Call For Abstracts for ICSD 2015

The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Third Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on September 23 & 24, 2015, at Columbia University, New York.

If you would like to present at the conference, you must submit an abstract as directed below. The conference is also open to observers (i.e. non-presenters). Simply register to join us.

Submission Guidelines

The conference theme is Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Getting Started. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business across all sectors including government, academia, the international agencies, NGOs, and grassroots organizations. Participants will share practical solutions for getting started on achieving the SDGs at local, national, regional, and global levels. Abstracts should also be relevant to one of the following 12 Thematic Areas of the conference:

  1. Accountability and Evaluation
  2. Agriculture, Food Security, and Nutrition
  3. Cities and Human Settlements
  4. Climate Change and Access to Energy
  5. Education
  6. Ending Extreme Poverty
  7. Financing for Development
  8. Governance (including peace building and justice)
  9. Health
  10. Inclusive Economic Growth / The Role of Business
  11. Planetary Boundaries (including biodiversity/ecosystem services)
  12. Social Inclusion (including gender & human rights)

Interested presenters should submit a 500-word abstract, in English, on a related solution. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one theme. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or the submission of the same abstract under multiple themes could result in the abstract being declined.

The conference committee will review abstracts and send all decision letters by June 15, 2015. Abstracts can be accepted as either poster or oral (i.e. PowerPoint) presentations. Presenters invited to give oral presentations must submit a full paper by August 3, 2015 in order to maintain their position in the program. Presenters failing to submit full papers will be moved to poster presentations. Presenters who do not register before the September 1, 2015 deadline may also forfeit their spot in the agenda.

Abstract Timeline

Abstracts & Presenter Information are due by May 29, 2015
Accepted Abstract Notifications are emailed by June 15, 2015
Submission of Full Papers with Accepted Abstracts are due by August 3, 2015
Registration Deadline for Presenters is September 1, 2015