Call for abstracts

In June 1972 the environmental crisis was internationally acknowledged by the first UN conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm. Exactly 50 years will have passed when the Pisa 2022 Conference of European Society for Ecological Economics takes place.

Countless papers, conferences, declarations, and policies have attempted to tackle the issue. While some progress has been achieved, overall environmental degradation has become increasingly alarming. Efficiency has dramatically improved; yet, because of rebound effects, consumption of energy and materials has hugely increased, and with it, the amount of waste and emissions that are returned to our environment. The system is locked into unsustainable trajectories and policies have not been capable of freeing us from them.

Many are still fascinated by the myth of exponential growth of the GDP and remain unable to see the other side of the coin, namely the harmful effects that render growth uneconomic. “Ecological transition” is too often thought of as a technological transition, concerning in particular the shift towards renewable energy, while there is little awareness that unsustainability is brought about by the abundance of energy. Indeed, energy furnishes us with huge power to interfere with the natural processes.

It was not just the Stockholm UN conference that took place at the beginning of the 1970s; in those fruitful times, Georgescu-Roegen gave us an early warning that technology alone cannot solve the situation; rather, we need to curb the huge waste of energy and matter that does not add to our well-being. After fifty years we know he was right, but we remain hesitant.

While it is true moreover that sustainability is seen largely as a concern for the future, it should be noted that this is a distorted interpretation of the UN’s Brundtland report. The focus of the report is stated clearly: it concerns needs, regardless of their temporal dimension. Needs are also central to the Agenda 2030 and to many of its SDGs. Their achievement requires policymakers to abandon the dominant “growth-centric” paradigm and be brave enough to promote the many instances of change that come from engaged civil society.

The Zeno paradox means that movement, and hence change, are not seen as possible. Change is possible and needed, however. The paradox has been solved by a paradigmatic shift. Similarly, attaining  sustainability requires a change in the vision of politicians and in the collective imagination. 

Will politicians catch up with science and engaged civil society?

What are the transformative actions to escape from the current unsustainable paths?


Abstract format

Please submit an extended abstract of your paper or poster (max 600 words, approximately divided in: motivation for your research: 200 words; methods: 200 words; expected results / impact: 200 words), together with a summary (min 150 – max 350 words), by 30 November 2021 15 December 2021.  Extended abstracts may include references, but the summary should not.

When you submit your abstract, you will be asked to indicate which theme or special session your submission relates to. However, the final say on sessions rests with the organisers.

Submissions will be reviewed by an international review panel before being accepted.


Abstracts are submitted via Oxford Abstracts (abstract management platform). You will need to register to the OA platform before submitting your abstracts. It only takes a few minutes.

Submit your abstract to a special session

You can submit your abstract to one of the special sessions accepted in the conference. To do so, you only need to select “Special sessions” on the list of themes in the submission form, and select your preferred session from the list. Click on the button below for more details.


We are happy to announce that also this year we will award the student prize for the best student contribution!

If you want to be considered for the student prize, please submit your abstract in the submissions portal and make sure to click ‘yes’ for the question on the student prize participation.

If your abstract is accepted, you will be asked to upload a full paper by the 6th of May 2022. The student prize will be awarded during the conference. 

Please note that if the full paper is published or under consideration for a scientific journal, it is not eligible to take part in the best paper competition.

Student prize: Author guidelines for the full paper (due in May)

As papers are double-blind peer reviewed, the main text file should not include any information that might identify the authors. The main text file should be presented in the following order:

  1. Title, main text (font Times New Roman, font size 12, left alignment) and key words
  2. References 
  3. Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes)
  4. Figure legend
  5. Appendices (if relevant).

More info coming soon!