2022 Conference Call for Abstracts!

The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Tenth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 19-20 September, 2022 virtually. 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 on the conference website to join us. Registration will open in July 2022.

The conference theme this year celebrates our 10-year anniversary: A Decade of ICSD. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels. This year ICSD will accept abstracts within 9 themes, several of which have different “tracks” within them. Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the following themes and subsequent tracks:

  1. Achieving Carbon Neutrality (5 tracks)
  2. Advancing SDGs at the Local Level: Understanding Scale for Collective Impact (single track)
  3. Amplifying all Voices for SDG Achievement (4 tracks)
  4. Collaboration Models for the SDGs (2 tracks)
  5. Digitization for a Sustainable, Inclusive, and Resilient Decade of Action (single track)
  6. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) (3 tracks)
  7. Financial Flows and SDG Transformation (2 tracks)
  8. SDGs as a Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2 tracks)
  9. The SDGs and Value Chains (2 tracks)

A more detailed description of each theme can be found here. Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English*, by 1 May, 2022, via the conference website. Each abstract may only be submitted once and under one track. Failure to answer questions on the submission form or the submission of the same abstract under multiple tracks is likely to result in the abstract being declined.

The scientific committee will review abstracts and send all decision letters by 3 June, 2022. 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 1 August, 2022**, 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 1 September, 2022 deadline may also forfeit their spot in the agenda.

Abstract Timeline
1 March 2022               Call for Abstracts Open
1 May 2022                   Deadline for Submission of Abstracts
3 June 2022                 Abstract Decision Letters Emailed
1 August 2022               Full Papers Due (For Abstracts Accepted for Oral Presentations Only)
1 September 2022        Registration Deadline for Presenters

*Theme 2 (Advancing SDGs at the Local Level: Understanding Scale for Collective Impact) will be accepting abstracts in both English and French.

**The submission of a conference paper is optional for track, “Transforming Research, Governance, and Education within Higher Education to Support Sustainable Development” under theme 6 (Education for Sustainable Development).