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International Society for the Advancement of Emergy Research
The Emergy Society
World Summit – Emergy Analysis for Designing a Prosperous and Sustainable Future
The International Society for the Advancement of Emergy Research holds its research conference
biennially. The intention now is to run a broader based conference to complement the emergy research
conference, which would appeal to a wider audience including: policy makers, government
officials, not-for-profits and academics from a variety of disciplines interested in finding out more about
emergy evaluation including both analysis and synthesis. A particular emphasis would be placed on
providing practical applications of the emergy methodology in real-world decision-making.
The conference will be high-profile, designed to showcase emergy ideas and methods. If
successful, it would attract top quality, invited keynote speakers who would have the gravitas to
attract a significant worldwide audience. The venue and the conference organization would need to be
suitable for such an occasion. A working conference title and theme would be:
“World Summit –Emergy Analysis for Designing a Prosperous and Sustainable Future”.
The conference attendance should be at least 300 and we expect it to be held sometime in mid to late
2016. The conference will include: an opening address from an eminent person, keynote
addresses, parallel paper sessions, roundtable discussions, pre-conference master classes (for
attendees wanting to learn more about emergy methods and ideas) and possibly field trips. A key
focus would be on showing how emergy analysis can provide insight into global issues such as food
security, climate change, urban development, peak oil, deforestation and the growth/de-growth debate.
Another focus will be on the emergy paradigm and how it provides a powerful alternative perspective to
mainstream economics, and perhaps how it interfaces with methods such as life-cycle assessment,
ecological footprint, economic analyses, etc. We expect a lively and challenging debate about the role of
emergy methods in societal decision-making.
We are now looking for applications from institutions/individuals/groups/agencies interested in organizing
this international conference. The following factors will be evaluated in considering each application:
1. Contact information: Contact person and a list all individuals that you would like to
involve in the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) and any staff resources for local assistance in
organizing the conference logistically.
2. Proposed location: Please identify a suitable meeting venue that can accommodate
conference participants. The proposed meeting facilities must be able to accommodate the
following: plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, poster and exhibition area, video streaming
and/or video recording of videos for diffusion on the Internet (Vimeo, YouTube), information
and registration desk, receptions, catering areas, computer and internet access, student
workshops, books and other publication stands, press interview rooms and other small meeting
3. Accessibility and lodging: Please describe transportation and lodging options and ease of
access to the conference site. The location of the conference venue should be reasonably
accessible for international and national participants and not too costly or time-consuming to
get there. Accommodation should be available in broad price and quality ranges for all
4. Finance, potential sponsorships and in-kind support: The LOC is responsible for all
financial aspects linked with the administration and organization of the conference, which
should be self-financing. Next to conference registration fees, sponsoring and in-kind support
may play an important role. It is advisable that the LOC organizes fund-raising activities:
financial, scholarships, and in-kind contributions towards the conference are welcome. Please
describe your ideas in this respect. It is expected that external sponsorship of at least $US
50,000 would be required to make this conference successful.
5. Marketing and international connectivity. The LOC should be well-connected into
international and government organizations that have influence, and can promote this
conference on a worldwide stage, and/or at the very least be able to attract a significant audience
from some of the world's larger regional centers.
6. The amenities of the location: including restaurants, arts, recreation and other attractions.
7. Sustainability and environmental advantages: please list the advantages that your site
and conference can offer in relation to environmental sustainability. This can refer to offerings
by local hotels, food and waste options, (public) transportation, etc.
8. Previous experience in organizing scientific meetings or conferences: Please list events,
responsible individuals / groups.
A proposer is not expected to have firm answers to all questions at this stage. However, an application
is required by 15 June 2014. The International Emergy Conference Committee of the ISAER will select
its preferred provider by 31 July 2014. Finances and sponsorship must be confirmed by the Local
Organizing Committee by 1 April 2015.
Applications must be sent to Professor Murray Patterson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
no later than 15 June 2014.
Members of the International Emergy Conference Committee of the ISAER who will evaluate the
- Professor Murray Patterson (Chairperson), Massey University, New Zealand
- Professor Simone Bastianoni, University of Siena, Italy
- Dr. Daniel Campbell, Environmental Protection Agency, Rhode Island, United States
- Professor Shu-Li Huang, National Taipei University, Taiwan
- Professor Enrique Ortega, University of Campinas, Brazil
- Professor Sergio Uligati, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy