IST 2020 – Call for submissions

We are grateful to announce the call for submissions for the International Sustainability Transitions conference 2020 in Vienna.

The conference will take place from the 18-21 August 2020 (

Please find the call for submissions here.

It is hosted by the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) and Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU).

Please use #IST2020 for your social media communication.

For inquiries please refer to

Key Dates

  • 20th December 2019 – Abstract submission opens
  • 31st January 2020 – Abstract submission deadline
  • 31st March 2020 – Expected Notification of Acceptance
  • 1st April 2020 – Early bird registration starts (including child-care registration)
  • 1st May 2020 – Early bird registration deadline, Child-care registration deadline
  • 1st June 2020 – Presenter registration deadline
  • 2nd July 2020 – Full papers submission deadline
  • 5th August 2020 – Regular registration deadline
  • 18th August 2020 – Late afternoon session for newcomers to sustainability transitions studies
  • 18th-21st August 2020 – IST 2020 conference

Session Formats

IST2020 follows previous IST conferences by providing a range of formats to stimulate scholarly debate as well as dialogue with practitioners:
Full paper sessions: 90 minute sessions for presentation and discussion of original research papers (typically 3 per session). Authors are required to submit a draft of their full paper in advance of the conference. Full papers are also eligible for nomination for the best paper award (details to follow).
Speed talk sessions: 60 minute sessions for 3 to 5 speed talks, which briefly introduce new research ideas, data and analytical insights, and early stage work to provide a basis for collective discussion. We encourage contributions from practitioners as well as researchers. Submission of full papers is not required for speed talk sessions.
Posters: Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference in a designated poster area. Authors will also have an opportunity to present their posters during a dedicated poster session in the conference program. A prize will be offered for the best poster presentation.
Dialogue sessions: 60- or 90-minute sessions, which aim to stimulate discussion and debate around a particular thematic focus. These sessions are proposed by an external session organizer / chair with pre-agreed speakers. Dialogue sessions should be conceived to maximize audience participation. The session organizer should propose the precise format of the session, which could be a panel, a sequence of speakers, a debate or workshop. We specifically invite proposals that feature non-academic participants and innovative formats. Submission of full papers is not required for dialogue sessions.

See you in Vienna.


About Julius Wesche

Writing about the German heat Transition | PhD candidate at @UtrechtUni | Work at @FraunhoferISI | Organizer at the NEST |

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