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ICT4S 2013 : ICT for Sustainability


When Feb 14, 2013 - Feb 16, 2013
Where Zurich
Submission Deadline Jun 11, 2012
Notification Due Aug 1, 2012
Final Version Due Sep 1, 2012
Categories    informatics   energy   ICT   sustainability

Call For Papers

NOTE: Deadline extended: June 11, 2012

‘ICT for sustainability’ is about utilizing the transformational power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for making our world more sustainable: saving energy and material resources by creating more value from less physical input, increasing quality of life for ever more people without compromising future generations‘ ability to meet their needs. While the potential of ICTs‘ contribution to sustainability has been increasingly recognized during the last decades, implementing this poten- tial has proven to be a challenge.

The ICT4S conference aims to bring together leading researchers from the technical, natural and social science disciplines:

• to take stock of the role of ICT in sustainability and to improve the methods of measuring the positive and negative effects of ICT;
• to create an interdisciplinary synopsis, to inspire new approaches to unleash the potential of ICT for sustainability in various fields of application, from production to consumption;
• to improve methodologies of evaluting, developing, and governing the effects of ICT systems on the sustainability of societal and environmental systems.

TOPICS (include, but are not limited to):

1. Sustainability through ICT

- ICT for energy management and planning:
ICT for energy efficiency, smart energy systems, smart grids, smart
metering, ICT and renewables
- ICT and dematerialization:
ICT for material efficiency, ICT-supported life cycle thinking, ICT and
product-service systems, smart recycling
- Sustainability in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI):
Creating awareness, supporting behavioral changes, empowering the 'green'
consumer with information, supporting design for sustainability
- Other enabling effects of ICT for sustainability:
Other effects of ICT as an enabler of sustainable development may be
addressed as well

2. Sustainability in ICT

- Energy flows induced by ICT and how to reduce their impact:
Energy use in the life cycle of ICT hardware, energy consumption of data
centers, decentralized and renewable power generation for ICT, energy
harvesting, energy-aware and energy-autonomous systems
- Material flows induced by ICT and how to reduce their impact: Scarce
resources used for ICT hardware, electronic waste (e-waste, WEEE),
recycling technologies and schemes, environmental and social impacts of
ICT-related material flows, future electronics
- Green design and green software:
Measuring resource consumption at the level of ICT functions and services,
implications of software architecture on hardware load, the potential of
software to save hardware resources, sustainability in software
engineering, resource-aware software, price transparency in the ICT sector

3. Economic and Political Dimensions

- Rebound effects and how to avoid them:
ICT-induced efficiency and rebound effects, history of ICT-related rebound
effects, theories and models of rebound effects, rebound effects vs.
intended growth, political frameworks for avoiding rebound effects
- Energy markets:
Role of ICT in the deregulation of electricity markets, ICT and dynamic
prices, electronic energy markets, enabling political frameworks for smart
energy use
- Economics of ICT hardware:
Supply security of the resources used in ICT, geopolitical aspects of
critical metals, economics of e-waste recycling, world commodity markets
and ICT


Contributions must be submitted electronically via the EasyChair system at https: // www.easychair. org / conferences /?conf=ict4s2013. All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the program committee and will be judged on the basis of originality, soundness, contribution to the conference objectives, quality of presentation, and appropriate comparison to re- lated work. Submissions must not have been pub- lished or be concurrently considered for publication elsewhere. Contributions must be submitted in PDF format, the full papers and final posters formatted according to the author guidelines which will be published in July 2012 at


1. Authors are kindly asked to submit an extended abstract of 1000-2500 words (including references) by June 1, 2012. Extended abstracts will be used for pre-selection.
2. After pre-selection, authors are requested to submit a full paper of 6-10 pages for review. Full papers are due September 1, 2012. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, which will be available at the conference and published online.
3. After the conference, some contributions will be selected for post-conference publication depending on topicality and quality. The authors will be encouraged to extend and update their contribution for publication either in an edited volume or a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal. Details of post-conference publication will be published in July 2012 at


1. Draft posters have to be submitted via the EasyChair system by September 1, 2012. 2. Authors will be notified upon acceptance by October 1, 2012.
3. Camera-ready posters must be submitted by November 1, 2012. Poster authors may use the conference’s free poster printing service or bring their own hardcopy to the conference.

For formatting guidelines, details of proceedings and post-conference publications and the terms and conditions for authors, see


The ICT4S conference will bring together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry leaders. Decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications should attend this conference.


June 1, 2012: Submission of extended abstracts
August 1, 2012: Notification of preliminary acceptance
September 1, 2012: Submission of full papers and draft posters
October 1, 2012: Final acceptance
November 1, 2012: Submission of camera-ready papers and posters
February 13, 2012: Pre-conference activities
February 14-16, 2013: Conference


Prof. Lorenz M. Hilty,
Dr. Wolfgang Lohmann

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