International Society for Industrial Ecology

ISIE Student Chapter Integration

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


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