ISSST 2022 Abstracts due January 25th!

The call for contributions deadline is coming right up! We look forward to having you participate by submitting an abstract.

Now in our 29th year, ISSST is one of the longest-running research conferences related to sustainability and the intersection of technology, policy, and behavior. We are a vibrant community of engineers, scientists, professionals and educators, sharing cutting-edge research and forming interdisciplinary teams for future collaboration. Our mission is to think beyond the traditional, and envision a future where science has no limits.

ISSST welcomes the submission of abstracts that apply methods utilized to define, design, assess, support and/or implement technologies, policies, and systems for sustainability. For more information about the conference, please visit our conference website at

At this point, we are planning an in-person conference. Please know we will never risk the health of our community and will be keeping a close watch on the safety of gatherings. If the situation is deemed unsafe by March of 2022, we will move to a virtual conference.

This year’s conference will highlight the following thematic areas:

Integrated Human-Physical Systems
This theme may include how to integrate human dimensions into sustainability design and implementations, as well as research/projects focused primarily on linking knowledge with actions, environmental justice, decision science, participatory approaches, social LCA methods, etc.

Infrastructure Sustainability and Resiliency
ISSST is a leader in quantitative assessment of the sustainability, circularity, and resiliency of the built environment, and supports research on infrastructure associated with: food, energy, water, transportation, buildings, waste management systems, innovations in recycling (namely plastics) and future uncertainties. Abstracts that provide cutting-edge insights, case study results and methods are welcome!

Advances in Sustainability Assessment Methods
As data and computational abilities increase, new methods are discovered. We want to hear about your advancements! Topics may include: data science and analytics, machine learning, multi-objective analyses, and other methods for emerging systems, technologies, and environmental issues.

Sustainability Education
The approaches for community, K-12, and higher education are ever-evolving and we want to learn from you!

Other Creative Sustainability-Related Topics
ISSST has long encouraged participants to dream big and try new approaches to realize the sustainable futures we work toward. Please consider sharing new methods and ideas that demonstrate unique partnerships, big ideas, and perspectives from non-STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines.

Please submit your abstracts to: ISSST 2022 - ConfTool Pro - Login
Abstracts should be about 150 words and will be reviewed relative to four criteria:

  1. Impact
  2. Originality
  3. Technical Quality
  4. Completeness

During abstract submission, the thematic area most appropriate for the abstract can be indicated. A preference for an oral presentation, poster presentation, or no preference can also be indicated at the time of abstract submission. The program committee will evaluate abstracts for acceptance into the program, designate them to an oral or poster presentation, and place them within thematically organized sessions. Inquiries should be directed to

We are also accepting workshop proposals for the ISSST 2022 Conference. Workshops will either precede the conference or be offered the day after the main conference ends. Both full day (6 hours) and half day (3 hours) workshops will be offered. Lunch will be included as part of the workshops. Workshop proposals on the following topics are strongly encouraged:

  1. Career advising and mentoring for the ISSST community
  2. Participatory research
  3. Sustainability education
  4. Team building and conducting convergent projects
  5. Technical topics of high relevance and/or urgency to the ISSST community.
    Workshop proposals should be 1 page and follow the template below (12 point font, single spaced). Workshop proposals should be submitted as a word document or PDF to
  • Workshop title
  • Workshop duration: Full-day or half-day
  • Workshop motivation and description
  • Intended audience and size limit (if applicable)
  • Workshop Organizers

. For full consideration, please submit abstracts by January 25, 2022.

Executive Committee

Daniel Posen, University of Toronto
Derrick Carlson, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Jeremy Gregory, MIT
Kiara Winans, Oregon Dept. of Env. Quality
Lise Laurin, EarthShift Global
Beth Shafer, Executive Director, Sustainability Conoscente and ISSST

ISSST 2022 Program Co-Chairs
Christine Costello, The Pennsylvania State University
Weiwei Mo, University of New Hampshire
Kiara Winans, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality

ISSST 2022 Planning Committee

Abstract submission deadline extended to [February 5, 2022](calendar:T2:February 5, 2022)