"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987
"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)
"History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives"

Abba Eban
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14th SDEWES conference was held 1 – 6 October, 2019 in the pearl of Adriatic, the city of Dubrovnik, Croatia and it has brought together around 570 scientists, researchers, and experts in the field of sustainable development from 55 countries. We have listened to 511 presentations, seen 100 poster presentations, attended a record 17 special sessions and one special and one clustering event, and also had the pleasure of listening to 4 invited lectures and 2 panels with some of the most distinguished experts in the field. Those record numbers make us proud and grateful for our amazing participants, invited lecturers, panelists and sponsors. Thank you!

All the photos, presentations and videos of the most important events, as well participants’ insight on the SDEWES2019 can be found on the conference website Please feel free to share it with your colleagues and for more information and updates, look for #sdewes and follow us on social media:

Next year, SDEWES is going full global and it will be very hard to choose which conference to attend. But as they say, if you can't choose one, why not choose all?


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