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Conference: Behave 2018

The 5th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency will be held from the 5th to the 7th September 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland.

BEHAVE 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
14 Mar 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


We are happy to be able to announce our first keynote speaker:

Prof. Dr. Benjamin K. Sovacool
Benjamin Sovacool is Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. There he serves as Director of the Sussex Energy Group and Director of the Center on Innovation and Energy Demand which involves the University of Oxford and University of Manchester. Professor Sovacool works as a researcher and consultant on issues pertaining to energy policy, energy security, climate change mitigation, and climate change adaptation. More specifically, his research focuses on renewable energy and energy efficiency, the politics of large-scale energy infrastructure, designing public policy to improve energy security and access to electricity, and building adaptive capacity to the consequences of climate change.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Event on «REScoop»

5 Sept 2018 from 9:00-12:00

Members are reducing their energy consumption upon joining a REScoop. This was conclusion was reached by several European REScoops (Renewable Energy Cooperatives), also known as ‘energy communities’. The REScoop PLUS Project verified this assumption, and aimed to better understand why participating in a REScoop fosters this behavioral change. The project identifies and measures best practices, improve activities to engage citizens in energy efficiency actions. We will present the scientific evidence to support the role of energy communities to encourage efficient behavior change. Finally, we will bring together energy efficiency experts from the REScoops to explain the tools they put in place. To know more: www.rescoop-ee.eu

Pre-Conference Event on «Acceptance Research for the Energy Transition»

SAGUF Annual Conference 2018 in Zurich, 5 Sept 2018 from 13:00-17:00

The SAGUF Pre-Conference focuses on the interface between practice and science. The central research question is: Which findings of acceptance research support a transformation towards a sustainable energy future? Acceptance is an important focus of social science energy research. Since 2013, SAGUF's working group on the future of energy has focused on the topic of the social acceptance of renewable energies, their infrastructure and the associated energy systems. In this event, thematic inputs from international speakers will be followed by a World Café with discussions on the presented topics. A Networking-Apéro will close the day. To know more: naturalsciences.ch/organisations/saguf

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Pre-Conference Event on «IEA DSM Taks 24»

5 Sept 2018 from 13:00-17:00

IEA DSM Task 24, initiated in 2012, is the first global research collaboration focusing on behaviour change in DSM. It aims to provide an overview to the wider systemic issues and to develop hands-on solutions on how to solve them collaboratively. It is critical that we learn to understand our roles in the energy system in order to do so. This half-day workshop aims to help 'Behaviour Changers' from different sectors understand how to use a human-centered framework to visualize a given energy socio-ecosystem. It will provide insights from the Task’s Phase 1 theoretical case study meta-analysis and how the more practically-focused Phase 2 tools were applied in real-life examples.
For more information see: www.ieadsm.org/task/task-24-phase-2/

Pre-Conference Event on «Household Energy Efficiency Adoption Behaviour: Integrating Findings From Choice Experiments Into Energy Models»

5 Sept 2018 from 13:00-17:00

This workshop will present findings from a series of representative choice experiments in eight EU countries regarding household energy efficiency investment decisions and discuss their integration in various energy demand models. Incorporating insights from social science theories of decision-making, behaviour and diffusion, and accounting for individual preferences for technology characteristics, responses to policies, individual attitudes and household characteristics in this way, is expected to improve the modelling of technology adoption (appliances, smart thermostats, heating systems, insulation) and of the policy effects (labels, rebates, bonus-malus incentives).
For more information see: www.briskee-cheetah.eu/cheetah/


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: behave2018@zhaw.ch.

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)
  • Graser, Jürg (Zurich University of Applied Sciences)
  • 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 (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, INESCC)
  • Matthies, Ellen (Otto von-Guericke-University Magdeburg)
  • 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)
  • Stauffacher, Michael (ETH Zurich)
  • Thøgersen, John (Aarhus University)
  • Tiefenbeck, Verena (ETH Zurich)
  • Weston, Mike (Deakin University)

Supporting Partner

  • Link zu Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE)