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Dubai 2022

Heriot-Watt University, Varazdin Development and Entrepreneurship Agency & University North

First Call

We are happy to announce the First Call for the 88thInternational Scientific Conference on Economic and Social Development - "Roadmap to NetZero Economies and Businesses".

To protect human health and economic growth, both economies and businesses are urged to limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C. If emissions continue to grow with the existing rate, it is expected that by 2030, the world will reach threshold of dangerous climate change. Avoiding it will require rapid and radical transformation of every sector of the global economy - halving global emissions by 2030 and reaching "net zero" carbon emissions by 2050.

There is an imperative on all organizations to make achieving net zero a primary goal to all short, medium and long term strategy and decision making. A rising number of top organizations, governments, and investors are committing to net zero, seeing it as a way to spur innovation, boost competitiveness, and stimulate long-term growth.

Topics are focused, but not limited to recent challenges in modern national economies and business enterprises.

In cooperation with: Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, UAE, Faculty of Management University of Warsaw, Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Sciences Sale - Mohammed V University in Rabat, ENCGT - Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion de Tanger/ Abdelmalek Essaadi University and Polytechnic of Medimurje in Cakovec

  19-20 October, 2022


Heriot-Watt Dubai

Heriot-Watt University Dubai offers an extensive range of research-informed degree programmes, spanning postgraduate and undergraduate courses in a global study environment, with strong links to business and industry. Ranked consistently at a high level across a number of key university league tables, Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai campus was awarded a five-star rating by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) for the second year running.

For more information, please visit Heriot-Watt Dubai

Please consider submitting an abstract for the Conference within next few weeks. We proudly hope to have your distinguish name among authors and participants. After receiving the full texts, The Scientific Committee will decide which papers should be included in the online Plenary Session.

Sincerely Yours,
President of Scientific Committee

Prof. Marijan Cingula


Globalization and Challenges of the Modern World

  • Contemporary Economy and Globalization
  • The Economic Impact on Social Development and Democracy
  • Regional Development
  • National Economies Between Liberalization and Intervention
  • International and Local Capital Markets
  • Education and Knowledge Management
  • Towards Modern Welfare Economics
  • Modern Tendencies in Economy and Management of Tourism
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Sustainable finance
  • Digital marketing
  • Digital transformation

Enterprise in Turbulent Environment

  • Building a Resilient Organization
  • The Economics of Modern Enterprise
  • Planning or Predicting: Concepts and Models
  • Corporate Governance
  • Manufacturing: Strategy, Technology, and Organization
  • Human Capital Management
  • Marketing Perspective
  • The Legal Environment of Business
  • Business Continuity
  • ICT Support to Business Activities
  • Corporate Finance
  • Accounting and Auditing

Entrepreneurship Caught Between Creativity and Bureaucracy

  • The Role of SMEs in National Economies
  • SMEs in Global Value Chains
  • Education for Creativity



  • Publishing Full paper/Abstract + presentation: 450 EUR
  • Presentation without publishing: 350 EUR
  • Accompanying co-author: 250 EUR
  • Listener only: 300 EUR


  • Publishing full paper, without attending: 300 EUR


  • Early registration (Publishing Full paper or Abstract + presentation): 400 EUR
  • 2nd paper publishing/presenting: 250 EUR

Attending fee includes admission to all sessions, conference kit, publication in Scientific Book of Proceedings ISSN 1849-7535 (Online), admission to coffee breaks and/or lunch and/or dinner, according to the conference program.

Conference Fee is non-refundable, but "transferable" - payed amount can be used as a stored credit for any of our upcoming conferences.


  • Bank Institution: Raiffeisenbank Austria d.d. Zagreb
  • Bank/Branch Institution Address: Magazinska cesta 69, Zagreb, Croatia
  • S.W.I.F.T. (BIC): RZBHHR2X
  • Acc. Holder Name: VADEA d.o.o.
  • Acc Holder Address: Mihanoviceva 4, 42000 Varazdin, Croatia
  • IBAN: HR6124840081135190251
  • Purpose: 'Participant's Name - Dubai 2022'



  • Submission of abstracts for review: August 15, 2022
  • Notification of abstract acceptance: August 18, 2022
  • Submission of complete/full papers for the proceedings: September 20, 2022
  • Notification of full paper acceptance: September 25, 2022
  • Early registration: October 5, 2022
  • Final registration: October 10, 2022
  • Conceiving and finalizing the esd-Conference program: October 15, 2022
  • ESD Conference sessions: October 19-20, 2022


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Keynote speakers

  1. Professor Marylyn Carrigan,
    Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University.
    (Topic: Empowering Consumers on the Journey to NetZero)
  2. Professor Mercedes Maroti-Valer,
    Deputy Principal (Global Sustainability), Heriot Watt University.
    (Topic: Accelerating the transition to net zero of industrial clusters‘)
  3. Professor Paul Hopkinson,
    Head of School of Social Sciences and Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University Dubai Academic Lead Heriot Watt Online.
    (Topic: Purpose Driven Marketing - benefits and Pitfalls)
  4. Dr Nika Salvetti,
    visiting professor at UN Mandated University for Peace.
    (Topic: Circular economy, the opportunity to address climate change)
  5. Tomislav Galovic,PhD,
    Associate professor, University of Rijeka, Faculty of Economics and Business.
    (Topic: R&D and Innovation: The case of EU)
  6. Karim Megherbi,
    Orisun Invest, Executive Director
    (Topic: The energy transition and our decarbonation strategies: what do our NZE scenarios say?)


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  • Faculté des sciences juridiques économiques et sociales-salé
  • ENCGT - Ecole Nationale de Commerce et de Gestion de Tanger/ Abdelmalek Essaadi University
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  • Medjimursko Veleuciliste u Cakovcu
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