Symposium on Industrial Ecology for Young Professionals (SIEYP)

The Symposium on Industrial Ecology for Young Professionals (SIEYP) is one event focused on student and early career researchers/professionals at the ISIE-ISSST 2017 conference in Chicago. This event will take place on Saturday afternoon of Saturday 24 June 2017 at the downtown campus of the Stuart School of Business at IIT, and at the James J. Stukel Towers on the morning of Sunday 25 June 2017. Transportation from the Forum to IIT will be provided.


Goal and Theme


The main goal of the symposium is to provide an opportunity for young professionals who perform research in industrial ecology (IE) to present and discuss their novel research ideas and experiences, receive constructive feedback, and network with senior professionals in the field. The theme of SIEYP V is “Communicating your research to a broader audience” and it aims to provide young professionals with skills to better communicate their research to diverse audiences.  The specific goals are to:


  • • Strengthen the ability to communicate the results of your own research to fellow researchers;
  • • Understand that various audiences have different needs and expectations, thus require tailored approaches to communicate with them;
  • • Practice an elevator pitch, a fundamental skill, specifically in international conferences, where people with many diverse research backgrounds participate;
  • • Listen to the presentations of prominent members of the ISIE about how they learnt effective ways to share the results of their work.




The SIEYP will take place immediately before the ISIE-ISSST conference, on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25, June 2017.






24 June 2017

14:00 – 17:00
(incl. a 15 min coffee break)

Stuart School of Business, IIT Downtown Campus, 565 W. Adams St.  Chicago, IL 60616

Workshop “Communication fundamentals in professional settings”

25 June 2017

09.00 – 10.00 

James Stukel Towers, UIC, 718 W. Rochford Street Chicago, IL 60607

Keynote speakers + Buddy program

10.00 – 10.30

Breakfast and coffee

10.30 -12.00

Panel Session




The workshop will be given by Elyse Aurbach and Brandon Patterson on behalf of RELATE (Researches Expanding Lay-Audience Teaching Engagement), and will cover “fundamentals” of communication skills, including developing an understanding of the audience, setting a communication goal, shaping a message, and constructing a narrative.


Social Night Out(Saturday, 24th from 18:00)

We selected 3 bars and 3 restaurants, all in the surroundings of the UIC Forum (where the majority of the people will be lodging).



  • Ph.D Pub (1257 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607)
  • Moxee Barbecue & Cajun and Mad Mouse Brewery (724 W Maxwell St, Chicago, IL 60607)
  • Bar Louie (1325 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607)



  • La Taberna Tapas on Halsted (1301 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60607)
  • Kohan Japanese Restaurant (730 W Maxwell St, Chicago, IL 60607)
  • Ghareeb Nawaz (807 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60608)


Please find the details in the map at the bottom of this page.


Keynote Speakers

Reid Lifset, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and Edgar Hertwich, Director of the Centre for Industrial Ecology at Yale University and President of ISIE, have kindly accepted to join us on Sunday morning and give a short presentation.


Panel Session

A one-and-a-half-hour long panel session will conclude SIEYP. Our panellists will be Marian Chertow, from Yale University, Sangwon Suh, from the University of California Santa Barbara, Anu Ramaswami, from the University of Minnesota, and Jacquetta Lee, from the University of Surrey. They will be asked questions – with active engagement of SIEYP participants – around two main topics: 

  • Communicating IE research to different audiences (e.g. the media, policy makers, or the industry): what non-academics need to hear from IE researchers;
  • Advice to young IE professionals for creating a network within the IE community and doing effective networking during conferences.


Buddy Program

Being at a conference for the first time can be overwhelming — you don’t know anyone, you don’t know which presentations are relevant for you, you cannot yet connect the names of the people you cite with their faces. To help you on this, we are organising a buddy program to facilitate the integration of newcomers to the ISIE-ISSST conference, by connecting them to more experienced young professionals participating in the SIEYP.
Newcomers will find guidance throughout their first ISIE conference, while more seasoned participants can help sharing their experience and expertise.
Details will be provided during SIEYP, in the meantime you can already register for the buddy program on this form.



Please find all the information in the following map: