Important dates

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




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 Goals (SDGs)
  • Circular Economy at Macro/Micro Level
  • Demand on Byproducts
  • Education for Circularity and Sustainability
  • Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
  • Energy Production and Management
  • Energy Recovery
  • Entrepreneurship for Secondary Materials
  • Environmental and Development Economics
  • Fiscal Policy and Sustainability
  • Food Waste Management
  • Green accounting and circular economy
  • Green Economy
  • Industrial Organization
  • Innovation and Investments
  • Legislative Barriers to Byproduct Use


  • Markets for Secondary Materials
  • Public Awareness on Byproducts
  • Public Policy to a New Circular Economy
  • Recovery of Resources
  • Recycling and Reuse Policies
  • Regeneration of Resources
  • Regional Circular Economy
  • Resource Efficiency
  • 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




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]


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