Industrial Symbiosis Research Symposium

June 24, 2017

The Industrial Symbiosis Research Symbiosis is an annual event organized by the ISIE section on eco-industrial development and industrial symbiosis (EID/IS).

The symposium aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners to exchange on current research activities and EIP trends as well as to identify future research needs. The symposium is a unique opportunity to share recent information on field projects development in relation with research activities worldwide.

After each symposium, a publication or a concept note is written as a summary of all discussions and shared with all participants and the broader EID/IS community to stimulate collaboration and the emergence of new research. Please visit the EID/IS section website for information about past events.


The 2017 meeting will be hosted at The Plant, a groundbreaking food production space designed to be a net-zero, closed loop system in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. Sixteen tenants currently operate in the building and work in the areas of urban agriculture and food production. Several tenants share materials and energy - both products and by-products. Plant Chicago, a non-profit, actively promotes research and education about the circular economy and collaboration with the broader community.


Saturday 24th June

9:00am-9:30am Welcome
9:30am-10:15am Worldwide Round-up of IS/EID projects
10:15am-12:00pm Presentation of the EIP Indicators survey of the section and group discussion on next steps
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch – A Taste of The Plant
1:00pm-1:30pm Visit to The Plant’s Farmers’ Market
1:30pm-2:30pm Tour of The Plant
2:30pm-4:00pm   Challenges of implementing industrial symbiosis and the circular economy at The Plant: Panel discussion with building administrators, researchers and tenants
4:00pm-4:30pm Election of the section board - discussion
4:30pm-5:00pm Wrap-up



Participants at the 14th ISRS must register for the meeting before June 17, 2017. Please use password: isrs2017 to access the registration page. The $30 registration fee covers the organized activities, food and drinks at The Plant.

Travel to/from The Plant

Getting to and from The Plant, located at1400 W 46th St, Chicago, IL 60609, will take you 20-60 minutes from the UIC Forum, depending on your mode of transport. As the event gets closer, organizers will help ISRS attendees coordinate ridesharing or other transportation to The Plant. However, if the weather is nice, a Divvy bike ride is highly recommended!

For more information about the 14th ISRS please contact Dr. Weslynne Ashton – or Mr. John Mulrow -