The organising committee of the International Symposium on Sustainability in the Post-Covid era: Challenges and Opportunities in the face of Climate Change and the Energy Transition (Convenors: Ricardo Garcia Mira & Petra Schweizer-Ries; Chair of the Organizing Committee: Cristina García Fontán) is pleased to announce that the event will be held in A Coruña, from the September 29th to October 1st, 2021. This international symposium is organized by the IAPS (International Association for People-Environment Studies) Network of “Sustainability”, with the collaboration of the People-Environment Research Group of the University of A Coruña (Spain) and the Research and Teaching Lab “Sustainable Development” of the Bochum University of Applied Sciences, with the objective of bringing together participants from various disciplines with the aim of creating a shared and reflexive space of knowledge and debate on issues relevant to people-environment studies, and, more specifically, to creative solutions to acute problems in post-pandemic times and contexts.

The symposium will use an hybrid format, combining face-to-face with virtual sessions, intended to promote discussion, debate and involvement of participants in order to produce creative and efficient solutions to real and important problems, as well as to answer significant questions about the interaction of people with different environments and contexts affected by Covid19.

The Organizing Committee of the IAPS-Sustainability Network Symposium welcomes the submission of original contributions for presentation at this Symposium. Submissions should be in English language. Papers will be selected through a double blind review process organized by an international scientific committee. First, we ask you to submit an abstract. If your abstract is selected, you will be invited to register in the conference.

Contributions will be accepted in the following categories:

  • Paper presentations: at the heart of the symposium will be paper presentations by researchers drawing on applied and theoretical research. Papers from both academics and practitioners will be considered for inclusion.
  • Posters: describing contributions and the latest results of scientific work from theoretical and research work (especially PhD-researchers) best practice, qualitative case studies, quantitative studies, etc.
  • Specific sessions: representatives from various organizations involved in sustainability or urban development initiatives including: the private sector, commercial business, official agencies, municipalities, NGOs, schools, universities, and other institutions etc. are invited to organize sessions that will give a platform for in-depth discussion. Participants can propose a session on any issue pertinent to the theme of the symposium.

We invite the submission of abstracts for all categories/papers by 15th April of 2021.

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