Call for Session Proposals is Open

The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) invites you to submit a proposal for a session at the 18th National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment: The Science, Business, and Education of Sustainable Infrastructure: Building Resilience in a Changing World, January 23-25, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Click here to submit a proposal

The 2018 National Conference and Global Forum will explore how systems thinking and a sustainability framework can serve society through investment in natural, built, cyber, and social infrastructure.

  • Natural Infrastructure provides ecological services such as clean air, water, biodiversity, food, and fiber
  • Built Infrastructure enables transportation, housing, energy and communications service
  • Cyberinfrastructure supports the data, technology, and transmission to technological advancements and provides technical capacity
  • Social Infrastructure enables education, research, and other human services.

Participants will take a broad and integrated view of next generation infrastructure in order to foster more sustainable communities and enhance resilience in the face of accelerating socio-environmental and security threats.

Conference proposals will be accepted for:

  • Symposia: 90-minute sessions that educate conference attendees about a key topic. Symposia include 3-5 diverse speakers from different sectors, institutions, disciplines, perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Workshops: 180-minute sessions that develop strategies to advance sustainable and resilience infrastructure, discuss key challenges and opportunities, or teach skills to participants. Workshops should utilize participatory approaches, including active learning, to engage all workshop participants in developing a common outcome.
  • Posters: Presentations of individual scholarship

Recommended topics include:

  • Emerging megatrends and their consequences
  • Integration of natural and built environments
  • Convergence between humans and technology
  • Ecological design
  • Ecosystem services
  • Life cycle resilience
  • Food, energy and water systems
  • Resilient urban systems
  • Connections between urban, suburban, and rural areas
  • Decarbonizing infrastructure investments
  • Mobility and transportation systems of today and tomorrow
  • Infrastructure, sustainability, and security
  • Smart systems and evidence-based decision making
  • Financing infrastructure through public and private investments
  • Interdisciplinary education about infrastructure
  • Governance, collaboration and citizen engagement at local, state, federal, and international levels
  • Modeling and measuring sustainable infrastructure
  • Equity as a core aspect of sustainable infrastructure
  • Consequences of innovation and technological transformation, and continuous and instantaneous sharing of information

Click here to submit a proposal by August 25, 2017

Please address questions about session content to David Blockstein, Ph.D,

Please address questions about submitting a proposal to Lilah Sloane