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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.

Objectives

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).

Topics

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
5 Sep 2018 Pre-Conference Workshops
6 – 7 Sep 2018 BEHAVE Conference

Keynote

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 “Delivering a more efficient energy system through energy communities - The REScoop PLUS toolkit”

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 (conference language: German)

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.  More information on the SAGUF Annual Concerence 2018

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Pre-Conference Event on “IEA DSM Task 24 - What 7 years of a global behaviour change research programme taught us about evaluating impacts”

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/

Pre-Conference Event on “MOBISTYLE and H2020 sister projects: Behavioural change toward energy efficiency through ICT”

5 Sept 2018 from 9:00-12:00

Under the H2020 funding schemes, EU is supporting projects having the common objective to demonstrate that ICT-based solutions can contribute to saving energy by motivating and supporting behavioral change of energy end-users.

Through facilitating open discussions the workshop will adopt a user-centric approach to exchange ideas, share the projects’ lessons learned so far, brainstorm on current and future challenges in the area of ICT solutions encouraging behaviour change, and document actionable new ideas that could help improve the projects’ progress and maximize the European replication impacts.

Interested to know more? Join this half-day session and check on our website: www.mobistyle-project.eu

Pre-Conference Event on «Will peer-to-peer energy trading deliver genuine social benefits in tomorrow’s electricity systems?»

5 Sept 2018 from 10:30-12:00

Peer-to-peer electricity trading presents opportunities for positive social impacts. For example, community schemes could facilitate wider inclusion in community renewable energy projects, with potential for energy donation to support fuel poor neighbours and greater retention of money in the community. However, such benefits will only be realised if factors such as market design and regulation, participation and ownership align to enable them. This panel discussion will highlight the potential social benefits that peer-to-peer trading could bring and identify the main challenges and trade-offs that will be faced in making them reality. It will also present an opportunity to point out risks of unintended consequences and how these could be mitigated. The panellists will be Sarah Darby (U. of Oxford, UK), Noam Bergman (U. of Sussex, UK), Angelo Facchini (IMT, Italy), Yael Parag (IDC, Israel) and Daphne Geelen (Enexis, Netherlands). There will be plenty of opportunity for audience discussion.
 
For more information on the organisers, UCL Energy Institute PACE Group, see www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/energy/PACE

Venue

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. 

Accomodation

You can either choose from our extensive list of hotels (PDF 63,7 KB) or from the following four hotels which offer particular contingents for participants of Behave 2018. In order to make a reservation, you may call the hotel of your choice mentioning our booking code “Behave 2018”.

Hotel Date from Date until Description* Rates** Contingent***
25Hours Hotel Zurich West 2018/09/05 2018/09/07 Single Room CHF 244.00 40
Novotel Zurich West 2018/09/05 2018/09/07 Single Room CHF 242.00 50
Ibis Zurich City West 2018/09/05 2018/09/07 Single Room CHF 199.00 80
Ibis Budget Zurich City West 2018/09/05 2018/09/07 Single Room CHF 125.00 80

* Including breakfast
** Including 3.7% VAT. Each Guest will be charged an additional City Tax of CHF 2.50 per night.
*** Contingents valid until 2018/06/14 or 2018/06/19 (25Hours Hotel Zurich West)

Contact

Feel free to contact the BEHAVE-Committee if you have questions relating to the conference. E-Mail: behave2018@zhaw.ch.

Supporting Partner

  • Link zu Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority (ANRE)
  • Website SAGUF