The concept of sustainability is something that is increasingly important to the way that we operate as individuals, as educators and as societies more generally. Originally a term largely used in reference to the wellbeing of the Earth in the face of rapid development, and the threat of environmental degradation, the United Nations Brundland commission posited that “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.
This concept of sustainability has since taken root in different professions and academic disciplines, and is now at the heart of how we look at the problems facing the world – from the macro to the micro, to the usage of energy and the emerging new impacts on our environment. IAFOR is an organisation committed to sustainability and environmental conservation through education, and the international, intercultural and interdisciplinary approaches that will encourage the synergies necessary for the creation of new knowledge to help identify, address and tackle these problems.
Sustainability means different things to different people, from engineers to charity workers, architects to product designers, politicians to philosophers, and medical doctors to engineers, and IAFOR conferences offer a great platform for leading scholars and practitioners around the world to exchange the latest research and ideas in their field, and be confronted and challenged by those in others.
The IAFOR platform is one that can only function as a sustainable entity from the active partnership and support of some of the world’s leading universities, such as Virginia Tech, Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA) and Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at University of Michigan, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore, Nihon University, and University of Tokyo.
However, it is the contributions of individual academics from all over the world that make IAFOR work, that help us grow sustainably, preserve the environment, and allow us to play our part in pursuit of the common goal of a sustainable and energy efficient world. We look forward to your continued support, and very active participation.
The IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment – Hawaii (IICSEEHawaii) is a multidisciplinary conference held concurrently with The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii (IICEHawaii). Keynote, Featured and Spotlight Speakers will provide a variety of perspectives from different academic and professional backgrounds.
Registration for either of these conferences permits attendance in both.
The speakers below, among others, have presented their research at IAFOR's conferences on sustainability, energy and the environment.
Amy Sarkowski, psychologist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University, and Yukinori Komine, international relations scholar; Linda Toyo Obayashi, Senior Mediation Officer at the World Bank; Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln University; Jun Arima, Japanese governmental adviser on Energy and the Environment; Lowell Sheppard, Asia-Pacific Director of the HOPE International Development Agency; Keith Miller, scientist, artificial intelligence expert and ethicist; Yozo Yokota, internationally renowned human rights and labour lawyer, Director of the Japanese Center for Human Rights and former UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar; Brent Huffman, Medill Professor and award-winning Director of “Saving Mes Aynak”; David Matchar, Duke-NUS Medical School Professor and Director of the Program in Health Services and Systems Research; Hiroshi Ishida, University of Tokyo’s Director of the Institute of Social Science; Geoffrey Beattie, eminent climate change psychologist; Sir Kenneth Calman, physician and ethicist, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, former UK Chief Medical Officer and Chairman of the World Health Organization.
Other IAFOR Sustainability, Energy & the Environment Conferences
- The Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ACSEE)
- The European Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment (ECSEE)
Ways to Get Involved
IAFOR depends on the assistance of a large number of international academics and practitioners who contribute in a variety of ways to our shared mission of promoting international exchange, facilitating intercultural awareness, encouraging interdisciplinary discussion and generating and sharing new knowledge. We are grateful for the time, effort and expertise donated by all our volunteer contributors.
Here are some of the ways you can get involved:
If you have any questions, or if you would like to suggest additional ways in which you could contribute to IAFOR’s interdisciplinary activities, please feel free to email [email protected].