International Society for Industrial Ecology

Students' Events at Past Gordon Research Conferences


2010 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology

Colby-Sawyer College
New London, New Hampshire, USA
July 11-16, 2010

The 2010 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology will examine the environmental challenges and remedies at various scales through the lens of design. Industrial Ecology is an emerging field that examines local, regional and global uses and flows of materials and energy products, processes, industrial sectors and economies. The field has primarily focused in the past decade on environmental improvement and as a vehicle for realizing the opportunities arising from technological innovation. The conference will therefore examine solutions in the various domains - including products, supply chains, cities, infrastructure and very large scale systems - that are central to industrial ecology, exploring the relationship between the field's well developed capabilities for environmental assessment and the opportunities and constraints arising from a design orientation including how emergent phenomena and complexity theory relate to design perspective.

Invited speakers represent a variety of disciplines and have expertise in design and the rigorous analysis that is the hallmark of the field. The Conference will bring together researchers who are at the forefront of their fields and will provide opportunities for junior scientists and graduate student to present their work in poster format and exchange ideas with leaders in the field. 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quality of content, small size, the diversity of participants, research at the frontiers of science often still unpublished, and a schedule allowing for extended discussion and informal interactions.

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2006 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology

6 - 11 August, 2006    Queens College, UK 

Student Chapter Events

We organized several exciting activities in order to help students become more active in the ISIE community. These activities included a student poster contest, a student chapter meeting, a graduate student professional development session, and several social activities.
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Poster Competition

Congratulations to our winners!

1st Place: Monica Vanegas, "Closing the loop on non-returnable beverage packages in Mexico's brewery industry" 2nd Place: Soumya Chatterjee, "Sequestration of waste metals in organs of Nile cichlid cultivated in wastewater-fed fishponds at East Calcutta Wetlands, a Ramsar Site"
3rd Place: Troy Hawkins


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2004 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology

August 2004   Queens College, Oxford, UK

Student Activities

With a great mix of fun, interesting discussions, and presentations, the week in Oxford was a great opportunity for students to mix and interact with faculty, peers, and some of the founders of IE. The Conference Committee organized many opportunities for students to become better acquainted throughout the conference. These included a volleyball and soccer match, punting, site-seeing and numerous evening trips to the pub.

Poster Contest

Of the 20 posters entered in the student poster competition, two prizes were awarded by the ISIE Student Chapter. The winners were invited to present their work at the main conference session on Thursday evening.

The first place award was given to Jessica Beck from the University of Sydney who presented a poster entitled "The Characterisation and Optimisation of Industrial Networks". The second place award was given to Jeremiah Johnson from Yale University who present a poster entitled "The Contemporary Multilevel Cycle of Silver".

Thanks to our volunteer judges:

  • Earl Beaver, Practical Sustainability
  • Jun Bi, Nanjing University
  • Roland Clift, University of Surrey
  • Roberto Schaeffer, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

Professional Panel Discussion: IE Careers

During the conference, students and several IE professionals met to discuss IE education and careers. Several of the main discussion points have been outlined for you below.

  • A common thread among IE professionals: people have traveled in a non-linear path to where they are in Industrial Ecology, beginning as business managers, engineers, social scientists, and economists
  • Current students of Industrial Ecology are in a unique position. While there are programs of study being developed in the field of Industrial Ecology, there are few professional positions being posted with the title of "Industrial Ecologist". IE career paths may not be clearly defined, but there is a great opportunity to bring the principles of Industrial Ecology to many positions and to create a future market of Industrial Ecologists.
  • There is tremendous opportunity for growth and influence in developing countries, specifically Asia, to apply principles of industrial ecology. Panelists encouraged students to look into positions in projects in these developing countries.
  • Panelists stressed that student collaboration is critical to maintaining the society as well as building community of IE professionals.

Thanks to the following professionals who served as panelists:
Jun Bi from Nanjing University
Michael Brown of Michael Brown and Associates
Marian Chertow of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Kristan Cockerill of University of New Mexico
Makarand Dehejia of Alliance for Sustainable Industry and Energy
Anthony Shun Fung Chiu of De La Salle University
Miriam Heller of the National Science Foundation
Suzanne Kytzia of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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