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Submitting papers & case studies

The Symposium Scientific Committee, chaired by CIBSE Fellow Professor Tim Dwyer, is currently calling for abstracts of research papers and industry case studies that address the 2017 Symposium theme:

Delivering Resilient High Performance Buildings

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Submission deadline - 12 September 2016

Why submit?

The CIBSE Technical Symposium provides a unique opportunity to share key insights from your research and present best practice case studies to a well informed and engaged audience.

If commissioned, you will also benefit from:

  • Your paper or case study being peer reviewed
  • Your paper or case study published on the CIBSE Knowledge Portal visited by over 13,000 visitors a month
  • The chance to present, share ideas and network with over 100 key decision makers, practitioners, academics, manufacturers and end-users involved in the built environment
  • The opportunity to be chosen by the Technical Symposium Committee for publication in the Building Services Engineering Research and Technology Journal (BSERT)
  • The prospect of being featured in the CIBSE Journal which is distributed to over 19,000 subscribers from the building services engineering profession
  • Valuable publicity to over 21,000 CIBSE members

Submission guidelines

This submission invitation is for papers and case studies concerning research and development that could include:

  • Establishing the essential engineering requirements for a ‘resilient’ built environment
  • Assuring quality in building services manufacturing, design and installation and the drive for energy efficiency in light of UK’s changing relationship with the EU
  • Global responsibilities and connections for resilient living
  • Development of intrinsically ‘low carbon’, built environments with minimal environmental impact
  • Adapting design and operation to meet the changing role of buildings
  • The future role and responsibility of engineered indoor environments
  • Developing system solutions to meet future fuel scenarios
  • Maintaining and improving occupant health and wellbeing 
  • Measuring and assuring whole life building performance
  • Affordability and life cycle cost of future built systems
  • Payback of innovative engineering solutions
  • Assuring building resilience through benchmarks, standards and regulations
  • Educating tomorrow’s professions and users for resilient buildings 
  • Labelling and certification to establish and maintain sustainable buildings
  • Determining the true ‘building bottom line’
  • The reality and future of integrating ‘services’ and ‘architecture’
  • Eroding and eradicating the design performance gap
  • Development and application of knowledge based tools
  • Tools to deliver integrated design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance

This list is not exhaustive but provides the intended context of the Technical Symposium that will focus on aspects that are of interest to CIBSE and ASHRAE members.

Who should submit?

Industry practitioners, researchers, designers, contractors, consultants, commissioning engineers, controls engineers, building operators, building maintainers.
Please ensure you will be free on 5-6 April to present your work if commissioned.

How to submit an abstract

Submissions need be made by email to The main body of your email should include:

  • the intended title of the submission
  • authors’/author’s name(s) and affiliation
  • email address of principal author
  • abstract of maximum 250 words in English, the official symposium language
  • specify whether it is a proposed paper (to be orally or poster presented) or a case study with brief notes

Deadline for submissions 12 September 2016

Key Dates:
Late October 2016 - Selected authors will be advised 
2nd December 2016 - Draft manuscripts of full paper, poster or case study due 
Early January 2017 - Authors receive reviewers’ comments 
5th February 2017 - Deadline for completed and finalised submission

If you have any questions about the submission process then please contact Nyree Hughes on 020 8772 3643 or

Please note the Symposium Scientific Committee will allocate submissions to oral or poster sessions prior to requesting a paper/poster and at any stage reserves the right to reject any submission.