"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Buckminster Fuller, philosopher, futurist and global thinker (1895 - 1983)
"If there are to be problems, may they come during my life-time so that I can resolve them and give my children the chance of a good life."

Kenyan proverb
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

The Report of the U.N. Brundtland Commission, Our Common Future, 1987

We at SDEWES Conference take great pride in the scientific excellence of our invited lecturers and authors of papers included in Special and other Conferences sessions, but there is another program that truly makes this Conference complete, and this is our Social programme.

From 28-31 January, you will have a unique opportunity to enjoy the company of top experts in the field of sustainable development from all around the world and, through our social program, exchange ideas in a more informal way, while enjoying the beautiful sites, sounds and tastes of Brazil.

Social programme schedule:

Sunday, January 28 – Welcome reception at 18:30 h

SDEWES Welcome reception will be held at CBAE, Av. Rui Barbosa, 762 - Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, at 18:30 h, where you will have the opportunity to meet other participants and enjoy local couisine and music. We recommend using UBER as there will not be any organized transportation.

Tuesday, January 30 – sightseeing trip and conference dinner

Our SDEWES social event will start after the lunch break, where buses will pick us pa at the conference venue and take us to Sugarloaf Mountain, one of the main touristic attractions in the country. After descending from the mountain, buses will drop us off at several hotels on the conference shuttle route. Freshen up a bit, as SDEWES conference dinner is organized at 20 h at a wonderful rodizio restaurant, Fogo de Chão Botafogo. This authentic gaucho style Brazilian steakhouse restaurant seats up to 400 guests and offers a view of the Sugarloaf. Bus transportation is organized to and from the restaurant. Alcoholic beverages are not included in the conference dinner.

Social programme is included in the conference fee, so submit your final papers, complete your registration and come to Rio de Janeiro! Accompanying person social programme fee is 50 EUR.

* LOC reserves the rights to change Social events and programme.


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