Call for proposals

Tracks and special sessions

With an ambition to create inclusive, engaging and impactful content throughout the conference, we invite the community to take an active role in constructing an exciting and challenging program.

We therefore invite the STRN community to create proposals for paper tracks and special sessions.

Proposals should address a broad range of research topics and perspectives. Proposals may specifically address questions related to the theme nature and sustainability transitions and/or speak to established or emerging research themes that reflect the STRN research agenda.

Paper track

A paper track is a collection of paper presentations on a specific topic. A track may have several sessions, depending on the number of contributions accepted to the track. A track may consist of full papers (submitted in advance and with prepared feedback), speed talks (less time per paper, and no organised feedback) or a mix of the two formats. Track proposals should be coherent in content and describe key questions and perspectives.

If selected, paper track proposers will be asked to revise their proposals and it will be published online as part of the “call for papers”. Track proposers are expected to contribute to reviewing contributions proposed to their track, assist the conference organisers in organising their tracks and sessions, and act as session chairs.

Special sessions

Proposals for special sessions also need to describe a coherent theme, but special sessions may have different formats, such as panels /debates, policy dialogue sessions or other alternative formats. The proposals also need to include a description of the sessions’ participants. Special sessions will be no more than 60-90 minutes.

Proposal criteria and review process

All proposals should be proposed by at least two persons, ideally representing two different research institutions. We encourage track and session proposers to include early career researchers and senior scholars in their proposals.

Proposals should be about 500 words; with a short title and a brief description of the questions and research topics you want to raise, including a reflection of topic’s relevance for the conference theme or the STRN agenda. Proposals also need to indicate the kinds of contributions sought (full/short papers/other) and the format you are proposing (particularly for special sessions).

All proposals will be peer reviewed and assessed against criteria of novelty, scientific quality, coverage of different research themes as well as the relevance for the conference theme and/or the STRN agenda.

Proposal submission

Please submit your proposal here:

The deadline for submission is November 20th. Organisers will be notified of the acceptance of their proposals by mid-December 2023.


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Deadline for session proposal: 20th November 2023

Conference hosts

IST 2024 is hosted by the University of Oslo, in collaboration with SINTEF, the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, and the INTRANSIT and NTRANS research centers.

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