Invitation 

A lot of discussion has been initiated in policy forums regarding the transition from the traditional linear to a circular economic approach. Today, circular flow of income shows financial and non-financial interrelations among economic agents (e.g. firms, households and state) and natural environment through green GDP and satellites accounts. The most effort has been made to eliminate waste production from such agents without taking into account new opportunities which arise from waste production. What hinders this transition as well as to identify new opportunities is the interdependence of the individual companies to other micro and macro markets that also need to be redesigned to target the support of circular principles. Such markets need revisiting even in organized entities like eco-clusters, eco-industrial parks, or any other ecological symbiosis of businesses where wastes of one consist primary sources for other economic activities. These emerging markets face several economic, social, legal, and administrative barriers and opportunities.

This Symposium provides an opportunity for those interested in any level of Circular Economy and Sustainability applications. From individual business or industrial zones to national, international or global policies that will make feasible the effective application of circular economy principles for achieving a Sustainable Development. Researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs are invited to submit both empirical and theoretical papers that are broadly consistent in any of the Symposium’s special topics. An ultimate goal will be to encourage researchers to examine the concepts of circular economy under a holistic scale approach.

A major innovation of this Symposium is the bridging of engineering and economic knowledge to support the effective advance of circular and sustainability principles bringing together the practical engineering knowledge with the economic implications in order to produce efficient policies. The Business and Environmental Technology Economics Lab of the Department of Environmental Engineering, the spearheading unit in circular economy of Democritus University of Thrace, together with prominent INFER organization, will support this interdisciplinary event.

  


 

Symposium Topics

  • Circular Design
  • Circular Economy and GDP
  • Circular Economy and Sustainable Development
  • Circular materials and product flows
  • Goals (SDGS)
  • Circular Economy at Macro/Micro Level
  • Circularity on values chain
  • Closed-Loop Recycling
  • Demand on Byproducts
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Education for Circularity and Sustainability
  • Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
  • Energy from Waste
  • Energy Production and Management
  • Energy Recovery
  • Energy Storage
  • Environmental and Developement
  • Entrepreneurship and Markets for Secondary Materials
  • Economics
  • Fiscal Policy and Sustainability
  • Food Waste Management
  • Green Accounting and Circular Economy
  • Green Economy
  • Green Engineering
  • Green Public Procurement
  • Industrial Organization
  • Innovation and Investments
  • Integrated Waste Management
  • Legislative Barriers to Byprooduct Use
  • Public Awareness on Byproducts
  • Public Policy to a New Circular Economy
  • Recovery of Resources
  • Recycling and Reuse Policies
  • Regeneration of Resources
  • Regenerative Economy
  • Regional Circular Economy
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Resource Value Optimization
    Restructuring Public Utilities
  • Risks in Circular Economy
  • Secondary raw Materials
  • Sustainable Buildings
  • Sustainable Cities
  • Sustainable Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Production and Consumption
  • System Dynamic and Circular Economy in Macro-Level
  • Waste Control Strategies
  • Zero Waste Design and Economics

The Symposium is open to anybody involved in these research areas, including both young and experienced researchers, Ph.D. students, post-doctoral researchers, and professionals from business, government, and non-governmental institutions.

 


Organizing Committee

  • Arauzo-Carod Josep-Maria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  • Kostakis Ioannis, Harokopio University, Greece (Chair)
  • Nikolaou Ioannis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Oberst Christian, German Economic Institute, Germany
  • Papaefthymiou Spyros, Technical University of Crete, Greece
  • Tsagarakis Konstantinos, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece (Chair)
  • Turcu Camelia, University of Orléans, France

 


 

Scientific Committee

  • Abeliotis Konstadinos, Harokopio University, Greece
  • Bithas Kostas, Panteion University, Greece,
  • Arauzo-Carod Josep-Maria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain
  • Cerqueira Pedro, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Diamantis Vasileios, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Donoso, Guillermo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  • Fatone Francesco, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy
  • Georgantzis Nikolaos, Burgundy School of Business, Dijon, France
  • Ηernandez Francesc -Sancho, University of Valencia, Spain
  • Keisuke Otsu, Keio University, Japan
  • Komilis Dimitrios, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Kostakis Ioannis, Harokopio University, Greece
  • Loizou Maria, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Melidis Paraschos, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Molinos Senante Maria, Centro de Desarrollo Urbano Sustentable, Chile
  • Nikolakakis Thomas, International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Nikolaou Ioannis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Ntougias Spyridon, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece 
  • Oberst Christian, German Economic Institute, Germany

 

  • Papaefthymiou Spyros, Technical University of Crete, Greece
  • Paparas Dimitrios, Harper Adams University, UK
  • Richter Christian, German University of Cairo, Egypt
  • Roido Mitoula, Harokopio University, Greece
  • Romano Giulia, Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
  • Salonitis Konstantinos Cranfieldn University,UK
  • Sanz-Morales, Helena, Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium
  • Smeets Ed, International Water Association Statistics and Economics Specialist Group, The Netherlands
  • Sardianou Eleni, Harokopio University, Greece
  • Soukiazis Elias, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Stamatelatou Katerina, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Stefanakis Alex, German University of Technology, Oman
  • Stoian Andreea Maria, Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania
  • Τheodoropoulou Eleni, Harokopio University, Greece
  • Tsagarakis Konstantinos, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Tsalidis  George,  TU Delf, Netherlands
  • Tsalis Thomas, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
    Turcu Camelia, University of Orléans, France
  • Vasiliadou Ioanna, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
  • Vyrides Ioannis, Cyprus University of Technology
  • Xenarios Stefanos, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan
  • Withagen Cees, VU University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
     

 


  

Important dates

Full Manuscript Submissions: 30 April, 2020
Notifications: 15 May, 2020
Registration and Payment: 31 May, 2020
Symposium: 1-3 July, 2020

 

Contact Information

Questions may be directed to the
local Symposium organizers: 

Ioannis Kostakis
[email protected]

Konstantinos Tsagkarakis
[email protected] 

Questions about INFER may be
directed to the Chair of INFER
Camelia Turcu
[email protected]s.fr

 

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