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The IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment – Hawaii 2018 (IICSEEHawaii2018)


Greetings from the IICSEEHawaii2018 Organising Committee in Honolulu, Hawai'i. We would like to take a moment to invite you to join us at the IAFOR International Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment – Hawai'i 2018, which will take place January 4-6, 2018.

This email is to let you know that the deadline for initial abstract submission to the conference is August 22, 2017. We understand that as leaders, scholars and experts, all of you are very busy, especially during the summer, but we encourage you to take the time to submit your abstract now so that you can share your most recent work and insight at this international academic forum.

Honolulu is a unique gathering place for visionary leaders, scholars, educators and professionals all over the world. IAFOR offers a special opportunity for a multicultural and interdisciplinary synergy and a rainbow connection with thinkers, teachers, researchers and practitioners in a variety of fields. We have keynote speakers from the World Bank, East West Center, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and indigenous and innovative leaders who will address challenges, directions and effective practices in the contemporary global context.

This conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment, centred on the theme "Surviving and Thriving: In Pursuit of a Sustainable World", will create the perfect space to nurture rich and interactive dialogues, to lead to personal and professional collaborations, and together to create new and meaningful research directions.

Hawai'i is known for its aloha spirit and natural beauty. Join us to experience the respect for 'aina (Land/Earth) and to immerse yourself in the Pono (goodness/harmony) for humanity. As you send in your submission, please take extra time to plan your trip to make sure you take advantage of the beautiful surroundings, and be a part of Hawai'i.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, including the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Virginia Tech we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.

Best regards,

The IICSEEHawaii2018 Organising Committee

Dr Xu Di, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA
Dr James W. McNally, University of Michigan, USA & NACDA Program on Aging, USA
Professor Curtis Ho, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA
Professor Barbara Lockee, Virginia Tech, USA
Professor Ronald Mellado Miller, Brigham Young University–Hawaii, USA

– The IICSEEHawaii2018 Organising Committee


***Conference Details

*Location: The Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, USA
*Dates: Thursday, January 4 to Saturday, January 6, 2018
*Initial Abstract Submission Deadline: August 22, 2017
*Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 22, 2017


**Conference Theme: "Surviving and Thriving: In Pursuit of a Sustainable World"

Religious, cultural and societal fractures have seen rises in authoritarianism and nationalism across the world, and threats and perceived threats have been used to justify the stifling and marginalisation of voices of opposition and dissent. Hard-won progress and freedoms are being questioned and undermined, and questions of peace, security and human security abound. In this period of great global social, economic, political and environmental instability, the future is for many a place of great uncertainty and fear.

However, in any period of great change, and undoubted challenge, there is also a great opportunity to harness and nurture these forces. The future is not yet written, and the powerful heuristic of sustainability has become a reality in many areas, where human creativity, imagination and technological advances have helped to make the world a better place. From small individual initiatives within families, communities and places of work, to the larger and more long-term development initiatives of governments and supranational institutions, exemplified by the UN's 2030 goals, human resourcefulness is being used in pursuit of the common goal of a sustainable world.

**The Local Context: Hawaii and the Pacific

Hawaii sits in the middle of the Asia Pacific region, between Asia and North America. Its strategic significance was apparent to the indigenous peoples of the Pacific islands before it attracted the attention of Pacific and Asian traders, the European colonial powers, and then the United States, whose Pacific fleet is based at Pearl Harbor, a location famously attacked by Japanese imperial forces in 1941. Hawaii has experienced much upheaval and change throughout its history, and offers an interesting context to studies at the intersection of security and sustainability, as well as of the continued legacy of colonisation, foreign and distant rule, and questions of ethnicity and belonging, to include issues relating to challenging and preserving indigenous knowledge, cultures and languages. The tropical climate and great natural beauty of the Hawaiian islands and the surrounding seas, with their rich flora, fauna and wildlife, have helped create a huge tourist industry that is very important to the economy, but also threatens the environment, while the distance of the islands from the United States and Asia raise questions of economic and environmental sustainability.

We hope and expect the 2018 conference in Hawaii will bring together scholars from around the world to exchange ideas, research and practice from their own backgrounds and contexts, and to draw on and be inspired by the local and international body of delegates from an expected 40 different national backgrounds.

In conjunction with our Global Partners, including the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, we look forward to extending you a warm welcome in 2018.



***Keynote and Featured Speakers -

IAFOR is proud and excited to announce the following speakers that will present in plenary and featured sessions. For more information on these speakers, please see the speakers page of the conference website.

Dr Richard R. Vuylsteke, East-West Center, USA
Dr Xiaoyan Liang, World Bank, USA
Dr Hiagi M. Wesley, Brigham Young University – Hawaii, USA
Dr Xu Di, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA

***IAFOR's Grants and Scholarships

For information about IAFOR's new grants and scholarships for PhD students and early career academics, please visit:


***IAFOR Publishing Opportunities

**Peer-Reviewed Journal: IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment

The IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment ( is an editorially independent journal associated with IICSEEHawaii2018. The editor of the journal will select the strongest papers from associated Conference Proceedings for consideration. This Open Access journal, which conforms to the highest academic standards, reflects the interdisciplinary and international nature of our conferences.

**Conference Proceedings

After having your abstract accepted and presenting your research at the conference, you are encouraged to submit a full paper for inclusion in the official Conference Proceedings. Our Conference Proceedings are Open Access research repositories that act as permanent records of the research generated by IAFOR conferences. Further details are available here:


***Join IAFOR at IICSEEHawaii2018 to:

– Present to a global audience
– Have your work published in the Conference Proceedings and considered for peer-reviewed, Open Access journals
– Hear about the latest interdisciplinary research in sustainability, energy, the environment and education
– Participate in a truly international, interdisciplinary and intercultural event
– Take part in interactive audience sessions
– Network with international colleagues

**Register now to take advantage of Early Bird Registration prices. Early Bird Registration is open until the end of September 22, 2017. Lunch is included in all conference registrations.

Please see the registration page for details:

*If you have attended an IAFOR conference within the past year, or belong to an affiliated university or institution, we offer additional discounts in appreciation of your support.

Please contact us at for details.


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