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’.


Abstract submission


Paper submission (only if your abstract is accepted)

18th September 2023, 17.30 (CET)

Feedback from reviewers

9th October 2023, 17.30 (CET)

Submission of the final paper

30th October 2023, 17.30 (CET)

Guidelines for submission

All submissions should be made via e-mail to the following address: 

This is the template for abstracts. Please use this template for your abstract submission. 
If your abstract is accepted and you wish to submit a full paper, please use this template for submission of your paper. NB: Papers not submitted in this format will not be considered.

Abstracts should include:

  • Title: a concise and informative title;
  • Corresponding number of topic and corresponding letter of sub-topic;
  • The name(s) of the author(s);
  • The affiliation(s) and address(es) of the author(s);
  • The e-mail address of the corresponding author;
  • If available, the 16-digit ORCID of the author(s);
  • Abstract: Abstracts should include a maximum of 250 words. Abstracts exceeding 250 words will not be considered. The abstract should not contain any undefined abbreviations or unspecified references;
  • Keywords: Please provide 4 to 6 keywords which can be used for indexing purposes.

Please note that submitting an abstract (if accepted) means giving an oral presentation at the Conference in person. Only under special circumstances will an online presentation be allowed. Applicants whose submissions are not accepted as an oral presentation/session will be given the opportunity to present their contribution during a poster session. More details will be posted on the website in due course.

When submitting your abstract please indicate whether you would also like to qualify for submission of a paper: 

  1. To be incorporated in the Conference Proceedings - deadline by the 30th October 17.30 (CET). All eligible abstracts will be published as such if not submitted as papers for the Proceedings.
  2.  To be considered also for publication in the Energy Efficiency journal (further information will be provided in due course).


NB. There will be a Special Issue on scaling-up behaviour change in the Energy Efficiency Journal to be published in 2024. The deadline for submission of papers to the EE Journal will be communicated in due course. Selected papers from the US The Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC) conference will also be included in this Special Issue

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.