In this strangest of all times the world turns and real opportunities emerge alongside all the disruption and a global economic recession gathering strength with every week. Amongst the opportunities has been really finding out what blended learning or online higher education might be if its done well. It is doubtful this will ever reset fully. Online meetings and tools like Zoom, Teams, Mural, Miro, Mentmeter or Padlet are pretty easy to deploy and flexible. So why not some international webinars which are interesting but focussed around young researchers and emerging ideas and perhaps picking up on feedback in whiteboard spaces or via polling. Its not as if there has to be a large audience - in fact its better if numbers are more modest if there is to be participation. These are cheap and easy to organise and IS4CE has its own Zoom account...

This autumn Katie Whalen and "Getting in the Loop" will run three Members events, one each month. The first is a webinar on the 14th October (see banner) So why not many more and with increased feedback and use of complimentary tools? Why not indeed: suggested and run by members as a way of sharing and getting feedback about research. Travel is tough so do it this way.


October 2020 sees the launch of a monthly circular economy research seminar series! Seminars will take place on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and are co-hosted by IS4CE and Getting in the Loop podcast. Each seminar explores a theme related to circular economy, with October asking: Can consumption ever be ‘circular’? Join us on October 14. 

Featured panelists include:

  • Catriona Tassell
  • Juana Camacho Otero
  • Paul Rogers
  • Renske van den Berge


IS4CE will support these members' events through 2021 please emaill your suggestions. We can provide the platform and suggest moderators and tech support. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Your audience will be IS4CE members so its easy to get straight to the detail or bigger picture. 

Special Issue of Circular Economy and Sustainability.
Members who had conference papers accepted should contact the editor in Chief as soon as possible (deadline Oct 19th) if they would like to discuss possible inclusion of a version of their work for submission to this peer reviewed Special Issue. (see general notice below about the Journal, the special issue and contact details) Deadline for final submissions is December 27th.

The call for papers is open to those who did not present at IS4CE2020 so abstracts please (see general notice)

Conference Proceedings 
This publication is slated for release on December 8th. Members will receive free digital versions at that time but print editions can be supplied at cost via a print on demand service (details to follow)

Ken Webster Director of the IS4CE (2020)

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The future direction of study about the circular economy. What should the Society do?

The future direction of study about the circular economy. What should the Society do?

A personal reflection from Walter Stahel. Honorary President of IS4CE (2020)
A truly International Society for Circular Economy will have a global research-led agenda and be able to integrate different cultural CE focuses. For instance, some regions emphasize resource efficiency and social solidarity, whereas the People’s Republic of China gives priority to economic competitiveness in remanufacturing. Singapore excels in a closed loop of water resources, turning waste water into NEWater of a quality fit for the drinking water system.

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Journal for the Circular Economy and Sustainability

The Circular Economy and Sustainability journal aims to bring a new approach of the key concepts of circular economy and sustainability, by combining the scientific disciplines of economy, management, engineering, technology, environment, and society. As circular economy is necessary today to promote the goals of sustainable development, these scientific areas are not independent to each other, but their relations, interactions and synergies exist and should be further developed and studied.

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Important Dates

Important Dates

Circular Economy and Sustainability Special Issue Call for Papers for presenters at the Inaugural Conference of the IS4CE.
Presenters should contact: Alexandros Stefanakis (click here), School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece & Editor-in-Chief, Circular Economy and Sustainability or IS4CE here

Full paper submission: December 27, 2020
Submissions welcome, in addition, from all researchers (deadline for abstracts Oct 17th)
All papers will be subject to peer review

About the journal Circular Economy and Sustainability (CIES) is a new journal aiming to bring a new approach of the key concepts of circular economy and sustainability, by combining the scientific disciplines of economy, management, engineering, technology, environment, and society, and investigating the relations, interactions and synergies that should be further developed among them. As circular economy is necessary today to promote the goals of sustainable development, these scientific areas are not independent to each other, but their relations, interactions and synergies exist and should be further developed and studied. Interdisciplinary approaches and multiple connections between these scientific areas are required not only to reach the sustainability goals but also to solve diverse environmental problems, expand technological limits and overcome potential economic disturbances.

This approach is expressed with new policies (command and control, market-based instruments, and circular public procurement), technological suggestions (e.g. technical cycle solutions), environmental engineering technologies (e.g., waste management, 3R strategies, water recycle, wastewater treatment and reuse, renewable energy), circular business models, circular innovations, circular management solutions, consumers’ behaviour in circular economy, new circular economy products labels and social acceptance in circular economy.

These topics could be classified in three levels; the micro-level (firm-level engineering and managerial level), meso-level (industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis, ecoclusters, eco-industrial parks), and macro-level (general policies, plans, green and sustainable entrepreneurship).

All content in the journal will in 2021 and 2022 be freely accessible to everyone.

 

 

Conference Topics

Complexity science [non-linear systems theory];
Design of products, components, materials and systems;
Industrial ecology;
Business management, business models, especially operations;
Materials science;
Bio-economy/ecology;
Information technology/data;
Macro-economics;
Finance for circular economy;
Psychology, consumer choices;
Law, especially around use vs ownership;
Climate change and the circular economy;
Policy and the circular economy

Keynotes

We have some great subjects being covered in this years conference which we will share with you in the coming months.

Some of the Keynotes we have already include Walter Stahel (welcome address), Tima Bansal, Martin Stuchtey and the successful CE startup Biohm. Your host for the conference will be Ken Webster (currently our Acting Chair for the Society). See above"Meet some of Our Keynotes" 

 

Going Live

The conference’s Keynotes and Panel Sessions may be streamed live and archived for IS4CE members and conference guests over both days.

Any Members who aren't online during the conference can still get involved as the footage will be available in our resource Lightbox area after the conference. If demand emerges from polling during the conference extra ‘rejoinder’ sessions will be scheduled to continue a theme.

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