The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ECSEE)

The concept of sustainability is something that is increasingly important to the way that we operate as individuals, as educators and as societies more generally. Originally a term largely used in reference to the wellbeing of the Earth in the face of rapid development, and the threat of environmental degradation, the United Nations Brundland commission posited that “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

This concept of sustainability has since taken root in different professions and academic disciplines, and is now at the heart of how we look at the problems facing the world – from the macro to the micro, to the usage of energy and the emerging new impacts on our environment. IAFOR is an organisation committed to sustainability and environmental conservation through education, and the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches that will encourage the synergies necessary for the creation of new knowledge to help identify, address and tackle these problems.

Sustainability means different things to different people, from engineers to charity workers, architects to product designers, politicians to philosophers, and medical doctors to engineers, and IAFOR conferences offer a great platform for leading scholars and practitioners around the world to exchange the latest research and ideas in their field, and be confronted and challenged by those in others.

The IAFOR platform is one that can only function as a sustainable entity from the active partnership and support of some of the world’s leading universities, such as Virginia Tech, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, University of Sussex, National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at University of Michigan, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, Nihon University, and University of Tokyo.

However, it is the contributions of individual academics from all over the world that make IAFOR work, that help us grow sustainably, preserve the environment, and allow us to play our part in pursuit of the common goal of a sustainable and energy efficient world. We look forward to your continued support, and very active participation.

The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ECSEE) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The European Conference on Social Sciences (ECSS) in Brighton, UK. Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds. Registration for either of these conferences permits attendance in both.

Previous Speakers

The following speakers, among others, have presented their research at IAFOR's conferences on sustainability, energy and the environment.

Amy Sarkowski, psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University, and Yukinori Komine, international relations scholar; Linda Toyo Obayashi, Senior Mediation Officer at the World Bank; Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University; Jun Arima, Japanese governmental adviser on Energy and the Environment; Lowell Sheppard, Asia-Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency; Keith Miller, scientist, artificial intelligence expert and ethicist; Yozo Yokota, internationally renowned human rights and labour lawyer, Director of the Japanese Center for Human Rights and former UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar; Brent Huffman, Medill Professor and award-winning Director of “Saving Mes Aynak”; David Matchar, Duke-NUS Medical School Professor and Director of the Program in Health Services and Systems Research; Hiroshi Ishida, University of Tokyo’s Director of the Institute of Social Science; Geoffrey Beattie, eminent climate change psychologist; Sir Kenneth Calman, physician and ethicist, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, former UK Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the World Health Organization.

Other IAFOR Sustainability, Energy & the Environment Conferences

Ways to Get Involved

IAFOR depends on the assistance of a large number of international academics and practitioners who contribute in a variety of ways to our shared mission of promoting international exchange, facilitating intercultural awareness, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion and generating and sharing new knowledge. We are grateful for the time, effort and expertise donated by all our volunteer contributors.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved:

IAFOR Membership

IAFOR membership provides an exceptional opportunity to be a part of a leading global academic organisation, network and platform that is committed to nurturing the very best in interdisciplinary research in the global public interest. Membership is open to all scholars, professionals and policymakers, researchers, or those with a strong professional interest in education.


With thousands of abstracts submitted each year for presentation at our conferences, IAFOR relies on academics around the world to ensure a fair and timely peer review process in keeping with established international norms of double-blind peer review. Our peer review process, which involves both reciprocal review and the use of Review Committees, is overseen by the Conference Programme Committee under the guidance of the International Academic Board.

If you hold a PhD or another terminal degree in your field, are a current or former faculty member and have previous peer review experience, we encourage you to join the ECSEE Review Committee.


IAFOR publishes six online, Open Access, editorially independent journals across a variety of disciplines, which are associated with IAFOR’s conferences. IAFOR journals are edited by academics who are experts in their fields, and journal submissions are evaluated by Editorial Board members and peer reviewers across the globe who have the relevant qualifications and expertise.



Publish your research in one of IAFOR’s Open Access, editorially independent journals. Articles may be submitted via open calls for papers. Authors publishing with IAFOR are not required to pay submission or publication fees of any kind, and IAFOR journals are available to a global readership online, completely free of charge and without delay or embargo.

Conference Proceedings

If your abstract has been accepted, and you presented the work at ECSEE (including Virtual Presentations), you are encouraged to submit a full paper via the online submission system for inclusion in the Conference Proceedings, which will be made available online. For further details of how to submit your paper, please view the Final Paper Submission page. IAFOR Conference Proceedings are Open Access research repositories that act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Please note that works published in the Conference Proceedings cannot be considered for publication in IAFOR journals.


THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences. Content is varied in both subject and form, with everything from in-depth articles to shorter opinion pieces, interviews, film and photography.

THINK gives academics the opportunity to step outside of the traditional research publishing status quo – to get creative, explore different disciplines and to have their ideas heard, shared and discussed by a global academic audience.

To write for THINK, please view the Submit page on the THINK website and then send your article proposal to publications@iafor.org.

Student Internships

Are you a student? Would you like to meet delegates and academics who are experts in their fields, practice your communication skills and experience a truly international academic event? The IAFOR Internship Programme offers opportunities for students to assist at IAFOR conferences such as ECSEE, involving responsibilities such as greeting participants, helping with registration and guiding participants to presentation rooms. To find out more about internships at an IAFOR event, please visit the IAFOR Internship Programme page.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest additional ways in which you could contribute to IAFOR’s interdisciplinary activities, please feel free to email ecsee@iafor.org.