario, Canada

Prof. Klaus LeisingerCorporate Sustainability, Global Values and Pluralistic Societies: What can we know? What ought we to do? What may we hope?
President of the Global Values Alliance Foundation, Professor of Sociology of University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

Dr. Aldo StroebelTowards Impact and Resilience: Innovative Funding Partnerships for Sustainable Development in Africa
Executive Director, International Relations and Cooperation, National Research Foundation, South Africa

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