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Industrial Ecology (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Transparency and Interdisciplinary Collaboration on Popular Approaches to the Environmental Crisis in a Critical Decade


June 18-19, 2016


Stoweflake Conference Center
Stowe, VT


Dominik Wiedenhofer & Heidi von Korff

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Industrial Ecology is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

This year's overarching topic are reflections of the challenges and emerging opportunities for young scholars moving towards more senior positions in industry, governments, NGOs and academia. A career panel with diverse speakers from various backgrounds will further explore these emerging opportunities. Contributions to the GRC from young scholars from all areas and topics of IE and beyond are welcome which explicitly cover one or more of the following aspects:

  • Assuring transparency and reproducibility of complex quantifications and modelling exercises (LCA, IO, MFA,… ; using ODD protocols or other approaches)
  • Work on interdisciplinary concepts and methods (interdisciplinary theory building, shared knowledge creation, participatory research, and so forth)
  • Provide critical systemic evaluations on popular mainstream approaches to the critical decade, for example but not limited to, unconventional oil and gas, green growth, the sharing economy (uber, air bnb, …), the circular economy and the bio-economy, and so forth.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Industrial Ecology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Final Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmIndustrial Ecology Perspectives on Energy Issues
Discussion Leader: Daniel Moran (Industrial Ecology Program, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmCarla Caldeira (University of Coimbra, Portugal)
"A Life Cycle Multi Objective Decision Tool to Incorporate Waste Cooking Oil in Biodiesel Production"
4:00 pm - 4:05 pmDiscussion
4:05 pm - 4:20 pmAndrew Fang (University of Minnesota, USA)
"Assessing Air Quality Co-Benefits of Carbon Mitigation and Urban Efficiency Strategies in Chinese Cities"
4:20 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmTransparency, Reproducibility and Collaboration in Data-Intensive Industrial Ecology Applications
Discussion Leader: Anke Schaffartzik (Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmGuillaume Majeau-Bettez (CIRAIG, École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada)
"Adding Transparency to Consequential Lifecycle Assessments and General Equilibrium Models Through Structural Path Decomposition Analysis"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmStefano Cucurachi (Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
"Characterizing and Communicating Uncertainty in Quantitative Sustainability Assessments: The Case of LCA Results"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmNiko Heeren (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
"Modelling Material and Energy Flows of the Swiss Building Stock"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmMoana Simas (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
"Labor and Energy Embodied in International Supply Chains"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amSystems and Social Perspectives in Industrial Ecology
Discussion Leader: Jonathan Krones (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amHelen Hamilton (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)
"Assessment of Food Waste Prevention and Recycling Strategies Using a Multi-Layer Systems Approach"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amSarah King (CSIRO Manufacturing, Australia)
"Social Processes of Effective Industrial Symbiosis Networks for SMEs"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amYang Li (Tsinghua University, China)
"The 'Industry Space' Underpins Industrial Symbiosis in Developing Countries"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amMonique Retamal (Australian National University, Australia)
"Collaborative Consumption in Emerging Southeast Asian Economies: Trends, Sustainability Issues and Potential Policies"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Career Panel
Discussion Leader: Dominik Wiedenhofer (Institute of Social Ecology (SEC), University of Klagenfurt, Austria)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"What Makes a Young Scholar of Industrial Ecology Successful in Academia and Beyond?"
  • Lewis Akenji (Institute for Global Environmental Studies, Japan)
  • Thomas Graedel (Yale University, USA)
  • Janet Salem (United Nations Environment Programme, Thailand)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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