All systems go!?

Sustainability in the digital age

June 17-19, 2020

Católica Lisbon, Portugal


We look forward to welcoming you to Lisbon in 2020!

Call for Papers



  • Given that nobody can be certain yet whether it will be possible to travel to Portugal in June, we have decided to make virtual participation the default registration mode for GRONEN2020 (and should the situation allow for it, you will be given the option to “upgrade” to physical participation at a later point).  
  • The virtual conferencing platform allows us to host up to 50 participants in paper sessions and workshops and up to 100 in the plenary sessions. The platform includes a discussion board, repository to share materials and recordings, chatrooms, etc.
  • To find more information about virtual conferencing and the different attendance modes at GRONEN2020, please also visit:

Please register for GRONEN2020 until May 1st following this link:

As you can imagine, it was a bitter-sweet decision to swap to virtual conferencing. But we are also really excited to pioneer together with you what our community has been discussing for a while: Ways to make conference travel more sustainable and inclusive!


For any questions or ideas, please reach out to us:



CATÓLICA-LISBON is among the most prominent Business & Economics Schools in Europe, ranked 26th in the Financial Times Top European Business Schools ranking. We have achieved this position by combining world-class students and faculty, strong and diverse academic programs, innovative learning initiatives, unique partnerships with the most prestigious international schools, and a close relationship with the business world.



Smart City Innovation Lab

René Bohnsack and the interdisciplinary research team of the Smart City Innovation Lab unite the fields of business model innovation, digital transformation, and international strategy in order drive the transition to sustainable cities through smart business models. Founded in 2016 we work together with more than 40 international partners. SCIL is the creator of the, an online platform to build business models.

Sustainability in the Digital Age

Program Highlights

GRONEN 2020 will combine a range of session formats to foster academic exchange. In line with this year’s conference theme Sustainability in the Digital Age, a particular focus will lie on the potential of digital technologies, artificial intelligence, big data, and smart solutions for urban and industrial transformation.

  • Opening Panel Debate: Brave new world? Opportunities and challenges for sustainable development in the digital age.
  • Virtual Conferencing Pilot: Showcasing ways to make conference travel more sustainable.
  • Carbon Offsetting: Inclusion of carbon offsets right away in the conference fee.
  • Train Travel to Lisbon: OS4future will coordinate train travel to Lisbon from Spain!
  • Professional Development Workshops: Workshops and panel symposia led by prominent scholars in the field.
  • Doctoral Consortium: A full day of discussion and networking for the newest members of the GRONEN community.
  • Special Issue: A special issue in Business Strategy and the Environment on ‘Sustainability in the Digital Age’ is associated with GRONEN 2020.

Please return to this website and follow us on Twitter (@GRONENetworkfor regular program updates.



The submission for GRONEN2020 is closed.

The selection process, notification of authors, and registration of participants follows the schedule below:

January 1, 2020       Registration opens

January 20, 2020     Deadline for submissions

March 15, 2020       Notification of acceptance

May 1, 2020             Deadline for registration

June 16, 2020          Doctoral Consortium & Get together early arrivals

June 17-19, 2020    GRONEN 2020 Research Conference


To register for GRONEN 2020, please visit:


For any further questions, please contact:

…and make sure to follow us on Twitter: @GRONENetwork


We look forward to welcoming you to Lisbon in 2020!


The organizing committee:

René Bohnsack                              

Christina Bidmon                         

Alina Margolina                             

Cláudia Antunes Marante