Behave 2018

5th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency – 5th to 7th September 2018, Zurich, Switzerland

BEHAVE 2018 will be held from the 5th to the 7th September 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference aims to bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss problems and measures in the field of behaviours related to end-use energy efficiency and sufficiency and the adaption of low-carbon technologies. As such, it will focus on various fields of research, innovation and knowledge transfer.


BEHAVE aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on sustainable energy behaviour in transport, buildings and consumption of goods as well as the individual and social acceptance of sustainable technologies (e.g. renewables). In particular, the conference should act as a platform to share multi-disciplinary research on new technological developments and best practices concerning understanding and influencing energy-related behaviours. Therefore, contributions to Behave 2018 should provide theoretical knowledge, evidence-based research and methods as well as innovative practices related to fostering sustainable energy-behaviour. They can focus on either macro- (countries, regions, cities), meso- (organisations, districts, communities) or micro-levels (individuals, buildings).


Papers can be submitted on the following subjects. This list is not comprehensive. Other relevant topics may be chosen.

  • Behaviour integration into smart grid, energy and transportation modelling
  • Demand-side information and management in smart energy and transport systems
  • Digitalisation, ICT, automation, and behaviour
  • Discourse by and among different actors, such as authorities, consumers, media, intermediaries and stakeholders, and related communication strategies
  • Acceptance and use of renewable energies, load shifting and low carbon technologies
  • Determinants of behaviour change, consumer segmentation and tailoring, user engagement
  • Inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to energy and mobility behaviours
  • Psychological and communicative prerequisites of policy change, social and technological innovations
  • Energy poverty and vulnerable consumers
  • Business models, norms, standards and strategies in determining decisions in the industries
  • Policies, innovation initiatives, living labs, interventions, social practices, case and real world studies and their evaluation
  • Methodological approaches for investigating energy-related behaviour

Key Dates

Date Event
28 Feb 2018 Submission of Abstracts, Pre-Conferences and Special Sessions
16 Apr 2018 Abstract Acceptance Notification
15 Jun 2018 Final Paper Submission
5 Sep 2018 Pre-Conference Workshops
6 – 7 Sep 2018 BEHAVE Conference

Pre-Conference event

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The conference will take place on the Campus "Toni-Areal" in the City of Zurich. There are many public transport possibilities to reach the venue either from Zurich Airport or from Zurich main station. 


Feel free to contact the BEHAVE-Committee if you have questions relating to the conference. E-Mail:

Organizational and Scientific Partners

Organizational Committee

Extended Organizational Committee

Scientific Committee

  • Austermühl, Frank (Aston University)
  • Azevedo, Inês (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Balthasar, Andreas (University of Lucerne)
  • Bamberg, Sebastian (Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences)
  • Bertoldi, Paolo (European Commission)
  • Beth, Karlin (University of Southern California)
  • Blasch, Julia E. (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Blöbaum, Anke (Otto von-Guericke-University Magdeburg)
  • Blumer, Yann (Zurich University of Applied Sciences)
  • Brosch, Tobias (University of Geneva)
  • Burger, Paul (University of Basel)
  • Darby, Sarah (University of Oxford)
  • Fawcett, Tina (University of Oxford)
  • Ford, Rebecca (University of Oxford)
  • Janoschka, Anja (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts)
  • Kaiser, Florian G. (Otto von-Guericke-University Magdeburg)
  • Keller, Reiner (University of Augsburg)
  • Klöckner, Christian A. (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
  • Lopes, Marta (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research)
  • Matthies, Ellen (Otto von-Guericke-University Magdeburg)
  • Michael, Stauffacher (ETH Zurich)
  • Mikkonen, Irmeli (Motiva, Chair Behaviour Change Working Group)
  • Moser, Stephanie (University of Bern)
  • Mourik, Ruth (Founder of DuneWorks, Glasgow)
  • Mundaca, Luis (Lund University)
  • Roesler, Sascha (USI Università della Svizzera italiana)
  • Rotmann, Sea (CEO, Sustainable Energy Advice Ltd., Wellington)
  • Schach, Annika (Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts)
  • Schäfer, Martina (Technical University of Berlin)
  • Schumann, Thomas (Technopark Winterthur)
  • Schwägerl, Christian (Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences)
  • Schweizer-Ries, Petra (Bochum University of Applied Sciences)
  • Silva, Luis (Universidad de la Costa)
  • Sorrell, Steve (University of Sussex)
  • Thøgersen, John (Aarhus University)
  • Tiefenbeck, Verena (ETH Zurich)
  • von Fischer, Sabine (Zurich University of Applied Sciences)
  • Weston, Mike (Deakin University)

Supporting Partner

Link zu Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE)