Sustain Conference


Background, Aim and History

Mission and vision

Society is severely challenged in numerous ways to become more sustainable, and a revolution in our technology is urgently needed to establish reliable ways forward. Developing solutions requires joint efforts by engineers, scientists and industry in unison. Sustain is on a mission to inspire and facilitate the creation of better technical and scientific solutions to achieve a more sustainable society. 

Sustain has a vision to be the yearly meeting place in Denmark for researchers and industry to jointly optimize, develop and implement the best sustainable solutions.

The summit was started in 2014 and has had about 300 participants every year and aims at growing steadily though partnerships with organisations that share the same goal.

The aim of Sustain is to give you

  • A forum to present your on-going activities and ideas supporting the development of a sustainable society.
  • Overview of all the activities in Denmark and abroad - and a meeting place where you likely will find new collaborators.
  • Overview of the business cases that evolve in sustanable development
  • Learn about how to assess if a technology is sustainable - claiming something is green is easy, but being able to document the expected impact is becoming increasingly important and we learn from each other about the many aspects to take into consideration.
  • Get inspiration and find partners for new research, educational, and collaboration initiatives, as well as student projects testing out the ideas for the future research.
  • Get an update on funding possibilities and support to create new research projects and apply for funding. Sustainability is the overarching goal of Horizon2020, and can also be said be the overall paradigm for Forsk2020 and will be guiding research funding for years to come


 Date Participants  Presentations
(talks, posters, stands)
Sessions and workshops Notes 
17. Dec. 
230  130 Book of abstracts 2014
17. Dec.  
340  210  18 Book of abstracts 2015
About half the 2014 participants joined the conference again in 2015 with 200 new participants
30. Nov.
230 130 14  Book of abstracts 2016
Sustain 2016 is a joint event with The Danish Academy for the Technical Sciences,
6. Dec. 
360  170 27 Book of Abstracts 2017 
Sustain 2017 has sessions and ideation workshops;  Some created in partnership with Clean and Climate-KIC and involving new partners.
Thursday 29th and Friday 30th November


Project Group

Steering group

  • DTU Management: Professor Mette Wier, Professor Michael Zwicky Hauchild
  • DTU Environment: Thomas Højlund Christensen, Asso. Professor Steffen Foss Hansen, Camilla Bitsch
  • DTU Nanotech: Asso. Professor Kristian Mølhave
  • AIS: Ulla Høeberg Jørgensen

Advisory Board

  • Katherine Richardson
    • Professor, Biological Oceanography, Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate (, The Danish Natural History Museum. Leader of the Sustainability Science Centre ( University of Copenhagen
  • Flemming Besenbacher
    • Professor, Aarhus University, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation and of the Board at Carlsberg.
  • Katrine Krogh Andsersen
    • Dean of Research at the Technical University of Denmark
  • Michael Zwicky Hauschild
    • Professor, Head od division for Quantitative Sustainability Assessment at DTU Management engineering, DTU


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