"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb

"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



16th SDEWES conference was held 10-15 October 2021 in Dubrovnik, Croatia and it has brought together around 630 scientists, researchers, and experts in the field of sustainable development from 58 countries.

We have listened to 675 oral presentations, attended 13 special sessions and several side events, and had the pleasure of listening to 7 invited lectures and 1 panel given by some of the most distinguished experts in the field.

We enjoyed the company of 223 participants in person, who presented 219 papers. We hope you were as happy as we were as we finally had the chance to meet, mingle and share new ideas in person.

This year we had a novelty within the onsite conferencing, the Project Exchange Event which aroused a lot of interest. 17 projects were presented, and many were interested in hearing about them.

All the photos, presentations and videos of the most important events are uploaded on the conference media website (, but also at our SDEWES Talks Please feel free to share it with your colleagues and for more information and updates, look for #sdewes and follow us on social media:

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Next year, we have several upcoming hybrid conferences and would love to see you and/or your colleagues there:



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