Call: Journal of Software Evolution and Processes - Special Issue on Software Engineering for Sustainability (SE4S)

Mankind has exceeded a number of our planet’s boundaries for safe operation. Consequently, research has put the topics of sustainability and resilience on its agenda. Over the last few years, this has lead to significant research efforts in various disciplines, one of them being software engineering.
Software engineering for sustainability (SE4S) addresses the role and impact of software engineering in a sustainable society that is incrementally intertwined with ecological changes, social challenges, economic imperatives and technical demands and opportunities.

In recent years, a number of workshops and conferences started addressing specific research challenges related to SE4S, inter alia GREENS, RE4SuSy, ICT4S, GInSEng, SAGRA, and SEIS@ICSE. GREENS centers around green software, RE4SuSy focusses on requirements engineering for sustainable systems, ICT4S encompasses all aspects around ICT systems for sustainability, GInSEng works on green in software engineering, SAGRA relates sustainable architecture topics, and SEIS discusses the impact of software engineering on and for an increasingly sustainable society. These venues brought forth a significant amount of work on the different aspects of SE4S. This special issue will gather the most promising yet mature research results.

This special issue aims at attracting contributions addressing: how software itself can be engineered to be (or become) more energy efficient (or greener); how software processes (and hence the software industry) can become more sustainable and achieve various sustainability requirements; and how software systems can help realizing the ambitious sustainability objectives of our society.


Ethical Investments

A few days ago, I heard a talk about ethical investments. It was held by the regional director of the GLS Bank's subsidiary in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The GLS Bank, a registered cooperative society, is one of the ecologically and ethically sound banks operating in Germany.


Green Code Lab Challenge 2015

From 2nd to 4th of December 2015 there will be the third Green Code Lab Challenge. Thierry Leboucq, one of the organizers of the event, is inviting everyone to participate and move forward in finding ways how to improve the ecodesign principles for software:

Invitation by Thierry:
AS you know the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference -COP21-opens in Paris in December with the objective of an agreement to limit climate change to 2°C.
ESAIP, GREENLABCENTER and OPENODYSSEE have programmed the 3rd edition of the GCLC (Green Code Lab Challenge) at the same time as the COP21 from 2 to 4 december 2015, which will help our target audience of IT professionals and students, see the importance of software eco-design.