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ASTUTE 2020 Update September 2020

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4th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing

4th International Conference on Sustainable Design and Manufacturing


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Dates & Location

26th, 27th & 28th April 2017, Bologna, Italy


We are pleased to invite participation in SDM-2017 organised by KES International with the patronage of AITeM (Italian Association of Mechanical Technologies). The conference will take place in Italy at the University of Bologna, which was founded in 1088 and which is considered the oldest University in the Western world. Bologna is an amazing medieval and Renaissance city where several monuments and architectural examples, such as medieval towers, antique buildings and churches as well as works of art are still well preserved. It is a lively cultural and artistic centre and a major transportation crossroad from which Florence, Venice, Milan and other Italian art cities are quickly reachable. All these features make it a popular destination for scholars and tourists. Furthermore it is located in an important manufacturing district, where famous companies such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Ducati have their headquarters and production plants. The conference will consist of keynote talks, oral presentations, invited sessions and workshops. It covers the theory and applications of sustainable design and manufacturing, and related areas, whilst providing an excellent platform for the presentation and discussion of new data and concepts, leading to knowledge exchange and the generation of new ideas.

Call for Contribution


Contributions are invited from prospective authors with interests in the indicated conference topics and related areas of application. All contributions should be high quality, original and not published elsewhere or submitted for publication during the review period. Please see the website for details of the required paper format. Full papers will be thoroughly reviewed by the International Program Committee. Two Best Paper awards will be presented. The conference proceedings will be published by Springer and submitted for indexing in Scopus and Thomson-Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) and the Web of Science.


We invite researchers on hot topics and fresh ideas in the field to organise invited sessions, or parallel workshops of a half or full day. By gathering a minimum of five papers, the organizer of the invited session will be rewarded for one free registration for the next SDM conference. Please contact the Conference Chairs for more details. We also welcome suggestions for other activities that will appeal to our delegates.


The best papers selected will be routed for journal special issues. Experienced researchers in the field are also invited to guest edit special issues covering the various facets of Sustainable Design and Manufacturing. Please contact the Conference Chairs for more details if you wish to contribute and lead a special issue.

Important Dates & Deadlines

General Sessions, Invited Sessions and Workshops

  • Submission of papers: Extended - 28 November 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: 20 December 2016
  • Upload of camera ready publication files: 27 January 2017
  • Authors and Early registration: 27 January 2017

General Tracks and Invited Sessions

  • Early / Authors Registration Deadline: 27 January 2017
Elective Activities

For organizational need it is necessary to register in advance to participate in the industrial visit of the 26th of April 2017: the deadline to be included in this activity is the 27th March 2017.

The possibility to participate in the visit is not guaranteed for participants who will register to the conference after the 30th of March 2017