The 9th annual edition of Sustainable Places (SP2021) will be a hybrid event, from 29th September to 1st October, with the in-person meetings to be hosted in Rome, Italy.
Sustainability targets and climate change objectives cannot be met without addressing buildings and the built environment at the building, district and urban scale to include our transport and energy infrastructures. Renowned for showcasing results coming out of the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme via the participation of cutting-edge research and innovation projects, the scope of Sustainable Places is captured directly in its name. It involves designing, building and retrofitting the places we live and work in a more sustainable way.
Sustainable Places prides itself on being an ideal platform for the dissemination of research, the conduct of workshops, EU project clustering and networking between stakeholders of all types. SP2021 will be held over three days in a hybrid (digital + in-person) event format. Between opening and closing keynote sessions, parallel technical sessions and project-organized workshops will explore the various conference themes.
Sustainable Places consists of
- Keynote speakers
- Technical paper sessions
- Thematic workshops & EU project clustering
- Exhibition area (posters, brochures, and prototypes)
- Local area visits
- Excellent people, collaboration and discussion
Each year, Sustainable Places features topics that are shaping how we think about buildings and the built environment.
SP2021 has released a preliminary list of general focal topics in the Call for Proposals application which is now open for submissions. As context, the 8th edition of Sustainable Places (SP2020) featured the following specific topics:
- Circular Economy
- Digital Twins
- BIPV–Buildings Integrated Photovoltaics
- Local Energy Communities
- Sustainable Digital Infrastructure
Across all editions, Sustainable Places is open to all topics related to building sustainability and most often reflect priorities reflected in the European Commission Societal Challenges and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In past editions of Sustainable Places, several examples of technical contributions and/or workshops have included:
- Energy efficiency in buildings
- Smart grids and demand response
- Renewable energy technologies
- Energy storage
- District heating and cooling
- Nature based solutions
- Digitalization and technologies to reduce the energy performance gap
Non peer-reviewed technical papers (4-6 pages in length) will be published in Open Access MDPI Proceedings. As a reference, please feel free to peruse the Proceedings editions from SP2020, SP2019, SP2018, and SP2017.
Select papers will be considered for publication in the Buildings peer-reviewed journal. As further reference, please feel free to peruse the Buildings editions from SP2019, SP2018, and SP2017 (SP2020 edition to be updated shortly).
Interest in the submission of extended papers is to be indicated (box check) on the Call for Proposals (CfP) to provide a first indicator on if there is enough interest to support a special issue (6-8 extended papers).
Sponsors may elect a general sponsorship, to sponsor various parts of the event. We welcome industrials to get involved in the support of this event and platform. All sponsors will be featured in SP2020 promotional material (website, newsletters, presentations, proceedings, etc.). To learn more about the SP2021 sponsorship opportunities please get in touch at email@example.com.
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