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 coalition buliding in the German heat Transition | Member of the STRN steering group | PhD candidate at @UtrechtUni | Work at @FraunhoferISI | Organizer at the NEST |

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