Sustainable Development Division Call for Papers for 2020 Conference in New Orleans

Call for Abstracts
Sustainable Development Track
2020 IISE Annual Conference & Expo
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
May 30 – June 1, 2020
Deadline for abstract submission is November 8, 2019
Abstract Submission
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Dear Colleagues:

We invite you to share your experience applying Industrial and Systems Engineering tools and knowledge to advance the sustainability of your company, university, community, or our planet.  This can be done through the presentation of a case study, a workshop for those looking to learn from your experience, or the presentation of research results.

The Sustainable Development Division of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers (IISE) is sponsoring the Sustainable Development Track at the 2020 IISE Annual Conference and Expo. The conference is a forum for exchanging knowledge and discoveries in Industrial and Systems Engineering research and practitioner communities.

We encourage you to submit an abstract. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to present their work in a session.  The standard presentation is 20 minutes; however, for a case study or workshop, a 40-minute period can be designated.

As in past years, we welcome abstracts that include but are not limited to the following areas:

Sustainability Education, Ethics,and Public PolicymakingGreen Supply Chains, Sustainable Engineering, and Green Operations
Sustainable Infrastructure SystemsSustainability & LCA Theory

For this year’s conference, we are particularly interested in those abstracts that relate to the achievement of the following selected United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture
  • Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all (including how sustainability relates to and can be incorporated into ISE education, and how ISE tools can be modified to optimize not strictly for economics but instead on the Triple Bottom Line.)
  • Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  • Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation (including the roles ISE’s can and do play in creating sustainable corporations)
  • Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable
  • Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Abstract Submission:

  • No more than two abstracts with the same presenting author will be accepted (including invited and contributed talks). There is no limit on the number of abstracts for which an individual can be listed as a co-author.
  • The presenting author of an accepted abstract must register and pay the registration fee to attend the conference. If a presenter does not register by March 13, 2020, the corresponding presentation will be removed from the program, and any submitted paper will not be included in the Conference Proceedings nor be eligible for a Best Track Paper Award.
  • Authors who submit an extended abstract or a paper are expected to review 1-2 abstracts or papers of fellow authors.

Conference Paper:

  • In addition to the traditional abstract and presentation, we strongly encourage you to consider submitting your work as full paper.
  • Similar to previous years, conference papers should contain results that are significant and have archival value to the industrial and systems engineering research and practitioner community.
  • Conference papers have a six-page limit and will undergo a double-blind peer review process with more rigor relative to the extended abstract.
  • Accepted papers will be copyrighted and indexed in the conference proceedings. Authors of rejected papers will be given the opportunity to resubmit their work as an extended abstract.

Sustainable Development Division:

  • In addition to research and practitioner presentations, the annual conference offers many opportunities for attendees, including plant tours, networking, and keynote speakers.
  • Make sure to mark your calendar for the Sustainable Development meeting, which will be announced as part of conference program. This could be a great venue for you to meet other Division members, and the community.
  • Please consider contributing your ISE expertise to a local non-profit organization by participating in our annual volunteer project on Saturday morning, May 30, 2020. Signup information will be available on the conference web page.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission deadline: November 8, 2019
  • Notification of decision on abstract: December 5, 2019
  • Paper submission deadline (optional but encouraged): January 20, 2020
  • Notification of decision on paper: February 24, 2020
  • Paper final revision submission deadline: March 13, 2020
  • Presenting author registration deadline: March 13, 2020
  • Deadline to register for volunteer event: May 15, 2020

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!


Ricardo Thierry-AguileraJohn CorlissGokhan Egilmez, Caroline Krejci, and Valerie M. Thomas
Sustainable Development Track Co-chairs
Sustainable Development Division
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers

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