Workshop Participant Guides

  • Workshop on Computing within Limits Participant Guide
  • Workshop on ICT4S Education Participant Guide
  • Workshop on Digitally Enabled Sharing and Sustainability (DESS)
  • Workshop on Bits & Bäume - Strategies for Connecting Digitalisation and Sustainability

  • Academic Workshops

    | DESS | LIMITS | ICT 4 Education | Bits & Bäume | Sustainability in Business |

    Digitally Enabled Sharing and Sustainability (DESS)

    The Second Workshop on Digitally Enabled Sharing and Sustainability (DESS) aims to be an interactive, participatory session to initiate discussions, explore insights, and develop visions about the topic area of “the relevance of the digital sharing economy (DSE) for sustainability” by addressing the following, and other relevant, questions:

  • What makes digital sharing different from traditional sharing?
  • How can we characterize the social and economic practices found in the DSE?
  • What are the main causal links between the DSE and sustainable development?
  • What are the potential impacts of the DSE on sustainability? How can we apply or extend the existing models to structure them?
  • Under what conditions can digital sharing contribute to sustainable patterns of resource consumption and resource use?


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    Computing within Limits (Limits)

    Distributed Workshop: USC, Los Angeles & University of Bristol, UK
    21-22 June 2020
    The LIMITS workshop concerns the role of computing in a human society affected by real-world limits (ecological or otherwise). We seek to reshape the computing research agenda as these topics are seldom discussed in contemporary computing research. LIMITS 2020 solicits papers looking ahead to 2030, as described below.

    This year, LIMITS will be a distributed workshop between USC (Los Angeles, California) and University of Bristol (UK). All main sessions will be held in parallel (morning in Los Angeles, evening in Bristol), with local events in addition to these main sessions. LIMITS in the UK will be co-located with ICT4S in Bristol, UK.

    LIMITS 2020 aims to reach computing researchers outside of the LIMITS community who might ask: "what does research in a LIMITS future look like?"

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    ICT4S Education (ICT4S Edu 2020)

    This workshop is a meeting place for educators who are, or want to, integrate sustainability in computing education. The workshop this year will be a playground to test a few games around sustainability suitable for the classroom as well as presenting some far-out-there, provocative, or against-the-flow ideas of how to make sustainability education more prevalent, more integrated, or more interactive and playful, such that students are excited to engage.

    Due to this workshop (together with the rest of the conference) going online, the previous focus on games and play will be postponed to another workshop, instead we will host an informal gathering of researchers and educators interested in ICT4S education, discuss the current situation, share ideas and plan for the future.

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    Community Workshops

    Bits & Bäume - Strategies for Connecting Digitalisation and Sustainability

    Date: Friday 26 June, 14-17:00 (BST)
    Duration: 3 hours
    Medium: online input, small group discussions, discussions
    Audience: community and civil society focus on digitalization and sustainability
    Language: English

    Bits & Bäume wants to bring together environmental and tech communities to work cooperatively on ecologically sustainable and socially just alternatives to the digitalisation hype that has so far been driven mainly by large tech companies. Bits & Bäume started in 2018 with a conference in Berlin in which almost 2,000 people participated in more than 120 events. The conference formed a cornerstone for anchoring the topic in civil society and started a broader political discourse. In this workshop, we will discuss which potential and strategies exist to link these two topics across and within other countries. We will jointly analyse whether the experiences of Bits & Bäume in Germany can be transferred to other countries, which actors are relevant and which goals are relevant for an international Bits & Bäume movement in the long term.

    Workshop organisers:

    1. Nicolas Guenot holds a doctorate and has done research in the field of computer science in Paris, Copenhagen and Berlin and works on the socio- political aspects of digitalisation. He is committed to climate justice, was part of the organising team of the Bits & Bäume Conference 2018 with a technical and ecological view and is working on sustainable technology and digital capitalism.

    2. Max Bömelburg is studying political science in Leipzig and is active in various social movements. He works on climate justice and digitalisation from a social-ecological perspective.

    3. Anja Höfner works on the topics of sustainability, digitalisation and socio- ecological change. She was part of the junior research group on digitalisation and socio-ecological transformation at IÖW , and was active in the organisation team of the Bits & Bäume Conference 2018 . She is co-editor of the anthology "Was Bits und Bäume verbindet".

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    How to integrate Sustainability into Business: First Steps

    Date: Friday 26 June, 14.00 – 16.00 UK time
    Duration: 2 hours
    Medium: online delivery, individual work, small group discussions and action learning;
    Audience: business-focused, aimed and managers and business owners (ok for any type of business).
    Language of delivery: English
    This is a free, online industry-oriented workshop. It is aimed at supporting business owners and managers in taking first steps towards integration of sustainability concerns into the day-to-day operation of their business.
    The workshop does not provide any “one fits all” solutions, but sets up an action-learning environment that enables reflection, analysis, and action planning by and for participants.
    Throughout the 2 hours of this workshop, the participants will undertake exercises to observe the current state of their own businesses, learn what sustainability of and through business implies, engage into discussion, identify ways forward, and set out actions for transformation towards a more sustainable business.
    The workshop will be moderated by the organisers, but active engagement of the participants is expected. In order to allow for fruitful discussion, we intend to limit number of participants to 20 (though additional runs of the workshop can be arranged if there is a substantially higher interest).
    To attend this workshop, please register and join us on the day (no pre-submission of any kind or payment is required but registration is necessary for the event management).

    Workshop organisers:

  • Xavier Albaladejo is an Agile-Lean transformation expert, his work as an Executive Coach focuses on strategy processes, organizational structure and cultural change. He is Director of the Masters in Agile Methods of La Salle (Ramon Llull University) and speaker at international conferences. He has served as the president of Agile Spain and has founded Agile Barcelona.
  • Ruzanna Chitchyan is a senior lecturer at the University of Bristol and an EPSRC fellow on Living with Environmental Change. Dr. Chitchyan works on engineering sustainability into complex systems through software, with a specific focus on the UK’s energy system as well as on new techniques for assessment of the impact of software systems upon sustainability of their intended/in-situ environments.
  • Leticia Duboc is a lecturer and a researcher at La Salle - Ramon Llull University, Spain. Dr. Duboc has been working on the intersection of sustainability and software engineering for the last 7 years.
  • Dr. Colin C. Venters is a Reader in Software Engineering at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Dr. Venters is a member of the High-Performance Computing research group, and Group Leader of the Software Engineering Incubator group at the University of Huddersfield. His current research interest focuses on sustainable software engineering from a software architecture perspective. Dr Chitchyan, Dr. Duboc and Dr. Venters (along with a few other colleagues) have co-founded an international initiative on Sustainability Design that brought the issue of sustainability assessment of software systems to the attention of the world’s software engineering community. The initiative currently has over 150 signatories, and has been recognised by SE community holding panels and special sessions at such leading conferences as ICSE, SPLC, and RE. This work continues to pioneer inclusion of analysis of software impact upon sustainability into the educational and practice spheres of SE.
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