Ist International Conference on Sustainability Measurament & Modelling (ICSMM2006)

Venue: Hotel Don Cándido

Location: Terrassa, Barcelona, Spain

Event Date/Time: Nov 16, 2006 End Date/Time: Nov 17, 2006
Registration Date: Oct 15, 2006
Early Registration Date: Jul 01, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 01, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Jul 01, 2006
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I International Conference on Sustainability Measurement and Modelling
Measuring, Modelling and Evaluating the Sustainability

Terrassa, Barcelona , Spain November 16-17, 2006

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“Measuring, modelling and assessing Sustainability”

The Sustainable development concept, as well as its measurement and modelling have been evolving from their very first conception to our present days. This process has completed other dimensions of the notion, namely, economic and environmental in a first place, but most recently complemented by the social and institutional. Measuring and modelling Sustainability represents a necessary step, intrinsic to the process of building more equitable, fair and integrated societies.

Therefore, the Ist International Conference on Sustainability Measurement and Modelling (ICSMM 2006), is to become an interacting forum for those organizations, institutions, and people interested in Sustainability Measurement and Modelling issues. Announced by the UNESCO Chair in Sustainability at the UPC in Catalonia, the conference will take place by November 16-17, 2006 in Terrassa (located 35 km away from the city of Barcelona)


The concept of sustainability evolves parallel to the concept of sustainable development. The latter is a commanding goal for our society due to the evidence of the large global problems that have arisen along the XXth Century. Sustainable Development emerges thus, as an ideal framework to minimize those impacts resulting from global constrains. But furthermore, sustainable development stands as the only guarantee for modern societies survival.

We know that, despite of the huge XXth Century technological development, neither environmental degradation nor the increase of inequalities have been prevented. This points an urgent need to face the problems attached to the current development model throughout a systemic and integrated perspective vs the resources and/or dimensions (environment, society and economy), which have been until now considered as independent features.

A systemic and integrated vision involves an enormous complexity due to the existing interrelations between the different dimensions regarded. Achieving sustainable development is more and more necessary in order to be able to measure, weight and model the complex systems supposed within the human-environment duality. The aim is to differentiate the various sensitivities of the system elements to determine the optimum solutions for its sustainability and, therefore, its survival.

The aim of the Fist International Conference on Sustainability Measurement and Modelling ICSMM 2006, is to become an interacting forum for those organizations, institutions, and people interested in Sustainability Measurement and Modelling issues.
The conference topics are organized in order to gather together all those works, studies, projects and experiences related to Sustainability Measurement and Modelling, especially on the following areas:

Systemic Sustainability and Complexity
This area aims to analyze the sustainability concept from the point of view of complex systems and its survival. The importance of this analysis determines how to measure and/or model sustainability itself.

Treatment of information and data bases
This area aims to cover the previous step before any calculation and/or modelling exercise. Data give us the characterization of the attributes of elements contained in any system. It defines all elements and describes particular features of the system we are keen to model. This area covers from the selection of appropriate data, up to the treatment of information entailed within information sets, namely, indicators and indexes.
Indicators and rates
This area covers all initiatives carried out among the sustainability measuring community. Our interest focus is to explore issues related to computing different indicators and data collection methodologies, to other existing ideas on how to weight and aggregate indicators, to build combined and aggregated indexes.

Sustainability modelling
This area attempts to collect the various studies and experiences in modelling practices. All those whose main objective has been the complex description of the human-environment system interactions with the aim of acknowledging lessons learned in finding more and better ways towards sustainability.

Sustainability assessment
This particular area intends to cover all pertinent methodologies and tools which might be useful in measuring progress towards sustainable development achievement. Many Governments, NGO´s, International Institutions, and communities demand further means to evaluate particularly; programs, policies and actions relevant to sustainability issues as well as other monitoring tools to follow on its progress.

Organizing Secretariat

Tel: +34 934 017 441
Fax: +34 934 016 517

Scientific Secretariat

o J.J. de Felipe

o Bàrbara Sureda

o Nicola Tollin


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