Scope of the Forum

The World Sustainability Forum is an annual sustainability conference organized by MDPI. Held for the first time in 2011, the forum covers research in many areas relating to sustainability and sustainable development, including:
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Economical Sustainability
  • Social Sustainability
  • Renewable Energy Self-Sustainability
  • Energy Return-on-Investment
  • Governance and Sustainability
  • Sustainability Assessment and Policies
  • Remote Sensing for Sustainable Management of Land and Biodiversity
The forum aims to be a platform for researchers to present and engage with research-relevant stakeholders on issues relating to sustainability. We seek to contribute to policy-relevant, change-oriented, and transdisciplinary research and collaboration from science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences.

About the Forum

There has been 5 World Sustainabiltiy Forums held so far, all sponsored by MDPI and MDPI’s electronic journal Sustainabilty. The first 4 World Sustainability Forums were held electronically on MDPI’s conference platform, Sciforum.net. The 5th World Sustainability Forum, held at the beginning of September 2015, was the first time the forum had been held in a physical location, under the patronage of the University of Basel, at the ZLF (Zentrum für Lehre und Forschung - Center for Education and Research) in Basel, Switzerland.
The 6th World Sustainability Forum will be held in 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Previous conference websites can be accessed here:

Mini Symposia

The WSF mini symposia are local, physical, one-day conferences organized by MDPI and local partners. Similar to the World Sustainability Forum, the WSF mini symposia are dedicated to expanding knowledge of sustainability in all its facets and seek to contribute to policy-relevant, change-oriented, and transdisciplinary research and collaboration between science and technology, the life sciences, and the social sciences. Specifically, the WSF mini symposia aim to provide researchers, stakeholders, as well as the general public with a local platform for exchange on a designated issue relating to sustainability.
The first WSF mini symposium, the 1st Basel Sustainability Forum: Energy, will be held on 14 October 2016 in Basel, Switzerland, and is co-organized by the University of Basel and MDPI. This symposium focuses on the relations between energy and sustainability and aims to sensitize an interested general public to new developments in energy transfer from scientific, consumer, and business perspectives.