ICT4S2019 and LIMITS 2019 – some short reflections

Several of the MID4S team members attended the ICT4S 2019 conference (and related workshops) in Lappeenranta 10-15 June 2019. Below are some very short reflections, please talk to us if you want to have any further elaborations.

Lappeenranta is situated by the shore of the lake Saima. Hard to imagine a city with 100 000+ inhabitants just behind the my back. (Photo: Elina Eriksson)

The ICT4S 2019 conference was fairly small, around 60 attendees, but the general feeling was that the conference was engaging and fulfilling. The conference was sandwiched between workshops, which made the stay longer. Next ICT4S conference will be next year in Bristol!

Some top 5’s by Miriam, Elina and Daniel:

Miriam’s Top 5:

  • Meeting up with all the people that make up the LIMITS/ICT4S community; an overall great crowd and great conversations.
  • The overall feeling that there is so much relevant and exciting research going on!
  • The keynote presentation by Mara Balestrini, which was very inspiring and super interesting.
  • Sauna by the lake (because when in Finland).
  •  Learning how to neutralize an attacking dog (!)

Elina’s Top 5:

  • Hanging out with the community.
  • The LIMITS keynote presentation by David Abson.
  • The ICT4S keynote presentation by Mara Balestrini.
  • Sauna!
  • The default vegan food.

Daniel’s Top 5:

  • Networking and catching up with the other participants.
  • Getting updated on research in the presentations.
  • Getting new ideas for future papers and collaborations.
  •  Sliding into the conference by arriving in time for the social event.
  • Starting to plan the second ICT4S Summer School for 2020 together with Patricia Lago.

A particularly fun surprise was meeting two of our students who were student volunteers!

The keynote by David Abson on models and leverage points, as interpreted through Elina’s doodling.


This will be a fully loaded blog post. Yours truly, and several team members and team hang arounds, have just attended the triple event of Computing within Limits workshop (LIMITS 2018), ICT4S 2018 conference and adjoining workshop on Computing + Sustainability + Education. The events stretched from Sunday the 13th of May to Friday the 18th of May 2018, followed by a Hackathon that we unfortunately did not attend.

Samuel Mann and Oliver Bates presented their paper on delimiting hope at LIMITS with these nice hand drawn slides. All of the ICT4S conference was also visualised, by everyone interested, in hand drawn pictures, and there will be an alternative proceedings with all the illustrations.

Putting LIMITS and ICT4S back to back made sure that both events received attendees that probably would not have attended (both) and that for at least some of us, travel was reduced. Personally I really appreciated this and hope for more synergies in the future.

Besides the pleasure of networking with colleagues of the same persuasion, the list of key note speakers and papers presented were wildly interesting. At LIMITS Peter Victor kicked the workshop off with a keynote on Ecological Economics and a Steady State Economy. This was followed by interesting papers and discussions, with the program allowing break out sessions and mingling. The second day started with Alan Borning presenting SEED – Solutions for Environment, Economy and Democracy.

The ICT4S conference was yet again facilitated by Peter Woodward who made us laugh, cringe and to the fullest connect and communicate with each other. Also this conference had brilliant keynote speakers, William Rees (the father of the ecological footprint), Lisa Nathan (whose talk on privilege made an impact on many) and John Robinson (who talked about how to interact with buildings). Personally, I was touched most by Sanjay Khanna, a futurologist who seemed to be well connected to his own feelings, letting it show how deeply emotionally affected he was in light of the future we are facing.

Since this became a long blog post, here’s a picture to rest your eyes on before reading on. Niagara Falls, imagine going over the edge in a barrel.

Finally, despite being relatively unplanned, the workshop om Computing + Sustainability + Education became a great success with interesting exchanges on how we teach sustainability within computing (HCI, Software Engineering, Computer Science etc). Steve Easterbrook also led us through an exercise on Systems Thinking. We have already drawn up plans on how to continue the energy from this group at the next ICT4S conference – in the form of another workshop and a tutorial. More to follow.

And happy news for us! Next ICT4S conference will be held in Lappeenranta in June 2019. See you all there!

The metropolis of Lappeenranta will host the ICT4S conference next year. Jari Porras and Samuel Mann will be conference chairs.

[here is a placeholder for the link to Daniel’s blog post that will probably come]


Team meeting 31 August 2015

The first team meeting for the new academic year! A few of us were present, despite the start of many courses, present were: Hanna, Åke, Cristi, Daniel, Malin and Elina.

Despite not having a set agenda, we managed to cover a wide set of topics, for example the Rockström ”sommarprat”, which is possible to still listen to in Swedish or English.

Elina had walked in a pilgrimage that is heading for the COP21 (climate summit) in Paris in December. If you want, you can also take part in a relay run to Paris in ”Run for your life”.

Coming up soon is the ICT4S 2015 conference, co-organized with the EnviroInfo 2015 conference in Copenhagen 7-9 sept 2015. Soon there is also a CHI deadline for full papers, keep the good work up those of you who are writing.

Our course DM2573 Sustainability and Media Technology starts today.

Just a reminder, Daniel and me attended the LIMITS’2015 workshop in June and the workshop papers has been published as a special issue in First Monday. Please read the interesting papers!

I’m excited for this new academic year, welcome back!


Team meeting May 19, 2014

Today, we had one of our regular lunch team meetings. Hanna, Cristi, Henrik, Åke, Cecilia, Elina and Malin participated. We did not have any set agenda today, but we talked rather freely about things that are happening and what we are currently focusing on.

Cecilia has gotten a workshop proposal for ICT4S accepted; A Social Practice Perspective on the Smart Grid. Elina, Daniel and Cecilia are also part of discussions on how to develop the research area of sustainable HCI, both at the ICT4S conference and the NordiCHI conference. We also discussed two calls coming up in September, one for full papers for CHI and one call for research grants on Energy, IT and Design at Energimyndigheten.

Last Friday, Green leap had an event which Hanna, Malin and Elina attended. The event focused on Design and Sustainability. Perhaps the most interesting part was to listen to Staffan Laestadius, author of the book Klimatet och välfärden. But it was also interesting to hear more about the new project Life 2053 with future scenarios and impacts on sustainable living. Cesc-researcher Josefine Wangel presented this project extensively at the Green leap event.

Last but not the least, our team was responsible for the MID monday breakfast, and of course we had to spread the good energy of our group:

MID4S freshly baked bread.
MID4S freshly baked bread.

The next lunch meeting is in two weeks. See you then!

//Malin and Elina

Team meeting, 5 May, 2004

On May 5, we had one of our regular team meetings. Elina, Björn, Hannes, Cristi, Ulrika, Cecilia, Åke, Hanna, Henrik, Malin and Teo joined this time. The first thing we discussed was the CHI conference in Toronto, from which Elina and a few others recently came back. The conference was both interesting and relevant for our team, and we will continue to discuss how we can take advantage of new ideas and impressions. There were a few fellow researchers who were interested in visiting us, the first will be Xinning ”Sunny” Gui, who will be visiting us this coming fall. She will be sitting in the CESC corridor.

The next point for discussion was the submissions for the conference ICT4S in Stockholm in August. We are happy to announce that 6 papers from our team were accepted!

Next, Björn informed us about possible changes in the master programs, which could mean more opportunities for us to combine research related projects with teaching about sustainability in the media technology education.

Teo reminded us about some new PhD positions related the new doctoral program, which is a collaboration between KTH and the University College  of Arts, Craft and Design. He also mentioned the Green leap event next Friday. Cecilia informed us about the Energy authority’s opening of the EID (Energi IT & Design) call, with a deadline in September. And finally Hannes welcomed us all to his thesis defense on May 22.

/Malin & Elina


It’s time for some bragging.

The MID4S team submitted no less than 7 papers to the ICT4S conference that will be held in Stockholm in August. Of these 7 papers, no less than 6 were accepted for presentation/publication!

– That’s an acceptance rate of >85% for the team’s submissions.

– The general acceptance rate for the conference is around 50%, e.g. 100 papers were submitted and half of them were accepted. Our colleagues and collaborators at CESC probably has an equal number of additional papers accepted besides our papers…

– That also means our team will contribute with >10% of all a accepted papers/presentations at the conference.

There is one caveat though. One of the papers has 27 authors Only 3 come from the MID4S team (half of those 27 authors come from UCI), so it’s hard to claim that paper as ”ours”. It will however be me (Daniel) who will present that paper at the conference.

We are doing great and are on a roll right now! Keep up the good work!

Additional comment (May 9). Here are the six accepted papers that team members have written/contributed to:

  • Jorge Luis Zapico. Data blindness and the risks of implicit values in ICT for Sustainability
  • Malin Picha Edwardsson. Environmental aspects of media scenarios for the future ICT society – a qualitative study
  • Elina Eriksson and Daniel Pargman. ICT4S reaching out: making sustainability relevant in higher education
  • Åsa Nyblom and Elina Eriksson. Time is of essence. Changing the horizon of travel planners
  • Mario Romero, Hanna Hasselqvist and Gert Svensson. Supercomputers Keeping People Warm in the Winter
  • Birgit Penzenstadler, Bill Tomlinson, Eric Baumer, Marcel Pufal, Ankita Raturi, Debra Richardson, Baki Cakici, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Georges Da Costa, Lynn Dombrowski, Malin Picha Edwardsson, Elina Eriksson, Xavier Franch, Gillian R. Hayes, Christina Herzog, Wolfgang Lohmann, Martin Mahaux, Alistair Mavin, Melissa Mazmanian, Sahand Nayebaziz, Juliet Norton, Daniel Pargman, Donald J. Patterson, Jean-Marc Pierson, Kristin Roher, M. Six Silberman, Kevin Simonson, Andrew W. Torrance and Andre van der Hoek. ICT4S 2029: What will be the systems supporting sustainability in 15 years?

Team meeting January 13, 2014

We started this week’s team lunch with a round of presentations, since we had a new team member, Hanna Hasselqvist, PhD student with an interest in energy and a background as an industrial design engineer specialised in user-centred development of ICT tools. The other participants at the meeting were Elina, Cristi, Ambjörn, Åke, Malin (who took these notes), Fredrik (guest speaker) and Björn.

Elina informed us that she is working on the vision for the team, and this will be presented as soon as she has come a little further in her work.

Elina also encouraged all team members to write in this blog. She offered to help anyone who needs an introduction.

On February 24, there is a deadline for papers to the conference ICT4S. Currently, Elina, Daniel and Malin will write papers to this conference, and possibly the other team members can read and comment on the texts a little later on in the writing process.

Mondays, uneven weeks, are good to have this meeting, even during this spring semester.

The team will propose to hold a PhD course in Sustainability and ICT during spring 2015. Most likely, Daniel P will be in charge.

Björn said that it’s high time to come with ideas for bachelor theses for media technology students, since they will start soon.

Björn will visit Vinnova’s information meeting about Horizon 2020 and report back to the team.

Fredrik, our special guest at this meeting, challenged our team to eat more vegetarian food. He suggested that we keep diaries and make it into a sort of research project where we document what is easy and hard when it comes to eating vegetarian. The team decided to take on this challenge, with regards to meals eaten outside of home, meaning lunches and dinners at restaurants. For those cases when we fail, we put money in a internal ”punishment fund”. Elina will send out more information and a possibility to sign up for the challenge.

Elina will send out invitations to the next team meeting and also post this information in the MID calendar.