The European Commission is gearing up for a major conference to be held 26–28 May 2009 on Sustainable development: a challenge for European research. A call for papers was published here. The Scientific Committee of the conference, chaired by Prof Carlo Jaeger of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, will review the submissions and select the papers that will be a part of the conference programme.
Professionals and graduate students from all over the world are welcome to submit their work to the conference before 15 January 2009. The papers should be around 4 000 words and fit into one of the following categories:
Papers in the first two categories should fit into the theme of either efficiency and effectiveness, fairness or diversity.
Submissions will be judged on novelty, relevance, technical and scientific quality, potential impact of research strategy, identification of R&D needs and clarity of presentation. The Scientific Committee will screen the papers and pass the best ones on to the final judges. The selected papers will fill approximately half of the sessions available in the conference programme.
In addition, the European Climate Forum will award €1 000 to six winning papers, two from each category. These papers will be highlighted in the conference programme and published in a book in relation to the conference.