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Call for Abstracts - BEHAVE 2020 - Energy Efficiency and Behaviour Conference

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BEHAVE 2020 21-23 April 2021


SAVE the DATE and CALL for Abstracts, Papers, and Proposals


BEHAVE 2020 – 6th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency


21-23 April 2021


UN City, Copenhagen


Call for Abstracts – Extended Deadline 31 October 2020


Dear BEHAVE 2020 participants,


Due to the travel restrictions and social distancing requirements under the ongoing pandemic, the organisers have made the difficult decision to postpone the BEHAVE 2020 conference till 21-23 April 2021. The venue will remain at the UN City in Copenhagen.


In case in-person meetings are not possible by then due to the pandemic or other reasons, the conference will go online and take place during the same dates, 21-23 April 2021.  We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience the postponement might bring to you.


The deadline for abstract submission is hereby postponed to 31 October 2020, and the deadline for abstract review decision 15 December 2020. The authors who have already submitted abstracts and papers do not need to submit the same ones again.


Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you at BEHAVE 2020.


Best regards,

EnR and C2E2


Dear colleagues,


Due to the lockdown during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the co-organisers have postponed the deadlines for abstract submission and acceptance notice by one month. C2E2 staff are now working from home.


If you have any question, please feel free to contact us at:




European Energy Network (EnR), a voluntary network of 24 European energy agencies; Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency, Technical University of Denmark (DTU).


Focus Areas


Integrating behavioural insights for faster and broader energy efficiency improvements and climate neutrality


 About the Event


BEHAVE 2020 is the 6th version of the biannual EnR event that focuses on the application of behavioural insights in energy efficiency.


As an important conference for national energy agencies in Europe, BEHAVE provides a unique forum for policymakers, academia, industry and practitioners to share ideas and experiences in promoting effective solutions for energy efficiency improvements and climate mitigation.


BEHAVE 2020 will include plenary sessions and parallel sessions on Day 1 and Day 2; Day 3 will focus on poster presentations and side events. The papers will include two formats:

  1. extended abstracts (up to 1,000 words), which will be reviewed and, if accepted, published as conference proceeding;
  2. full papers, which will be reviewed and duly considered for a special issue in the journal Energy Policy.

The BEHAVE 2018 held in Zurich received 200 abstracts and attracted 330 participants. BEHAVE 2020 is expected to make another record high in participants and another three days of exciting discussions and networking..


Compared with previous years, the upcoming BEHAVE 2020 will have more coverage on developing countries, more significant presence of participants outside Europe, the private sector as well as experience sharing from international development agencies and the United Nations on integrating behavioural economics in international development assistance projects to developing countries.


Given the latest scientific and policy developments, BEHAVE 2020 is also expected to contribute to the transition to a climate-neutral future.


Call for abstracts and proposals



  • Extended abstract (up to 1000 words) submission – Latest by 31 October, 2020;
  • Notice of acceptance – 15 December, 2020;
  • The proceedings will be launched during the conference.

Full paper for journal special issue


The Journal ‘Energy Policy’ has approved a special issue ‘Behavioural insights for sustainable energy use: Theories, evidence and policy implications’ based on paper submissions to BEHAVE 2020.

  • Optional: full paper submission (up to 6000 words) submission: 28 February 2021
  • Notice on the results of first round of peer review on the full papers: 31 March 2021



You are also welcome to submit proposals for Presentations, Posters, Panel Discussions, Special sessions, and Side events.


All submissions and inquiries should be sent to Accepted proposals will be included in the program of conference over the three days depending on format and contents.


Thematic Topics


Topics that may be addressed by contributors include, but are not restricted to, the following:

  • Behavioural insights and their application in the developing world
  • Integrating behavioural insights in international development assistance
  • Applying behavioural insights in the private sector, organisations and business models
  • Promoting sustainable energy behaviours: policy instruments, interventions and evaluation of effects
  • Behavioural insights for effective climate change mitigation
  • Behavioural potential to facilitate the smart grid and demand response
  • Approaches and strategies to deliver effective and scalable behavioural interventions
  • End-use energy efficiency in buildings and organisations
  • Users behaviour in transport and mobility
  • Behaviour integration into energy modelling for policy development
  • Applying behavioural insights to increase energy efficiency financing
  • Behavioural solutions for small and medium enterprises
  • Equity, ethics and inclusion in behavioural-oriented policy approaches
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to energy behaviours for achieving the SDGs
  • Community Engagement
  • Contribution of behaviour in energy sufficiency