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Doctoral Seminars on Sustainability Research in the Built Environment

30 & 31 May 2024, Antwerp

DS²BE is a joint initiative of the Belgian research groups working on sustainability issues in the built environment. It brings together eight universities: Université Libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, KULeuven, UCLouvain, Université de Liège, UHasselt, UAntwerpen and UGent.

The upcoming edition, DS²BE 2024, will be a two-day event on 30-32 May 2024 in Antwerp. We invite contributions differentiated along the stage of the PhD research.

Submission and preregistration 


PhD researchers are invited to submit a contribution according to the stage of their PhD project (see Call for contributions). Submissons are due in December - more info coming soon.


Call for contributions

According to DS²BE’s mission, contributions during the seminar must tackle sustainability issues in the built environment. They can range from the scale level of a building product to that of a city or whole region. Theoretical and methodological developments, as well as empirical findings of technical and social nature, are welcome. 

For DS²BE 2024 the scientific and organizing committees invite contributions differentiated along the stage of the PhD research:

        PhD researchers at an advanced stage (from year 3) are invited to present substantial research results, e.g. a case study, draft article, or thesis chapter. After an abstract (300 words, English) they also submit a full paper (4000 words, English).

        PhD researchers at an early stage (years 1 and 2) of their research are invited to pitch key hypotheses, methods, and preliminary findings. They only submit an abstract (300 words, English) and a supporting poster.

The scientific committee of senior researchers will review all abstracts and papers, and written feedback will be given. Only abstracts will be published. This allows further development of the manuscript into a journal paper for example.


The added value of submitting an abstract or full paper is the constructive feedback provided by peers in a written format, and the interactive feedback following each presentation.

Certificates of Participation will be issued to participants, which might be used to gain credits from their doctoral schools.

Templates for submission will be provided soon.



5/01/2024 - Preregistration and submission of abstracts and full papers or posters. 

19/02/2024 - Notification of peer review feedback

31/03/2024 - Final registration and submission of revised papers or abstracts & posters


Th. 30/05/2024 - DS2BE day ONE

Fr. 31/05/2024 - DS2BE day TWO


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