Saturday, 10 September 2016

Post from Organizers of ISIE-AP conference

The 2016 ISIE Socio-economic section & Asia Pacific conference is only 3 weeks away! 
We would like to share a few updates:

The conference program is now on the website:  

​(​please acknowledge that this not the final version and still subject to changes​)​.

Guidelines to prepare your poster and oral presentations have also been published:

If you have not registered and paid yet, please do so as soon as possible. If you plan to attend the conference without presenting you can pay until 20 September. Please note that there is no option to pay on-site when you arrive to the conference. Also note that the cancelation deadline is nearing:

Have you already made your arrangements for the visit to Nagoya, etc.? The conference website has lots of information about travel, including instructions and maps to get to the conference venue from anywhere in Japan: As well as accommodations, visiting Nagoya, and useful information for visitors and tourists:

Over 80 people marked their interest to attend the student day before the conference
​ If you are interested in joining, and you missed the opportunity to register on the payment website, please send us an email at and we will be happy to include you.

There are still a few seats left on the Toyota Factory tour and conference dinner  Reserve your place soon!

The back to back event of ISIE SEM-AP 2016, EcoBalance 2016, has also released its conference program. EcoBalance 2016 will be held in Kyoto on 3-6 Oct. 2016. The bullet train is convenient to move from Nagoya to Kyoto, taking just 36 min.

Of course, if you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us.
We’re looking forward to seeing you soon in Nagoya!

If you have any other questions please let me know,
Best regards,


Monday, 8 February 2016

Dear Colleagues

The joint 12th ISIE Socio-Economic Metabolism section conference and the 5th ISIE Asia-Pacific conference will be held in Nagoya, Japan from Wednesday 28 – Friday 30 September, 2016.

Abstracts for the upcoming conference should be submitted by 16 March 2016. 

To submit your abstract and to learn more about the conference, session topics, the venue, and other details please visit the conference website:

Nagoya and its surrounding area have been the heart of Japanese manufacturing since the samurai era, making it the perfect venue for our conference dealing with material efficiency, industry, environment, and globalism. 

The city is located on the main bullet train line between Tokyo and Kyoto, within fast and easy access from all of Japan’s major international airports.

For more information visit the conference website
or contact the conference organizers:

See you in Nagoya in September!

Hiroki Tanikawa

ISIE SEM-AP 2016 Conference Chair
Nagoya University, Japan

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

New Year and new SEM Section Board

Happy New Year everyone!

Back in June 2015 we announced the results of the ISIE-SEM Section Board election, which saw a mixture of familiar and new names take the reins of the Socio-Economic Metabolism section.

The 2015–2017 SEM Section Board is:

Gang Liu
Kazuyo Matsubae
Daniel B Müller
Barbara Reck
Heinz Schandl
Hiroki Tanikawa
Heming Wang
Helga Weisz

and today we can advise that the following people have agreed to take on particular roles:

Chair: Helga Weisz 
Vice-chair: Gang Liu 
Secretary: Kazuyo Matsubae 
Treasurer: Hiroki Tanikawa 

Thank you and congratulations!

2016 promises to be an exciting year for industrial ecology practitioners and students, with several conferences planned:

ISIE Americas Meeting 
(Bogota, Colombia – May 2016)

2016 Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference and Seminar
(Vermont, USA – June 2016)

ISIE Socio-Economic Metabolism and Asia-Pacific Conference 
(Nagoya, Japan – September 2016)

Monday, 26 October 2015

New special issue of the JIE on Frontiers in Socio-economic Metabolism Research

In a new special issue, Frontiers in Socioeconomic Metabolism Research, Yale’s Journal of Industrial Ecology presents cutting edge research on the physical interaction between the economy and the natural resources that support it.  In its early years, research in industrial ecology conducted under the rubric of industrial or socio-economic metabolism focused on material flow analyses (MFA).  These quantified the inputs, outputs and changes to characterize resource flows, especially at the country level.  However, over time, the application of MFA was increasingly applied to firms, facilities, supply chains, substance and product life cycles, cities, regions and groups of countries.   It was also combined with other methodologies, such as footprint analysis, input-output analysis, and network analysis.

A quarter century after the notion was proposed as a key element in industry ecology, socio-economic metabolism and the material, energy, substance flow analyses that are used to explore it have become richer, more methodologically sophisticated, and engaged in providing reliable scientific information about the magnitude of material use, related environmental impacts, supply security for specific resources, and the potential for decoupling material use from human well-being.
The special issue includes:

  • Analyses of the concept, its soundness, and its foundations
  • New historical understanding of its antecedents
  • A proposal for terminology across the different methodological approaches including MFA, SFA, IOA, and general equilibrium modeling
  • Uncertainty analysis for material flow accounts
  • A review of MFA in the domain of waste management
  • Analysis of embodied land use in trade, options for land footprint analysis, and human appropriation of net primary productivity
  • Calculation of the circularity of the economy of the European Union and the globe
  • Integration of water metabolism into research on socio-economic metabolism
  • Accounting for stocks, long-term material flows, and urban metabolism
  • Material flow analyses of iron, steel, and specialty metals
The Journal of Industrial Ecology is a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, owned by Yale University, published by Wiley-Blackwell and headquartered at the Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.  

Articles in the special issue are freely downloadable for a limited time at

Reid Lifset

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Gordon Research Conference in Industrial Ecology 2016

Opportunities for the critical decade – decoupling well-being from environmental pressures and impacts

The second wave of industrialization and urbanization in many developing countries, and continuing economic growth and consumption in industrialized countries, have led to an acceleration of natural resource use, climate change and a suite of related environmental impacts. The supply chains for natural resources have become more complex and it is harder today to gain knowledge about the environmental footprint of certain products and processes. While the industrialization of developing countries has lifted millions out of poverty it has also contributed to increased global environmental change. To reverse this trend, and to allow the global economy to stay within the limits of the Earth’s resources and ecosystems, the new sustainable development goals call for economic activity and consumption and production processes to be underpinned by large investment and appropriate policy settings to guide decoupling of economic activity from environmental pressure and impacts. This opens a huge window of opportunity for industrial ecology to deliver the knowledge base to transition the current economic pattern to sustainable consumption and production. Industrial ecology concepts and tools support creating sustainable value chains for products and services, to build human settlements and design industrial systems to be maintained with lower material and energy throughput and with fewer emissions. For new industrial ecology technologies and practices to become economically viable and socially acceptable it will require new policy settings and business decisions supported by institutions and governance arrangements that encourage and drive innovation and experiments that ultimately serve decoupling. This conference will investigate the newest insights from the science of industrial ecology to support technological solutions, policy innovation and new business models for sustainable development. This is a critical decade for reconciling human development and environmental protection and we explore the contribution industrial ecology can make.

The 10th biennial Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology (GRC-IE) will be held at the Stoweflake Conference Center, Stowe, Vermont, June 19 to 24, 2016. A companion meeting for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers, the Gordon Research Seminar on Industrial Ecology (GRS-IE), will be held in conjunction with the GRC-IE. 

Please see the websites for more information:

Heinz Schandl 
CSIRO, Australia
2016 GRC Conference Chair