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  • 23 Feb 2012 3:08 PM | Deleted user

    Location: Vienna, Austria

    Deadline: March 17, 2012


    “Urban Europe – Challenges to Meet the Urban Future” – is the topic of the next conference of the European Urban Research Association organized by the Department of Spatial Development, Infrastructure and Environmental Planning, Vienna University of Technology.

    The conference will be held at Vienna University of Technology from 20th to 22nd of September 2012. We are looking forward to exciting and fruitful days with colleques from all over the world!

    Take a look at the conference flyer!

    The Calls for Papers are open now!

  • 08 Feb 2012 3:14 PM | Deleted user

    Deadline: Feb. 28, 2012

    Location: Jyväskylä and Jämsä, Finland



    Call for Papers

    How to prepare an abstract

    Papers will be presented in oral and poster sessions and all accepted papers will be published in the Book of Proceedings. Authors wishing to submit a contribution should read the following instructions carefully ans send an abstract to the address given below.

    The abstract, single spacd in English, should include:

    • Applicable topic number (1 to 9)
    • Full title
    • Full name and address of one author for all correspondence
    • Full name of each author and co-author, affiliation, address and phone, fax or e-mail
    • Purpose of the work
    • Approach
    • Scientific innovation and relevance
    • Results
    • Conclusions

    The abstract should not exceed one page (size A4, 210 x 297 mm). In additions, authors may add up to 3 explanatory pages, which will facilitate the reviewers assessment.Abstract with insufficient information will be rejected.

    Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 28 February 2012

    Only contributions complying with the above specifications and received in time be considered. Please e-mail the complete information (abstract plus optionally up to 3 explanatory pages) to The abstract should be a *.doc or *.pdf file

  • 24 Jan 2012 3:55 PM | Deleted user
    Deadline: January 25, 2012
    Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

    Final Call For Papers


    Product as Process, Position and Promise: Exploring the qualities, qualification and spatial dynamics of goods, services and experiences 


    RGS-IBG Annual Conference: July 3-5 2012, Edinburgh


    Session Conveners: Brian J. Hracs and Jenny Sjöholm - Uppsala University


    Against the backdrop of a highly globalized and competitive marketplace, this session will interrogate the interplay between two important concepts. Acknowledging that ‘a product is a process’ (Callon et al. 2002), we are interested in how specific ‘qualities’ or ‘agents of difference’ can be added to products at multiple stages of the value chain. In some cases products are positioned based on material properties including the design, inputs, production process, labour arrangements and distribution. However, immaterial or symbolic qualities including the reputation of the brand, marketing, the retail experience and consumption as identity construction are also key sources of value and differentiation. In an increasingly saturated marketplace, promising products that are high quality, ethical, authentic, green or exclusive has become a popular strategy to ‘stand out in the crowd.’ Yet, the mechanisms through which these qualities are imbued, projected and evaluated remain poorly understood. 


    In general, studies tend to focus on one aspect of the process, such as design or marketing, without considering how the qualities of a product can evolve over time. Although the qualification process is understood to be socially constructed through the interplay between users, suppliers, intermediaries and producers across the entire value chain, empirical examples that highlight this interplay are difficult to find (Jansson and Waxell 2011). Similarly, there has been a consistent lack of research explicitly addressing the geographic origins and dimensions of specific qualities. Experiences have often been used to help differentiate and add value to traditional goods and services but there is a need to study them as products in their own right (Lorentzen 2009). Moreover, it is imperative to explore the implications of digital technologies and spaces for existing strategies while also theorizing the ability of virtual worlds and online forums to hybridize and create new qualities and mechanisms of qualification. Finally, it is important to apply a critical lens to these processes and to question the effectiveness and sustainability of these market dynamics.   


    This session will provide a forum to highlight and unpack research from diverse conceptual and empirical perspectives that address the use of qualities as agents of difference and the qualification process. 


    Potential topics may include but are not limited to:


    • Conceptual critiques of the usefulness of quality and qualification 
    • The construction of qualities and value within socially embedded networks
    • The role that producers, intermediaries and consumers play in the construction of qualities
    • The active and reflexive role that economic agents play in the positioning, projecting and qualification of products
    • The relative and evolving importance of different qualities
    • Case studies on quality-driven fields such as food, craft and manufacturing and emerging sites of quality including services, experiences and the cultural industries
    • The implications of digital technologies and spaces on the creation and consumption of new and existing qualities
    • The spatial dynamics of the construction of quality
    • How specific places are increasingly viewed as products that can be produced, marketed and consumed
    • Challenges and innovative solutions to the maintenance and sustainability of specific qualities and the qualification process more broadly


    Please submit abstracts (of no more than 250 words) by Wednesday January 25th, 2012 to

    Brian Hracs ( and Jenny Sjöholm (
  • 03 Jan 2012 5:45 PM | Deleted user
    Date: October 20-21, 2012
    Location: Beijing, China
    Conference website

    Call for Abstracts: The Third ISIE Asia-Pacific Meeting 2012 Asia-Pacific Toward Eco-Industrial Development¢ Beijing, China October 20–21, 2012

    We invite you to join us in the Third ISIE Asia-Pacific Meeting and the ISIE EID-ConAccount Meeting 2012 in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China on October 20–21, 2012. The main objective of the Asia-Pacific ISIE Meeting series is to promote communication, collaboration, and network among academia, industry, and government, whose members are interested in applying industrial ecology in the Asia-Pacific region. The most recent research and practical progress of the region’s eco-industrial development will be fully exchanged and discussed in this coming Meeting. On October 19 right before the Meeting, the 9th Annual Industrial Symbiosis Research Symposium will take place in Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), about 150 km southeast to Beijing.

    The main theme of the third Meeting is Asia-Pacific Toward Eco-Industrial Development. Topics of the Meeting include:
    1.      Industrial symbiosis and eco-industrial development (EID)
    2.      Industrial metabolism and material flows analysis (MFA)
    3.      Life-cycle assessment and product footprint (LCA)
    4.      Environmentally extended input-output analysis and sustainable consumption (EIO)
    5.      Sustainable urban systems and infrastructure (SUS)
    6.      Energy conservation, pollution reduction and cleaner production (ECP)
    7.      Waste recycling and management (WRM)
    8.      Complex systems and agent modeling (CSA)
    9.      Policy intervention and planning (PIP)
    10.     Industrial ecology education (IEE)

    Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts at Deadline to submit abstracts: April 15, 2012.
     For more information or send email inquiries to
  • 03 Jan 2012 5:40 PM | Deleted user
    Date: 12-14 September, 2012
    Location: Chania, Crete
    Conference website

    Crete 2012 Banner

    Dear Colleague,
    On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the "CRETE 2012" International Conference on Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management, I would like to inform you that the following Special Workshops have been planned:

    Characterization, Restoration and Management of Refineries
    Refineries represent common heavy industrial sites that develop important soil and groundwater contamination problems, mainly due to uncontrolled leaks. The management of such contaminated sites, especially when the refineries are under operation, is a complicated issue that demands specialized knowledge, experience and technolgy. During this "CRETE 2012" Special Workshop, case studies, as well as optimum management and restoration approaches, are to be presented.
    Mines Restoration and Mines Leachates Treatment
    Mining activities can be considered as heavy industrial activities that may bear severe risk and hazardousness, depending on their paricular characteristics. Leachates treatment, hazardous materials management, safety measures, as well as abandonded mines restoration are some of the basic topics that are expected to be explored and presented during this "CRETE 2012" Special Workshop.
    Asbestos Materials/Waste Management
    Asbestos has been allocated at many industrial facilities, due to its special properties that allowed the production of several asbestos containg products. Since the exposure of its hazardousness and the banning of its use, research has focused on managing abandoned asbestos mines and facilities. Moreover, a lot of attention has been given to the withdrawal, treatment and disposal of asbestos containing materials. During this "CRETE 2012" Special Workshop, the prevailing conditions worldwide, as well as the latest scientific and technical advances, on asbestos management are attempted to be presented.
    Authors are invited to submit relevant abstracts
    , to be presented during these Special Workshops. An extended abstract (at least one, but no more than two full pages), accompanied by the relative Abstract form, should reach the Conference Organization no later than 31st  January 2012 .
    Other topics of the "CRETE 2012" Conference are the following:
    • Industrial  and Hazardous Waste (Regulation / Legislation, Management Practices, Production, Minimization and Recycling, Treatment and Disposal)
    • Hazardous Waste Toxicology - Risk Assessment
    • Treatment of Hazardous Waste Landfill and Mine Leachates
    • Contaminant Release and Transport
    • Toxic Substances in the Food Chain
    • Management of Contaminated Sites
    • Special Topics on Environmental Management and Remediation (Sediment Sites – Characterization and Risk Assessment, Munition and EExplosives Production Sites, etc.)
    • Radioactive Waste (Management, Environment, Health and Safety, Nuclear Explosions, etc.)
    • Energy from Waste (Biomass, Oil Sludge, Gasification Processes, Syngas, etc.)
    • Case Studies
    • Special Waste (Medical, WEEE, Agro-Industrial, etc.)

    More information is available at our official website: 
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