Summer school 2017: Patricia Lago on Designing Software with a Sustainability Intent

The summer school in Leiden went great. Over the next few weeks, we will share the slides on the news here so you get an idea of what the lecture contents were. On the research conducted during the week in Leiden, we will also report, but probably more right at the conference next year.

This talk was given by Patricia Lago, introducing her Software Sustainability Assessment (SoSA) Method.

Summer school about to begin

Tomorrow starts the ICT4S summer school at the Lorentz Center in Leiden, Netherlands. We have the following talks lined up:

  • Climate Change and Energy: the role of ICT in the transition to a post-carbon society (Steve Easterbrook)
  • Requirements for Sustainability: Imagining the sustainable society (Birgit Penzenstadler)
  • Smart Sustainable Cities (Mattias Höjer)
  • The enablement potential of ICT (Vlad Coroama)
  • Designing Software with a Sustainable Intent (Patricia Lago)
  • Systems Thinking: Modeling the dynamics of ICT and sustainability (Lorenz Hilty)
  • Lifecycle Assessment: Measuring benefits and impacts &
    The social and environmental footprint of the internet (Daniel Schien)
  • Green living: Sustainable buildings, transport and food (Sam Mann)
  • Abundance: how we harness ICT’s capacity to shape behavior and action (Maria Angela Ferrario)
  • Limits: Social resilience and the re-invention of social institutions (Daniel Pargman)

We look forward to a great week with exciting talks and ample opportunity for collaboration and paper writing. The slides of the lectures will be made available in the next news article on this page.

Why attend ICT4S?

The ICT4S conferences bring together leading researchers in ICT for Sustainability with government and industry representatives, including decision-makers with an interest in using ICT for sustainability, researchers focusing on ICT effects on sustainability and developers of sustainable ICT systems or applications. The conferences feature an innovative format for presenting new research, focussing on participation and conversation rather than passive listening. After four successful annual conferences in Europe, the series comes to North America for the first time, in Toronto in May 2018.

The goals of the conference are to foster critical and constructive discussion of new research results, and to bring diverse stakeholders together to identify and respond to grand challenges in the interplay between sustainability and digital technologies. The conference will feature roundtable discussions of new research, demos of new technologies, and poster presentations of late-breaking research results, along with inspiring keynote speakers and moderated challenge sessions for participants to explore and respond to big challenge questions about the role of technology in creating thriving, sustainable communities.

Opportunities for participation

We expect to attract an international group of 150-200 researchers, students, technology specialists and decision-makers. The conference represents an opportunity to meet the leaders of tomorrow, as many graduate students engaged in ICT4S research come to the conference to present their work.

For companies: We invite you to come to ICT4S to showcase new and emerging technologies for sustainability, and/or to present challenge problems for the international community of researchers. The presentation setting is relatively informal, with a focus on interactions on technical and strategic issues, and the creation of new partnerships.

For government and public sector: We invite you to bring case studies and challenge problems to the conference, as examples of the dilemmas faced by decision-makers at all levels of government as society grapples with the challenge of creating sustainable communities while tackling global issues such as climate change, social equity, and human well-being. We will organise structured and moderated discussion sessions to allow the participants to explore the context for these dilemmas, and develop ideas for innovative solutions.

For researchers: We invite you to submit papers reporting on research, development, case studies and experience reports to the conference for peer-review. Accepted papers and abstracts will appear in a fully indexed, open access conference proceedings, and authors will be invited to present their work at the conference either at one of our round-table discussion sessions (“conver-stations”) or as a poster. This year we are also introducing a new “Journals First” track, allowing authors to submit abstracts of recently published papers in journals related to ICT4S, for presentation at the conference.

For everyone: Come to the conference to network with other participants, and discuss new ideas and new challenges in ICT & sustainability!

Opportunities for Sponsorship

We welcome offers to sponsor the conference. Sponsors will have their names and logos displayed prominently on all conference publicity materials, including the conference website, signage at the conference, the conference proceedings, and on social media. Sponsorship also includes access to the full conference for members of your organization. If you want to sponsor a specific aspect of the conference (e.g. an evening reception, the conference banquet, a refreshment break, etc) please contact the conference general chair, Prof Steve Easterbrook.

Keynote speakers introduced: Prof. Bill Rees

Dr. William Rees is a human ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning.  His research focuses on the ecological requirements for sustainable development and on the behavioural and socio-cultural barriers to change. Best known as the originator of ‘ecological footprint analysis’, Prof Rees has authored over 160 peer-reviewed and numerous popular articles on sustainability (or lack thereof).  He is a founding member and former President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics; a founding Director of the One Earth Initiative; and a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute. In 2006 Prof Rees was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and named as one of BC’s top public intellectuals by the Vancouver Sun.  Rees was awarded both the Boulding Prize in Ecological Economics and a Blue Planet Prize (jointly with Dr Mathis Wackernagel) in 2012 and also received an Honorary Doctorate from Laval University that year.  In 2014, Dr Rees was elected a full member of the Club of Rome; in 2015 he received the Herman Daly Award from the US Society for Ecological Economics and, in 2016, was awarded a Dean’s Medal of Distinction (UBC Faculty of Applied Science).


Keynote speakers introduced: Prof. Lisa Nathan

Dr. Lisa P. Nathan is Assistant Professor at the School of Library Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia ((the iSchool@UBC),. She is also coordinator of the iSchool’s First Nations Curriculum Concentration. Lisa collaborates with inspiring people to (re)imagine and (re)design information practices—ways we manage information—to address long-term problems (e.g., decolonization, social justice, environmental resilience).

We look forward to Lisa’s keynote!



Keynote speakers introduced: Prof. John Robinson

Dr. John B. Robinson is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the School of the Environment, at the University of Toronto; an Honorary Professor with the Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability at The University of British Columbia; and an Adjunct Professor with the Copenhagen Business School. At the University of Toronto, he is also Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability. Prof. Robinson’s research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modeling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; the role of the university in contributing to sustainability; creating partnerships for sustainability with non-academic partners; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes.

We are looking forward to John’s keynote!

Keynote speakers

We are excited to announce our keynote speakers:

  • Bill Rees: research on ecological footprint analysis and ecological economics
  • Lisa Nathan: research on sustainable HCI, societal challenges, and ecovillages
  • John Robinson: research on generative buildings and the intersection of climate change mitigation

Details on the speakers will follow soon!