Instructions for Paper

All accepted paper are eligible for a financial support by IEA DHC to be published in Elsevier Energy Reports.
Best paper(s) will be rewarded with a prize of 1,000 USD!

District heating and cooling are proven urban infrastructures for capturing, moving and using heat and cold efficiently. They hold great potential to be key factors for a more resilient and sustainable energy system. Since the use of heating and cooling networks are interconnected in society through economic, environmental and energy links, the future success of District Heating and Cooling requires a multi-disciplinary approach to research and development. This multi-disciplinary approach, as well as digitalization, flexibility and sector coupling/ hybrid energy network, are reflected in the framework of the this 17th International Symposium on District Heating and Cooling.

The 17th Symposium of District Heating and Cooling will provide an excellent opportunity for researchers to present and discuss their research work and findings. There will be a peer review process by the Symposium scientific committee to ensure high quality of all the presentations. For the 17th Symposium the Proceedings will be published with NTU. Each paper in the Proceedings issue shall consist of maximum of Eight (8) pages.

The instructions for the submission are available here.

Instructions for the Abstracts

Research Topics:

      1.  Urban energy systems, planning and development

      2.  Efficiency and environmental performance

      3.  Hybrid Energy Systems and Smart Grids

      4.  Modelling and Simulation of DHC Systems

      5.  Digitalisation of DHC systems

      6.  4GDH concepts, Future DH Systems

      7.  GIS for Energy Systems, Heat Planning and DH

      8.  RES and Waste Heat Sources for DH

Publication in Elsevier Energy Reports

The symposium will subsidize selected number papers to be published at Elsevier - Energy Reports scientific journal, if the authors indicate they want to be published and pay the subsidized fee of £100. The special edition of Elsevier - Energy Reports will be available to the public after the symposium. Details of the journal submission will be provided to the authors of the accepted papers.


Submission for Abstracts: January 31, 2021
Notification on Acceptance: February 22, 2021
Submission of Draft Paper for Reviews: March 31, 2021

Disclaimer Final dates might be adapted in Mid-April 2021

Oral Presentation

Length: 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes discussion. 
Please prepare your presentation in PDF format and bring it on a USB memory stick to DHC2021 conference.

Poster Presentation


3 minutes followed by 2 minutes discussion. 
Authors are responsible for printing and bringing their A0 size poster to DHC2021 conference.