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Prelim Program for #ISSST2014

The ISSST2014 Preliminary Program is posted as a downloadable Excel file.

If you see your name as a session Chair, it’s because we think you’d be terrific and we’d like to invite you to accept a leadership role.  But not all sessions have Chairs yet!  If you’d like to volunteer, let us know.

Please inspect your sessions and especially the title and authorship of your poster or presentation.  Send corrections, comments and adjustments to Dr. Chris Yuan by email cyuan@uwm.edu

Also, keep in mind that we’ll be programming 4thSpace with workshops, training sessions, biz meetings, UNconference sessions and other late-breaking opportunities for active and engaging exercises.  We’ll post a separate 4thSpace program as we closer to ISSST.

Early Registration discount expires Easter Sunday.

Register before March 31st and get the Early Bird price, saving about $100.00 dollars.
Basic registration information is available on this page.  Hotel booking information, plane and transportation information, and event information are available under the Registration tab at the top of this page.  (Also to the right of this post is a button that will take you to Marriott Kingsgate’s page to book your hotel room with the ISSST’s group discount code).

It is highly recommended to register for Thursday’s Social Event as well, the Ohio River Dinner Cruise, where you can relax and enjoy the company of fellow conference attendees with food and entertainment.  May 16th, 5:30-9:30 pm, $50 pp.

Also recommended is Wednesday’s Pre-Conference Workshop led by Gabriel Grant, doctoral candidate at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The workshop will explore the pitfalls of sustainability and reoccurring conversations of sustainability that correlate with “being stuck” and the exploration of pathways beyond these paradoxes.  This is a free opportunity for May 15th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Gabe Grant

In case you aren’t already familiar with the ISSST conference, these are the people behind it all:

Thomas P. Seager (Arizona State University)
Matthew Eckelman (Northeastern University)
Troy Hawkins (US Environmental Protection Agency)
Lise Laurin (Earthshift, LLC)
Chris Yuan (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
Jeremy Gregory (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Randy Kirchain (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Colin Fitzpatrick (University of Limerick)
Vikas Khanna (University of Pittsburgh)
Gabrielle Gaustad (Rochester Institute of Technology)
H. Scott Matthews (Carnegie Mellon University)
Braden Allenby (Arizona State University)

Additionally, this year’s opening keynote speaker is Ed Sawicki, Director of Global Business Development for Proctor and Gamble, and the editors attending the Editor’s Roundtable session are Dave Allen from University of Texis, Mary Ann Curran, sustainability consultant for BAMAC Ltd., Reid Lifset from Yale, and Martin Abraham, founding Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Youngstown State University. For more information on this year’s speakers, check out the page (though note, it’s still in process with further updates).

Have any questions?  Please email either Beth Shafer at beth.shafer@currenteventsco.com or Emilie Doering at edoering@asu.edu.


Special Sessions and Special Issues

This email exemplifies a question that I’ve been getting from several ISSST participants:

I am a professor at [University in Western Europe]. My primary research field is the design of electronic circuits and systems, with also activities in LCA.

I just read that ISSST is now independent from IEEE. In 2011, I published a paper at ISSST… . Subsequently, with my team, we used these LCA results as an input to design a [new green electronic device] presented n 2012 at the IEEE Solid-State Circuits Conf. in order to maximize the visibility of the results to large semiconductor companies (Intel, TI,
Samsung, ST, …). My hope with this approach is that the decision makers and technology designers in the semiconductor market place who are following ISSCC every year, will now be aware of the LCA aspects we published at ISSST for maximizing their impact.

My point here is that (in my field) the visibility of sustainability studies published at ISSST depends on their citation/use in practical implementations targeted for the right technical audience. For this matter, I think that (again in my field) the affiliation of ISSST to the
IEEE is really important for 1) easy access to proceedings and 2) as a quality stamp.

I understand that you should have several good reasons for having separated ISSST from IEEE. But does this imply that the proceedings of the 2013 edition will not be available through IEEE X-Plore ?

The proceedings of ISSST2013 will not be available thru the IEEEXplore.  (In fact, IEEE has not yet made the proceedings of ISSST2012 available thru IEEEXplore and I have no idea why).  This means my correspondent has legitimate concerns.

To address both issues of archival access to proceedings and provide quality assurance, ISSST2013 will offer participants the much more flexible approach that we first rolled out for ISSST2012.  Publication options for ISSST2013 authors are:

  • Presentation only.  There is no obligation to publish anything.  Unlike IEEEXplore, ISSST2013 will not publish papers to subscribers for a fee, and we have no financial incentive to require publication.
  • Digital Circulation among ISSST2013 participants.  Authors may self-publish white papers and presentation slides on the ISSST2013 cloud server hosted by Box.com.  With this option, access is restricted to ISSST2013 participants only.  Authors retain their own copyrights and may mark their manuscripts “Pre-publication draft.  Do not cite or circulate.” or put any other qualifiers they choose.  The advantage of using Box.com is that it facilitates digital discussion of the works, allowing participants and authors to interact with one another outside the bounds of the symposium itself.  This informal feedback system will likely help authors refine the work.
  • Special Journal Issues. Several journal editors have already invited ISSST2013 session chairs to propose special issues of related ISSST2013 papers that are presented at the conference.  Liberating the ISSST2013 from IEEE gives us the freedom to work with journals published by any professional society, including the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management), and the American Chemical Society (through its new journal Sustainable Chemistry and Engineering).  Additionally, the Editor of Environment Systems and Decisions has invited us to prepare a special issue for this Springer journal.

To make these special issues happen, we need to take a more proactive approach to identifying session chairs and organizing special sessions around themes relevant to Sustainable Systems & Technologies.  Here’s a list of the special sessions (with the proposed Chairs names in parentheses).

We’re adding more on a regular basis.  When you go to upload your abstract here https://www.softconf.com/d/issst2013/ you’ll be allowed to pick a special session to put your abstract in.  This alerts the special sessions Chairs to your interest, and they will coordinate review of your abstract.  If the quality of submissions is worthy, the Chairs and authors may propose a special journal issue that will archive the papers presented at the symposium.