EcoBalance 2020

Call for Abstracts

Website & Submission: https://www.ecobalanceconference.org

The organizing committee is pleased to invite authors to submit papers for The 14th Biennial International Conference on EcoBalance (EcoBalance 2020). The conference theme has been set as:

"Materializing Sustainability Visions: Fostering Partnerships with Life Cycle Thinking"

Various visions for our future society have been advocated widely- Circular Economy, Bioeconomy, Low Carbon Society, Sufficiency Economy, Hydrogen Society, to name just a few. Policy, technology, and other initiatives are vehicles to the implementation of these visions. To assure the effectiveness and consistency among these measures, life cycle thinking is expected to play more critical roles in inter- and trans-disciplinary partnerships.

Recognizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the most comprehensive global set of targets for the aforementioned specific visions, Ecobalance 2020 invites submissions of papers addressing, but not limited to, one or more of the 17 SDGs through methodology development, database development, education and capacity building, technology development, policy design, informing stakeholders, building partnerships, problem presentation and standardization. Both theoretical and practical contributions are welcomed, and abstracts are sought for oral and poster presentations.

The abstract must be submitted in plain text and should not exceed 300 words. Presenters who apply for the award competitions will be required to supply additional material (detailed format to be announced later) after notification of acceptance on April 24, 2020. These materials will not be used for purposes other than evaluation for awards.

We hope to create an opportunity to enhance our capacity to play a leading role in materializing future visions in mainstream initiatives, forming new partnerships, refurbishing our toolbox and adding new tools, together with all participants.

On behalf of the organizing committee
Yasuhiro FUKUSHIMA, Ph.D.
Chair of EcoBalance 2020, The Institute of LCA, Japan
Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University

Session categories 1: Related SDGs

During the abstract submission process, you will be requested to select at least one of the 17 SDGs that are most relevant to your presentation. In case your paper addresses a topic that is not addressed by the 17 SDGs, please feel free to check "none of them are relevant". If your presentation addresses relationships (e.g. tradeoffs, synergies) among the goals, please check all goals that are relevant.

  1. No Poverty
  2. Zero Hunger
  3. Good Health and Well-Being
  4. Quality Education
  5. Gender Equality
  6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  10. Reduced Inequalities
  11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  13. Climate Action
  14. Life below Water
  15. Life on Land
  16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  17. Partnerships for the Goals
  18. None of them are relevant

Session categories 2: Topics of interest

You will also be requested to select novelties and areas of contribution of your paper. As always, development of new methods and presentation of new perspectives on issues and challenges will become highlights of the conference. In addition, recognizing their importance, we encourage presentations on experience from application, implementation of support tools, standardization, and development and maintenance of databases, as well as on capacity building. Some sessions will be characterized by application areas.

Partnerships

Ecobalance 2020 is organized in co-operation with two sections of the International Society of Industrial Ecology (ISIE). Namely, there will be organized sessions on "Socio-Economic Metabolism (SEM)" and "Environmentally-Extended Input Output Analysis (EEIO)". Authors who wish to present in these sessions should indicate their intention by checking the items on the list. Regardless of the presenting session(s), participation in EcoBalance 2020 will be considered equivalent to participation in ISIE section meetings.

For details on recognition of participation for ISIE members, please inquire:
SEM: Kazuyo Matsubae, Tohoku University, isiesem2020sendai[at]gmail.com
EEIO: Dr. Keisuke Nansai, National Institute of Environmental Studies, nansai.keisuke[at]nies.go.jp
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