Nicole Unger and Iris Kral, LCA Symposium Co-chairs

The SETAC Europe 24th LCA Symposium will be held from 24–26 September in Vienna, Austria. Despite the slight change to the name of the conference series – you might have noticed that the term “case study” is omitted – this event focuses on case studies and the application of life cycle assessment (LCA).

This year’s theme addresses “Food, Fibre, Feed, Fertiliser, Fuel and Other Resources: The Role of LCA in Shaping the Future.”

With this event, we discuss the highly relevant topic of resources, including agricultural production systems, circular economy, waste, infrastructure, mobility, energy and much more. The theme covers all resources, renewable and non renewable. In addition, we will showcase Ph.D. projects and discuss labeling and footprinting, as well as the topic of software, tools and databases.

The “BOKU-LCA Plattform,” a forum within BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences that aims at bringing together researchers from across BOKU University involved or interested in LCA, is the local organizer and will host the symposium. This year’s theme is core to BOKU’s mission as a teaching and research center for renewable resources, which are necessary for human life. It is BOKU’s objective to help make a contribution to the conservation and protection of resources for future generations by providing diversity in its fields of study.

By hosting this SETAC conference series in Vienna, we hope to bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers and experts from academia, business, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as Ph.D. students from across Europe. By providing an interesting program of sessions and breaks for networking, combined with Austrian hospitality and cuisine, we hope to stimulate engaged discussions between attendees.

Abstract submission is open. Authors are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation by 11:59 p.m. CET on Wednesday, 13 June.

Vienna, AustriaAbout Vienna

Vienna is located in the very heart of Europe and is a green city – about half of the city is covered by forests, grassland, parks and gardens. It has a unique blend of historical charm and contemporary urban vibrancy. In 2017, Mercer has again ranked Vienna first in its international quality of living survey as the city with the highest quality of living worldwide.

Vienna‘s historic city center ranks among the most beautiful historical cities in Europe. Numerous churches, palaces and parks contribute to the imperial flair of Vienna‘s Old Town. Additionally, Viennese Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) has also brought forth unique places of interest. This mix of old and new, tradition and modernity is what gives Vienna its esteemed charm and flair.

Boasting more than 120 museums and collections that are open to the public, Vienna is home to some of the most important and finest works of art. The list includes the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Fine Arts), which features important masterpieces and the world’s largest collection of Pieter Bruegel the Elder, as well as the MuseumsQuartier Wien, one of the largest museum complexes in the world.

Vienna is also renowned as the world’s capital of music and has been home to many important composers, including “Waltz King” Johann Strauss, Franz Schubert, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schoenberg, Mahler and, of course, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Vienna is a very popular destination, so make your hotel reservation soon to ensure a reasonable room rate.

Register now for this enriching event!

Upcoming Deadlines

  • 13 June: Abstract submission closes
  • 9 August: Early bird registration and presenter registration deadline
  • 31 August: Pre-registration closes

For further information, visit lca2018.setac.org.

We are looking forward to meet many of you in Vienna.

Author’s contact information: office.lcaplattform@boku.ac.at

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