NordiCHI 2014 Sustainable HCI workshop: Is there a European strand of sustainable HCI?

Sustainability is a well established topic at the CHI conference – but not at NordiCHI. The discourse around sustainability differs (sometimes markedly) between Europe and the US. This implies that there are differences also in terms of framing problems of interest, choice of methods, and proposed solutions. It must therefore also be possible to conduct new, innovative research within a European context. With this workshop, we aim to identify, discuss and cultivate a uniquely European strand of Sustainable HCI research, as well as to develop an agenda for future research in the area. Be part of creating that vision at the inaugural Sustainable HCI NordiCHI workshop!

We invite researchers, designers, and practitioners who are doing, or who want to do, research within Sustainable HCI to this workshop (on Sunday October 26). Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the emerging characteristics of a European perspective on sustainability? What is different or unique about European Sustainable HCI research? What are our strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are the unique challenges or opportunities for sustainability research in Europe, and how might this differ from other perspectives (e.g. North America, Asia and elsewhere)?
  • Where should the Sustainable HCI community be heading in terms of research outputs?
  • What is (or should) the relationship be between research and other stakeholders (policymakers, industry, media, activists, citizens)?
  • How can we help broaden our collective networks, for example in terms of helping researchers and research groups find prospective partners for future EU research grant applications (e.g. Horizon 2020)?

Postion papers and participation

You can choose to contribute to the workshop with two different types of position papers:

– Established Sustainable HCI researchers seeking to participate are asked to submit position papers that addresses any subset of the questions above.
– Researchers new to the area are instead asked to summarize their (1) interest in the area, (2) background and approaches, (3) questions you might have in relation to the questions above.

Please send your position paper (1-4 pages in the ACM Paper format) by email to

Deadline 14 August 2014.

Submissions will be reviewed based on quality, originality, and their potential contribution to achieving workshop goals. We expect to include 15-25 participants. Accepted papers will be made available on the workshop website prior to the workshop.

At least one author of a position paper is expected to attend, register at

Note the registration fees, the workshop fee of 100€  will be doubled if the participant does not attend at least one day of the main conference.

More information on the conference:


If you are considering attending this workshop, you might also be interested in attending the Second International Conference on ICT for Sustainability (ICT4S) in Stockholm (August 24-27). For further information, see the ICT4S website as well as the ICT4S workshop  ”What is the role of Sustainable HCI in the field of ICT4S”.






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