This year’s 25th conference of the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS) took place at Nanjing University, China. Within the topic ‘sustaining resources for the future’, the conference explored the fundamental question of how to sustain current development without stripping the resources needed for future generations, while embracing a multi-disciplinary approach.
The Christian Doppler Laboratory was represented at the conference with two presentations: Anna Díaz talked about possibilities of “enabling data-driven sustainable product development in a circular economy”. You can find the conference paper here. Additionally, Lukas Stumpf presented a bibliometric, network, and semantic analysis of “the narrative of circular economy and sustainability”.
This year's Styrian Science Award 2019 honors future-oriented research and teaching on the subject of "Digitalization in science". System scientist Josef Peter Schöggl was honored in the category "Production and Sustainability". In his award-winning dissertation, he developed methods, tools and indicators for a complete lifecycle assessment of products. This is a prerequisite for the sustainability assessment of supply chains and product development. Regional Minister Barbara Eibinger-Miedl presented the award on 27 May 2019 in the auditorium of the Old University of Graz. More information can be found here.
In an effort to support the ambitious Circular Economy Strategy action plan adopted by the European Union, this research laboratory acts as a creative space for developing and conducting research in sustainable product management, the results of which will support the transition toward a circular economy. As a result of the research work, methods and concepts are developed for the collection of ecological and social data on products and services from the supply chain, the use phase and the end-of-life phase. This data will be used for the ecological and social evaluation and design of products and services, as well as for further applications (e.g., reporting, compliance management).
The Christian Doppler Laboratory was officially opened on Thursday, 4 April 2019, in the Meerscheinschlössl Graz. Here you can view the program and read selected presentations.