Welcome to our ACSEE2014 - an IAFOR event!
The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global partners is proud to announce the Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment, to be held from June 12-15 2014, at the Rihga Royal Hotel, & The Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan.

Hear the latest research, publish before a global audience, present in a supportive environment, network, engage in new relationships, experience Japan, explore Osaka and Kyoto, join a global academic community...

2014 Conference Theme: "Individual, Community, Society: Conflict, Resolution and Synergy"

Conflict from earliest times has been a characteristic of the human condition. The struggle between our individual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being challenged by our being part of an interdependent structure of relationships on the other.

The specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, and aspirations, that helps to define us, can sit sometimes uncomfortably alongside our commitments to those closest to us, our communities and our cultures. This can lead to conflict at different levels.

Conflict within communities and societies is inevitable given that these groups are based on commonality of geography, values, attitudes, and beliefs that help to differentiate one from another. The dialectic engendered by diversity, however, although it may lead to conflict, can play an important role in the expansion of ideas in communities and societies. One major challenge of modern society is to harness the synergy that emerges from the interactive dialectic generated by these differences.

As it enters its fourth year, The Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment will again include a variety of presenters representing a wide range of social science disciplines, expressing divergent views, searching for common ground, and creating the synergies that can inspire multi-disciplinary collaborations. In developing these relationships among ourselves, the role of the social sciences is strengthened as we take our place at the table, along with scholars in the STEM disciplines (i.e., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), in seeking solutions to the complex issues and problems of the 21st century.

ACSEE 2014 will address these various dimensions of human sustainability as we invite scholars from around the world to address questions and search for synergies and solutions to the complex issues surrounding sustainability in a forum encouraging serious and thoughtful exchange between academics, members of the global business community, and practitioners in the fields of human endeavor that link these. We call on scientists from around the globe to meet and share our respective outlooks and collective wisdom on a critical issue of common concern: the pursuit of a sustainable world.

We look forward to seeing you in Osaka!

Professor Stuart D. B. Picken
Chairman, IAFOR International Advisory Board
ACSS/ACSEE 2014 Conference Chair

Dr Alex Petrisor
Urban-INERC (Romania),

Editor of the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment & 2014 Conference Programme Adviser

Dr Andrea Molle
Chapman University, USA
Editor of the IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences & 2014 Conference Programme Adviser

Call for Papers Now Open: Abstract Submissions Deadline Extended: April 15 2014
To submit a paper through the online system, please click on the submissions tab above

Publishing Opportunities: Authors of Accepted Abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR journals associated with the conference. For more information about the IAFOR Journal of the Social Sciences, and the IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy & the Environment, click here.

IAFOR Global University & Institutional Alliance - Working Together

IAFOR is a global network hub for higher education. We work with a variety of university partners to support and encourage international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary research. In consultation with senior administrators, research and teaching staff we work to develop programs based on themes that are both relevant and significant contributions to human understanding.

The global university and institutional alliance means that our interdisciplinary conferences have the imprimatur of some of the world's leading academic institutions. Other affiliations with business and cultural organizations enhance our network of connections and our growing range of international activities.

For a full list of university and institutional partners, please click here.

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ACSEE 2014 will be held alongside the Fifth Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS 2014), and registrants for either conference will be given the opportunity to attend sessions in the parallel event at no extra charge. Please click on the banner below to go to the ACSS 2014 sister site.

For more information about past ACSEE events, including an archive of the programme and proceedings, as well as photos and videos, please click the links below:

ACSEE2013         ACSEE2012         ACSEE2011


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