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Doing Business As Name:Gordon Research Conferences
  • Stefanie Hellweg
  • (401) 783-4011
  • Anu Ramaswami
Award Date:11/28/2017
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 30,000
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 30,000
  • FY 2018=$30,000
Start Date:03/01/2018
End Date:08/31/2018
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.041
Primary Program Source:040100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:2018 Gordon Research Conference - Industrial Ecology: The role of Industrial Ecology in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals
Federal Award ID Number:1762128
DUNS ID:075712877
Program Officer:
  • Bruce K. Hamilton
  • (703) 292-7066

Awardee Location

Street:512 Liberty Lane
City:West Kingston
County:West Kingston
Awardee Cong. District:02

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Gordon Research Conferences
County:West Kingston
Cong. District:02

Abstract at Time of Award

1762128 (Hellweg). The Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology (GRC-IE) will be held May 20 - 25, 2018. A companion meeting for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, the Gordon Research Seminar on Industrial Ecology (GRS-IE), will be held in conjunction with the GRC-IE (May 19 - 20). This is a grant for participant support: conference fees and travel for U.S. researchers, including PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty members. The conference theme, "The Role of Industrial Ecology in Reaching Sustainable Development Goals," addresses multiple emerging research, including sustainable food provision (as related to the food-energy-water nexus), smart, sustainable and connected communities, clean and renewable energy, infrastructure innovations, and a focus on integrated assessments across multiple human and environmental impacts (land, water, climate, biodiversity, economy & wellbeing). The GRS and the GRC play a critical role in advancing the intellectual frontier in environmental science and engineering, in fostering international collaborations, advancing research and networking opportunities, and mentoring of young researchers. By providing financial support to young scholars who would not otherwise be able to participate, the conference will help promote the development of a robust and diverse industrial ecology research community. The GRS-IE held immediately prior to the GRC provides a forum for graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to present their work, discuss cutting edge aspects of their research, and build collaborative relationships with their colleagues at a critical time in their careers. Participants in the GRS-IE will be welcome at the associated GRC-IE and encouraged to present posters at the GRC. This award reflects NSF's statutory mission and has been deemed worthy of support through evaluation using the Foundation's intellectual merit and broader impacts review criteria.

Project Outcomes Report


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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) issued by the UN General Assembly aim to globally end all forms of poverty and achieve sustainable development by the year 2030. Natural resource use and environmental impacts are directly or indirectly related to all SDBs, making the field of Industrial Ecology a core discipline for achieving the SDGs. The 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Industrial Ecology investigated the newest insights on how Industrial Ecology can contribute towards achieving the SDGs. Particularly, the conference focused on methods and approaches for assessing achievements and exploring synergies and trade offs between SDGs. For instance, the goal of eliminating hunger requires addressing food production and consumption systems, in conjunction with sustainable management of land, water and energy, as well as consideration of equity. Likewise, effective poverty alleviation and welfare creation often relies on installation or renewal of infrastructure systems, which put additional pressure on natural resources and environmental assets, unless innovative solutions are explored that simultaneously address social, environmental and resource sustainability. With concepts and methods prioritizing sustainability actions in resource management, technological development, and policy-making, Industrial Ecology is uniquely positioned to quantify and resolve such trade-offs, thereby contributing to the ultimate goal to advance well-being of both people and the planet.

The conference offered a unique forum for open and in-depth scientific exchange with academic and industry leaders with diverse backgrounds. Invited top-level speakers presented cutting-edge research at the forefront of science. The conference also provided opportunities for junior scientists and graduate students to discuss with leading scientists and to present their work as posters. Three junior poster presenters were selected for short talks during the Wednesday morning session. Additionally, a Gordon Research Seminar aimed at young scientists was held prior to the main conference. The conference schedule enabled both extensive discussions and informal gatherings, providing opportunities to brainstorm and foster cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Last Modified: 09/14/2018
Modified by: Stefanie Hellweg

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