International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) 2021 Call for Abstract

The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Ninth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 20-21 September 2021 virtually. If you would like to present at the conference, you must submit an abstract as directed below. The conference is also open to observers (i.e. non-presenters). Simply register on the conference website to join us. Registration will open in April 2021.

Conference Theme

The conference theme is Research for Impact: An Inclusive and Sustainable Planet. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels. Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the following topics:

  1. Achieving Gender Equality across all 17 SDGs by Closing Gender Gaps in Knowledge and Standards
  2. Advanced Transportation and Communication Technologies for Achieving the SDGs
  3. Approaches to Transform Universities into Active Agents for an Inclusive and Sustainable Planet
  4. Developing the Clean Energy Transition: Innovation, Case-Studies, and Applications Towards an Inclusive and Sustainable Planet
  5. Entrepreneurship Models to Advance Sustainable Solutions
  6. Green Deal Approaches and the Transformation of External Relations
  7. How Digital Innovation Leads to Inclusivity and Sustainable Development Resilience
  8. Indigenous Approaches to Sustainable Development Research
  9. Interdisciplinary Research for Sustainable Blue Growth
  10. Language of Sustainable Development: Making Sense of the 2030 Agenda Within and Across Contexts
  11. Localizing Agenda 2030 at the Regional Level
  12. Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation in Land Use and Development Planning
  13. Partnerships and the Sustainable Development Goals
  14. Repairing SDG 4 and the Right to Education
  15. Resetting Tourism after COVID-19 with the SDGs
  16. SDG Learnings from COVID-19 for Science-Informed Decision-Making
  17. SDG6 Implementation in LMICs and how National Water Policies can Accelerate Progress
  18. Sustainability and Circular Economy Assessment
  19. Sustainable Development Goals in Construction
  20. Sustainable Finance for the Implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement
  21. Systems Approach for Sustainability
  22. Water-Energy-Food Nexus Research Impact and Stakeholder Engagement

A more detailed description of each theme can be found here. Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English*, by 1 May, 2021, via the conference website. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one theme. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or the submission of the same abstract under multiple topics is likely to result in the abstract being declined.

The scientific committee will review abstracts and send all decision letters by 1 June, 2021. Abstracts can be accepted as either poster or oral (i.e. PowerPoint) presentations. Presenters invited to give oral presentations must submit a full paper by 1 August, 2021**, in order to maintain their position in the program. Presenters failing to submit full papers will be moved to poster presentations. Presenters who do not register before the 1 September, 2021 deadline may also forfeit their spot in the agenda.

Abstract Timeline
1 March 2021               Call for Abstracts Open
1 May 2021                   Deadline for Submission of Abstracts
1 June 2021                  Abstract Decision Letters Emailed
1 August 2021              Full Papers Due (For Abstracts Accepted for Oral Presentations Only)
1 September 2021       Registration Deadline for Presenters


*Theme 15 (SDG Learnings from COVID-19 for Science-Informed Decision-Making) will be accepting abstracts in both English and French.

**The submission of a conference paper is optional for theme 3 (Approaches to Transform Universities into Active Agents for an Inclusive and Sustainable Planet)