Information for Authors

BEHAVE 2023, the 7th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency by the European Energy Network (EnR), the network of European energy agencies will take place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, on 28th and 29th November 2023. The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘Scaling-up behaviour change in the light of the energy and climate crises’.


Special Issue on 
“Behavioural contributions to foster the energy transition and combat climate change”

The call for papers for the special issue on “Behavioural contributions to foster the energy transition and combat climate change” is now available at

For those of you who have received a notification of acceptance on your abstract for presentation of your research at the BEHAVE 23 conference, we are pleased to announce that the Energy Efficiency journal has agreed to host a special issue on “Behavioural contributions to foster the energy transition and combat climate change”.  

This issue will feature research papers presented in two prominent energy behaviour conferences: 

  • BECC 2023 (North America) (Nov 12-15, 2023) 
  • BEHAVE 2023 (Europe) (Nov 28-29, 2023)

Researchers presenting at any of these conferences are invited to contribute to this special issue. Contributions are expected to cover a diverse array of topics related to new approaches, policies, and methods to encourage behaviour change for energy and carbon reduction, including but not limited to:

  • Public participation in energy solutions and policy making;
  • Acceptability, adoption and use of energy innovations;
  • Interventions to promote or facilitate behaviour change within households and organisations;
  • How technologies and systems designs can encourage and facilitate behaviour change;
  • How to promote a fair and inclusive energy transition. 

We welcome manuscripts containing high quality research, with original quantitative and qualitative data, meta-analyses, insights with theoretical and practical relevance, moving beyond specific cases description, while deriving relevant energy policy recommendations.

Please comply with the journal submission guidelines and submit your full manuscript online using the link and following the instructions below:

  1. Submit a manuscript
  2. Choose what the Article type of the paper is
  3. In the "Additional Information" Section, choose the "Are you submitting this manuscript to a Thematic Series?" then,
  4. Select the Special Issue "Behave 2023/BECC 2023"
  5. Kindly complete the required remaining information.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 30, 2024. 

We look forward to receiving your contributions!

Poster instructions

Since it is unlikely that everyone will be able to attend all presentations they are interested in, we are offering a limited number of participants (50) the opportunity to display a poster of their work during the conference. These will be on display during the coffee breaks and networking drinks on both days 28th and 29th November.  

If you are interested in bringing a poster please let us know by sending an e-mail to

Please note that you will need to print and bring your own poster with you. Poster boards and fixation materials will be available. If you bring a poster, let us know when you arrive, so we can help you set up.

Poster Size:

Poster boards are 145cm x 116cm. This can easily fit an A0 (841 mm x 1189 mm) size poster. Larger is ok, but please stay well within the margins of the poster board. We recommend a landscape orientation, as this allows more people to view it simultaneously.

Suggested Poster Elements:

Main components: The title of each section on the poster should be at least 60 point in size. Bulleted or numbered statements (main points) should be at least 48 point, additional text should not be smaller than 24 point

Title: The title should be catchy and should be one sentence describing the main message of the poster, authors’ names, and professional affiliations.

Abstract: 1 paragraph summarising the main points of the poster.

Intro: 1-4 paragraphs/panels in length.

Methods: 1-2 paragraphs/panels that describe techniques used.

Results: All figures should include titles and figure captions (e.g. legends). The Results and Discussion sections may be combined.

Discussion: 1-2 paragraphs/panels describing the results and conclusions.

References: List of important references used.

For some ideas on how to create a good poster:

For some good examples (in different fields):


About the event

There will be a variety of parallel sessions, plenary keynotes, lectures, presentations on different approaches.
The focus of BEHAVE 2023 is to have many interactive sessions and panel discussions to learn from each other and to make new contacts. Participation is free of charge.

Behave provides a unique forum for policymakers, academia, industry and practitioners to share ideas and experiences on energy behaviour change in the scope of the energy transition to promote effective solutions for reducing CO₂ emissions and mitigating climate change. 

Behavioural and life-style changes are essential to mitigate and adapt to climate change and to achieve a successful energy transition. To achieve the necessary changes, insights into energy and behaviours, and the factors that drive and influence energy behaviours are urgently needed, as well as knowledge on how to implement such insights into interventions and policy.  It is important that Governments, industry, business, academics and citizens all gain know-how to engage in energy behaviour change. In addition given the scope and impacts of climate change and the energy transition, multi- and transdisciplinary collaborations are needed to acquire more holistic and feasible solutions.

BEHAVE 2023 will focus on scaling-up behaviour change in the light of the energy and climate crises and follows the UN-Climate conference (COP28) to be held the week prior to BEHAVE 2023. 

BEHAVE 2023 will include both plenary and parallel sessions.

The upcoming BEHAVE 2023 will focus on scaling-up behaviour change and focus on implementing behavioural insights, knowledge and research. This edition will also reinforce the multi- and transdisciplinary approach bringing together researchers of behaviour change (academia) and practitioners within governments, businesses, and other relevant organisations.