ISNGI - Call for abstracts

What and who?

ISNGI 2021 provides a platform for infrastructure systems research and practice, especially for radical transdisciplinary research which seeks to conceptualize, enact and model an integrative approach and make a system-of-systems view to infrastructure operational.

ISNGI 2021 invites contributions from academics, industry, practitioners and government representatives, with leading research, visions and experience in the field of infrastructures. The programme provides for showcasing innovative infrastructure projects and academic research results, and offers ample opportunity for interaction, dialogue and exchange of knowledge and experience across disciplines and across infrastructure sectors.

The vision of ISNGI is to ensure the best and sharpest minds from industry, government and academia collectively inform strategies to meet the next generation infrastructure challenges.


Development of next generation infrastructure is a key challenge for both developing and developed countries. Huge investment is needed for replacement and modernization of legacy infrastructure and for greenfield infrastructure development. Climate change, urbanization and a changing social and geopolitical context are creating new challenges, that call for a new approach to infrastructure planning, design, management and governance. Digitalisation, datafication and other technological innovations help to meet the challenges, but only as a part of the solution. And at the cost of new risks and vulnerabilities.

Meanwhile, the Covid-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down. It reveals some of the risks and vulnerabilities that come with the massive flows of people and goods across the world. Our infrastructure systems, however, have enabled us to cope with the havoc wreaked by the pandemic. What does the pandemic mean for infrastructure development in the future?

Submission deadline: 16 April 2021

You are invited to submit a title and rough idea for a paper. Your outline must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. To facilitate the submission process, please consider the following guidelines, information, tips, terms and deadlines mentioned:

  • The description of your idea has a maximum of 400 words
  • Your description should be submitted in English
  • Authors of selected ideas will be invited to host a special session on the symposium; either physical or online (depending on the Covid -19 situation)
  • We encourage you to add a brief biography with your submission