Call for Papers 2021

How Emerging Technologies Are Driving Sustainability

Call for Papers (Download CFP PDF)
VIRTUAL – Hosted from Orange County, CA. — April 22-24, 2021


Sustainability: the pursuit of environmentally sound development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the future!

The 8th IEEE Technologies for Sustainability Conference (SusTech 2021) is designed to explore development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It brings together scientists, engineers, technologists and scholars from multiple disciplines to hold a dialogue on environmental issues and collaborate on ideas to develop and utilize innovative tools and intelligent systems to address them. Attendees will learn about the tools, connections and proactive solutions to take their sustainability programs to the next level.

SusTech 2021 will feature technical papers, posters and workshops.

  • Prominent experts will be giving keynotes addresses, plenary presentations and invited talks.
  • Best Posters and Papers in the conference will be eligible for an award.
  • Full papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings.
  • Conference content that meets IEEE quality review standards will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore® as well as other Abstracting & Indexing (A&I) databases.

SusTech 2020 was held online, and we will be flexible with respect to Covid-19.

Papers are solicited for both oral and poster presentations from industry, government, and academia (including students) covering relevant research, technologies, methodologies, tools and case studies. Topics with policy implications are also welcome.

Topics of Interest

Selected technologies that contribute to sustainability in all applications affecting human life.

Focus AreaTopics
Renewable/Alternative Energy(e.g. solar, wind, tidal, fuel cells, energy harvesting, nuclear, thermal, power distribution)
Energy Efficiency(e.g. sensors and measurement, retrofits of existing infrastructure, energy saving controls, data centers, power saving, Smart Environment)
Internet of Things / IOT for sustainability(e.g.: sensors, computing, control, communication, storage and drive electronics targeted for IOT applications, medical electronics)
Smart Cities(e.g. intelligent infrastructure, smart environment, smart buildings, connected ecosystem, AI/ML for sustainability, data collection and analytics)
Smart Grid(e.g. communications, control, power electronics, industrial and home applications, energy storage, demand control and response)
Intelligent Transportation Systems(e.g. transportation electrification, electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, aviation/drones, motors, drive controls, batteries, sensors, electronics & fuel economy, environmental & power distribution impacts)
Sustainable Electronics(e.g. sustainable manufacturing and industrial applications, components and systems, global materials supply, reuse and repair of consumer electronics, Open repair manuals and on-line repair and electronics sustainability resources, best practices)
eWaste(e.g. reduction, conversion, disposal, recycling, materials harvesting, reuse, managing product lifecycle)
Agriculture and Food Technology(e.g. control and production of fertilizers, soil, water conservation, irrigation, fisheries)
Ecological Sustainability and Conservation(e.g. technology to monitor global environmental change, technology for conserving nature on the high and deep seas, technology for nature conservation and management, technology to reduce the spread of invasive species, technologies to reduce the ecological foot print of a growing (blue) economy, technology to measure progress towards the sustainable development goals)
Water Resources Management(e.g. quantity and distribution of water in natural and the built environment, sensors, controls, systems to treat, reclaim, and conserve water)
Ocean Waste & Pollution Management(e.g. engineering solutions for industrial & military dumping in the oceans, CO2 trapping in the oceans effect, acoustic pollution, technologies for managing coastal oceans)
Societal Implications / Quality of Life / Public Policy(e.g. engineering of sustainable solutions, implementation challenges for sustainable technologies, ethics of Smart Cities, health & medical electronics, global education & human resources, ethics and professional responsibility, risk management, public policy)
Sustainable Management(e.g. sustainable projects management, leading societal change, adoption and deployment of new technologies, leading and managing innovation, business cases and planning, partnering and collaboration)


Instructions to Authors: Submit in PDF form, a full submission of the paper for oral presentation via the Sustech 2020 website. For information for authors, please visit the conference website ( and select Authors tab and follow the instructions there.

For any questions related to SusTech 2021 “Call for Paper”, please contact us at <>

There will be a separate call for paper Posters & the Student Poster Contest.

2021 Key Dates

(Extended) Submission Deadline for papers (or extended abstract)1-Nov-2020
Acceptance notification15-Dec-2020
Early registration opens15-Dec-2020
Late Abstracts/Papers Submission Deadline15-Jan-2021
Regular Paper Final submission deadline30-Jan-2021
Late Paper Final submission deadline2-Mar-2021
Student Poster Abstracts submission deadline15-Dec-2020 15-Jan-2021 15-Feb-2021
Early Registration ends15-Mar-2021 30-Mar-2021


SusTech 2020 General Chair: Gora Data ( )
Vice Chair: David E. Gonzalez (
Emeritus Chair and Co-Founder: Ed Perkins ( )
SusTech Program Chair: Charlie Jackson ( )
Vice Chair: Sevada Isayan ( )


Sponsors for SusTech 2021 include the IEEE Oregon, Phoenix, San Fernando Valley, Inland Empire (Foothill), Orange County, Metro Los Angeles, and Coastal Los Angeles Sections, IEEE Region 6, IEEE-USA; and co-sponsored by the IEEE PES, SSIT and TEMS Societies.




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