The ISIE Socioeconomic Metabolism perpetual online conference – announcement and first session

Dear ISIE members,

We’re happy to announce the ISIE Socioeconomic Metabolism Section perpetual online conference and its first session.

Introducing the ISIE-SEM Perpetual Online Conference

Due to current circumstances and uncertainties around Covid-19, the 2020 ISIE-SEM conference in Sendai, Japan has been postponed. In the meantime, the section will host its first online conference.

Holding the conference online enables us to avoid not only spatial restrictions, but also temporal limitations – online conferences don’t have to be condensed to a limited number of days like a regular conference. Instead, the ISIE-SEM perpetual online conference will hold its sessions periodically. Think of it as a hybrid conference-webinar series.

Online sessions will follow regular session formats – 1.5 h duration, a common theme, 3-4 speakers presenting their research, and time for discussion. Sessions will be open – and free – to attend, broadcast live and recorded for later viewing on the ISIE website. They are scheduled once per month (for now) in alternating hours to accommodate members’ different time zones.


Session 1 – July: SEM and Covid-19


Benjamin Sprecher, Leiden University “The impact of COVID-19 on the resource extraction sector: short term and structural effects”

Vered Blass, Tel Aviv University “Consumption and recycling behavior before and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic: insights from Israeli survey and implications for future IE research”

Dominik Wiedenhofer and Helmut Haberl, Institute of Social Ecology “Lessons for crisis recovery from a systematic review of the evidence on decoupling”

Chair: Tomer Fishman, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

Date and Time: Thursday July 9, 2020 10:00-11:30 Central European Time (Conversion: This session will accommodate participants in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Next session’s time will be oriented towards the Western hemisphere.

Online location:
Zoom (allows audience interaction):
YouTube broadcast (watch only):


Stay tuned for:

  • Announcement of dates of upcoming sessions on the following topics: Spatially explicit MFA; Resources for food, nutrients, and footprints; MFA data & standardization; MFA in scenario analyses; Material Stock/Flow and Climate Change Adaptation; SEM and the Oceans.
  • Conference website including abstract submission page for you to present your research in a future session.

The ISIE-SEM perpetual online conference aims to bring together our community and continue advancing sustainability science in these extraordinary times, as well as providing a low-barrier introduction to our work to people who are curious about socio-economic metabolism research but not yet part of our community. It is not intended to replace our biannual section conferences.

We’d love to receive your comments and answer any questions you may have –

We look forward to meeting you at the first session of the ISIE Socioeconomic Metabolism perpetual online conference!

Best regards,

The SEM section board

Hiroki Tanikawa, Stefan Pauliuk, Gang Liu, Kazuyo Matsubae, Helen Ann Hamilton, Peter-Paul Pichler, Stefan Giljum and Tomer Fishman


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