The Science Track gathers some of the world’s foremost experts in their fields and tries to find answers to some of the burning questions affecting architecture and sustainability today.

The challenges have been explored by 6 science panels, each panel focusing on one of the congress themes and here you can find symposiums on each theme and meet the panel chairs.


What are the right questions to ask for architecture and the build environment to best adapt and develop for future scenarios?

Bringing together otherwise fragmented knowledges across the breadth of architecture’s research and practices with the aim to generate exchanges and provoke new perspectives.

How do these perspectives impact on current practices, modes of thinking, research and development? And how can the implementation and identification of all relevant SDGs be strengthened when working with architecture?


17 leading international researchers represent and connect an array of architectural expertise and contexts.

General Reporters: Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen, Martin Tamke.

Special Advisors: Katherine Richardson, Chris Luebkeman, Camilla Ryhl, Thomas Bo Jensen

Research Curator and Coordinator: Pernille Maria Bärnheim



Panel 1, Climate Adaptation: Billie Faircloth and Maibritt Pedersen Zari
Panel 2, Rethinking Resources: Carlo Ratti and Mette Ramsgaard Thomsen
Panel 3, Resilient Communities: Anna Rubbo and Juan Du
Panel 4, Health: Arif Hasan and Christian Benimana
Panel 5, Inclusivity: Magda Mostafa and Ruth Baumeister
Panel 6, Partnerships for Change: Sandi Hilal and Merve Bedir

Panel 1
Design for Climate Adaptation

Architecture faces a grave challenge in a world struck by climate change. The built environment must adapt to changing weather patterns, higher temperatures and flooding.

Panel 2
Design for Rethinking Resources

Resources are getting scarcer, and architects need to address this issue. By using novel materials and recycling on a much greater scale, architecture can change its approach to resources.

Panel 3
Design for Resilient Communities

Communities are people, and people create communities. Architects can positively impact the lives of millions, even billions, by building for the future, and creating communities that last.

Panel 4
Design for Health

Healthy living takes place in healthy environments, and architects can help improve public health through careful planning, building and consideration.

Panel 5
Design for Inclusivity

A sustainable world is one with room and consideration for all people. Architects must design with inclusivity in mind, and take care to understand the needs of the many different people that inhabit the globe.

Panel 6
Design for Partnerships for Change

Architects must foster partnerships, and work across many different professions and skills to create a sustainable and inclusive future.



An outstanding amount of 700+ papers were submitted to present the latest scientific research addressing through what actions can architecture understand, build and fulfill its active role in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Submissions came from 77 countries and it´s great to see how all corners of the world are interested in sharing knowledge and contributing to changing the world with architecture.

Our scientific committee invited applications to go for new presentation formats and more than 30% responded to this opportunity and submitted in one of the three untraditional formats: Visual Essay, Argumentative Essay and Narrative Essay. Others contributed with submissions as Research Papers.
No matter the format, it will pave the way for exciting discussions and papers are being peer-reviewed. Authors will be notified in December 2022 / January 2023 with feedback.


– June 28, 2022: Deadline for abstract submissions

– October 12, 2022: Deadline for Full Paper submission including 250 word abstract

– December 19, 2022: Authors receive feedback

– January 15, 2023: Deadline for authors to submit revised papers if asked to do so by peer reviewers

– January 15, 2023: Final registration deadline for authors. Only authors, who have registered for the congress before this date, will be able to present their paper at the congress and have their paper published in the congress proceedings

– Primo February, 2023: Final feedback to authors of revised papers

– July 2 – 6, 2023: Presentation of Paper at the UIA World Congress of Architects in Copenhagen