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The 10th World Sustainability Forum

Part of the World Sustainability Forum series
14 Sep 2023, Singapore | Basel, CH | Toronto, CA | virtual, International
Abstract Submission
4th June 2023
Acceptance Notification
3rd July 2023
Early Bird Registration
30th July 2023
Late Registration
21st August 2023
Registration Deadline
3rd September 2023
Covering Author Registration
23rd July 2023

Sustainable Development, Sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals
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The deadline for abstract submission expired on 4 June 2023.

Thank you for sending us your abstracts! They will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and you will be notified about acceptance by 3 July 2023. If revisions are necessary, you will be contacted prior to that date.

Welcome from the Chairs

14 September 2023

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The 10th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2023) will be a 24-hour event, held in 3 locations, as well as online. We believe that this will optimize worldwide participation in this global event.

The forum will have four main subjects distributed in three locations:
Kicking off in Singapore, the focus will be on sustainability for social community impact. We will then move onto Basel, where our Chairs will lead discussions on sustainability in the industry, and at university and corporate settings. Finally, our last hub in Toronto will focus on sustainability in the built environment.

WSF2023 is part of a global sustainability forum series that is organized by and supported by MDPI. As a hybrid event, it will provide scholars with the opportunity to attend the event in person at one of the three conference sites or, most sustainably, online. Arrangements have been made for a state-of-the-art online event.

We are particularly hoping to address STEM research with the social sciences and policy makers.

We look forward to welcoming you across the globe and virtually!

Edwin Constable and Max Bergman
Global Conference Chairs

Conference Secretariat
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Global Event Chairs

Social Research and Methodology Group (SRaM), University of Basel, Switzerland

Prof. Manfred Max Bergman is Chair of Social Research and Methodology and Director of the Social Transitions Research Group at the University of Basel, member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation, the Uganda National Academy of Sciences, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations. He is President of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology and Editor in Chief of World. He has been chairing the World Sustainability Forum and the Basel Sustainability Forum since 2014. He currently collaborates with the Mixed Methods Program at the University of Michigan, and his substantive research is on sustainability and the business-society nexus in North America and Asia.

Department of Chemistry and former Vice-Rector for Research, University of Basel, Switzerland

Edwin (Ed) Constable was born in Edinburgh (Scotland), but grew up in Hastings (England) where he completed his school studies. In 1974 he started his studies in chemistry at St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford, where in 1978 he obtained his BA in Chemistry. He completed his D.Phil at Linacre College, University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Kenneth Seddon and at that time began a love-affair with ruthenium chemistry and photochemistry that continues to this day. He held a number of research fellowships at the University of Cambridge before being appointed to a University Lectureship and Fellowship of Robinson College in 1984. He remained at Cambridge until 1993 when he was appointed Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Basel (Switzerland). In 2000 he left Basel to take up a position as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham (England) where he was shortly appointed Head of School. He returned to the University of Basel as Professor of Chemistry in 2002. He publishes widely in all areas of chemistry with over 600 peer-reviewed publications and is highly cited (20,800 citations, h-index 72). His interest cover all aspects of chemistry, chemical history and the communication of science. He held an ERC Advanced Grant with his project "Li-Lo: Light-in, light-out". He has been Dean of Research of the faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Basel and was Vice-President of the University with responsibility for research 2011-2018. He has been a member of the steering committee of the European Universities Association Council for Doctoral Education and the executive committee of the Swiss National Science Foundation; he is currently a titular member of Division VIII of IUPAC, President of Euresearch and the Expert Group on Scientific Integrity of the Swiss Academies for arts and Sciences. He was appointed as a corresponding Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2022.

Local Event Chairs

Professor Horn Mun Cheah

College of Interdisciplinary and Experiential Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Event Location
Singapore Hub
HM Cheah is currently the Assistant Provost at the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). He is concurrently the Dean of the College of Interdisciplinary and Experiential Learning, and was the founding Dean of the S R Nathan School of Human Development at SUSS. He was Director, Educational Technology Division, at the Ministry of Education, Singapore from 2008-2013. His then responsibilities included the planning and implementation of the 3rd ICT Masterplan for Education. Prior to this, he was Dean of Foundation Programmes at the National Institute of Education, taking charge of all initial teacher preparation programmes. He received his PhD for research work on High Temperature Superconductivity from Cambridge University. His present research interests include the effective integration of ICT into education and assessment of 21st Century skills and automatic adaptive learning system. He is currently on the boards of the Singapore Centre for Chinese Language and Temasek Foundation Liveability.

Associate Professor Renee Tan

Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Event Location
Singapore Hub
Renée is Director of the Research Division at the Institute for Adult Learning, an autonomous Institute at the Singapore University of Social Sciences. She leads IAL’s research efforts to inform policy and practice in the Continuing Education and Training (CET) sector. Her previous roles at the IAL include being the Director of the Centre for Innovation and Development, as well as leading the professionalisation and growth of Adult Educators in the Training and Adult Education community in Singapore. Renée holds a Doctorate in Education from the University of Bristol, Master and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature from the National University of Singapore, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Her research interests include Lifelong Learning, Adult Learning, National Narratives and Diversity, Inclusivity and Equality.

Dr. Lela Mélon

1) ESCI-UPF: Academic director of the Postgraduate Course in Sustainability Transition Management and Climate Emergency; Professor of Sustainability in Business Law 2) msg global, Senior Sustainability Consultant

Event Location
Basel Hub
From the beginning of her academic career, Dr. Mélon has been focusing on path-breaking insights into corporate sustainability, arguing against a noncritical application of the shareholder primacy in the light of environmental and social sustainability challenges the corporate sector poses. With the SCOM project, Dr. Mélon achieved a remarkable impact with her work in academia and beyond, connecting the private and the public sector, opening science to broader society and created far-reaching strategic connection, which have been further fostered all up to today. She devoted her time and efforts to place sustainability as a guiding principle in the field of higher education and brought together the private and public sector through her work, assuring that the scientific findings are aligned with the needs of the society as a whole.

Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak

Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Event Location
Basel Hub
She is at position of full professor (from 2018.) and scientific advisor (permanent title) from 2017. in food engineering (biotechnical sciences). From 2019. she is head of Laboratory for sustainable development. She obtained PhD, in 2008. Thesis: Ultrasonic effect on physical and functional properties of whey proteins. She was trained abroad at Coventry University, UK and at the University of Avignon, France. Her field of research is nonthermal processing, advanced thermal processing, sustainability, food processing, Industry 4.0, digitalization, food chemistry, food physics etc. In the period from 2007. Anet Režek Jambrak has published over 120 significant scientific papers with citation more than 5123, (h-index 37) and author of book chapters in recognized scientific publishers like Wiley, Elsevier, Springer etc. She is editor of the book Nonthermal Processing in Agri-Food-Bio Sciences: Sustainability and Future Goals; Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022. She received many prizes and awards: In 2021. she received Emerging Sustainability Leader Award from MDPI Sustainability Foundation; 2019. she was titled Highly Cited Researcher, among 0.1% world scientists (powered by Web of Science In 2019. she received national award for Science, Parliament of the Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Science and Education, Government of the Republic of Croatia; in 2016. was awarded Young Scientist Award - International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFOST) etc. Professor Anet Režek Jambrak was appointed Editor in Trends in Food Science and Technology, Elsevier; Assistant Editor, Journal of Food Processing and Preservation, Hindawi; Editor, Food Engineering Reviews, Springer Nature; Section Editor-in-chief (2020-2022), Processes, MDPI; and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Food Quality, Hindawi. She is teaching courses related to nonthermal and advanced thermal processing, food engineering, physical properties of foods, sustainability, Industry 4.0 in biotechnical sciences etc. She is member of Global Young Academy (GYA), You

Dr. Umberto Berardi

Canada Research Chair in Building Science, Professor - BeTOP Lab Director, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada

Event Location
Toronto Hub
Dr. Berardi is Canada Research Chair in Building Science, Full Professor, and Director of the BeTOP center at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. His main research interests are related to the study of innovative solutions and new materials for improving performance within the built environment. He has been focusing on integrating nanotechnologies into building systems, including organic PCMs, such as paraffin and bio-PCM, and aerogel. Dr. Berardi has an extensive publication record, including 150 peer-reviewed journals, 130 international conference papers, and five books (totally over 14,000 citations).Dr. Berardi has a body of funded research comprising over $2.5M in government and private sector-sponsored research, that supports a research group of ten or more students yearly. He has been awarded a CFI-JELF; NSERC Discovery Grant; Ontario Early Research Award, among others.

Selection Committee

Dr. Zan Chen

Research Division, Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

Event location
Singapore Hub
Chen Zan conducts research on learning technologies, capability development of adult educators and workplace learning. She is currently leading a research project to understand the TAE (Training and Adult Education) landscape to support future development of the TAE sector.

Dr. George Wong Soo Lam

Centre for Interdisciplinary and Experiential Learning, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

Event location
Singapore Hub

Dr. Sami Bulut

Food Engineering Department, Trakya University, Turkey

Event location
Basel Hub
Dr. Bulut is currently working at the Food Engineering Department of Trakya University in Turkey. His work is mainly concentrated in the area food safety, including food microbiology, high pressure processing of foods at low and subzero temperatures, non thermal food processing technologies and new product development.

Associate Professor Janna Cropotova

Department of Biological Sciences Ålesund, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Event location
Basel Hub
Janna Cropotova is Associate Professor at the Department of Biological Sciences Ålesund of Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She was awarded a PhD degree in 2016 in Food Technology and has gained 10-year R&D-experience in the field of food science, innovation and food technology. Her areas of scientific interest include preservation of nutritional quality and health benefits in food (particularly seafood) products during processing and storage, development of novel methods for rapid and non-invasive assessment of food deterioration, extraction of valuable ingredients from fish side streams by using innovative technologies, and shelf-life monitoring methods. In 2020 Janna Cropotova acted as invited EFSA Expert at the Unit on Biological Hazards and Contaminants, Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Department of EFSA. She is author of 45 scientific publications in international peer review journals, 2 book chapters, and 7 patents. In addition, Janna Cropotova is PI from Norway for FOSC ERA-NET project “CLIMAQUA – Establishing an innovative and transnational feed production approach for reduced climate impact of the aquaculture sector and food supply” (2020-2024) and project coordinator of BlueBio ERA-NET project "IMPRESSIVE – Improved Processing to Enhance Seafood Sidestream Valorization and Exploration" on innovative technologies used for valorization of seafood side streams.

Dr. Ferruh Erdogdu

Department of Food Engineering, Ankara University, Turkey

Event location
Basel Hub
Dr. Ferruh Erdogdu is a full professor of food process engineering at the Ankara University, Turkey. He received his Master of Engineering degree in 1996 and Ph.D. in 2000 at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. His research studies have focused on mathematical modeling – optimization and computation food processing towards the industrial scale thermal processing of food products. He is the founder of the computational food processing group at the Ankara University (CFπ). He was the editor of the Journal of Food Engineering between 2018 and 2020, editorial board member of the Journal of Food Process Engineering since 2003 and associate editor of the International Journal of Food Studies (an ISEKI Journal) between 2012 and 2017. He is currently co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Food Engineering since Jan. 2021. He is the selected member of the ISEKI Academy, professional member of IFT, Science Dissemination & Communication member of the EFFoST and representative of Turkey within the European academy of Food Engineering and International Association of Engineering and Food. He is also one of the active members (scientific committee and acting instructor) of the International School on Modeling and Simulation in Food and Bio-Processes.

Dr. Vicente M. Gómez-López

Green and Innovative Technologies for Food, Environment and Bioengineering Research Group (FEnBeT), Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM), Murcia, Spain

Event location
Basel Hub
Dr. Vicente M. Gómez-López is a researcher in Food Science with a minor focus on Environmental Technology at Universidad Católica de Murcia (UCAM), Spain, and Head of the FEnBeT research group. He is a biologist with a master in Food Science, both from Universidad Simón Bolívar (Venezuela), with postgraduate studies in Food Technology (1998) at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel); he is a doctor in Applied Biological Sciences from Ghent University (Belgium). His research interests focus on non-thermal technologies with emphasis on pulsed light. He has published 68 JCR articles, 20 book chapters; edited three books and participated in 14 research projects/contracts. He is associate editor of Food and Bioprocess Technology, academic editor of Journal of Food Quality, serves on the editorial board of Foods, Acta Alimentaria and is associate editor of Frontiers in Food Science and Technology. He has reviewed articles for +50 journals and has been acknowledged as "top 1% reviewer in Agricultural Sciences" since 2018.

Associate Professor Delphine Huc-Mathis

AgroParisTech, INRAE, Université Paris-Saclay, UMR SayFood

Event location
Basel Hub
Associate Professor in physico-chemistry of food and bioproducts at AgroParisTech (France), I am part of the Research Unit SayFood. I have a Biochemistry engineering degree and a PhD in Physics. My research activities are mainly focused on understanding the structuring mechanisms of dispersed systems such as emulsions and foams, with a specific focus on few or non-fractionated ingredients. I am currently coordinating a 4-year national research project, aiming for the formulation of emulsions only stabilized by vegetal by-products coming from the food industry. All my on-going research projects are aiming for a better understanding of clean-label emulsion’s structuration with a strong link to food and cosmetic applications.

Prof. Dr. James Lyng

Institute of Food and Health, University College Dublin, Ireland

Event location
Basel Hub
Prof James Lyng is the Head of the Food and Nutrition Section at University College Dublin (UCD). He has a degree in Agricultural Chemistry and a PhD in Food Process Technology. He moved to UCD in 1997 to join the former Food Science Department which has since become UCD’s Food and Nutrition Section. Professor Lyng lectures in Food Process Technology, Food Physics and Coordinates the Professional Work Experience programme for Food Science. His research focuses on the use of emerging thermal (microwave, radio frequency wave and ohmic heating) and ‘non-thermal’ technologies (ultrasound, high voltage pulsed electrical fields and light (Ultra Violet Light, Blue Light and High Intensity Pulsed Light) in the processing of foods with particular reference to the assessment of these technologies for accelerating reactions and/or preservation, their impact on product quality/nutritional value and their potential in the extraction of bioactive compounds from foods. He has a particular interest in the application of novel technologies in the bioeconomy and biorefineries with the aim of improving sustainability in circular economy applications.

Prof. Dr. Olga Martín-Belloso

Department of Food Engineering, Technology and Science, University of Lleida, Spain

Event location
Basel Hub
Olga Martín-Belloso is Professor of Food Science and Technology at the University of Lleida, Spain, and Head of the Novel Technologies for Food Processing research unit. Her research interests focus on the development of safe and healthy ready-to-eat products by combining existing processing technologies with novel techniques. She has authored about 400 research papers in SCI Journals, being a “highly cited researcher” in the last years. She belongs to the editorial board of recognized Journals and is editor of two of them. She has received the 2008 ICREA Academia Award, 2015 IFT Fellow, 2016 IAFoST member and the 2018 Narcís Monturiol medal, among others, and invested as Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Cantabria, Spain. Currently, she is the Vice-Rector for Research and Transfer at the University of Lleida as well as Past-President of the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST), Vice-President of the International Society of Food Engineering (ISFE) and President of the Spanish Society for Food Engineering (SESIA).

Associate Professor Vibeke Orlien

University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Science, Department of Food Science

Event location
Basel Hub
Vibeke Orlien has an MSc in mathematics and chemistry and a PhD degree in food chemistry. She is Associate Professor in food chemistry and, currently head of the section of Food Design and Consumer Behaviour, Department of Food Science, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen. Her research concerns food technologies and processing, and the effects on food components and their properties, especially protein modification and stability in relation to functionality and product development. Focus is on how processing methods and non-thermal technologies, especially high hydrostatic pressure, affects molecules in relation to structural changes and chemical to support practical functional food design. In addition, to assess the nutritional benefits of processing of food materials, thus the assessment of the in vitro protein digestibility (IVPD) of raw materials and plant-based products after processing.

Dr. Yuthana Phimolsiripol

Faculty of Agro-Industry, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Event location
Basel Hub
Dr. Yuthana Phimolsiripol currently works as Associate Professor at the Faculty of Agro-Industry, Chiang Mai University and acts as Director of Food Innovation and Packaging Center (FIN). I have published more than 100 papers in several refereed international journals. In addition, I am also Editor and Guest Editor in many journals. My research focuses on novel processing, functional foods, glycemic index, shelf-life simulation.

Dr. Gerhard Schleining

ICC (International Association for Cereal Science and Technology); Global Harmonisation Initiative (GHI); EHEDG Austria; Training Group of EHEDG Global

Event location
Basel Hub
Dr. Gerhard Schleining graduated in Food and Biotechnology. He worked at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) as Ass.Prof. in the area food physics and food quality management and retired 2020. He was responsible for education at the department and coordinated several years an international Master programme “Safety in the food chain”. He was also teaching and organizing workshops at several Universities in China, France, Kazachistan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam. He is active in several international organisations. E.g. he is currently President of ICC (International Association for Cereal Science and Technology), he was 15 years Secretary General of the ISEKI-Food Association, an independent non-profit organisation in the food sector focused mainly on education and training. He is also member of the executive committee of the Global Harmonisation Initiative (GHI), Chair of EHEDG Austria and member of the Training Group of EHEDG Global and authorized trainer. He coordinated 2 Erasmus+ projects, FooD-STA, a Food Studies and Training Alliance between the food industry and universities in Europe and SEA-ABT, a capacity building project to establish an Academy of Beverage Technology in South East Asia.

Associate Professor Cristina Luísa M. Silva

Universidade Católica Portuguesa, CBQF - Centro de Biotecnologia e Química Fina – Laboratório Associado, Escola Superior de Biotecnologia, Porto, Portugal

Event location
Basel Hub
Cristina L.M. Silva is Associate Prof. at Portuguese Catholic University – College of Biotechnology (ESB). She is Chem. Eng. and PhD in Biotechnology and Food Engineering, and is involved in research on quality and safety of processed foods, with special emphasis on mathematical modelling and optimisation of the processes. She is lecturer of curricular units of Food Processing and Transport Phenomena. She coordinated several national and international projects and was president of the association ISEKI-Food. She is currently a member of the advisory committee of the ISEKI-Food Association, chair of the WG1.2 Education Committee of IUFoST - International Union of Food Science and Technology, and at ESB coordinates the Master degree on Food Engineering. Cristina is a member of the ESB direction board and responsible for the international relations and 3rd cycle degrees, and associate editor of the Journal of Food Processing Engineering, and the International Journal of Food Studies.

Prof. Dr. Alexandrina Sirbu

FMMAE Ramnicu Valcea, "Constantin Brancoveanu" University of Pitesti, Romania

Event location
Basel Hub
Alexandrina Sirbu is Full Professor (since 2007) of Food Science and Technology, Food Safety, and Quality Management at Constantin Brancoveanu University of Pitesti (Romania) and Head of the Research Center in Tourism and Lasting Development. She is also a technical expert and consultant (freelancer) with a demonstrated history of working for the food industry and certification bodies. She graduated in 1993 as a diplomat engineer in Food science and technology (5 years), having obtained a Ph.D. in Food Engineering (2000) and a Master's in Private Law (2016), wining a Norman Borlaug Fellowship (2004, US) in food quality and safety, too. Her research interests include baking technology, functional foods, food safety and quality assurance, process control, consumer behavior, sustainability, and food qualifications. Professional experience has been extended from education (HE and VET) to research-innovation (RDI) and knowledge transfer to industry and other stakeholders. She has authored about 200 research papers in SCI Journals and 20 books and belongs to several recognized journals' editorial boards. Since 2011 she has been a member of the Technical Committee for Standardization ASRO (ASRO/NMC/TC 95) and actively involved as a member of SREF-ESCO Manufacturing of food, beverages, and tobacco (2013-2015, ESCO-European Skills, Competences, Qualifications & Occupations). Alexandrina Sirbu joined some national and international professional associations, currently Chair of the Valcea branch AGIR (The General Assoc. of the Engineers in Romania) and Co-chair Europe, WG Consumer Perception - GHI (Global Harmonization Initiative).

Prof. Dr. Jeroen Veldman

Nyenrode Business Universiteit; Nyenrode Corporate Governance Institute, Netherlands

Event location
Basel Hub
Prof. Jeroen Veldman is Professor of Corporate Governance at Nyenrode Business University, Chairman of the Nyenrode Corporate Governance Institute and Section Editor Corporate Governance at Journal of Business Ethics. He previously held appointments at St Gallen, Bayes (formerly Cass) Business School, Cardiff Business School and Utrecht University. He has published in leading international journals and received the 2019 AOM International Impactful Collaboration Award

Prof. Dr. Josep M. Antó

Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health & Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Pompeu Fabra University

Event location
Basel Hub
Josep M. Antó is Research Professor at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). His training as a pneumologist and epidemiologist has resulted in a long dedication to research on respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD, with special interest in understanding their environmental determinants and promoting their prevention. Among other leadership roles, he has been Founding Director of the Center for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) (2005-2016) and Founding Scientific Director of the ISGlobal (2016-2019). In recent years, he has fully dedicated himself to develop environmental health strategies to address the climate crisis and the challenges of the Anthropocene, promoting the concept of planetary health locally and internationally. In 2018, he contributed to the launch of the UPF Planetary Wellbeing Initiative. Recently, he was appointed co-chair of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change initiative in Europe.

Prof. Wafa Khlif

TBS Education

Event location
Basel Hub
Prof. Wafa KHLIF is a Full Professor of Accounting and Management Control at Toulouse Business School since 2010, based in the Barcelona Campus. She is the head of the Accounting, Auditing and Control Research Group at TBS Education since 2019. She is also the founder and past President of Tunisian Accounting Association and sat as director at the Francophone Accounting Association board. Her research focuses on governance, board of directors’ efficiency, and accounting professions in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. She has supervised and evaluated Master's and PhD dissertations and research projects, and has been involved in developing innovative teaching methods using technological tools and multimedia. She published in Comptabilité, Contrôle, Audit, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Journal of African Business, Society and Business review.

Dr. Francesc Pedró

Director of the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNESCO- IESALC)

Event location
Basel Hub
Dr. Francesc Pedró is the Director of the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNESCO- IESALC) since 2019. Previously, he led the education policy team at UNESCO and worked as senior policy analyst at the OECD centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI). Francesc got his M.Ed. from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, a Ph.D. in Comparative Education from UNED and a Postdoc in Comparative Public Policy at the University of London Institute of Education. He acted as Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the Open University of Catalonia and is a Professor of Comparative Education Policies at the Pompeu Fabra University.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Caggiano

DICCA Department, Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy

Event location
Toronto Hub
Prof. Antonio Caggiano is a highly accomplished researcher and lecturer in the field of Structural Mechanics and Concrete. He earned his PhD with a double degree from Uni-Salerno (Italy) and UNT (Tucuman-Argentina) in 2014 and has since held positions at various prestigious universities and research institutions, including the University of Buenos Aires, the Argentine National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET), and TU Darmstadt in Germany. Prof. Caggiano's research interests are focused on computational mechanics, multiscale modelling, energy efficiency, green components, and sustainability in building and construction materials. His work aims to improve the understanding of the complex behaviour of materials and structures under different loading conditions, and to develop novel approaches for designing and optimizing sustainable and energy-efficient structures. Prof. Caggiano's contributions to the field have been widely recognized, as evidenced by his numerous publications ( in top-tier journals, as well as his receipt of several prestigious awards and fellowships.

Prof. Dr. Mark Gorgolewski

Department of Architectural Science, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Event location
Toronto Hub
Mark Gorgolewski is Professor and Chair of the Department of Architectural Science at Ryerson University. Over 25 years Mark has championed issues of sustainable design in Canada and the UK. He has published several books and many research papers and articles and has managed a variety of research projects on issues of circular materials economy, urban agriculture, energy efficiency, resource use, and building performance. He is a past member of the Board of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and a past chair of the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB).

Prof. Dr. Nikos A. Salingaros

Department of Mathematics, University of Texas at San Antonio, TX, USA

Event location
Toronto Hub
Dr. Nikos A. Salingaros is Professor of Mathematics and Architecture at the University of Texas at San Antonio. An internationally recognized Architectural Theorist and Urbanist, his publications include seven books on architecture and design, two of them co-authored with Michael Mehaffy. Salingaros collaborated with the visionary architect and software pioneer Christopher Alexander over more than twenty years in editing Alexander’s monumental four-volume book The Nature of Order. Salingaros won the 2019 Stockholm Cultural Award for Architecture, and shared the 2018 Clem Labine Traditional Building Award with Michael Mehaffy. Salingaros holds a doctorate in Mathematical Physics from Stony Brook University, New York. He has directed and advised twenty-five Masters and PhD theses in architecture and urbanism.

Associate Professor Paulo Santos

Department of Civil Engineering, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Event location
Toronto Hub
Paulo Santos [ORCID 0000-0002-0134-6762] is currently Associate Professor in Dep. of Civil Eng. of University of Coimbra (PT). Integrated member of ISISE research centre. The main actual scientific research fields are Thermal Behaviour, Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Sustainable Construction, with focus on the Lightweight Steel Framed (LSF) construction system. Author of around 180 scientific publications. He has near 2,500 citations and around 70,000 reads on Research Gate (Berlin), with an h-index of 24. Supervisor of 53 master/doctoral theses. Participated in around 12 funded European and Portuguese research projects.

Prof. Dr. Theodore (Ted) Stathopoulos

Dept. of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Event location
Toronto Hub
Dr. Ted Stathopoulos, a professor at Concordia University, specializes in wind engineering and building aerodynamics. He holds a Civil Engineering Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens and earned his M.E.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. With 600+ publications, his research has significantly influenced the development of design wind provisions in building codes and standards worldwide. He has received two honorary doctorates from Greece and the Netherlands. Dr. Stathopoulos serves as editor-in-chief for the IJWEIA and as board member for several prestigious journals. He has consulted widely and contributed to external bodies. He is also a visiting professor in China and a distinguished professor in the Netherlands.

Keynote Speakers

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Communities, Concordia University Montréal

Prof. Ursula Eicker is the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities as well as Founder of the Next-Generation Cities Institute at Concordia University. Prior to working at Concordia University, Prof. Eicker is a German physicist who received her Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from Heriot-Watt University and her Habilitation in Renewable Energy Systems from the Berlin Technical University. She has held leadership positions at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences and the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies. She coordinated many international research projects in building energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, and urban scale simulation. Since June 2019, she is leading an ambitious research program to establish transformation strategies toward zero-carbon cities. Around 50 graduate students work on decarbonization pathways in the domains of the built environment, renewable energy systems, sustainable transport, and circular economy. Urban data analysis and modeling framework integrate the multidisciplinary work. In November 2020, Prof. Eicker founded Concordia’s Next-Generation Cities Institute, which groups 14 university research centers and 200 researchers from all faculties. Three interdisciplinary research clusters deal with (a) Built and Natural Environments, (b) Mobile, Secure and Sharing Cities, and (c) Arts, Culture, and Community. The Institute addresses the challenges of urban transformation with a transdisciplinary approach and develops tools and strategies for a sustainable future. Prof. Eicker’s research interest covers Zero emission cities, Smart Cities, renewable energy integration, and sustainable urban infrastructure. She is working on multiple eco-district projects in Canada and is building an urban modeling and data platform to assess urban decarbonisation strategies. In addition to that, she has published 7 books, 24 book contributions, over 100 Peer-Reviewed Papers and more than 330 Conference Papers.

President and vice-chancellor of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

Dr. Mohamed Lachemi is president and vice-chancellor of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University), first appointed in 2016 and reappointed to a second term concluding in 2026. An internationally recognized researcher and accomplished academic administrator, he has been a key contributor to the growth and development of Toronto Metropolitan University over a transformational time in the university’s history. A professor of civil engineering since 1998, he has served in progressively senior roles, including dean of the faculty of engineering and architectural science, and provost and vice-president academic. As president he has promoted the establishment of Toronto Metropolitan University as a global university, led the development and creation of ground-breaking schools in law and medicine, and overseen the launch of Rogers Cybersecure Catalyst – a national centre for cybersecurity. Under his direction Toronto Metropolitan University was awarded leadership of the Future Skills Centre consortium, which aims to ensure Canadians develop the skills they need in the new economy. A graduate of L’Université des Sciences et de la Technologie d’Oran in Algeria (civil engineering, with distinction) and L'Université de Sherbrooke (MASc and PhD, Structural Engineering), Dr. Lachemi is the Past Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities, Chair of the Finance Committee of Universities Canada, Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a Board member of Trillium Health Partners, Rogers Communications Inc., Hackergal, and DMZ Ventures. He was a member of the National Research Council from 2018 to 2021.

Department of Food Safety and Quality Management, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade

Dr Ilija Djekic is a full professor and head of Department of food safety and quality management, Faculty of Agriculture – University of Belgrade. His teaching portfolio covers environmental and quality topics in food science. He lectures various courses at all three levels of studies. To-date he lectured over 1,200 students and supervised over 75 PhD, master's and bachelor's theses. During his research and scientific consulting activities he participated in 12 international projects, six Serbian national projects and one French national project and his contracted research was performed in more than 100 food companies. His scientific portfolio is deployed to evaluating food industry performance by using existing and / or developing new diagnostic models and tools for analyzing food safety / quality / sustainability - environmental performance in food industry at both company and products level and identifying improvement possibilities throughout the food supply chain. Ilija Djekic has (co-)authored more than 250 full papers out of which (140+) in international journals included in the © ISI Web of Knowledge, as well as ten chapters and five books. He serves as an Editor in different peer reviewed journals covering food and environmental science. He has international experience in over ten countries.

College of Integrative Studies, Singapore Management University (SMU), Singapore

“...Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” When first formally introduced in 1987, few thought that sustainable development would be so strongly embedded and pervasive in the global mainstream consciousness today. However, the impacts of environmental change affecting us today brought about by recent climate disruption - and its pervasive impacts and ever-growing risks in the future - has brought the importance of sustainability firmly into the limelight. One important example is seen in recent global climate change assessments, in which the sustainable development goals are a fundamental part for societies in every country - more so than the application of technological innovations to mitigate or adapt to climate change - to reduce their vulnerabilities to climate impacts as well as to enable a transition to a “greener” future. This keynote will showcase examples of how social engagement, inclusivity of marginalised communities, and community agency are important elements in reducing risks from climate change. The development of communities - and the generation of social capital to complement financial capital - goes a long way towards enabling a resilient and sustainable future.
Dr. Winston Chow is a Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow and an Associate Professor of Urban Climate in Singapore Management University's (SMU) College of Integrative Studies. He is a Co-Lead Principal Investigator in the ongoing Cooling Singapore Initiative, leading research into how a digital urban twin enables climate-resilient and sustainable urban design, and assessing how Singapore’s urban heat risks can be minimised under a warming climate. In SMU, Dr Chow currently works with the Singapore Green Finance Centre to investigate the sustainability of “green” data centres, and also teaches interdisciplinary courses on climate change and urban sustainability for undergraduates and executives. Lastly, Winston was a Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 6th Assessment Report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability on urban climate issues.

WSF2023 – Singapore Hub

Sustainability for Social and Community Impact

Chaired by Professor Horn Mun Cheah and Associate Professor Renee Tan, from Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore

The WSF2023 – Singapore Hub is focusing on Sustainability for Social and Community Impact.

The focus is on potential and realized social and community impact of sustainability, including the efforts towards engendering such social and community good, challenges in achieving this and explorations into innovative means to create even greater impact. The theme thus inspires and showcases collaborative efforts among different groups within community, possibly from social groups, industry, institutions and individuals, to co-create sustainable solutions for current and future problems.

The WSF2023 – Singapore Hub will consist of 3 sessions:

  1. Sustainability Through Innovation
  2. The Future of Sustainability
  3. Panel Showcase

Check out the local website for more information related to the Singapore hub.

Preliminary Program








Pre-Event Networking, Demos and Booth Showcases




Welcome and Opening Remarks




Opening Keynote




Keynote Speaker








S1. Sustainability Through Innovation




Lunch Break




S2. The Future of Sustainability




S3. Panel Showcase




Speakers' Panel and Q&A




Poster Sessions, Networking Tea, Demos and Sharing Sessions




End of Event


The 10th World Sustainability Forum – Singapore Hub will be held in the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS). Find the directions here:

How to get to Singapore?


Two lines run from Singapore to Malaysia. For more information, see KTMB.

Singapore’s MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) and bus systems have an extensive network of routes that will help you zip around the city. You can refer to the the SBS Transit, SMRT, Go-Ahead Singapore, and Tower Transit Singapore websites for more information and guidelines. Get a Singapore Tourist Pass to enjoy unlimited rides on public transport!

The Clementi MRT Station (EW23) is a 30-minutes walk from the conference venue.


Singapore is a major regional hub and its airport, the Singapore Changi Airport, is considered the best in the word. Facilities include a gym, several gardens and a swimming pool. Today, Changi Airport is renowned for its unrivalled passenger experiences, which have become synonymous with global connectivity, clockwork efficiency and unique, thoughtful services.
The city center can be reached by bus, train or taxi.

Other airports nearby:

Kuala Lampur Airport

  • Direct plane connections to Singapore
  • Approximately 55 minutes travel time to Singapore Changi Airport

Sultan Syarif Kasim II

  • Direct plane connections to Singapore
  • 1 hour travel time to Singapore Changi Airport

Senai International Airport

  • Bus connections to Singapore downtown
  • Approximately 3 hours travel time to Singapore city center


Cruising into Singapore from West Malaysia is a relaxing and scenic way of getting to this sunny island. Anyone arriving in Singapore by car will find numerous parking options. Click here to find a parking near the venue!


As a leading homeport in the heart of Asia, Singapore is one of the world’s busiest cruise centers. The Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS) is a state-of-the-art cruise terminal located next to the main attractions in Singapore and the Business District. The Singapore Cruise Centre offers connections through all Asia.

Singapore is connected to Indonesia and Malaysia through ferries. The companies that operate in the area can be found at this link.

WSF2023 – Basel Hub

Track A: Sustainability in Interdisciplinary Sciences – Tools, Organization, Approaches

Chaired by Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak from the University of Zagreb, Croatia

Track A of WSF2023 – Basel hub is focusing on Sustainability in Interdisciplinary Sciences – Tools, Organization, Approaches.

Dear colleagues, welcome to The 10th World Sustainability Forum – Basel hub!

It is my pleasure to welcome you, to the track: Sustainability in interdisciplinary sciences – tools, organization, approaches.

In this track there are two sessions:

Session 1: Towards low carbon emissions processing and digitalisation in the Food industry

Session 2: Impact of food research on society, economy, and environment

The aim of these sessions is to focus on hot/critical spots in food supply chain, strategies to implement innovative approaches to recycle, reduce and reuse food waste and food loss. Use of nonthermal technologies and advanced thermal technologies in line with sustainable development goals, calculation of carbon/waste/water footprints, life cycle assessment (LCA) in valorisation and utilisation of (food) waste/by-products/surplus are highly welcomed. Another pillars of sustainability are socio-economical aspects of innovations in the food supply/production chain, in line with Agenda 2030. and sustainable development goals (SDGs), ESG principle (environmental/social/governance in food industry and circular economy (CE) approach in promoting upcycling, innovation, and earth-friendly economic development model in the food industry.

Central scope of the session are innovations towards reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in the food industry.

Track B: Sustainable Transition

Chaired by Dr. Lela Mélon from ESCI-UPF, Spain and msg global

Track B of WSF2023 – Basel hub is focusing on Sustainable Transition.

Dear all,

It is an absolute pleasure to be able to invite you to our track on Sustainable Transition, focused on the recent changes regarding sustainability in higher education and programs that are substantially contributing to having leaders of tomorrow adequately equipped with the required skills and knowledge for sustainable transition, as well as the legislative changes and practical movement in sustainable behavior of companies today, focused on the EU developments in the field of corporate governance and law. The present session is aimed at showcasing the intrinsic interrelation between the two topics, based on the current ever growing need for additional consulting services which should gradually be replaced with inherent inside knowledge on sustainability related concerns at the level of C-suite and below.

The WSF2023 – Basel hub is accepting abstracts covering 4 topics:

  1. Towards Low Carbon Emissions Processing and Digitalisation in the Food Industry (Track A)
  2. Impact of Food Research on Society, Economy and Environment (Track A)
  3. Sustainability in Higher Education (Track B)
  4. Corporate Sustainability (Track B)

So far, one excellent Keynote Speaker has been confirmed for the WSF2023 – Basel Hub:

Prof. Dr. Ilija Djekic
University of Belgrade, Serbia

Preliminary Program




Track A: Sustainability in Interdisciplinary Sciences – Tools, Organization, Approaches

Track B: Sustainable Transition









Welcome from the Basel Chair, Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak

Welcome from the Basel Chair, Dr. Lela Mélon




Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker




Coffee Break




Session BA1: Towards Low Carbon Emissions Processing and Digitalisation in the Food Industry

Session BB1: Sustainability in Higher Education




Lunch Break




Session BA2: Impact of Food Research on Society, Economy, and Environment

Session BB2: Corporate Sustainability




Coffee Break




World Sustainability Awards Ceremony




Poster Session and Aperitif


The 10th World Sustainability Forum – Basel Hub will be held in two different venues that are a 5-min walk away from each other, allowing the attendees to switch easily from building to building:

How to get to Basel?


Basel is an important interchange and transport hub and, with its three mainline train stations, offers excellent connections to all Swiss cities and major European cities. The Swiss Railway station (SBB), the French Railway station (SNCF) and the Badische Bahnhof, operated by German Railway (DB), are all conveniently located in the heart of the city.
Basel’s railway stations enjoy frequent domestic and international services.
Trains from France arrive at the French railway station, which is right next to the Swiss (SBB) station.
Guests travelling from Germany can choose whether to get off at Basel SBB or at the German station (Badischer Bahnhof) near the exhibition center.


The EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg is only 15 minutes from the city center, making Basel easy and convenient to reach.
Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg airport is jointly operated by France and Switzerland, and offers passengers a wide range of catering and shopping options.
You can reach the city center of Basel, which is just five kilometers away, quickly and conveniently by bus or taxi. These short transport routes and the modern infrastructure are the airport’s key characteristics.
Other airports nearby:

Zurich Airport

  • Direct train connections to Basel
  • Approximately 75 minutes travel time to Basel

Frankfurt Airport

  • Direct train connections to Basel
  • Approximately 3 hours travel time to Basel


Anyone arriving in Basel by car will find numerous parking options. You can find more information here.

How to get to the venues from Basel SBB Train Station?
  • Tram 11, stop St. Johanns Tor
  • Tram 1, stop Burgfelderplatz
  • Bus 50, stop Kannenfeldplatz
  • Bus 30, stop Kinderspital UKBB or Bernoullianum
How to get to the venues from Basel Badischer Train Station?
  • Bus 30, stop Bernoullianum


We want your stay in Basel during the conference to be as good as possible. With that in mind, we have agreed a discount with several hotels to make your accommodation choice easier. Please book your accommodation online and contact the hotels directly with any issues or requests related to accommodation bookings.

We are delighted to announce that the following hotels will offer a discounted price for all WSF2023 attendees:

Name of hotel Description

How to book

Right at the Centralbahnplatz and in the centre of Basel the 4 star Hotel Euler offers 66 spacious rooms and luxurious Junior Suites.
Just a few steps away from the old town and the main city attractions, the Hotel Euler is the perfect starting point to explore the city by foot or with the famous "Trämli" (tram).
The pharmacy district, fairgrounds as well as the University of Basel are reachable within few minutes. The ticket for public transport is free of charge when staying at the Hotel Euler.

Send an email to [email protected] and add the 20% discount code "WSF1023" while making your reservation.

Comfort Stay Basel Airport All our apartments have loads of amenities to ensure you have the most comfortable experience. Fully equipped kitchen with espresso coffee machine as well as a modern design living room with cable TV and fast WIFI.
Exceptionally located right at the Basel tram 3 station 'Soleil'. Downtown Basel can be reached quickly and easily as well as Basel EuroAirport. For your convenience, across the street is a supermarket and laundromat.

Go to the website and add the promo code "THANKS" to get a 10% discount.

Our hotel ibis Basel Train Station, with its low prices, is located right next to Basel SBB Train Station and is just 15 minutes from EuroAirport Basel Airport. The city centre and the zoo are within walking distance and can be reached within minutes on foot or by tram. A friendly reception, modern infrastructure, 24-hour bar service, car park and free Wi-Fi complete the offer.

Send an email to [email protected] or call +41 61 201 07 07 to have a special offer. Remember to add the code "MDPI14092023" while making your reservation.

WSF2023 – Toronto Hub

The Sustainable Built Environment

Chaired by Dr. Umberto Berardi from the Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada

The WSF2023 – Toronto hub is focusing on Sustainability in the Built Environment.

International research has confirmed that the built environment is the most promising sector for a rapid transition to sustainability. In this scenario, many examples of sustainable urban environments show the advantages of sustainability. Meanwhile, an increasing demand for tools which are suitable for assessing built sustainability is recorded. The assessment of sustainability of the built environment is an essential step toward its promotion. However, large difficulties exist in creating useful and measurable assessment indicators. The possibility of assessing both products and processes for green buildings has been considered particularly important for a sector as inertial as that of the built environment.

Meanwhile, recent literature has discussed the importance of going beyond the sustainability assessment of single buildings and to enlarge the assessment scale to communities in a way that will cover all the different aspects of sustainability. In fact, a significant achievement in sustainability assessments has been the introduction of rating systems for urban design. These increase the assessment scale and allow for the consideration of aspects not accounted for at the building scale. Examples of some aspects of this are the flows and the synergies between initiatives within the built environment and the consequent social and economic effects of sustainability in the built environment. In this sense, the sustainability assessments of communities are proving to be much more than the summation of individual green elements as the scaling-up results in complex interactions. The need to go beyond the building-centric approach in sustainability assessments favours the discussion of new possible areas of sustainability assessment within the built environment.

The WSF2023 – Toronto hub is accepting abstracts covering 3 topics:

  1. Green Cities
  2. Smart Cities
  3. Low Carbon Cities

Two excellent Keynote Speakers will be present at the WSF2023 – Toronto Hub:

Prof. Dr. Ursula Eicker
Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Cities and Communities, Concordia University Montréal

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Lachemi
President and vice-chancellor of Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

Preliminary Program












Welcome from the Toronto Chair Dr. Berardi




Keynote Speakers




Lunch Break




Session T1: Green Cities




Coffee Break




Session T2: Smart Cities




Coffee Break




Session T3: Low Carbon Cities




Poster Session and Aperitif


The 10th World Sustainability Forum – Toronto Hub will be held at the Sears Atrium, in the Toronto Metropolitan University. Find the directions here:

How to get to Toronto?


VIA Rail and AMTRAK bring visitors into the heart of the city each day. Toronto’s Union Station is centrally located downtown and connects to the subway by underground tunnel.

The train station is a 20-minute walk from the conference venue.


Toronto is conveniently served by daily direct flights from U.S. and international cities aboard regional, national and global air carriers. It is served by two airports. Toronto Pearson International Airport, managed by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, is Canada’s principal airport with travel connections to every continent.
You can reach the city center of Toronto by train or taxi. Union Pearson Express runs from Pearson Airport to Union Station in downtown Toronto in just 25 minutes. Adult one-way fare from Pearson to Union is $12.35. Youth and Post-Secondary students save 40% off standard adult fare when using PRESTO. Children under 12 years of age ride free.

Other airports nearby:

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

  • Minutes from the downtown core with links to the city by a short ferry ride or pedestrian tunnel

Hamilton International Airport

  • Daily shuttle service to Toronto Pearson’s Mega Hub and downtown Toronto Union station

Buffalo Niagara International Airport

  • In 3 hours by bus it is possible to reach the Toronto Metropolitan University


Anyone arriving in Toronto by car will find numerous parking options. Click here to find a parking near the venue!

Several highways, including Highways 2, 401, 407 and the Queen Elizabeth Way, link surrounding cities to Toronto. The nearest Canada-U.S. border crossings are at Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Windsor.


In-Person Registration

The In-Person registration fee includes attendance of the selected local conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks and lunch, as well as all the virtual conference sessions, and recordings afterwards.

Please make sure to add in the comments the location of the Hub you want to attend: Singapore, Basel or Toronto.

Please note that selected Speakers need to attend in person. If a speaker cannot attend in person, they forfeit their right to present.

Virtual Registration

The Virtual registration fee includes attendance of the 24h live stream, and recordings afterwards.

Important Information

Participation to the conference is considered final only once the registration fees have been paid.

Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by anyone of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 23 July 2023. Your abstract will be withdrawn if your registration is not complete by this date.

When registering, please provide us with your institutional email address. This will accelerate the registration process. If you are registering several people under the same registration, please do not use the same email address for each person, but their individual institutional email addresses. Thank you for your understanding.

Certificate of Attendance: Participants of the event will be able to download an electronic Certificate of Attendance by accessing their dashboards on once the event is concluded. The certificates will be found under "My Certificates" category.


Reach out to us if you're from a low-income or lower-middle income country to apply for reduced fees.

Members from partnering societies are granted a 20% discount on all registration fees. Please make sure to provide us with proof that you are indeed part of one of our partnering societies.
Are you part of a society that isn't partnering with the conference? Contact us to discuss a possible partnership!

Early Regular Late Supported documents
In-Person Academic 400.00 CHF 550.00 CHF 650.00 CHF
In-Person Student 150.00 CHF 300.00 CHF 400.00 CHF Scanned copy or photograph of your current student ID (not expired)
In-Person MDPI Editorial Board Member 350.00 CHF 500.00 CHF 600.00 CHF
In-Person Non-Academic 550.00 CHF 700.00 CHF 800.00 CHF
Virtual Academic 300.00 CHF 450.00 CHF 550.00 CHF
Virtual Student 75.00 CHF 100.00 CHF 150.00 CHF Scanned copy or photograph of your current student ID (not expired)
Virtual MDPI Editorial Board Member 250.00 CHF 400.00 CHF 500.00 CHF
Virtual Non-Academic 400.00 CHF 550.00 CHF 650.00 CHF
Early fee valid until: 30/07/2023   Late fee valid from: 21/08/2023  

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of paid registration is possible under the terms listed below:

> 2 months before the conference

Full refund but CHF 50.- are retained for administration

> 1 month before the conference

Refund 50% of the applying fees

> 2 weeks before the conference

Refund 25% of the applying fees

< 2 weeks before the conference

No refund

Visa Information

Please note that you must apply for your own visa application. MDPI is not responsible for any visa application, however, MDPI can provide a Visa Support Letter.

  • Applicants must have paid for registration and submitted an abstract in order to get a letter of support.
  • Applicants must provide us with a scan of their valid in date passport that contains a photo of them.
  • Applicants must provide us with a letter of support from their institution to confirm that they support the delegate attending the meeting.
  • This must be carried in good time before the meeting, “last minute” requests will not be processed.
Each country has its own entry requirements, please click on the country names below to find information on visa entry.

We will endeavour to present the program advertised. However, in the unlikely event that MDPI shall deem it necessary to cancel the conference, all pre-paid registration fees will be reimbursed. MDPI shall not be liable for reimbursing the cost of travel or accommodation arrangements made by individual delegates. Tours run by third parties may be subject to cancellation or alteration.

Beware of Unauthorized Registration and Hotel Solicitations

Note that Sciforum is the only official registration platform to register to WSF2023, and that we are not associated with any hotel agency. While other hotel resellers and travel agencies may contact you with offers for your trip, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with WSF2023 or Sciforum. Beware that entering into financial agreements with non-endorsed companies can have costly consequences.


The organizers do not accept liability for personal accident, loss, or damage to private property incurred as a result of participation in the WSF2023. Delegates are advised to arrange appropriate insurance to cover travel, cancellation costs, medical, and theft or damage of belongings.

Photographs and/or video will be taken during the conference

By taking part in this event you grant the event organizers full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising, publicity or other purposes to help achieve the conference’s aims. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases and funding applications.

Payment methods

Wire transfer, Credit card

Currencies accepted by this event

US Dollar, Euro, Chinese yuan, Swiss franc, Singapore dollar

Instructions for Authors

Abstract Submission

The 10th World Sustainability Forum will accept abstracts only.

The accepted abstracts will be available online on during and after the conference.

Please note that abstract submission and conference registration are two separate processes. Please use the same email address during registration and when submitting your work.

What are the benefits in getting your abstract accepted at the WSF2023?

  • You get to present and discuss your latest findings with your peers.
  • You get to network and exchange ideas and resources with like-minded researchers.
  • Your research will be highlighted in an MDPI announcement and social media post. You will be mentioned in the News section of, as well as in one of the MDPI Sustainability Foundation Social Media Posts.
  • You will receive a 10% discount on the registration fees.
  • You will receive the opportunity to submit your full manuscript to a dedicated Special Issue with a 20% discount on the publication fees.

Submit your research

Create an account on Sciforum if you do not have one, then click on ‘New Submission’ on the upper-right corner of the window, or by clicking on ‘Submit Abstract’ at the top of this webpage. Indicate what thematic area is best suited for your research.

  • Submit an abstract in English (maximum 300 words). The deadline to submit your abstract is 4 June 2023.
  • Upon submission, you can select if you wish to be considered for an oral presentation or a poster presentation.
  • Following assessment by the Selection Committee and the Chairs, you will be notified by 3 July 2023 in a separate email whether your contribution has been accepted for oral presentation.
  • Please note that, in order to finalize the scientific program in due time, at least one registration by any of the authors, denoted as Covering Author, is required to cover the presentation and publication of any accepted abstract. Covering Author registration deadline is 23 July 2023. Your abstract will be withdrawn if your registration is not complete by this date.

Oral Presentations

Oral Presentations will be given in-person. If a selected speaker cannot attend in person to give their oral presentation, they forfeit their right to present.

All presentations must be sent to the Conference Organizers before the day of their presentation.

Poster Presentation

There will be two types of Poster Presentations: in-person and online. The in-person poster presentations will take place in the 3 local hubs (Singapore, Basel, and Toronto). Once your abstract is approved as poster, we will ask you to confirm whether you will be attending in-person or online.

Publication Opportunities

We are happy to share that participants will be able to submit their full manuscript to the following joint Special Issues:

  • Sustainable Buildings and Cities, guest edited by Dr. Umberto Berardi

    Please note that depending on the scope of your paper, you can either submit your research to the journal Sustainability or the journal Buildings. Conference Participants will be granted a 20% discount on the publication fees, in either journal.

  • Sustainability in the Food Industry, guest edited by Prof. Dr. Anet Režek Jambrak

    Please note that depending on the scope of your paper, you can either submit your research to the journal Sustainability, the journal Foods or the journal Waste. Conference Participants will be granted a 20% discount on the publication fees, in either journal.

  • More SI coming soon

MDPI Sustainability Foundation Awards

We fund research to make the world a better place. For this reason, we are offering two awards:

  • The World Sustainability Award: a total prize money of 100’000 USD, entirely funded by the MDPI Sustainability Foundation
  • The Emerging Sustainability Leader Award: a total prize money of 20’000 USD funded by the MDPI Journal Sustainability

The 2023 nominations have now closed. Thank you to all who submitted a nomination!

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Partnering Societies

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