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SBE series – current status

Expressions of interest for the 2021-2023 SBE cycle

During December 2019, the SBE partners issued requests for expressions of interest (EOI) for a single world event, to be held in 2023, and for a series of regional events to be held during the period April 2021 to the end of 2022.

The EOIs for the World SBE 23 event were subject to a competitive evaluation. Ten EOIs were received from Europe, North America, Asia and Latin America by the 17 January deadline, and three EOIs, one each from Asia, Europe and North America, were selected as candidates for detailed proposals. These are due on March 24 and will be reviewed by the six SBE partners and one outside reviewer, and the selected proposal will then be announced at the World SBE20 conference (aka Beyond 2020) in June of this year.

Only one World SBE event can be selected in each three-year cycle, but all other contending teams will be strongly encouraged to consider submitting a proposal for a Regional event, to make best use of the organizational work they have already been through.

The concern of the SBE partners in the Regional branch of the SBE series is to minimize overlaps in subject areas, geographic locations and timing. Therefore, SBE will not ask for detailed proposals from two different proponents who both propose, for example, to hold a conference in Central Europe on Integration of renewable energy at the neighbourhood scale in the Fall of 2022. Such overlaps would make it very difficult to organize a successful event because both would compete for the same type of research papers and attendees, in the same region, during the same period.
In order to encourage proponent teams to be compatible with the main thematic aim of the series,

SBE has included a list of 25 potential topics (see the attached file), all related to sustainability of the built environment, to help proponents to shape their proposal.

Current Status and Next Steps

We have set the wheels in motion for both the World and Regional sections of the 2021-23 SBE series.

The next date of importance is 24 March, which is the deadline for submission of the detailed proposals for World SBE 2023. We are preparing an evaluation grid that the six SBE partners and one invited outside expert will use to assess the proposals submitted. The evaluation group will meet during April to discuss, compare and decide, and the selected proponent team will be informed by 01 May. A public announcement will be made at the World SBE 2020 conference in Gothenburg.

The EOIs for Regional events, from April 2021 to the end of 2022, are non-competitive, and therefore these applications can be made at any time and will be considered until the end of 2020. We have already received and approved three EOIs, one each from Bolzano, Helsinki and Kerkrade (Netherlands), all of which have quite varied themes. We do expect that several of the SBE 2023 EOIs that were not accepted for the detailed proposal stage, will submit proposals for the Regional series.