Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) virtual conference now accepting abstracts

This year’s theme: Reimagining the Future

Submission Deadline: Extended to April 22, 2021 (Earth Day)
Length: 300 Words

Submit your abstract on the conference website.

In this time of uncertainty, global threats, and transition, humanity has a singular opportunity to reimagine our collective future. For the past 15 years, the Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) conference has presented behavioral research and practice to foster individual and organizational change. At this year’s virtual conference (November 8-10, 2021), we want to showcase your ideas for reimagining and realizing an equitable, low carbon future.

BECC invites you to present your work and learn from others about how to encourage behavior change that reduces energy consumption and carbon emissions, evaluate behavior-change programs, understand why individuals and groups change, and make transitions in fair and equitable ways. BECC participants and presenters represent a variety of backgrounds and communities: research, academia, business, utilities, government, and the nonprofit sector. All come together to learn and network at this unique conference.

Review: Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Authors will be notified of acceptance in early summer 2021. Priority will be given to new work with original findings.

Who should submit:

  • Researchers
  • Academics
  • Commercial businesses
  • Utilities
  • Government policy & research labs
  • For-profit & non-profit organizations
  • Sustainability organizations
  • Program designers and implementers

Issue Areas

Social Science Insights

  • Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology
  • Organizational and Institutional Behavior
  • Marketing and Communications

Behavior-Based Programs

  • Commercial and Industrial Programs
  • Residential Programs
  • Sustainability Programs and Strategies
  • Program Design
  • Evaluation


  • Technology and Innovation
  • Renewables
  • Electrification

Climate Change

  • Resilience and Adaptation
  • Models and Metrics


  • Federal, State, and Local Government Policy
  • Utility policy

Sectoral Approaches

  • Transportation, including New Mobility, EV adoption…
  • Food, Water, Waste

Equity & Empowerment

  • Equity, Underserved, and Disadvantaged Populations
  • Social Movements and Culture Change

Virtual Posters – A Great Way to Present at BECC!

Virtual Posters are a key part of the BECC Virtual Conference. They receive broad exposure through email blasts, social media posts and the BECC website, and are presented in person at Virtual Poster Receptions throughout the conference. Not only are virtual posters a great way to get onto the BECC agenda and present your work to other attendees, they also reach the general public through the conference website and the BECC YouTube channel.

What is a Virtual Poster? A Virtual Poster is a presentation slide deck saved as a PDF file (e.g., PowerPoint slide deck saved as PDF) that describes your project clearly and succinctly in eight slides or less (with “notes,” if desired). In addition, Poster presenters are invited to submit a short (four minute) video recording of themselves narrating their Virtual Poster. Virtual Posters and (optional) narrations are uploaded to the conference website “Virtual Poster Reception Hall” to be available on demand before, during and after the event. Presenters that are accepted for a Virtual Poster will be asked to upload their materials no later than September 15, 2021. Like all presenters at BECC, Virtual Poster presenters will receive the “speaker” rate for registration and must register for the conference.

What is a Virtual Poster Reception? In effect, it is a poster session. But for BECC 2021, presenters will share their posters in advance (“on demand”) and the reception is a specially designated time for attendees to meet presenters virtually and chat with them about the content. It is not designed for formal presentations, but rather for attendees to discuss the poster which they can access on demand. Like at an in-person conference, this gives you the opportunity to network, share contact information, and chat with conference attendees who are interested in your work.

To be considered for a Virtual Poster, submit an abstract on the conference website and indicate your preference for a Virtual Poster.

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