Conference Objectives


1. Position Industrial Ecology as fundamental field of study to advance the circular economy in North and South America.

2. Advance cutting edge Industrial Ecology knowledge for sustainable innovative industrial systems and policy-making.

3. Exchange experiences and advances in Industrial Ecology research and applications. 


Key Dates


1. Abstract submission should be made from  September 30, 2015 to February 21, 2016. 

2. Reviews of  submissions will be sent by  March 1st, 2016.



Keynote Speakers




Manuel Rodriguez Becerra

Professor at the School of Management

Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.


He currently teaches at the Faculty of Management at Universidad de los Andes, an institution in which he was: Secretary General, Vice Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Management.

He was the first Minister of Environment of Colombia and General Manager of Inderena (1990-1994). He chaired the Forum on Forests of the United Nations twice (1996-1999 and 2004-2005) and was a member of the World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development and the Advisory Council on Forestry Policy of the World Bank. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of Ombudsman International Finance Corporation, chairs the National Environmental Forum and is a founding member of the Latin American Platform on Climate Change.

He was selected as one of the top 10 leaders of Colombia in 2013, awarded by the Leadership Foundation for Colombia and Semana magazine. He is a columnist for the daily El Tiempo and author of numerous publication




Professor Frank Boons

Professor of Innovation and Sustainability

University of Manchester, United Kingdom



In his current research, Frank Boons seeks to provide a deeper understanding of processes of innovation of where sustainability is contested. He conceptualizes innovation in practices of consumption and production as an embedded phenomenon, but rather than studying systems of innovation, he is interested in the processual quality of sustainable innovation.

He studies longitudinal cases in different settings, including the sustainable development of regional industrial clusters, the regeneration of urban areas, the evolution of sectors of industry, and the development of sustainable business models.

Frank has worked as an economic sociologist in the field of environmental sciences for over 20 years, and is currently associate editor of the Journal of Industrial Ecology (for the topic Business and Environment), as well as subject editor for the Journal of Cleaner Production (for the topic Governance of material and energy flows).





Professor Jeroen Guinee

Professor of Innovation and Sustainability

University of Manchester, United KingdomArturo Rodríguez Abitia



Dr. ir. Jeroen Guinée has worked at the Institute of Environmental Sciences (CML), Leiden University since 1987, focusing on the research areas of life cycle assessment (LCA) and substance flow analysis (SFA). He has completed his PhD on LCA in 1995. From 1994-1998 he was co-ordinator of an inter-university project on metals.


After that he was a senior-researcher in, and/or project leader or reviewer of many national and over 10 EU framework projects. In 2002 he edited one of the most respected publications in the field of Life Cycle Assessment: “ Handbook on Life Cycle Assessment. Operational Guide to the ISO Standards”. His research has resulted in more than 50 publications in international scientific journals and books.  He teaches an advanced LCA course for Industrial Ecology Master students and supervises several PhD students.





Professor Arturo Rodríguez Abitia

Deputy Attorney of Industrial Inspection

Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection, Mexico




Biochemical Engineer from the Technological Institute of Monterrey, Master of Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Master of Science in Administration and Environmental Policy at the University of Lund in Sweden. For 10 years he was head of the Capacity Building Program for the Prevention of Pollution of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America. From 2007 to 2011 advisor to the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources; in 2011 and 2012 Environmental Audit Deputy of the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection and from 2013 Deputy Attorney of Industrial Inspection in the same institution. He was thematic editor of the Journal of Cleaner Production in the last 10 years, where he coordinated the review of more than 300 refereed scientific articles on industry and environment.




Side Programs


Will soon be anounced!