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The organizing and scientific committees of the International Conference on Economics and Business Roads to Sustainability (ICEBRS) are pleased to welcome you at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra, which is celebrating 50 years.

The fast pace of change is threatening the viability of the world as we know it, generating diverse and overwhelming challenges for current and future generations. Meeting the needs and goals of the present must not compromise the sustainable development of the world. Addressing such challenges entails major transformations for businesses, economies and society at large.

By drawing on the actual and potential contributions from economics and management, we hope that the conference’s interdisciplinary nature contributes to finding solutions to charting a suitable path concerning the environmental, economic and social dimensions of sustainability.

This conference welcomes over 100 presentations and brings together approximately 150 participants, including scholars and experts from 19 countries across all continents.

The conference also counts with three distinguished academics as keynote speakers: Reinhard Madlener from RWTH Aachen University, Ricardo Reis from the London School of Economics, and Quentin Grafton from the Australian National University.

The conference features a session in partnership with E-REDES (the main electricity distribution grid operator in Portugal) on the “Challenges and Opportunities in Energy Transition” and a session organized by the OECD, focused on the transition to a green economy. It also includes two sessions with alumni of the Faculty of Economics: a round table with economics and management alumni from different generations, who will discuss how sustainability has been evolved over the past 50 years, and a session with research insights from alumni who are recognized academics at other universities.

The conference also hosts a poster competition for students co-organized with the Regional Directorate of the Center and Alentejo (DRCA) – Portuguese Economic Association.

We hope that you enjoy the scientific and social programmes we put forward. We also hope that you have the time to appreciate the city of Coimbra - recognized as a World Heritage Site.

Keynote Speakers

Reinhard Madlener

RWTH Aachen University

Ricardo Reis

London School of Economics

Quentin Grafton

Australian National University

Organizing Committee

Rita Martins

(Chair) FEUC / CeBER

Filipe Coelho


Óscar Lourenço


Carla Teotónio


Pedro Silva


Sofia Antunes


Chairs of the Scientific Committee

Carlos Carreira


Maria João Alves


For any questions, send your email to: icebrs@fe.uc.pt