Nicole Unger and Iris Kral, Symposium Chairs

The discussion about sustainable development and related challenges for Europe is no longer limited to a small group of experts. It is discussed openly in various fora, both scientific and non-scientific.

The SETAC Europe 24th LCA Symposium will take place from 24–26 September at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU University) in Vienna, Austria. The conference topic, “The Role of LCA in Shaping the Future: Food, Fibre, Feed, Fertiliser, Fuel and other Resources,” combined with a focus on case studies, will provide the framework of the event.

The abstract submission is now closed, and we are delighted with the high-quality and thematic variety of the submitted abstracts.

A first cluster of sessions includes contributions on resources, such as renewable and non-renewable materials, agriculture and food production, energy, buildings and infrastructure, as well as carbon capture. Contributions also discuss the complexity and opportunities brought about by a circular economy and the closing of material loops. Another session block is dedicated to the reliability of environmental footprints as defined in the European Commission’s “Resource Efficiency Roadmap.”

A second cluster of sessions is devoted to software, tools and databases that play an important role in conducting LCA studies. Data quality, variability and uncertainty and how to deal with those challenges will also be addressed in these sessions.

Following a well-established tradition of the SETAC Europe LCA conference series, we also want to give PhD students a platform to present their work and encourage networking in the PhD Corner.

Complementing the scientific program will be the Thinkstep Lounge and an Ecoinvent Workshop on “Future Developments of the Ecoinvent Database.”

There will be ample opportunity for networking and enjoying some of Vienna’s cultural and culinary delights. At the welcome reception, participants can taste BOKU University’s own brands of wine and beer, and the symposium dinner is located close to the park of Schönbrunn Palace, where you can walk in the footsteps of the Austrian imperial family.

Register by 9 August and save with early bird rates. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna!

Author’s contact information: nicole.unger@fhstp.ac.at and Iris.Kral@boku.ac.at

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