Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed. CISBAT 2021 invited scientific contributions on research and technological development as well as on particularly innovative case studies in the fields of energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment.

The submission process includes two phases:

  1. Abstract submission (preliminary decision poster/oral),
    ended on 24 January
  2. If the abstract has been accepted (notification by 15 March), submission of a 6-page paper,
    deadline 30 April 2021

Papers will be published in a CISBAT 2021 special issue of IOP's JOURNAL OF PHYSICS Conference Series, an open access publication indexed by Scopus, ICI WEb of Science, Ei Compendex etc. (CC BY Licence).

| Abstract submission guidelines | Your CISBAT account for direct submission |

Call for papers summary [pdf] |

Conference topics

no 1Smart materials for building envelopes (micro- and nanotechnologies)
no 2Climate resilient buildings (ecobuildings, retrofit, performance gap)
no 3Daylighting and electric lighting (human centric & green lighting)
no 4Human & building interaction (user centered systems, health, behaviour)
no 5Building simulation & ICT (design, optimisation, analysis) - IBPSA CH special session
no 6Renewable energy in the built environment (electricty, heating and cooling)
no 7Smart buildings & districts (distributed energy systems, predictive & adaptive control, energy demand & supply)
no 8Data mining for the built environment (big data & machine learning)
no 9Urban climate modelling (microclimate, energy performance, regenerative design)
no 10Innovative construction for circular economy (LCA, recycling, design)

Abstract submission

  • Deadline: closed on 24 January 2021
  • Topics: see above
  • Content: summary of new, unpublished, original research within one of the conference topics
  • Structure: 1. aim of research 2. scientific methodology 3. results obtained        
  • Format: text only, 450 to 600 words, no images (there is no template). Only complete abstracts will be reviewed.
  • Language: English
  • Restrictions: The number of abstracts is not limited at this first submission stage but a maximum of three clearly different abstracts will be accepted per first author (and per presenter at the conference).
  • Submission: through the CISBAT Conference Management System. No specific layout required, but please structure the abstract as detailed above; the abstract is to be copied directly into the submission form.
  • Call for papers leaflet [pdf] | Call for papers summary [pdf]

Call for papers schedule

24 January 2021 Abstract submission deadline (now closed)
15 March 2021 Preliminary acceptance notification for oral or poster presentation and invitation to submit paper
30 April 2021 Paper submission on acceptance of abstract deadline
1 May - 15 July 2021 Simple review and submission of revised versions (if applicable)
15 July 2021
at the latest
Final acceptance

Selection criteria

The abstracts will be evaluated by an international expert panel in a double blind review procedure. Their acceptance or refusal will be based on criteria such as quality of content, significance, originality, relevance and clarity of expression. The programming team of the scientific committee will take a preliminary decision as to the presentation framework of the contributions (oral, poster), to be confirmed subject to the full paper meeting expected standards.

Full paper submission

Authors of abstracts accepted by the scientific committee (oral and poster presentation, in-person and remote) are invited to submit a full paper of up to six A4 pages. The deadline for paper submission is 30 April 2021. Papers will be verified for language, form and content by one reviewer (two if rejection or change of presentation mode are considered). All accepted papers will be published in the proceedings subject to active conference participation of at least one of the authors, payment of the conference fee and acceptance of the terms of the Proceedings Publication Licence (CC BY).
Remote or in-person conference attendance will be possible. In case of travel and convening restrictions such as imposed in 2020, CISBAT 2021 is to be upheld as a virtual conference. The papers will be published in a CISBAT 2021 Special Issue of IOP's Journal of Physic's Conference Series, indexed, among other, in ISI Web of Science, Scopus and EI Compendex IOP Publishers reserve the right to exclude a paper if considered inappropriate.


Papers will be presented during oral and poster sessions. A preliminary decision as to the relevant session type will be made by the scientific committee on the basis of the abstract, to be confirmed after review of the final paper. The conference organisers will do their utmost to give good exposure to posters and to connect authors with other participants. Authors interested in a remote presentation are requested to indicate their preference when submitting the abstract.

General Information

The official conference language is English.

Authors are notified regarding the acceptance of their abstract for an oral or a poster presentation by 15 March 2021. The deadline for submission of the full paper is 30 April 2021.

By submitting a full paper the authors agree that at least one of the authors will be available to present it at the conference. They also agree that the paper can be made available as part of the proceedings on paper, electronic supports and the internet. Authors agree to a CC-BY licence agreement in which they certify among other that the paper contains their original work, and that it has not been published before.

Authors are requested to register for the conference when submitting the paper. The conference fee will be fully refunded should a paper be refused.

Accepted papers will be published online in a CISBAT 2021 Special Issue of IOP's Journal of Physics Conference Series, an open access and widely indexed journal. Open access publication is scheduled for 15 November 2021 at the latest.

For all enquiries, please contact the conference manager:
Barbara Smith +41 21 693 6249 /


  • Call for papers opened
    30 October 2020
  • Abstract submission ended
    24 January 2021
  • Acceptance notification
    15 March 2021
  • Paper submission
    30 April 2021
  • Paper review & revision
    1 May to 15 July 2021
  • Poster & presentation submissions
    1 July to 25 August 2021
  • CISBAT 2021 Conference
    8-10 September 2021

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