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May 8–10, 2011

Columbia University
New York, NY, USA

17TH ANNUAL
INTERNATIONAL
SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT
RESEARCH
CONFERENCE

The 17th annual conference of the International Sustainable Development Research


Society (ISDRS) will be hosted by the Earth Institute, Columbia University. It will serve
as a forum for open and diverse intellectual discourse on sustainability, with focus
on identifying practicable steps toward a sustainable future that are ready for
implementation on the local, regional and global scale.

The conference theme is “Moving Toward a Sustainable Future: Opportunities and


Challenges.” Within this theme the 17th International Sustainable Development
Research Conference will explore the fundamental question of whether the aspirations
of global society to continued growth can be harmonized with the existing limits
imposed by Earth’s resource base. ISDRC17 will explore how progress in the field
of sustainable development can be translated into political action in preparation for
the Rio+20 conference to be held in 2012.

ISDR
Society

isdrc17.ei.columbia.edu
MAJOR THEMES
• Pressures on Earth’s natural and socioeconomic systems imposed by continued development and their interactions
• Limits of Earth to support future development
• Solutions to the problems created by continued development of a growing world population
• Adequacy of existing local, regional and global institutions and governing structures to implement policies for a
sustainable future
• Assessment of existing (pilot) programs aimed at moving society toward a sustainable future

ABSTRACTS
Abstracts of under 1,000 words should be submitted through the conference Web site, isdrc17.ei.columbia.edu.
A team of peers, selected by the scientific committee, will review the abstract. Papers from the conference will
be considered for publication in special issues of international scientific peer-reviewed journals organized by the
theme leaders and session chairs. Full submission guidelines can be found on the conference Web site.

SUBMISSION TIMELINE
• Registration Opens: Mid-November
• Abstracts Due: January 17
• Format Decisions (oral/poster) February 14

VENUE AND ACCOMMODATIONS


The conference will take place at Alfred Lerner Hall on the Morningside Campus of Columbia University in
New York City. Directions and information on hotels can be found on the conference Web site.

CONFERENCE FEES Before February 15, 2011 After February 15, 2011
• Full Participant: $700 $775
• Full Participant From Developing Country: $475 $550
• Ph.D. Student Participant: $475 $550

Ph.D. students from developing countries are encouraged to participate and present their research. They may
receive sponsorship if their submitted extended abstract has been accepted for presentation at the conference.

E-MAIL QUESTIONS TO ISDRC17@EI.COLUMBIA.EDU

isdrc17.ei.columbia.edu

ISDR
Society

May 8–10, 2011


Columbia University
New York, NY, USA