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‘Sustainable Innovation 2016’ welcomes conceptual and research-based papers focused on Circular Economy innovation and design

SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION 2016
 
‘Circular Economy’ Innovation & Design
Part of the ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ series of conferences
 
21st International Conference
7th-8th November 2016
University for the Creative Arts 
Epsom
Surrey
KT18 5BE 
UK
 
 
CONCEPT
 
Sustainable Innovation 2016 will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to Circular Economy innovation and design related to products, services, technologies and new business models. Sustainable Innovation 2016 will include invited and refereed papers from academics, consultants, entrepreneurs, technology providers, designers and innovation and sustainability directors as well as other business functions. The event will create a unique space for learning, networking and thinking. Delegates will come globally from large companies and SMEs, as well as academia, government and non-governmental organisations. The conference is supported by an international Advisory Board.
 
BACKGROUND
 
Alongside climate change, resource efficiency and productivity has moved up the international political and economic agendas during the 00s and Circular Economy (CE) has emerged as a key concept within it. CE thinking is concerned with more ‘circular’ (as opposed to ‘linear’) use of resources at each stage of the lifecycle, from extraction through to the ‘end of life’ and beyond. Prior to this in the 90s, leading countries such as Japan and Germany implemented a range of proactive initiatives aimed at driving resource efficiency in their economies and more recently a CE Promotion Law was passed in China in 2008. CE activity is now emerging at European policy and national standards levels, going well beyond approaches such as ‘producer responsibility’ focused on the electronics and automotive sectors. A CE policy package was launched by the European Commission in December 2015 with more of a focus on design and product-related issues. A British standard aimed at providing guidance on the implementation of CE in organisations is also being developed which defines CE as being “a systemic approach to the design of business models, enabling the sustainable management of resources in products and services”.
 
CONFERENCE TOPICS
 
Sustainable Innovation 2016 welcomes conceptual and research-based papers focused on Circular Economy innovation and design. Papers should cover business model, innovation, product, service and/or technology design, and development and commercialisation issues related to the following topics: full list available here.
 
BENEFITS
 
Sustainable Innovation 2016 will provide a range of benefits to speakers and delegates:
 
- Unique: Forum for new thinking, ideas and concepts
 
- Leading-edge: Presentations from key international researchers, practitioners and policy-makers
 
- Content: New research, results and thinking
 
- Networking: Opportunities to meet leaders from business, government and academia
 
- Track-record: Over 2500 delegates from over 50 countries have attended previous events
 
SUBMISSION DETAILS
 
Email, fax or post 500 word abstracts describing your proposed paper by 1st June 2016. The paper will then be sent to the Advisory Board for evaluation and authors will be given feedback by June 2016. The highest rated papers will be invited to present at the conference. Please only submit abstracts if you have budgets to register and attend the conference.
 
Email abstracts to Ros on rcarruthers@ucreative.ac.uk
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