The Sixth International SEEDS (Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society) Conference took place on 2-3 September 2020. Leeds Beckett University hosted the conference online for the first time and welcomed delegates from across the world who are all experts in their field. The University worked in partnership with Technological University Dublin, The University of Suffolk and The University of The West of England.
A national climate emergency has been declared and although some nations are still in denial, time is of the essence as the moment for action slips away. More than any other sector, the built environment has a responsibility to use less resource and develop environments so that they are net zero. There is a need to consider how the built and natural environment can be integrated for natural carbon capture and ensure eco and biodiversity is restored. The places that we live and work, and our national ecosystems need to be sustainable, if we are to slow down greenhouse gas emissions, which continue to grow at an accelerating pace. Current methods of development have led to a loss of biodiversity that presents an immediate danger to our eco system needs and food security. Notwithstanding the increasing threat that we are imposing on future generations, current living conditions, toxic emissions and the loss of biodiversity is affecting us now, our urban habitats are inherently unhealthy.
The built environment has a significant role to play in climate change, it uses more natural resources and produces more waste than any other industry. That in mind, research is being applied to address the balance between the built and natural environment and reduce emissions and waste. It is essential that we rapidly draw expertise and centres of knowledge together to address and better understand the action required.
The SEEDS Conference brings together experts from around the world focusing on sustainability agenda and the positive and detrimental changes that are taking place. As well as addressing technical issues, measuring energy efficiency and modelling energy performance, emphasis is placed on the health and wellbeing of the users of spaces occupied and enclosed. Understanding how buildings and spaces are designed and nurtured to obtain the optimal outcome is the focus of discussion and debate. This holistic approach draws together the research themes of energy, building performance and physics while placing health, wellbeing and ecology at the heart of the conference.
Through review, research and proven practice, the SEEDS Conference fosters ideas on how to reduce negative impacts on the environment while providing for the health and wellbeing of society. The professions and fields of research required to ensure buildings meet user demands and provide healthy enclosures are many and diverse. The SEEDS Conference addresses the interdependence of people, the built and natural environments, and recognises the interdisciplinary and international themes necessary to assemble the knowledge required for positive change.
SEEDS Conference Fees
We have revisited the fee structure for the SEEDS Conference in light of changes that will be made because of the current Covid-19 pandemic. The SEEDS Conference will now be held online, further details will follow in the coming weeks. The fee for the Conference will now be £35.00.
All delegates that have already booked for the conference prior to this change in fee structure should contact Ellen Glover: email@example.com
You are invited to submit abstracts under the themes above.
Please click the link on the left for full details of the Call for Abstracts.
Experienced and new researchers are encouraged to attend the conference. Full research papers, posters, reviews and case studies will be considered through the review process.
You are encouraged to submit abstracts as early as possible in order to receive prompt feedback. Early acceptance will enable you to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ rate for the Conference and make a £60.00 saving.
Some comments from those who have attended SEEDS Conferences:
- “Personally, the atmosphere at SEEDS 2018 was excellent, as an early career researcher I was made to feel welcome and was comfortable about presenting my research.” UK research student
- “I really enjoyed the SEEDS conference and left more informed about varied issues than I previously was.” US delegate
- “Truly inspiring - very useful to see work in a range of developmental areas. Highly engaging work presented well.” Danish delegate
- “Thank you SEEDS for such a wonderful conference in 2019, I really enjoyed the conference venue.” UK delegate
The conference has a strong reputation for working with established publishers. Papers may be put forward for publication with our publishing partners.
Emerald will be attending the SEEDS conference, giving all attendees the opportunity to discuss potential contributions to the Journals from SEEDS. In partnership with the International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaption, a £250 prize will be awarded for the IJBPA Award for Best Paper on Building Pathology and Adaptation.