Call for Papers: ICT for Sustainability Conference (ICT4S) in Zurich

Sustainability is an important not only for ICT in general but also for HPC. Next year Zurich will host an important conference about ICT for Sustainability. If you are interested in contributing to the conference, then now it is time to submit your papers.

ICT for sustainability is about utilizing the transformational power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for making our world more sustainable: saving energy and material resources by creating more value from less physical input, increasing quality of life for ever more people without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their needs. While the potential of ICTs’ contribution to sustainability has been increasingly recognized during the last decades, implementing this potential has proven to
be a challenge.

The ICT4S conference aims to bring together leading researchers from the technical, natural and social science disciplines:

  • to take stock of the role of ICT in sustainability and to improve the methods of measuring the positive and negative effects of ICT;
  • to create an interdisciplinary synopsis, to inspire new approaches to unleash the potential of ICT for sustainability in various fields of application, from production to consumption;
  • to improve methodologies of evaluating, developing, and governing the effects of ICT systems on the sustainability of societal and environmental systems.

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Topics include, but are not limited to:

1. Sustainability through ICT:

  • ICT for energy management and planning: ICT for energy efficiency, smart energy systems, smart grids, smart
    metering, ICT and renewables
  • ICT and dematerialization: ICT for material efficiency, ICT-supported life cycle thinking, ICT and product-service systems, smart recycling
    Sustainability in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI): Creating awareness, supporting behavioral changes, empowering the ‘green’
    consumer with information, supporting design for sustainability
  • Other enabling effects of ICT for sustainability: Other effects of ICT as an enabler of sustainable development may be addressed as well

2. Sustainability in ICT

  • Energy flows induced by ICT and how to reduce their impact: Energy use in the life cycle of ICT hardware, energy consumption of data centers, decentralized and renewable power generation for ICT, energy harvesting, energy-aware and energy-autonomous systems
  • Material flows induced by ICT and how to reduce their impact: Scarce resources used for ICT hardware, electronic waste (e-waste, WEEE), recycling technologies and schemes, environmental and social impacts of ICT-related material flows, future electronics
  • Green design and green software: Measuring resource consumption at the level of ICT functions and services, implications of software architecture on hardware load, the potential of software to save hardware resources, sustainability in software engineering, resource-aware software, price transparency in the ICT sector

3. Economic and Political Dimensions

  • Rebound effects and how to avoid them: ICT-induced efficiency and rebound effects, history of ICT-related rebound effects, theories and models of rebound effects, rebound effects vs. intended growth, political frameworks for avoiding rebound effects
  • Energy markets: Role of ICT in the deregulation of electricity markets, ICT and dynamic prices, electronic energy markets, enabling political frameworks for smart energy use
  • Economics of ICT hardware: Supply security of the resources used in ICT, geopolitical aspects of critical metals, economics of e-waste recycling, world commodity markets and ICT


Contributions must be submitted electronically via the EasyChair system at

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least two members of the program committee and will be judged on the basis of originality, soundness, contribution to the conference objectives, quality of presentation, and appropriate comparison to related work. Submissions must not have been published or be concurrently considered for publication elsewhere.
Contributions must be submitted in PDF format, the full papers and final posters formatted according to the author guidelines which will be published in July 2012 at

Important Dates

  • Jun 1, 2012 – Submission of extended abstracts
  • Aug 1, 2012 – Notification of preliminary acceptance
  • Sep 1, 2012 – Submission of full papers and draft posters
  • Oct 1, 2012 – Final acceptance
  • Nov 1, 2012 – Submission of camera-ready papers and posters
  • Feb 13, 2012 – Pre-conference activities
  • Feb 14-16, 2013 – Conference