IE Gordon Research Conference and early career Seminar registration now open

Dear members of ISIE – 

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2024 Industrial Ecology Gordon Research Conference (GRC) is open, as well as registration for the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) for early career professionals. The GRC will take place May 26 - 31, 2024 at Les Diablerets Conference Center, Switzerland, preceded by the GRS on May 25 and 26. The Industrial Ecology GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The GRC is limited to 200 attendees, while the GRS is capped at 70, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning January 1, 2024. Read on or visit the conference website for more information on this year’s GRC, including how to apply.

The GRC program, to be finalized soon, includes a diverse range of invited speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, centering on the theme “Action-Oriented Industrial Ecology Science.” The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.

The 2024 Industrial Ecology GRC will bring scientists and practitioners together to bridge the gap between science and practice. Presentations will be invited to showcase how the science of industrial ecology is advanced by practical applications and how practices are guided by industrial ecology research. Discussions will be centered around how to develop the field of industrial ecology to be more policy- and practice-relevant. The 2024 Industrial Ecology GRS will preview this theme, focusing on Applications of Industrial Ecology Across Sectors. While speakers for the GRC are by invitation only, GRS speakers will be selected from among early career applicants, offering a unique opportunity to share and discuss industrial ecology research-in-progress. 

Applications for the GRC must be submitted by April 28, 2024, but review of applications will begin January 1, 2024, and the conference is expected to fill to capacity ahead of the April deadline. Applicants are encouraged to submit a poster abstract and participate in poster sessions throughout the conference. Applications for the GRS must be submitted alongside a GRC application, and review will begin on the same date. All GRS attendees will participate in the GRS poster session as well as the GRC poster session. GRS speakers will be invited based on the relevance of poster abstract to the GRS theme - Applications of Industrial Ecology Across Sectors. Speaker invitations will be sent in February 2024, and the final program will be published soon thereafter. 

Any questions about the GRC may be directed to Ming Xu (, while questions about the GRS should be directed to Aishwarya Iyer ( and Jason Hawes ( 

We look forward to seeing you in Switzerland. 

Ming Xu and Matthew Eckelman, GRC Co-Chairs

Aishwarya Iyer and Jason Hawes, GRS Co-Chairs