This is put together by folks at Columbia and was a big success last year. I would definitely encourage PhD students to apply.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Second Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable DevelopmentApril 20th-21st, 2012: Columbia University in the City of New York, USA The graduate students in sustainable development at Columbia University are convening the second Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop in Sustainable Development (IPWSD); scheduled for April 20th-21st, 2012, at Columbia University in New York City.
The IPWSD is a conference open to graduate students working on or interested in issues related to sustainable development. It is intended to provide a forum to present and discuss research in an informal setting, as well as to meet and interact with similar graduate student researchers from other institutions. In particular, we hope to facilitate a network among students pursuing in-depth research across a range of disciplines in the social and natural sciences, to generate a larger interdisciplinary discussion concerning sustainable development. If your research pertains to the field of sustainable development and the linkages between natural and social systems, we encourage you to apply regardless of disciplinary background.
For details, please see the call for papers, or visit our conference website where a detailed list of topics, conference themes and other information is available.
Please share this information widely with graduate students and other interested parties. We look forward to seeing you in New York City in April!
With kind regards,The Second IPWSD Planning Committee,website: http://blogs.cuit.
columbia.edu/sdds/schedule- events/ipwsd_2012/contact: firstname.lastname@example.org om