2023 International Conference on Resource Sustainability (icRS 2023)

August 7-9, 2023, Guildford, Surrey, the United Kingdom

The sustainable development of human society depends on resources. Addressing critical societal challenges, such as climate change, resource depletion, and environmental protection, requires sustainable management of resources using interdisciplinary approaches.

The International Conference on Resource Sustainability (icRS) series serve as an international 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.

icRS embraces interdisciplinarity, welcoming contributions from ANY discipline including natural sciences, social sciences, and engineering on ANY aspect of resource sustainability. We define resource broadly, including physical resources, biological resources, and "misplaced" 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, etc.

icRS 2023, hosted by University of Surrey, will include invited keynote speeches, parallel sessions, and poster presentations on the following topics:

  • Whole system approach for sustainability
  • Cross-vector management for Net Zero
  • Artificial Intelligence enabled tools
  • Sustainable wellbeing economy
  • Circular economy
  • Efficiency and environmental impacts of resource utilization
  • Sustainable supply chain
  • Waste reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery
  • Environmental behaviour for sustainable consumption

To encourage participation, we will ONLY call for abstracts to submit for the conference. However, authors will have options to select to submit full papers in addition to abstracts to be considered for special issues in supporting journals.

We also welcome proposals to organize special sessions at icRS 2023.

icRS 2023 is in-person only. There will no option for online presentations.

icRS 2023 is sponsored by the flagship journal in sustainable resources management Resources, Conservation & Recycling (RCR; 2021 Impact Factor: 13.716) and its sister journal Resources, Conservation & Recycling Advances (RCRADV; 2021 CiteScore: 14.5). High quality papers presented at icRS 2023 will be recommended to special issues in these journals as well as other supporting journals.

Important Dates

  • April 1, 2023: Deadline for submitting special session proposals (abstracts will be reviewed periodically by the Scientific Committee on a rolling basis to allow enough time for travel plans)
  • April 15, 2023: Acceptance notification for special session proposals
  • May 1 May 7, 2023: Deadline for abstract submission
  • May 15 May 21, 2023: Acceptance notification for abstracts
  • June 15, 2023: 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; an author can only register for no more than two accepted oral presentations)
  • July 15, 2023 August 1, 2023: Deadline for full paper submission (optional)
  • August 7-9, 2023: Conference
  • August 31, 2023: Invitation for journal special issues


icRS 2023 is pleased to have its Advisory Committee composed by the Editorial Boards of RCR and RCRADV and its Scientific Board composed by the Editors of RCR and RCRADV.

Advisory Committee (RCR and RCRADV Editorial Board)

  • Julian Allwood, University of Cambridge
  • Annick Anctil, Michigan State University
  • Sergio Angulo, University of Sao Paulo
  • Robert U. Ayres, INSEAD
  • Chunguang Bai, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China
  • David Broadstock, National University of Singapore
  • Jorge de Brito, University of Lisbon Higher Technical Institute
  • Ichiro Daigo, University of Tokyo
  • Jo Dewulf, Universiteit Gent
  • Liang Dong, City University of Hong Kong
  • Matthew Eckelman, Northeastern University
  • Jose-Luis Galvez-Martos, IMDEA Energy
  • Nishant Garg, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Alexandre Bacelar Gonçalves, University of Lisbon
  • Thomas Graedel, Yale University
  • Willi Haas, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna
  • Seiji Hashimoto, Ritsumeikan University
  • Gang He, Stony Brook University
  • Monzur Imteaz, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Md Tasbirul Islam, RMIT University
  • Kannan Govindan, University of Southern Denmark
  • Alissa Kendall, University of California, Davis
  • Jiří Jaromír KlemeŠ, Brno University of Technology
  • Yasushi Kondo, Waseda University
  • Simonov Kusi-Sarpong, University of Southampton
  • Gang Liu, University of Southern Denmark
  • Yanchen Liu, Tsinghua University
  • Rui Cunha Marques, University of Lisbon
  • Daniel Beat Müller, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Kok Siew Ng, University of Oxford
  • Chi-Sun Poon, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Helmut Rechberger, Technische Universität Wien
  • Vasco Sanchez Rodrigues
  • Heinz Schandl, CSIRO
  • Lei Shen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Rafat Siddique, Thapar University
  • Avishreshth Singh, India Institute of Technology Tirupati
  • Matthew Stasiewicz, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Guido Sonnemann, University of Bordeaux
  • Meng Sun, Tsinghua University
  • Valerie Thomas, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jinping Tian, Tsinghua University
  • Timothy Townsend, University of Florida
  • Ian Vázquez-Rowe, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
  • Ming-hung Wong, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Ernst Worrell, Utrecht University
  • Beidou Xi, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
  • Zhifeng Yang, Guangdong University of Technology
  • William Young, University of Leeds
  • Lixiao Zhang, Beijing Normal University
  • Tieyong Zuo, Beijing University of Technology

Scientific Committee (RCR and RCRADV Editors)

  • Gisele Azimi, University of Toronto
  • Fazleena Badurdeen, University of Kentucky
  • Krishna Prapoorna Biligiri, Indian Institute of Technology Tirupati
  • Zhi Cao, University of Antwerp
  • Wei-Qiang Chen, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Steven De Meester, Universiteit Gent
  • Xiangzheng Deng, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Elham Fini, Arizona State University
  • Luca Fraccascia, Sapienza University of Rome
  • Magnus Fröhling, Technical University of Munich
  • Pezhman Ghadimi, University College Dublin
  • Oliver Heidrich, Newcastle University
  • Andrea Hicks, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Melanie Jaeger-Erben, Brandenburg University of Technology
  • Mitchell Jones, Vienna University of Technology
  • Ramzy Kahhat, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
  • Vikas Khanna, University of Pittsburgh
  • Junbeum Kim, Université de Technologie de Troyes
  • Shihong Lin, Vanderbilt University
  • Ruth Mugge, Delft University of Technology
  • Rupert Myers, Imperial College London
  • Keisuke Nansai, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • Elsa Olivetti, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Sergio Pacca, University of Sao Paulo
  • Shen Qu, Beijing Institute of Technology
  • Veena Sahajwalla, University of New South Wales
  • Joseph Sarkis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Sabrina Spatari, Israel Institute of Technology
  • Gara Villalba, Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • George Wells, Northeastern University
  • Yufeng Wu, Beijing University of Technology
  • Yuan Yao, Yale University
  • Steven Young, University of Waterloo

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Lirong Liu, University of Surrey
  • Lorenzo Fioramonti, University of Surrey

icRS General Chair

  • Ming Xu, Tsinghua University

Organization Committee

  • Lirong Liu, University of Surrey
  • Lorenzo Fioramonti, University of Surrey
  • Tiantian Feng, China University of Geosciences
  • Bu Zhao, University of Michigan

Call for Submissions

icRS 2023 welcomes submissions of abstracts, full papers, and special session proposals on topics related to sustainable management of resources from any discipline.


All authors who wish to present at the conference should submit an abstract. Abstracts should be submitted in plain text with no more than 300 words. The abstract should be written in clear and concise English. At least one author of an accepted abstract should register in order to keep the presentation in the program.

Full paper (optional)

  • Only accepted abstracts can submit full papers.
  • Full papers are optional, but are required if to be considered for special issues sponsoring icRS 2023.
  • Full papers are only for the Scientific Committee to select which papers are invited for which special issue.
  • Full papers will NOT be published in a conference proceedings.
  • When receiving the invitation for a special issue, it is the authors' decision to accept or not. Authors have the full discretion to submit their papers to any journal.
  • Whether submitting a full paper or not does NOT affect your presentation if it is included in the conference program.
  • Full paper template can be downloaded here.

Special session proposal

icRS 2023 welcomes proposals to organize special sessions which focus on topics that are highly relevant and timely to the conference. Special session organizers should solicit interested authors to prepare abstracts on related topics and, if the special session proposal is approved, coordinate submission of the abstracts. A special session is confirmed when the proposal is approved and at least four presentations are accepted and registered.

Special session proposal should include the proposed session title (no more than 80 characters with space), short acronym (no more than 20 characters), rationale of the special session (no more than 300 words), organizer(s) information (name, title, affiliation, email), and information on at least four expected presentations (title, author name, author affiliation).


Please submit your abstracts, special session proposals, or full papers via

Registration Information

Registration Link

To register, please visit

Registration Fees

  • Early Bird rate (on or before June 15, 2023)
    • Regular: US$750
    • Student: US$600
  • Full rate (after June 15, 2023)
    • Regular: US$850
    • Student: US$700

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. An author can only register for no more than two accepted oral presentations.

To be qualified for the student rates, attendees will be asked to provide evidence of student status at registration (e.g., letter from school authority, student ID card showing name and expiration date).

Cancellation and Refund

Cancellations received by the conference secretariat in writing (email) will be accepted. 75% of the registration fee will be refunded if cancellation is received before June 30, 2023. After June 30, 2023, no refund will be issued for cancellation.

Supporting Journals (updating)

These journals (more to come) will support icRS 2023 by inviting selected papers to submit for regular or special issues.

Conference Program

The final program is now available for download.

The conference Abstract Book can be downloaded here.

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.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Rutger Hoekstra is an expert on Beyond-GDP and has worked on well-being and sustainability metrics and policies from an academic, governmental and business perspective. In 2019 Cambridge University Press published Replacing GDP by 2030. He is currently an associate professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences, Leiden University. In the past, Rutger has worked with the United Nations, OECD, World Bank, European Commission, European Central Bank and other international organisations. He was the co-chair of the UNECE/OECD/Eurostat Task Force which developed the Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations on Measuring Sustainable Development. He has lectured at various universities and published numerous publications on sustainable development, globalisation, circular economy and big data applications. He was also Scientific Director of the True Value methodology at KPMG Sustainability.

Keynote Speech: Replacing GDP: A Proposal for Interdisciplinary Metrics for Wellbeing, Inclusion and Sustainability

Dr. Gordon Huang is Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and Executive Director of the Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities at the University of Regina, Canada. He is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, President of the International Society for Environmental Information Sciences, and Editor-in-Chief for J. of Environmental Informatics (SCI impact factor 10.22). He holds BSc from Peking University (China), MSc from Simon Fraser University (Canada) and PhD from McMaster University (Canada). He produced over 1000 journal papers (h-index 80 in Science Citation Index under Web of Science). He supervised over 100 Master/PhD students (over 40 of them are teaching at universities in Canada, USA, UK, Singapore, Hongkong and China). His pioneering work in environmental risk management has been recognized as a significant innovation, and has influenced government and business approaches for tackling environmental challenges and formulating related policies.

Keynote Speech: Development of a General Equilibrium Inventory Analysis Model to Analyze Direct and Indirect Flood Control Benefits of the Three Gorges Project

Professor JIN Zhijun is a geologist and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He holds the Boya Chair Professorship at Peking University and serves as the Dean of the Energy Research Institute and the Erdos Energy Research Institute at Peking University. He is a renowned scholar with a distinguished career in research, teaching and managing large institutions. He is a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Expert Advisory Committee of the National Energy Commission, the Basic Research Strategic Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Vice President of the Council of Chinese Petroleum Society. Among many innovative achievements in geological research and exploration practice, Dr. Jin has established a national research lab on hydrocarbon formation mechanism. His pioneer work on the earth deep fluids has provided guidance for research on environment and hydrocarbon natural resources.

Keynote Speech: Accumulation Mechanism and Exploration Prospect of Natural Hydrogen

Dr. Joanne Wade is the Chief Strategic Advisor at the Association for Decentralised Energy and a non-executive Director at the Energy Saving Trust. She is an expert in local energy systems, energy sufficiency and energy justice, with over 30 years’ experience in the sector. Joanne Chairs the Advisory Boards for the UK Energy Research Centre and the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions, and is a Fellow and Council Member of the Energy Institute. She was appointed an OBE in 2018 for services to energy efficiency.

Keynote Speech: Energy Sufficiency: A People-centred Whole Systems Approach

Professor Sara Walker is Director of The Centre for Energy at Newcastle University. She has been working in the energy sector since 1996, with a career spanning industry and academia. Her research focus is on renewable energy and energy efficiency in buildings, energy policy, energy resilience, and whole energy systems. She is Director of the EPSRC Hub on Hydrogen Integration for Accelerated Energy Transitions, EPSRC Energy Demand Research Champion, and Deputy Director for the EPSRC Supergen Energy Networks Hub. She is an Advisory Committee Member for the UK Energy Research Centre and the UK CCS Research Centre, and also contributes to the EPSRC Scientific Advisory Committee for Energy.

Keynote Speech: Circular Economy Thinking for Whole Energy Systems Transition and Net Zero

Dr. Yang Xia joined in Nature as a senior editor in July 2020 and used to be the senior editor at Nature Communications during 2017-2020. As the first social science editor at both journals,she has a BS in economics, a MS in sustainability, both from the University of Leeds, and a doctorate in ecological economics from the University of East Anglia, where her research focuses on quantitative assessment of the socioeconomic impacts of health outcomes resulting from disasters such as heat-waves and air pollution. She handles manuscripts on socio-economics, climate-related health risks, climate policy and sustainability.

Keynote Speech: Demystifying Publishing in Top-tier Journals


University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is a global community of ideas and people, dedicated to life-changing education and research. With a beautiful and vibrant campus, we provide exceptional teaching and practical learning to inspire and empower our students for personal and professional success.


Lecture Theatre Block

Step free access to building is via the second floor entrance or the Learning Centre entrance (through the centre and down a steep ramp). The Senate House Entrance is accessed via steps and a ramp from the patio outside the Hive (Senate House lift can be used to get to the second floor and then to this ramp with no steps used). There is signage within the building showing the way for step-free access through the Lecture Theatre to the Hive (bypasses the steps outside).


Travel, Accommodation and Visa

International Flights to Surrey

The University of Surrey is based in Guildford, in the southeast of England. It is easily accessible by road and rail, and is a short distance from London. Please visit the University of Surrey website for travel information.


Guildford is Located southwest of central London around 27 mi (43 km). The fastest train from Guildford to London departs every 30 minutes and will take 40 minutes to arrive in London Waterloo Station. The closet town, Woking, is 6.5miles (10km) from the Guildford. Train departs every 15 minutes and will take 7 minutes from the Woking Railway Station (GU22 7AE) to the Guildford Railway Station. The University of Surrey is 0.8 miles (1.3km) from the Guildford Railway Station.

Hotels close to the campus

Hotels in Woking (transportation required)

If the hotels above are full or don’t meet your requirements, you may also take the hotels in London near Waterloo Station.

Website to buy train tickets:

Bus information in Guildford:


Visa invitation letter will be available for download in the registration system after you complete the online registration.