Call for Abstracts: 3rd Energy & Society Conference – Transforming Energy for Society

Start/Stop Date:
10 Jan 2016
Helmholtz Centre for environmental research - UFZ
Conference centre Leipziger KUBUS
Focus Areas:
energy efficiency, energy transition
Type of Event:

The third conference of the Energy & Society Network will take place in Leipzig, Germany, from 12th-14th September 2016. It aims to bring together social scientists from Europe and beyond working on energy related topics. We wish to offer an opportunity to exchange ideas and create new collaborations. We invite papers from all social sciences and interdisciplinary networks.

We encourage submissions on a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to the following:

  • Local, regional, national and international energy strategies, pathways and policies
  • Theoretical approaches to energy transitions research
  • Energy, vulnerability and poverty
  • Public participation, democracy and justice in ‘old’ and ‘new’ energy provisioning
  • Spatial and geo-political dimensions of energy transition pathways
  • Communities, grass roots and self-organisation in energy transitions
  • Dynamics and patterns of energy use practices
  • Smart meters, smart appliances, smart grids, smart everything?
  • Economics of energy transitions: Green/blue economy, degrowth, divestment, and other concepts
  • Research at the nexus of energy-environment-water-food-mobility
  • Methodological approaches to energy research

We encourage submission of abstracts for presentations and posters. Workshop proposals are also welcome.

Sessions and Submissions

  • Abstracts (oral and poster presentations): 150-200 words. Please indicate your preference regarding the format (presentation in a session, poster, round table) and session topic
  • Workshops (90 min.): proposals are invited in different formats with a focus on thematic, methodological, and/or theoretical discussions. They can include up to four presentations. If the workshop is planned to include individual presentations, the workshop organizer also needs to include a title and abstract of each presenter’s paper (150 words and affiliations).

Selected abstracts will be allocated by the conference organisers to roundtable sessions. Roundtable sessions are where a number of presentations are given simultaneously at separate tables within a single room. Each table will have a session chair and the papers allocated to it will be grouped by themes. Each of the papers within the roundtable will be allocated a 20 minute slot (15 minutes presentation followed by 5 minutes questions). Computers and PowerPoint are not used during the roundtable sessions giving presenters an opportunity to think more creatively about their presentation. These are particularly useful sessions for presenting work in progress and early stage ideas for discussion with peers. If you would like to be selected to present in the roundtable session please indicate your preference on your submission.

Key Information
Authors cannot present more than one paper but can be co-authors of other papers. Abstracts must be submitted in English.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts and workshop proposals is January 10th 2016. Authors will be informed whether or not their abstract or workshop proposal is accepted by 1st of March 2016.

The fees for the conference are to be for early bird registration 50 Euro for ESA members, 60 for non-members, 30 for students. Registration will open from March to July 2016.

We look forward to welcoming you to Leipzig! 12 – 14 September 2016

For more information

Conrad Kunze E-mail:
Matthias Groß E-mail: