International Society for Industrial Ecology
  • 09 Dec 2014 9:07 AM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    The ISIE has a new membership brochure for 2015.  Check it our here.

  • 10 Nov 2014 12:03 PM | Anonymous

    The newest ISIE Member Newsletter is now out. Read all about it.

  • 14 Oct 2014 4:05 PM | Judy Crocker (Administrator)

    The Student/Early Career Researcher Organising Committee have set up the Twitter hashtag #isiesem to share important contents during the 11th International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) Socio Economic Metabolism Conference that will be held in Melbourne, Australia from Monday 17 to Wednesday 19 November 2014.

    A Twitter feed for the hashtag #isiesem will be included on the conference website


    (on behalf of the student/ECR organisers: Katy Roelich, Walter Reinhardt, Tomer Fishman, Luis Felipe Vásquez Correa, Jonathan Busch, Luca Ciacci and Helen Hamilton)

  • 01 Oct 2014 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,


    The announcement below reports on an action proposed and voted by the Student Chapter Board and subsequently by the Council of the ISIE on Monday, September 22. It provides information about the amended relationship between the Student Chapter and ISIE which we believe will increase opportunities for the Student Chapter and make it more feasible to have the ISIE support student activities.  In consideration of the ongoing Student Chapter Board election, its procedures will not be influenced by the proposed action.



    Xiao LI, Student Chapter President

    Marian Chertow, President, International Society of Industrial Ecology 


    Dear Members of the Student Chapter,

    Dear Members of the ISIE,


    The Student Chapter, as the international student organization in the industrial ecology community, has undergone substantial growth since it was founded in 2002. It gathers students from all over the world, providing a platform for communication, sharing, and organizing activities. It has formed branded events and activities such as the Symposium on Industrial Ecology for Young Professionals (SIEYP), Student Poster Competitions and social activities during the large ISIE meetings. The Chapter applied for and successfully got funding to sponsor students’ participation. It provides opportunities for students to take part in and develop the organization, and to make students heard in the larger industrial ecology community.


    With the fast development of industrial ecology in research, education and practice, many new students join IE-related programs and courses every year. The energy accumulated in the student community is higher and higher. 33 students joined the Student Chapter during the past 30 days and 104 students registered since 2014. 14 students ran for the board election in 2013, hitting a historical high. The chapter board receives emails now and then from students expressing their interest in contributing to the community. These bring great opportunities to the development of the student organization but also challenges to its current structure.


    Most of us may not realize that the Student Chapter has not been an official part of the ISIE since it was founded, although they have been closely connected. The ISIE has supported the Student Chapter in many ways and the Student Chapter has organized activities at ISIE events. The Student Chapter membership is different from the ISIE membership. To join the ISIE, students must register as ISIE members, and can choose its student-type membership among all different membership categories (for details, please refer to In contrast, Student Chapter membership is an individual, cost-free membership without official connection with the ISIE. This separation, which is not very common in similar communities, has brought some existing and potential problems to the development of the student group and the broader industrial ecology community,


    Based on these concerns, the Student Chapter board discussed and proposed the integration of the Student Chapter into the ISIE. It discussed this proposal with the ISIE council, analyzing possible impacts and questions together. We brought it as an issue to the ISIE council meeting during the Gordon Research Conference this June, asked for more opinions during the conference, and received supportive feedback.


    The proposed scheme:


    l  Base the Student Chapter on ISIE student membership. The current Student Chapter members are encouraged to register as ISIE student members. The new chapter will start to run from January 1, 2015. It will be called the ISIE Student Chapter.


    l  The ISIE student membership fee is lowered to USD 15 per year from USD 35, as a preferential condition and registration stimuli for students. The implementation of the new registration fee starts on January 1, 2015.


    l  The Student Chapter is managed by a board of six student members, who are elected through ballot in the Student Chapter. On its behalf, President of the Student Chapter will be a member of the ISIE Council. In this transitional period, the board election this year will be from both the current Student Chapter and the ISIE student members.


    Benefits of being a student member:

    l  Discount off the registration fee for ISIE Biennial Conference and other related conferences (NEW )

    l  Scholarship opportunities for ISIE Biennial Conference and other ISIE related conferences

    l  Online access to all available back volumes of journal of industrial ecology (NEW)

    l  Receipt of ISIE newsletters (NEW)

    l  Access to ISIE student directory and dissertation information database

    l  Ability to join topical sections as full members (NEW)


    Benefits for the Student Chapter and the ISIE:

    l  Better representation of the student group in the ISIE and its decision making

    l  A more compact student community, and a more coherent structure in the student group and the ISIE

    l  Tracking of student members by ISIE staff as they proceed in their careers related to industrial ecology rather than the absence of communications when students graduate.

    l  Network benefits, opportunities for presentations and feedback, within a global but intimate scholarly and professional society.


    Less tangible benefits that come in the form of access and mentoring by the current ISIE members who have generously contributed their time and experience to aspiring students in person, email, and social media.

    We have started a topic on the discussion forum of the ISIE website, where you can post your comments ( We would like to ask for your opinions and look forward to hearing from you. You may also wish to contacteither one or both of us privately at the emails below with any questions or comments.


    Best regards,



    Xiao LI, Ph.D. Student, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

    President of Student Chapter (2013-2014)

    Email:, Tel.: +86-10-62794479


    Marian Chertow, Associate Professor, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

    President, International Society for Industrial Ecology (2013-2104)

    Email:  Tel: +203 432 6197


  • 30 Sep 2014 1:59 PM | Anonymous
    Read the latest ISIE Member Newsletter here. . To contribute to future newsletters, email submissions to

  • 30 Sep 2014 1:45 PM | Anonymous

    The next ISIE conference will be held 7-10 July 2015 at the University of Surrey in the UK. Based in Guildford, this campus University is about 50km from London and convenient from both Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

    Information and instructions will be sent out soon including a list of topics. The deadline for submission of abstracts will be 30th November, with the results of reviewing announced by the end of January 2015. Registration for the conference will open in February 2015.

    In an exciting addition to the usual platform and poster presentations of current research, there will be a series of presentations and panel discussions around the theme of the conference – “Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology”. These will review what industrial ecology has achieved so far, how it is being applied and how it needs to develop in future.  A book of specially written essays will be published around the time of the conference to provide a background for these special sessions.

    ISIE’s Subject Sections and Student Chapter will be organising extra activities on Monday 6th and Saturday 11th July.

    Accommodation will be available in student residences at the University and in hotels around Guildford.

    The conference will include a Conference Dinner at Epsom Racecourse (site of the original Derby horse race - not the Kentucky replica) and also visits to places of professional and cultural interest. If there is sufficient interest, a programme for “accompanying persons” will be arranged.

    Guildford itself is only 35 minutes by rail from Waterloo station in the centre of London.  It can be reached by public transport from Heathrow and Gatwick airport, or alternatively by car.  Details of public transport with timetables will be added to the conference website nearer to the conference. In addition, a web page will be set up to enable people to form groups for car-sharing.

    Keep an eye on the website:


  • 30 Sep 2014 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    The International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) is currently accepting conference proposals for the ISIE 2017 Biennial Conference. You can download instructions and the budget template here and here.

    The International Society for Industrial Ecology’s biennial conference is an important arena for members of the industrial ecology community to come together to exchange ideas and continue the conversation about advancing the varied disciplines of industrial ecology among academics and practitioners. The Society has held conferences every two years since 2001. The upcoming conference will be held in Surrey, UK in July 2015.  The two previous conferences were at Ulsan South Korea (2013) and Berkeley USA (2011).

    For information on past conferences or any related questions, please email

    Any interested hosts should send completed documents to the ISIE Office no later than 17:00 EST December 1, 2014 to or via post.

    Please feel free to contact the office with any questions you may have.  To learn more about our past conferences, please visit

    Download proposal template here.

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