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Welcome to icRS 2018!

2018 International Conference on Resource Sustainability (icRS 2018), June 27-29, 2018, Beijing, China

Resources are essential for the sustainability of human society. The sustainable management of resources therefore is critical for addressing many societal challenges we are facing. Interdisciplinary approaches are required to develop solutions for sustainable resource management. The International Conference on Resource Sustainability (icRS) serves as a platform for researchers and practitioners around the world with diverse background and expertise to share the most recent ideas, outcomes, and practices on resource sustainability.

At icRS, we embrace interdisciplinarity, welcoming contributions from natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering. We define resource broadly, including physical resources, biological resources, and "negative" resources:

  • physical resources: metals, non-metallic minerals, energy, water, etc.
  • biological resources: food, forestry, land, ecological systems, etc.
  • "misplaced" resources: air emissions, water pollutants, solid waste

Specifically, icRS 2018 will include invited keynote speeches, plenary sessions, and post presentations on the following topics:

  • Efficiency and environmental impacts of resource utilization
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Waste reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery
  • Environmental behavior for sustainable consumption
  • Resource and waste management
  • Food-energy-water nexus
  • Circular economy
  • Emissions, effects and management of air pollutants and greenhouse gases

At icRS 2018, we will also present Best Paper Awards, Best Student Paper Awards, and Best Student Poster Awards. These awards will be judged by the Award Committee consists of a group of leading experts around the world.

To encourage participation, we will ONLY call for abstracts to submit for the conference. However, selected abstracts will be recommended to special issues in relevant journals.

icRS has established a long-term, strategic collaboration with the journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling (2016 Impact Factor: 3.313) to facilitate the publication of special issues dedicated to icRS 2018. Other journals such as Journal of Cleaner Production will also work with us to public selected works from icRS 2018 as special issues.

Important Dates

  • January 15, 2018 January 31, 2018: Deadline for submitting abstracts and special-session proposals
  • January 15, 2018: Registration opens
  • February 28, 2018 March 9, 2018: Notification of acceptance (If you haven't received notifications, please contact us at
  • April 30, 2018: Early-bird registration ends (at least one author should register before Early Bird ends; otherwise an accepted abstract will be removed from the conference program and not be considered for journal special issues)
  • June 27-29, 2018: Conference
  • October 1, 2018: Deadline for submitting papers to journal special issues (by invitation only)


We are pleased to announce the following awards from the icRS 2018 conference:

  • Best Student Poster:
    • Kaiyu Chen (Louisiana State University, US): Health and Economic Effects of Wildfire in the US in 2011
    • Gen Li (East China Normal University, China): Public Intentions towards Ecological Compensation for Transboundary River Basin based on the Theory of Planned Behavior Method
    • Qing Yang (Beijing Normal University, China): Study the Effect of Pollution on an Ecosystem: A Thermodynamic Perspective
  • Best Designed Poster
    • Can Cui (Wuhan University, China): Forward and Backward Critical Sectors for CO2 Emissions in China based on Eigenvector Approach
    • Fangyi Li (Hefei University of Technology, China): Material Stocks Change towards a Cleaner Power System of China
    • Lu Lin (China University of Petroleum - Beijing, China): China's Soybean Trade and Its Global Embodied Environmental Impacts
  • Most Welcomed Poster
    • Gideon Nkam Taka (University of Ulsan, Korea): Evaluation of Impact of Gorkha-Earthquake in Nepal on Sustainability by Emergy Analysis
    • Wan-Jun Wang, Min Dai (Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China): Scenarios for Energy Use and GHG Emissions of China's Future Aluminum Cycle
    • Qing Yang (Beijing Normal University, China): Study the Effect of Pollution on an Ecosystem: A Thermodynamic Perspective
  • Best Young Scientist Oral Presentation
    • Ruben Demets (Ghent University, Belgium): Plastic Recuperation and Valorisation Fit for Use: Use of Selective Flotation in the Separation of Plastics from Complex Waste Streams
    • Miranda Gorman (Carnegie Mellon University, US): An Assessment of Sustainability of Non-Fuel Minerals Resource Extraction and Utilization through a US Copper Case Study
    • Shangwei Liu (Beijing Normal University, China): Challenges towards Carbon Dioxide Emission Peak under In-Depth Socioeconomic Transition in China: Insights from Shanghai City
    • Abhishek Singhal (Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India): Impact of Sandstone Quarrying in Keru and Badli, Jodhpur on the Health of Quarry Workers and Local Residents
    • Sophie Van Schoubroeck (Hasselt University, Belgium): Sustainability Indicators for Biobased Chemicals: A Delphi Study
    • Zhan Zhang (Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China): Life Cycle Environmental Assessment of Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles in China

Congratulations to all awardees, and special thanks to all judges!


Advisory Committee

  • Brad Allenby, Arizona State University
  • Julian Allwood, University of Cambridge
  • Robert U. Ayres, INSEAD
  • Bhavik Bakshi, Ohio State University
  • Anthony S. F. Chiu, De La Salle University
  • Peter Glavic, University of Maribor
  • Arpad Horvath, University of California, Berkeley
  • Gordon Huang, University of Regina
  • Zhongwu Lu, Northeastern University
  • Hwong-wen Ma, National Taiwan University
  • H. Scott Matthews, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Daniel Beat Mueller, Norweigian University of Science and Technology
  • Hung-Suck Park, University of Ulsan
  • Chi-sun Poon, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Helmut Rechberger, TU Wien
  • Heinz Schandl, CSIRO
  • Roland Scholz, Danube University
  • Susan Selke, Michigan State University
  • Rafat Siddique, Thapar University
  • Sangwon Suh, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Valerie Thomas, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Arnold Tukker, Leiden University
  • Ming-hung Wong, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Zhifeng Yang, Beijing Normal University
  • Tieyong Zuo, Beijing University of Technology

Conference Chairs

  • Chair: Ming Xu, University of Michigan
  • Co-Chair: Junbeum Kim, University of Technology of Troyes
  • Co-Chair: Lixiao Zhang, Beijing Normal University

Local Organizing Committee

  • Chair: Lixiao Zhang, Beijing Normal University
  • Yan Hao, Beijing Normal University
  • Gengyuan Liu, Beijing Normal University
  • Sai Liang, Beijing Normal University
  • Xi Tian, Beijing University of Technology

Program Committee

  • Chair: Gang Liu, University of Southern Denmark
  • Co-Chair: Alissa Kendall, University of California, Davis

Award Committee

  • Chair: Wei-Qiang Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Co-Chair: Sergio Pacca, University of São Paulo

Scientific Committee

  • Chair: Vikas Khanna, University of Pittsburgh
  • Co-Chair: Yutao Wang, Fudan University
  • César Porras Amores, Technical University of Madrid
  • Sara Behdad, University at Buffalo
  • Hua Cai, Purdue University
  • Hing Kai Chan, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
  • Lynette Cheah, Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Yongsheng Chen, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Steven De Meester, Ghent University
  • Xiangzheng Deng, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Tao Du, Northeastern University, China
  • Kannan Govindan, University of Southern Denmark
  • Matthew Eckelman, Northeastern University
  • Seiji Hashimoto, Ritsumeikan University
  • Gang He, Stony Brook University
  • Mark S.C. Hsu, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Guowei Hua, Beijing Jiaotong University
  • Monzur Imteaz, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Carlo Ingrao, Kore University of Enna
  • Ramzy Kahhat, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
  • Ming Lim, Chongqing University and Conventry University
  • Seung-Jin lee, University of Michigan-Flint
  • Rebeka Kovačič Lukman, University of Maribor
  • Panate Manomaivibool, Mae Fah Luang University
  • Rui Cunha Marques, University of Lisbon
  • Zhifu Mi, University College London
  • Stefan Pauliuk, University of Freiburg
  • Krishna Prapoorna, India Institute of Technology Tirupati
  • Shen Qu, University of Michigan
  • Rafael Santos, University of Guelph
  • Lei Shen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Lei Shi, Tsinghua University
  • Guido Sonnemann, University of Bordeaux 1
  • Kyo Suh, Seoul National University
  • Kim Hua Tan, Nottingham University
  • Raymond Tan, De La Salle University
  • Atsushi Terazono, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • Jinping Tian, Tsinghua University
  • Ming-Lang Tseng, Asia University
  • Heming Wang, Northeastern University, China
  • Kua Harn Wei, National University of Singapore
  • Yufeng Wu, Beijing University of Technology
  • Beidou Xi, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
  • Steven Young, University of Waterloo
  • Chris Yuan, Case Western Reserve University
  • Xianlai Zeng, Tsinghua University
  • Hongliang Zhang, Louisiana State University
  • Fu Zhao, Purdue University
  • Jian Zuo, University of Adelaide

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are invited for oral presentations and poster presentations. The abstracts should be no more than 500 words, including a title, author names, and affiliations.

The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 15, 2018 January 31, 2018

To submit your abstract, please visit

Guide to Authors

  • Your abstract must be written in clear and concise English.
  • Your abstract must address scientific questions that are relevant to the topic of the conference.
  • Oral and poster presentations will be delivered in English. We assume the presenting author will have adequate command of English to present and respond to questions.
  • At least one author of an accepted abstract (either for oral or poster presentation) should register in order to keep the presentation in the program. Detailed instruction will be available later.

Conference Program

The final program can be downloaded here.

Preliminary Program

Presentation Instructions

  • Oral presentation: Each oral presentation is limited to 12 minutes followed by 3 minutes for questions (15 minutes in total). Please bring a flash drive with your presentation file (MS PowerPoint files preferred) to the conference.
  • Poster presentation: Recommended poster size is 90cm (width) by 150 cm (height). Please print your poster and bring to the conference. There will be NO on-site printing.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Daigger is a Professor of Engineering Practice in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. Prior to join the University of Michigan, he was the Chief Technology Officer at CH2M HILL, a global engineering company that provides consulting, design, construction, and operations services for corporations, and federal, state, and local governments. Prof. Daigger is recognized worldwide for his significant contribution to the entire water industry, most recently through his work as president of the International Water Association (IWA), where he worked with water leaders around the globe to advance the science and practice of water management to create more livable cities and accelerate the rate at which people gained access to drinking water and sanitation, all while protecting the environment. Prof. Daigger has also served in senior roles for the Water Environment Federation, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, and the Water Environment Research Foundation. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and received the Harrison Prescott Eddy Award from the Water Environment Federation three times.

Dr. Lu is a Distinguished Professor and Co-Director of Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); Chair of Regional Ecological Risk Assessment and Environmental Management Group at RCEES, CAS; Fellow of TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences); past President of Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE); President of Pacific Society Association (PSA); Member of International Resource Panel, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP/IRP); Science Advisor of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); Vice President of Ecological Society of China; Chair of Committee on Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Chinese Society for Sustainable Development. He also serves as a Science Advisor to UNESCO Biotechnology Research Center, National Research Institute of Humanity and Nature (RIHN) of Japan. He has published 16 books and more than 260 papers in peer reviewed journals including Science, Nature, and Science Advances. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Ecosystem Health and Sustainability jointly appointed by the Ecological Society of America and Ecological Society of China through a global search process, an Associate Editor of Science Advances, the founder and Associate Editor of Environmental Development: Trans-disciplinary Journal of SCOPE, Associate Editor of Acta Ecologica Sinica, and an editorial board member of a number of peer-reviewed journals including Chemistry and Ecology, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transformation. He was the Guest Editor of a supplementary issue of Science magazine “Science in the Chinese Academy of Sciences” (2012).

Dr. Masanet is Associate Professor in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, where he leads the Energy and Resource Systems Analysis Laboratory. From June 2015 to July 2017, he served as Head of the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, where he led the development of long-term technology outlooks for the global buildings, industry, and transport sectors for the IEA’s Energy Technologies Perspectives, Tracking Clean Energy Progress, Technology Roadmaps, and other report series. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2012, Eric spent eight years at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), where he served as Deputy Head of the International Energy Studies Group. While at LBNL, he held a joint research appointment at UC Berkeley, where he also served as Program Manager of the Engineering and Business for Sustainability Certificate Program. He served as an Associate Editor of RCR from 2009 to 2012, and as the Editor-In-Chief from 2013 to 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, with a specialization in sustainable manufacturing.

Dr. Sarkis is a Professor in the Foisie Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Prior to joining WPI in 2013, he was a faculty member at Clark University and the University of Texas at Arlington. Dr. Sarkis works in the fields of operations, supply chain management, and sustainability. He is one of the most productive, highest cited scholars in sustainable supply chain management. In 2016 he was recognized by Thomson-Reuters as a Highly Cited Researcher, who have defined this group as the 'World's Most Influential Scientific Minds'.

Dr. Scholz is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. From 1993 until 2012, Dr. Scholz held the chair of Natural and Social Science Interface at the Department of Environmental System Sciences at ETH Zurich. Following his retirement in 2013, he also worked as an adjunct professor (Privatdozent) at the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich, is affiliated as Professor Extraordinaire at the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, School of Public Leadership, Stellenbosch University (SA) and works as project leader at the Fraunhofer Society Project Group for Materials Recycling and Resource Strategies IWKS (Alzenau, Germany). Dr. Scholz was the fifth holder of the King Carl XVI Gustaf Professorship (2001/2002) at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Dr. Scholz is one of the pioneers of the theory and practice of transdisciplinary research and processes, and famously coined the terms transdisciplinarity and societal didactics. He was co-leader of the Global TraPs International Fertilizer Development Center#Global Transdisciplinary Processes for Sustainable Phosphorus Management (Global TraPs) project – the first global project on sustainable resources management in regard to phosphorus – which included representatives of all key stakeholder groups of the supply–demand chain.

Dr. Worrell is a Professor of Energy, Resources & Technological Change at Utrecht University (since 2008). From 2004 till 2010 he was Director of Energy Use & Efficiency at Ecofys, an international sustainable energy consulting company. He was a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 1998 till 2008, leading the industrial energy assessment research. Until 1998 he co-led the energy and material efficiency group at the Department of Science, Technology and Society of Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He was a visiting scientist at Princeton University (USA) in 1994-1995, and a visiting professor at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil 1996). He is an internationally recognized expert on industrial energy efficiency. His has over 20 years experience in research and evaluation projects in industrial energy and material efficiency improvement, as well as waste management and processing. He has worked with chemical, oil refining, pulp & paper, iron & steel, cement, glass, food and many other industries around the globe. He advises policy programs, policy makers, multi-laterals, and corporate decision makers. He is co-author of 4 IPCC reports, including the 4th Assessment Report. He is (co-) author of over 300 publications. He was the 12-year+ Editor-in-Chief of Resources, Conservation and Recycling until 2013, and associate editor of Energy, the International Journal and Energy Efficiency, the Encyclopedia of Energy, and editor of the award winning Handbook of Recycling.

Editor Panel

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Industrial Management & Data Systems (IF 2.205)
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Associate Editor, Resources, Conservation & Recycling (IF 3.313)
University of California, Davis
Associate Editor, Resources, Conservation & Recycling (IF 3.313)
University of Pittsburgh
Coventry University
Beijing Normal University
Editorial Director, Journal of Industrial Ecology (IF 4.123)
Tsinghua University
Associate Editor, Journal of Natural Resources (Chinese Core Journal)
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Cleaner Production (IF 5.715)
Fudan University
Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Management (IF 4.010)
Beijing Normal University


BNU is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in China. The university’s predecessor, the Normal College of the Imperial University of Peking, was founded in 1902. Today, the university has 55 undergraduate degree programs, 162 master programs, and 100 doctoral programs. Many of them are recognized as among the top ranked programs in China. BNU was among the first Chinese institutions to recruit international students.

BNU's School of Environment was founded in 2003 from the Institute of Environmental Sciences established in 1982. It is one of the earliest program in China focusing on research and education in environmental science.


BJUT was founded in 1960 with five engineering departments. In 1981, BJUT formed the graduate school, in 1985, the school started granting the Doctoral degrees with international standard. Today, the University has established a multidisplinary academic structure, offering a variety of programs and is involved in diversified research in the fields of Science, Engineering, Economics, Management, Liberal Arts, and Law.

BJUT's Institute of Circular Economy, the first of its kind in China, was founded in 2005. The Institute has developed an interdisciplinary research and education program on circular economy. It has established the first MS and PhD programs in Resources, Environment, and Circular Economy in China.

IGSNRR at the Chinese Academy of Sciences was established in 1999 through the merger of the former Institute of Geography (IOG), founded in 1940, and the former Commission for the Integrated Survey of Natural Resources (CISNAR), founded in 1956. In the past half century, IGSNRR and its predecessors have led the way in geographical research in China, making major research contributions in the rational use of natural resources; ecological and environmental protection; comprehensive land consolidation; sustainable regional development; and resource and environmental information systems.

Much of the work conducted by these institutes has had a very great national impact and has received national awards. Examples include research on the spatial differentiation of China’s natural environment; compilation of the National Physical Atlas of China; theoretical and applied research on regional development patterns; and establishment of the Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN), etc. Since 1978, IGSNRR and its predecessors have won 248 national and provincial-level science and technology awards, of which 43 were national awards.

CRAES was established on December 31, 1978, affiliated with the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China. As the largest national non-profit multidisciplinary research institution, CRAES carries out innovative and basic scientific research on environmental protection, in compliance with the national strategy of sustainable development. CRAES is also dedicated to providing strategic foresight and systematic technological support to national environmental management and decision-making, meeting the demands of technical engineering and consultation regarding major environmental issues during social and economic development, and playing an irreplaceable role in enhancing the capacity of scientific decision-making for environmental protection in China.

The Industrial Ecology Section of the Ecological Society of China is dedicated to advancing the research, education, and practice of industrial ecology in China. It aims to facilitate interdisciplinary communication among natural scientists, social scientists, and engineers, and inclusive communication among academia, policy makers, and practitioners, to better integrate economic activities with the environment. Officially established in January 2018, it includes members from major institutions in China and oversea. The founding and present Chair is Prof. Lei SHI from the School of Environment at Tsinghua University.

CSIE aims to promote the field of industrial ecology and its applications in the Greater China Region. CSIE was established in 2015 and now has members located both in and outside China.

ISEE aims to foster the development of environmental ecology science and technology for ecological restoration and environmental protection. It promotes exchange of environmental and ecological information between experts, administration, industry, research and the public. The society is dedicated to providing a forum to address issues related to foundations, techniques and tools of interactions among human being, environment and ecology. It devotes to promote global ecology and environmental sciences through brings together scientists, engineers and managers from a broad range of disciplines with common interests.

Venue and Travel

Conference Venue

The conference will be held in Jingshi Hotel on the campus of Beijing Normal University located in Beijing, China. Jingshi Hotel (No. 19 Xinjiekouwai Street, Haidian District, Beijing 100089, China) is also know as Beijing Normal University's International Academic Exchange Center.

BNU's current campus was built in 1954. It is located in northwest downtown Beijing in Haidian district, between the second and third ring roads, and is the closest of all Haidian universities to Tiananmen Square. BNU's campus hosted the U.S. Olympic Team during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The map of BNU campus and the location of the conference venue can be found on Google Map or Baidu Map, and also downloaded here.

Travel Information

The Beijing Capital International Airport is the primary commercial airport serving Beijing. From the Airport to the conference venue is about 30 km and 40-60 minutes by taxi. Alternatively, you may can take the Airport Express Train from Beijing Capital International Airport (T2 or T3) and transfer to subway line 10 at the Sanyuanqiao Station then to Mudanyuan Station. After that you can take bus #510 from Mudanyuan to the Beijing Normal University Station.

Taxi services are convenient in Beijing. You can either hail on street, ask your hotel to hail for you, or use Uber or Didi.

Subway in Beijing is also convenient. The closed subway station to the conference venue is Jishuitan Station (1.2 km).

Hotel Information

Jingshi Hotel (the conference venue) has been sold out during the conference!

Additional hotels close to the conference venue can be found from Ctrip. Some are listed below.