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World Symposium of Sustainability Communication (WSSC 2024)

May 15: 09:00 - 17:00

Empowering Sustainability Through Communication

Communication is one of the key elements which need to be deployed, in order to pursue sustainable development.  It is also essential component of sustainability initiatives in both, formal and non-formal education. There is a perceived need to discuss approaches, methods and tools via which sustainability issues may be communicated across various audiences.

It is against this background that the “World Symposium of Sustainability Communication” (WSSC 2024) is being organized. The Symposium aims to provide a platform for researchers and educators engaged with sustainability communication, to exchange their knowledge and perspectives through a face-to-face symposium at the School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia. As a follow-up to the World Symposium of Climate Change and Sustainable Development Centres held in June 2023 at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany  the event also aims to offer a valuable platform among sustainability communication researchers from the America, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East region to enhance their networks. The theme of the symposium is “Empowering Sustainability Through Communication”, which reflects the intention to offering participants to showcase how they are using communication to showcase their sustainability works.

WSSC 2024 has three primary objectives as follows:

  • To provide a platform for researchers in the field of sustainability communication to present their works.
  • To provide a venue for researchers to publish their works in Scopus-indexed books.
  • To offer an opportunity for researchers to network and establish future collaboration with scholars working with sustainability communication.

The event held in Penang, Malaysia, from 15th to 16th May 2024. It is being organised by the School of Communication, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), led by the convenor Dr. Mohamad Saifudin Mohamad Saleh in collaboration with the  European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR),UK Consortium on  Sustainability Research (UK-CSR) and  Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP)

Researchers are invited to submit complete, original and unpublished research papers that address sustainability communication. They may be in one or more of the following topics:

  • Introduction to sustainability communication
  • Sustainability and the media (conventional and social media)
  • Ethics
  • Religion
  • Gamification
  • Case Studies on sustainability communication
  • Technologies and sustainability communication
  • Innovations in sustainability communication
  • Policy and Legislation: Discussion of existing and required policies that could encourage sustainability communication
  • Communication and behavior

Other themes may be considered, please contact the organisers to discuss the details.

WSSC 2024 will be especially interesting to researchers, educators and communication specialists working  in the field of sustainable development from researchers from the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East region.

The Symposium will be structured around the following sessions

  • Plenary Sessions: With keynote speakers discussing overarching themes.
  • Breakout Sessions: Focused group discussions on specialised topics.
  • Panel Discussions: Panels with a mix of experts debating and providing
  • insights.
  • Exhibition Space: For organisations to showcase their works on sustainability communication.

WSSC 2024 will tackle a critical and timely topic, which may significantly contribute to sustainable development goals by fostering innovation and collaboration in the field of sustainability.

As an output and long-term documentation of the event, selected papers will be published in the book “Communicating Sustainable Development Across Audiences” which will follow on the success of the “Encyclopedia of Sustainability in Higher Education” which is a “living edition” and the “Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals”, the world´s largest editorial project on sustainable development ever undertaken. The book will be  produced as part of the World Sustainability Series, published  by Springer Nature, which is fully indexed. All papers are peer-reviewed and publications in the book series have been officially counting for promotion and tenure purposes over the years.

Researchers may submit any complete, original, and unpublished research papers, either conceptual or empirical. The Turnitin similarity index must be below 20%. To participate, participants need to submit an abstract of 200 to 300 words, along with the authors’ names and full contact details. Abstracts should be sent to the coordinating team at WSSC2024( at ) and info( at ) on or before 20th February 2024. Full papers are due by 30th September 2024. The details will be discussed with the selected authors.

This event is part of  of the Continuing Professional Development Programme on Sustainable Development, undertaken by the European School of Sustainability Science and Research (ESSSR) and Inter-University Sustainable Development Research Programme (IUSDRP). An official certificate of participation, useful for professional development purposes and to be shown to employers, will be issued to participants, with the equivalent of 20 hours, including attendance to the event and preparation time.

A write up on WSSC 2024 will be sent out for media coverage. The participant researchers will also be invited for future research projects and publications.

In other to offset the costs with staff time, organisation, and preparation, book production and follow-up, a registration fee of Euro 250,00 (plus taxes) will be charged per delegate.

The fees entail the coffee breaks and lunch breaks during the 2 days. For cancellations made up to 2 months before the event, a full refund -minus charges- will be possible. For registrations up to 30 days before the event, a 50% refund-minus bank charges is possible. For cancellations within less  than 30 days, no refunds are possible. The details about the payment will be sent to the participants.


May 15
09:00 - 17:00


Penang, Malaysia

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