Session Types

Submissions are now closed. Responses to submissions have been sent out.

If you would like to attend the conference, please visit the registration page for more information and to purchase tickets.

Conference Objectives

The key objective of this conference is to provide a platform that promotes the generation, integration, and application of holistic knowledge of sustainability that draws from traditional, transdisciplinary and emerging academic fields and disciplines, as well as from practices and actions.

Other main objectives are:

  • to demonstrate to academic community that sustainability is not limited to few selected academic disciplines, but applies across all areas of research and study;
  • promote cross-fertilization of knowledge across stakeholders, including academics, business leaders, policymakers, Aboriginal leaders, community leaders, and other sustainability professionals; and
  • to provide an opportunity to the next generation of sustainability professionals and researchers to share their inquisitiveness, contributions, and leadership in sustainability.

Given these objectives, we look forward to contributions from all disciplines and stakeholders. We will love to have proposals that integrate across and include multiple disciplines and stakeholders, and theory, practice, and action.

Conference Session Types

Plenary Sessions

These will be organized by conference organizers. The sessions will include presentations and panel discussions by Guest Speakers. There will be at least one plenary session every day. Academics, Aboriginal leaders, business leaders, community leaders, policy makers, and political leaders will participate in these sessions. There is no call for submission for these sessions.

We have pre-identified some themed sessions, but these are just some examples. All presenters for these sessions, aside from pre-selected papers authored by the chairs of each session, will be selected from the abstracts submitted for the sessions. To see the list of themed sessions, click the button below.

The conference covers all aspects of sustainability and 17 SDGs. While prospective presenters are welcome to submit papers to the above themed sessions, authors are also welcome to submit an abstract of a paper on any other aspect of sustainability, and any of the 17 SDGs. These abstracts will be reviewed, and if accepted, will be grouped by the organizers into new themed sessions. 

In addition to our pre-identified themes, we are accepting proposals for additional themed sessions. Each themed session will be about 90 minutes, and will include 4 to 5 presentations. Papers in a themed session will be on a similar topic. The presentations should provide main features and findings for a subsequent shared discussion.

Each panel discussion will be about 90 minutes and will have about four panelists, including a moderator. The discussion will be in an interactive format in which each panelist will give a brief presentation followed by an in-depth Q & A discussion facilitated by the moderator. Panelists will represent different aspects, perspectives or lenses on the chosen topic.

Each workshop, about 90 minutes, will provide an opportunity of a deep examination of a specific topic, issue or question which will be led by an experienced facilitator in the field. Each workshop will be highly interactive and will provide participants the opportunity to discuss their own perspectives and experiences. A limited number of workshops will be available. Please note that the facilitator’s remarks will be limited to about 15 minutes to enable the workshop attendees to engage deeply in conversation, idea-generation and discussion. A workshop can be proposed in collaboration with a colleague, or individually. 

Solution Sessions are designed to enable a group of delegates to find a solution for a specific challenge. Each session, about 90 minutes, will provide an opportunity to engage in in-depth discussions on a question, threat, or opportunity. The session organizer will facilitate the session, and can use one of several available collaborative tools and analytical frameworks such as Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, Metaphoric Thinking, Critical Thinking, or the Red Ocean Strategy. 

The conference will have a special emphasis on posters by graduate students and undergraduate students from both research and professional streams. Posters based on research, work completed during professional internships, work-integrated learning opportunities or capstone projects, are welcomed, as are conceptual/innovative ideas focused on sustainability. There will be three best poster prizes (First, Second, and Third) in four categories: Best Graduate Research Posters, Best Graduate Professional Posters, Best Undergraduate Research Posters, and Best Undergraduate Professional Posters. 

Training Workshops

A limited number of training workshops can be organized during the conference. Interested experts/professionals, who want to offer a training workshop on a particular method, tool, approach, or topic, should contact the STTPA office –  by April 8, 2019. Participants will register separately for each workshop and there may be additional registration fee for attending training workshops.

Special Meetings

A limited number of special meetings, such as meetings of professional networks, associations, or other target groups (e.g. CEOs, Sustainability Professionals, Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, Groups of Researchers and Educators), can also be organized during the conference. Interested groups should contact the STTPA office – before May 25, 2019. We will provide the infrastructure and announce your meeting in the conference program.

Other Sessions

Participants interested in a different format than the above, such as an art exhibition, should contact the STTPA office – for more information before May 25, 2019.