Abstract Submission Instructions



We invite 400 to 500-word abstracts for formal oral presentations, with or without accompanying full papers,as well as five-minute “lightning talks,” panel discussions, and poster presentations. Abstracts may be submitted as part of a panel application (a group of presentations) or independently. Abstracts submitted as parts of panels will also be considered independently if the complete panels are not accepted.

We are seeking:

  • New and well-documented applications of behavioral approaches in energy or climate policies
  • Programs at the individual, organizational, and community scale
  • New and relevant behavioral research findings
  • Measured results
  • Best practices

We welcome approaches that are theoretical, empirical, narrative, model-based, case-study-based, or involving other methods. Policies and programs that have demonstrated results in changing behavior are of particular interest, as well as thoughtful discussions of emerging policy or program issues, behavioral research methods, and novel or transformative ideas.

New this year! To help moderators prepare their sessions, we will be asking presenters of full-length and lightning talks to prepare a brief (two pages maximum) summary of their results and status of the work one month prior to the conference.

Special areas of interest in 2017 are:

  • Decision making and behavioral economics
  • Jobs, jobs, jobs
  • Transportation
  • Communications, applied or strategic
  • Design: federal, state, and local policy
  • Design: architecture, products, urban, rural, and commercial/industrial

Choose an area of research:

  • Economics behavioral science and policy
  • Organizations and management
  • Program design and implementation
  • Market transformation
  • Social norms and culture change
  • Evaluation
  • Technology and innovation
  • Government policy and planning
  • Models, metrics, decision analysis, and other analytics
  • Marketing and communications

Identify Which Sector Would Find Your Work Useful

  • Utility programs
  • Commercial buildings
  • Residential buildings
  • Manufacturing
  • All forms of transportation
  • Food production or disposal
  • Fresh or waste water
  • Other (describe)