Building Simulation 2021 Conference

September 1-2-3, 2021 Bruges, Belgium

Newsflash: register now for Impact Day!

If you wish to participate at Impact Day, On September 1st, 2021, you can also register just for this day. Impact Day is open to practitioners who want to make it a one-day registration for a practice-oriented first conference day.

In all likelihood, it will be the first leading international energy conference on the safe side of the post COVID era, where we normally expect 600 to 800 attendees (typically a mix of 70% researchers and 30% industry and practitioners). We named the first day Impact Day, and expect the participation of many architects, engineers, practitioners and policy makers… it will be a true fusion of research and practice.

The conference aims to intensively involve practitioners, in addition to the more deeply immersed expert audience, in the world of building performance simulations. These are mainly front running architects and engineers, but also students (especially PhD students) in the energy and building domain, as well as the manufacturers and policy makers.

 
The organisation remains quite challenging with the current situation, although today the outlook looks favourable and strict security measures are being taken. We also have “what if” scenarios, but it will certainly not be a behind-the-screens event. After all, those calls and webinars miss an essential part of the experience, inspiration and personal interaction, and that’s exactly what we are looking forward to in a safe way.
 
For companies that would still consider a sponsorship, the standard packages can be found at this link.

Covid-19

COVID-19 brings a lot of uncertainties. We want to inform you, clearly and well in advance about our plans. 

The organisation remains quite challenging with the current situation, although today the outlook looks favourable and strict security measures are being taken, translated in a code of conduct and counting on each individual’s responsibility as well.

We also have “what if” scenarios, but it will certainly not be a behind-the-screens event. After all, those calls and webinars miss an essential part of the experience, inspiration and personal interaction, and that’s exactly what we are looking forward to in a safe way. Most of the 529 reviewed qualitative papers will be presented, showing that the members of the IBPSA community are also yearning for the event.

We have, therefore, decided to continue the efforts for this organisation and only postpone it if the pandemic situation would yet hamper the event. For those who are unable to travel we created absent author and absent attendee registrations which allow to join presentations in a parallel on-line track, accessible to all attendees, and follow the live-streams remotely.

Please note that:

1. BS2021 will be organized as a safe physical and face-to-face conference in September 2021 in Bruges (Belgium), with an online track for absent authors and attendees. All conference sessions will be streamed (September 1-3). We ensure a safe event and will take all necessary measures and we will follow government guidelines, so that the conference can take place in a COVID-secure way. We prefer to look at things positively and things are looking up: Belgium is re-opening society over the summer, allowing events and conferences to take place again.

2.  Only in the case of force majeure (e.g. travelling to Belgium is not allowed by the authorities, social distancing puts a limit on the allowed participants below the treshold set, conferences are not allowed, …), we need to go to plan B, which is postponement to August 2022.

3. In case of plan B (postponement to August 2022): We will valorise the accepted papers (from 2021) in “Proceedings of a postponed conference”, such that they count as peer reviewed international publications. Furthermore, we allow the authors to present this (published in 2021) work in 2022 with an updated presentation (no updated paper). Authors may also choose not to publish in 2021 and resubmit in 2022.

4. Our cancellation and refund policy can be found on our registration page. We offer a full refund of the registration fee, in case of cancellation up until June 30. A switch to an absent author registration to guarantee a place in the online track, was possible until July 31st, 2021.

These plans try to maximize the chances for a successful BS2021 conference and to minimize the risks for all parties involved as much as possible.

We look forward to meet in Bruges!

BS2021 - Creating Impact

 

We aim at creating impact by translating research results into practice. Bridging the gap between academics and practitioners is key. Special focus on day one, impact day, where research and practice will intensively interact.

We want to bring together a mix of academics, R&D people, practitioners and policy makers.
Keywords are: impact, valorization, to reach out, to bridge with industry and to reverberate.

Get ready, team up with practice and research on a path towards a real impact with building energy simulation

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Conference chairs

Lieve Helsen, KU Leuven, Belgium

Wim Boydens, Boydens engineering, Belgium

Scientific chairs

Jelle Laverge, Ghent University, Belgium

Dirk Saelens, KU Leuven, Belgium

Future chairs

Elisa Van Kenhove, Ghent University, Belgium

Friedl Decock, Daidalos Peutz, Belgium