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SEEDS Conference 2019

International SEEDS Conference 2019

Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society

Growing Sustainability - Natural Capital and Society in the Built Environment

University of Suffolk, Ipswich, UK

11 & 12 September 2019

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The ‘Early Bird’ rate for the Conference is available until 5 July 2019, which makes a £60.00 saving.

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About the SEEDS Conference

The built environment has a greater impact on natural resources and produces more waste than any other industry. That in mind, beyond the green rhetoric research is being applied on the ground to address the balance between the built and natural environment. The International SEEDS Conference aims to bring together experts from around the world focusing on the changes that are taking place and the benefits or consequences that are being predicted and measured regarding the built environment’s impacts. As well as addressing technical issues, measuring energy efficiency and modelling energy performance, emphasis is placed on the health and well-being 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, well-being and ecology at the heart of the conference.

Sustainable building practices are rooted in the need for reliable information on the long-term performance and more specifically, the expected service-life of building materials, components and assemblies. This need is ever more evident given the anticipated effects of climate change on the built environment and the many governmental initiatives world-wide focused on ensuring that structures are not only resilient but also can maintain their resilience over the long-term.

Through research and proven practice, the aim of the SEEDS conference is to foster ideas on how to reduce negative impacts on the environment while providing for the health and well-being 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.

4 main conference themes:

  • Sustainable Place Making (Social dimensions and natural capital considerations)
  • Sustainable Behaviours (Human and machine - smart buildings, smart cities)
  • Sustainability Education
  • Sustainable Production (Factories of the Future - building design for industry/business/agriculture)

Key Dates

  • Abstract submission date 28th January 2019
  • Reviewer comments return by 4th February 2019
  • Paper submission deadline 11th April 2019
  • Final paper submission deadline 1st July 2019

Further information can be obtained from: lsiconference@leedsbeckett.ac.uk   

Please upload papers through the Easy Chair platform. If you have not already created an account, please do so at: https://www.easychair.org

The Easy Chair conference details: https://easychair.org/cfp/SEEDS2019


These hotels are closest to the University of Suffolk:

Travel Lodge Ipswich
15 Duke Street, Ipswich IP3 0AE Tel: 0871 984 6329
Premier Inn Ipswich Town Centre, Quayside
33 Key Street, Ipswich IP4 1BZ Tel: 0871 527 9388
Salthouse Harbour Hotel
Neptune Quay, Ipswich IP4 1AX Tel: 01473 226789
Novotel Ipswich
Grey Friars Road, Ipswich IP1 1UP Tel: 01473 363800

Links to our Conference Partners

Suffolk Sustainability Institute

Technological University Dublin

Some comments from those who attended the successful SEEDS Conference in 2018:

  • “The atmosphere at SEEDS 2018 was excellent, as an early career researcher I was made 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, 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.

Themes for Abstracts

Protecting nature and the natural environment


Building and environment design


Energy efficient modelling, simulation and BIM


Integrating urban and natural environment


Building performance, analysis and evaluation


Thermal comfort, air quality and overheating


Green spaces, enclosures and buildings


Green technologies and IT


Renewable energy


Energy flexibility


Energy behaviour and lifestyle


Dampness, water damage and flooding


Building surveys, thermography, building pathology


Water and air quality


Education & Training

Planning and sculpturing positive change


Reducing consumption and waste


Sustainability, ethics and responsibility


Behaviour change


Community building and masterplanning


Health benefits of alternative and natural materials


Urban heat island and mitigation


Building resilience


Sustainable cities


Zero energy and energy plus buildings


Local producers and urban environments, edible


Trees and green city landscape


Edible urban landscape


Biomimicry and Biophilic Design

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