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Fourteenth International Conference on Current Issues of Sustainable Development - Sustainable Energy Supply and Sustainable Product Innovation

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Fourteenth International Conference on Current Issues of Sustainable Development
- Sustainable Energy Supply and Sustainable Product Innovation

Hosted by
the Opole University (Poland),
Hochschule Zittau/Goerlitz (Germany) and
IHI – TU Dresden (Zittau, Germany)
Selçuk University (Turkey),
Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
in co-operation with The Polish Association of Environmental and Natural Resource Economists

Call for papers

Sustainability issues have become so common in many fields of socio-, political- and economic life, that it is often forgotten that it requires new approaches, and a change in rules guiding human activity, ways of thinking and governance structures. There exists the need to understand the interactions in institutional change between socio-economic systems, technology, product innovation and a transition path towards more sustainable production structures and energy supply.

In the context of the continuous increase in demand for energy, the challenges in climate change and socio-economic development, different policy options need to be taken into consideration. A first approach is reducing consumption in general (de-growth-ideology), which may cause problems due to the existing paradigm of growth. The other approach, which is technology-optimistic, seeks for the technological fix to sustainability problems. While the first approach is questioning life styles, ways of consumption and growth-oriented economies, the second is focusing on technological changes not questioning the current trends in development of the global economy. However, both approaches are depending on innovations and transitions though on different levels, i.e. (i) the process and product (micro-) level, (ii) the strategic management (meso-) level and (iii) the systems-level (macro-level).

The general aims of the conference are to discuss and analyse:

  • Transitions to innovative sustainable systems of energy supply.

  • Can sustainability be a driver for innovations in energy supply as well as energy and material efficiency in the supply chain?

  • Which kind of business models and supply chain management schemes are needed to foster successful sustainability innovations and increasing energy efficiency?

  • Responsibility and innovation for sustainable development – producer responsibility, consumer responsibility, NGO responsibility, state responsibility.

  • Multilevel governance, sustainable energy provision, globalizing supply chains and sustainability innovation.

  • Trade-offs between energy supply and climate change policy.

  • Lying & cheating in sustainability innovation. How to assess the sustainability of innovations.

We invite papers and posters of researchers from disciplines involved in issues of sustainable energy provision, innovation, governance and sustainable development, e.g. economics, geography, environmental sciences, natural sciences, legal sciences, social sciences. Papers, after positive review, are considered for publication in “Economic and Environmental Studies” ( – 6 points on the Polish Ministerial list).

Scholars wishing to give a presentation at the conference are kindly asked to submit an abstract of their paper in advance. The abstract should be written in English and should point out the general interest of the paper to be presented touching the above named issues. The abstract should include the following details: (1) title of the presentation, (2) name of the authors, organisation, email-address, mailing-address, phone number, (3) keywords, (4) body text (max. 250 words), (5) an approx. 80-word biography on the scientific/educational background of the author(s).

Please register and submit the abstract not later than 31 March 2014.
Confirmation of acceptance of abstracts 14 April 2014 (latest).
Full papers are expected by 1 June 2014.

The conference fee is PLN 600 (150 euro for non-Polish participants). PhD students – PLN 400 (100 euro). Other students (BA, MA) PLN 300 (75 euro). This fee covers food, refreshments and conference materials. Accommodation can be arranged separately, based on individual preferences. Please contact the organiser on this issue.
The fee should be paid by 1 May 2014 into the following account belonging to Opole University:

Opole University, Plac Kopernika 11a, 45-040 Opole, Poland
Bank: Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. 1 Oddz. Opole, ul. Ozimska 6, 45-057 Opole, Poland
Swift Code (for foreign transfers): WBKPPLPP
Bank account: (PL09) 1090 2138 0000 0005 5600 0043
Reference: Sustainable Development

When resigning from participation, conference fee may be refunded after distraction of organisational costs made (20% of the fee). After 1 June 2013, refund will not be possible in case of resignation.

For more information, please contact the conference organizer.
If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact
Joost Platje - fax (+-48-77-40 16 901), telephone (+-48- (0) 600-521110), e-mail (

The Faculty of Economics of the Opole University cooperates within the framework of international agreements with the following foreign universities:

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