Posted: December 24, 2015
Category: Specialist Area: Social Sciences, Sustainability, Energy and the Environment
The concept of sustainability is something that is increasingly important to the way that we operate as individuals, as educators and as societies more generally. Originally a term largely used in reference to the wellbeing of the Earth in the face of rapid development, and the threat of environmental degradation, the United Nations Brundland commission posited that “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
This concept of sustainability has since taken root in different professions and academic disciplines, and is now at the heart of how we look at the problems facing the world – from the macro to the micro, to the usage of energy and the emerging new impacts on our environment. IAFOR is an organisation committed to sustainability and environmental conservation through education, and the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches that will encourage the synergies necessary for the creation of new knowledge to help identify, address and tackle these problems.
Sustainability means different things to different people, from engineers to charity workers, architects to product designers, politicians to philosophers, and medical doctors to engineers, and IAFOR conferences offer a great platform for leading scholars and practitioners around the world to exchange the latest research and ideas in their field, and be confronted and challenged by those in others.
The IAFOR platform is one that can only function as a sustainable entity from the active partnership and support of some of the world’s leading universities, such as Virginia Tech, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at University of Michigan, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, Nihon University, and University of Tokyo.
However, it is the contributions of individual academics from all over the world that make IAFOR work, that help us grow sustainably, preserve the environment, and allow us to play our part in pursuit of the common goal of a sustainable and energy efficient world. We look forward to your continued support, and very active participation.
Upcoming Sustainability, Energy & the Environment Conferences
Dates: June 8 - June 11, 2017
Dates: July 7 - July 9, 2017
IAFOR Research and Publications associated with Sustainability, Energy & the Environment
The following internationally peer-reviewed open-access journals are published by IAFOR:
- The IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy & the Environment
- The IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences
IAFOR Conference Proceedings are open access research repositories which include the final papers of research presented at our conferences (submitted before the final paper deadline).
THINK, The Academic Platform, is IAFOR’s online magazine, publishing the latest in interdisciplinary research and ideas from some of the world’s foremost academics, many of whom have presented at IAFOR conferences.
Previous Speakers at IAFOR Sustainability, Energy & the Environment Conferences
[Left to right] Amy Sarkowski, psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University, and Yukinori Komine, international relations scholar; Linda Toyo Obayashi, Senior Mediation Officer at the World Bank; Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University; Jun Arima, Japanese governmental adviser on Energy and the Environment; Lowell Sheppard, Asia-Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency; Keith Miller, scientist, artificial intelligence expert and ethicist.
[Left to right] Yozo Yokota, internationally renowned human rights and labour lawyer, Director of the Japanese Center for Human Rights and former UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar; Brent Huffman, Medill Professor and award-winning Director of “Saving Mes Aynak”; David Matchar, Duke-NUS Medical School Professor and Director of the Program in Health Services and Systems Research; Hiroshi Ishida, University of Tokyo’s Director of the Institute of Social Science; Geoffrey Beattie, eminent climate change psychologist; Sir Kenneth Calman, physician and ethicist, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, former UK Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the World Health Organization.
IAFOR Sustainability, Energy & the Environment Video Highlights
IAFOR is committed to disseminating as much as possible of its presentations, interviews and original output, produced by and for the organisation, online, and available for all for free.
Events associated with Sustainability, Energy & the Environment
As part of IAFOR’s educational mission we are prioritising documentary photography and filmmaking as uniquely powerful mediums to help inform and educate in ways that are very different and yet complementary to academic studies as forms of advocacy and activism.
The organisation runs both a documentary photography and a documentary film award, as well as an associated film festival in partnership with the Medill School of Journalism and University of the Arts London.