Sustain Conference


Background, Aim and History

Sustain 2017

To widen your network this years conference is in partnership with 

  Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy. 
We address climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, decision metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders. 
We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations.
Our approach starts with improving the way people live in cities. Our focus on industry creates the products required for a better living environment, and we look to optimise land use to produce the food people need.
Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. 
  ClEAN is a world-leading cleantech cluster based in Denmark and with an international foot print. Our mission is to accelerate the green and sustainable transmission while realizing growth for the Danish cleantech sector. Clean is a project organization that develops and implements projects to accelerate the green transition and stimulate growth.
  Innovation Network for Environmental Technologies’ (Inno-MT) goal is to promote environmental technology innovation in the Danish environmental technology sector, with focus on increasing exports, growth and employment in Danish SMEs. This is achieved through matchmaking, knowledge sharing, Internationalization and entrepreneurship
Landbrug og fødevarer Landbrug og Fødevarer 
Dansk Industri   Dansk Industri
INBIOM  Innovationsnetværket for Biomasse 

INBIOM accelerates the development of new technologies, concepts and business related to bioeconomy. We do this via transferring of relevant knowledge,  connecting people, and facilitating project development and management. Focus areas are production, pre-treatment, separation, and conversion of biomass. INBIOM facilitates subnetworks related to insects, Biogas, kettles and Agricultural machinery. Internationalisation is an important aspect of INBIOMs work. EU projects is a strategic priority tool and INBIOM is partner of the Biobased Industries Consortium via its host organisation Agro Business Park. Other partners behind INBIOM is DTU, KU, AU, AAU, Force Technology, TI-Agrotech and TI. Klaus Astrup Nielsen, Director Strategy & Innovation at Hedeselskabet is Chairman of INBIOMs steering Committee. Further Information at


Society is challenged in numerous ways to become more sustainable, and a wide range of new technical solutions are urgently needed to establish reliable ways forward. Joint efforts by engineers, scientists and industry are needed to solve these critical issues. The Sustain conference is on a mission to inspire and facilitate the creation of new technical and scientific solutions to achieve a more sustainable society. The Sustain Conference has a vision to be the yearly meeting place in Denmark for researchers and industry to jointly optimize, develop and implement the best sustainable solutions.

The one-day conference was started in 2014 and has had about 300 participants every year and aims at growing steadily.

The aim of the yearly Sustain Conference is to give you

  • A forum to present your on-going activities and ideas supporting the development of a sustainable society.
  • Overview of all the activities in Denmark and abroad - and a meeting place where you likely will find new collaborators.
  • Learn about how to assess if a technology is sustainable - claiming something is green is easy, but being able to document the expected impact is becoming increasingly important.
  • Get inspiration and find partners for new research and educational initiatives, as well as student projects testing out the ideas for the future research.
  • Get an update on funding possibilities and support to create new research projects and apply for funding. Sustainability is the overarching goal of Horizon2020, and can also be said be the overall paradigm for Forsk2020 and will be guiding research funding for years to come


 Date Participants   Abstracts Sessions and workshops Notes 
17. Dec. 
230  130 Book of abstracts 2014
17. Dec.  
340  210  18 Book of abstracts 2015
About half the 2014 participants joined the conference again in 2015 with 200 new participants
30. Nov.
230 130 14  Book of abstracts 2016
Sustain 2016 is a joint event with The Danish Academy for the Technical Sciences,
6. Dec. 
      Sustani 2017 is a joint event with Climate KIC and Clean Cluster


Each year the conference is organized by an Organizing committee that gathers the plenum speakers, session committees and settles the overall plan and session structure. Please contact the organizers with any suggestions or questions you may have on the main email: 

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