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 30-31 May 2024 in Antwerp. We welcome contributions from PhD students working on projects related to sustainability issues in the built environment to attend this seminar.
Submission and preregistration
PhD students are invited to submit abstracts differentiated along the stage of their PhD research. Abstract submissions are due on Friday 12 January 2024. Prepare your abstract using the abstract format provided below and submit your contribution via the abstract submission button.
Call for contributions
The mission of DS²BE’s is to enhance our understanding of sustainability issues in the built environment by gathering PhD students that are making contributions in this area of research. The scope of the seminar agenda is broad, theoretical and methodological developments, as well as empirical findings of technical and social nature, are welcome. They can range from the scale of a building product to the urban or regional scale.
The 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 onwards) are invited to present substantial research results, e.g. a case study, draft article, or thesis chapter. The first step is to submit an abstract of 300 words written in English. The abstract will be reviewed, and if the topic is within the scope of the seminar research agenda, applicants will be invited to submit a case study, chapter or article (4000 words, English). The submitted content will be reviewed by a scientific committee of senior researchers and their feedback will be sent back to the applicant. Finally, applicants will be invited to submit a revised version of their abstract to be published as part of the book of abstracts. The submitted article or chapter will not be published to allow for the applicant to do further work on it based on the feedback received from the scientific committee. See the timeline below for key dates in the submission and review processes.
PhD researchers at an early stage (years 1 and 2) of their research are invited to pitch key hypotheses, methods, and preliminary findings. They first have to submit an abstract of 300 words written in English. The abstract will be reviewed to determine if it is within the scope of the seminar research agenda and then applicants will be invited to submit a poster. The scientific committee of senior researchers will review the poster and the feedback will be sent to the applicant. Finally, applicants will be invited to submit a revised version of their abstract to be published as part of the book of abstracts. See the timeline below for key dates in the submission and review processes.
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.
Fr. 12/01/2023: Abstract Submission Deadline
Fr. 19/01/2023: Notification of decision on abstract
Mon. 19/02/2023: Poster or paper submission and registration
Mon. 1/04/2023: Reviewer comments sent to applicants
Mon. 29/04/2023: Submit revised version of abstract
Th. 30/05/2024 - DS2BE day ONE
Fr. 31/05/2024 - DS2BE day TWO
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