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Industrial Ecology
Gordon Research Conference

The Role of Industrial Ecology in Reaching the Sustainable Development Goals


May 20-25, 2018


Les Diablerets Conference Center
Les Diablerets, Switzerland Site Information


Stefanie Hellweg

Vice Chair:
Anu Ramaswami

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by April 22, 2018. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) issued by the UN General Assembly aim to globally end all forms of poverty and achieve sustainable development by the year 2030. Natural resource use and environmental impacts are directly or indirectly related to all SDGs, making the field of Industrial Ecology a core discipline for achieving the SDGs. The 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology will investigate the newest insights on how Industrial Ecology can contribute towards achieving the SDGs. Particularly, the conference will focus on methods and approaches for assessing achievements and exploring synergies and tradeoffs between SDGs. For instance, the goal of eliminating hunger requires addressing food production and consumption systems, in conjunction with sustainable management of land, water and energy, as well as consideration of equity. Likewise, effective poverty alleviation and welfare creation often relies on installation or renewal of infrastructure systems, which put additional pressure on natural resources and environmental assets, unless innovative solutions are explored that simultaneously address social, environmental and resource sustainability. With concepts and methods prioritizing sustainable actions in resource management, technological development, and policy-making, Industrial Ecology is uniquely positioned to quantify and resolve such trade-offs, thereby contributing to the ultimate goal to advance well-being of both people and the planet.

The Gordon Research Conference offers a unique forum for open and in-depth scientific exchange with academic and industry leaders with diverse backgrounds. Invited top-level speakers will present cutting-edge research at the forefront of science. The conference also provides opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to discuss with leading scientists and to present their work as posters. Junior poster winners will also present short talks. Additionally, a Gordon Research Seminar aimed at young scientists will be held prior to the main conference. The conference schedule enables both extensive discussions and informal gatherings, providing opportunities to brainstorm and foster cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Industrial Ecology" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Industrial Ecology's Contribution to Remain Within Planetary Boundaries and Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Sustainable Cities, Communities and Infrastructure Innovations in an Urban Planet
  • The Role of the Circular Economy in Creating Responsible Production and Consumption
  • Providing Enough Healthy Food for a Growing Population in a Sustainable Manner
  • Life on Land and Below Water - Recent Developments in Assessing Biodiversity Loss
  • Clean Water and Energy for All: The Role of Technology Innovation and Systems Thinking
  • Sustainable Use and Governance of Natural Resources
  • Data and Metrics to inform Progress Toward Sustainable Development
  • Resource Use for a More Prosperous, Healthy and Equitable World
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