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17 March 2016
Volume 17 Issue 2
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22nd SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium in Montpellier

Ralph K. Rosenbaum, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture – Irstea

The 22nd SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium, “Life Cycle Innovation for the transition to a sustainable society,” will be one of this year’s essential events for the life cycle assessment (LCA) community, bringing together experts, practitioners, scientists and policymakers from business, academia, government and NGOs. This classic LCA conference, which will be held from 20–22 September 2016 in the graceful Mediterranean city of Montpellier in Southern France, is co-organized by SETAC Europe and the two industrial chairs on LCA, ELSA-PACT/Irstea (France) and CIRAIG (Canada).

Montpellier, France


The scientific program was designed to provide every opportunity to share and learn about business practice, application experiences and challenges, LCA’s increasing role in governance, and the latest developments in methodology and teaching of LCA. The conference tracks are:

  1. Innovation through design of sustainable systems
  2. Efficient management of biotic and abiotic resources including water and land
  3. LCA for agriculture: Food, biomaterial, bio-energy
  4. LCA and LCM in industrial sectors and technologies
  5. Developing LCA capabilities in emerging economies
  6. Sustainability aspects in education
  7. LCA of large-scale systems – from organizational to urban- and national-scale, including territorial LCA, urban metabolism and their nexus with circular economy
  8. LCA in policy evaluation and EU’s Environmental Footprint of Products
  9. LCA and uncertainty management
  10. LCA methodology: LCI and LCIA developments, planetary boundaries, global harmonization and recommendation from the UNEP–SETAC flagship project on LCIA with the 2016 Pellston Workshop® results
  11. Life cycle sustainability assessment and social LCA

The call for abstracts will be open until Wednesday, 15 June, offering more than 20 sessions where you can submit your abstracts.

The conference program will be complemented with invited keynote speakers, two evening socials and several workshops preceding the conference on Monday, 19 September. Intending to walk the walk, special emphasis is placed on organizing this conference with environmental and social sustainability principles in mind. Among these considerations are food suppliers (local and seasonal ingredients, social commitment, limiting or avoiding food waste) and limiting waste generation. Experts from Quantis will evaluate the environmental footprint of the conference in a dedicated study and will release the results at the event.

Montpellier is a charming metropole in Southern France, only a tram ride away from the Mediterranean Sea and with a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills and rocky gorges. It is located at the southern tip of the Camargue coastal wetlands with its flamingos, horses, lakes and paddy fields and is in the heart of Languedoc-Roussillon, the biggest wine-producing region in the world, featuring a long vinicultural tradition started by the Greeks more than 2,500 years ago. Montpellier is a historic, effervescent city with attractions that rank among the most prestigious world heritage sites and a medieval center of winding, narrow streets. The city is conveniently located, with its airport just outside the city, a TGV train station, and the A9/E15 highway.

Early bird registration deadline is 8 August and pre-registration closes on 31 August. On behalf of the organizers, we are looking forward to warmly welcoming you in Montpellier!

Author’s contact information: ralph.rosenbaum@irstea.fr

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