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Hiroki TanikawaOn behalf of the ISIE SEM-AP 2016 organizing committee, I’m honored and delighted to invite you to the Joint conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE) 12th Socio-Economic Metabolism section conference and 5th Asia-Pacific conference at Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.

The ISIE Socio-Economic Metabolism (SEM) section, originally known as the “ConAccount meeting” has been, since it was founded in 1996, the world’s largest community of researchers focusing on material flow analysis for sustainability assessment.

The ISIE Asia-Pacific (AP) conference focuses on promoting and strengthening ISIE activities in this region, as the Industrial Ecology approach is now very important in the fast-developing Asia-Pacific region.

As the Conference Chair of ISIE SEM-AP 2016, I hope the joint conference will provide us all with a platform to explore ideas of industrial ecology with the added synergy of SEM and AP. Low-carbonization, Resource Efficiency, and Circular Economy are hot keywords in environmental policy; the ISIE has been dealing with these topics for a long time, and I trust our joint conference will provide new academic findings around industrial ecology concepts such as Material Flow Analysis and Industrial Symbiosis.

Nagoya city and its surrounding area are the heart of Japanese manufacturing, including the Toyota Motor Corporation, Aisin, Denso, Makita, Brother, and many other companies. Nagoya University plays a major role in the region, supporting and advancing industry with its research and with its graduates leading these companies, making it the perfect venue for our conference dealing with industry, environment, and globalism. Furthermore, during the Samurai era Nagoya was one of Japan’s Shogun family cities, and there is a Samurai castle and historical area in the city center. I guarantee you will find many interesting places in our region.

I hope you will find the conference and your stay in Nagoya both valuable and enjoyable.

Hiroki Tanikawa

ISIE SEM-AP 2016 Conference Chair


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