International Society for Industrial Ecology


Upcoming Industrial Ecology Events

5th Symposium of Industrial Ecology for Young Professionals (SIEYP V) at ISIE 2017 Conference in Chicago, 24-25 June 2017

Save the date! The next ISIE biennial conference will be held in Chicago from June 25-29 2017. The Student Community Board of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) will be organizing The Fifth Symposium on Industrial Ecology for Young Professionals (SIEYP V), focusing on helping students and young professionals to improve their communication skills and disseminate their research. The symposium also provides the opportunity for networking and integration for young professionals prior to the conference date. Besides the SIEYP, the Student Community Board will be organizing social events and a poster competition during the Conference. For more information about these events and about scholarships, check out the page for the student events in Chicago 2017 here

Regular Industrial Ecology Events

The 300+ member Student Chapter of the ISIE was formed during the 2002 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology with the goal of promoting networking, collaboration, and career development for young professionals in the field of IE. However, because IE is a geographically diverse community, there are not many opportunities for face-to-face conversation. The biannual nature of the ISIE conferences mean that students have very few opportunities to attend them - perhaps only once during their studies - and so the opportunity should be utilized to its full potential.

The students of ISIE are active in numerous events related to Industrial Ecology:

ISIE Biannual Conferences

The society has been holding international conferences every two years, each with hundreds of attendees including engineers, scientists, researchers in the social sciences, and decision makers in the public and private sectors.

Student participation has been encouraged since the beginning. The students are treated in an equal manner to any other conference attendee: student oral presentations and posters are intermixed with the general contributions, and students’ abstracts go through the same selection process during application.

On the other hand, all students are eligible for reduced registration fees, and ISIE student members receive an even cheaper rate. There are usually some scholarships and other support options.

Student posters can participate in an award-winning poster competition, and student meetings are held during the conferences.

Symposium on Industrial Ecology for Young Professionals

Since 2009, the Symposium on Industrial Ecology for Young Professionals (SIEYP) has been held in conjunction with the ISIE biannual conferences. This is an extra day immediately preceding or following the main conference, focused on students and early career researchers and professionals.

Young professionals, as future leaders, are expected to take important roles in the development of industrial ecology (IE) in the future. SIEYP provides a platform for enhancing discussion and networking among young professionals and for encouraging future research collaborations.

It is organized by the students, for the students, with collaboration from the society and its senior members. SIEYP is open to all young professionals, free of charge.

The primary goals of this symposium are: 

  • To provide an opportunity for young professionals who perform research in the area of IE to present their ongoing research and receive constructive feedback.
  • Network with colleagues and senior professionals in the field. In particular, the event enables young professionals to establish a network of IE researchers for ongoing exchange and future collaborations.
  • A venue for young professionals to reflect on the information from the ISIE conference and discuss these in more detail among peers.

SIEYP usually include:
  • Senior keynote speakers
  • Young professionals' presentations
  • Working lunch with a presentation
  • Interactive ‘break out’ focus groups
  • Workshops on topics such as getting published, landing a good job, etc.
  • Poster session with an award competition

Gordon Research Conferences and Gordon Research Seminars

Gordon Research Conferences (GRCs) are unique among scientific meetings for their prestige, quality of content, small size, the diversity of participants, research at the frontiers of science often still unpublished, and a schedule allowing for extended discussion and informal interactions. 

The Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology is a biannual event and students are encouraged to apply and participate. There are student poster competitions, social events, and other activities geared for students.

Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are a series of unique 2-day meetings held in conjunction with an associated GRC that enable graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience to come together in a highly-stimulating and non-intimidating environment to discuss their current research and build informal networks with their peers. The seminars are organized by young investigators with the support of leading scientists from the associated GRC.

Section meetings

The subject sections of ISIE hold conferences, meetings, workshops, seminars, and symposiums. These events give students the opportunity to meet and interact with their peers in smaller forums than the biannual conferences. There is usually a large and active presence of students in these events, and special activities as well.

Other conferences and events

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