Call for abstracts – LCM2015

The LCM2015 Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to participate in the call for abstracts for the 7th International Conference on Life Cycle Management on 30th August – 2nd September 2015 in Bordeaux, France.

Building on the success of past editions with more than 500 participants at LCM2013 in Goteborg and at LCM 2011 in Berlin, with nearly a parity coming from the public and private sector, we invite participants from business, government and local authorities, NGOs, research as well academia to share their best practice, knowledge, experience and approaches on Mainstreaming Life Cycle Management for sustainable value creation.

For further information on the sessions please have a look at the Sessions descriptions and for general information on the conference go to the About section.

The deadline for oral and poster presentations is January 16, 2015. Please submit your abstract as soon as possible by clicking on the following link.

More information about LCM2015, see http://lcm2015.org 


The LCM 2013 secretariat will wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New 2014!

Thank you all who have made this year to a successful (and busy) year. The LCM 2013 conference was a success and we hope that we all can use our new contacts to start up new collaboration projects and activities. 


Keynote speeches

We hope you enjoyed the keynote speeches and the interactive session! During the interactive session each keynote speaker asked the audience a question, the audience could then reply through a sms service. You are most welcome to have a look at the questions and answers from the Interactive session.

Opening ceremony

André Reichel, Senior research fellow at European Center for Sustainability Research
Title of keynote speech: Sustainability beyond growth
Presentation

Karin Markides, President and CEO of Chalmers University of Technology
Title of keynote speech: Chalmers for a sustainable future

Emma Ihre, Head of Sustainable Business at the Swedish Ministry of Finance
Title of keynote speech: Implementing sustainability into governance of state-owned enterprises
Presentation

André Veneman, Director of HSE & Sustainability, AkzoNobel
Title of keynote speech: More value from fewer resources
Presentation

Annika Axelsson, Founder of Dem Collective
Title of keynote speech: By Dem corporate with ethics included
Presentation

Susanne Freidberg, Professor and Chair of Geography at Dartmouth College
Title of keynote speech: The renaissance of life cycle assessment: a social scientist’s perspective
Presentation

Closing ceremony

Rob Jenkinsson, Director of Corporate Sustainability at SKF
Title of keynote speech: Beyond zero – bringing life cycle management to life in SKF
Presentation

Teresa Fogelberg, GRI’s Deputy Chief Executive
Title of keynote speech: Sustainability reporting as a key in LCM – the role of GRI


Summing up LCM 2013

Interested in statistics about LCM 2013 and/or session reflections? Have a look at Summing up LCM 2013 and Session reflections LCM 2013.


Photos from LCM 2013

Photos of LCM 2013, by Johan Wingborg


Thank you…

… all delegates for coming to LCM 2013 and sharing YOUR perspectives on life cycle management.


Life Cycle Management conference – Making entire production and consumption systems more sustainable in practice

Today, the 6th International Conference on Life Cycle Management starts in Gothenburg. The conference is a meeting place for industry, academia, authorities and other organizations, where different perspectives on managing life cycles will be discussed, such as how to take action to research more sustainable production and consumption systems.

 

Life cycle management – LCM – is all about making entire production and consumption systems more sustainable in practice. It is an empowering concept that opens up new opportunities to influence these systems beyond organizational and national borders. Many types of actors, consumers, as well as producers, policy makers, NGOs and financial analysts have the potential to make a difference. And yet, none of them fully control the life cycle chain, there is a need for joint action. This year’s conference theme – Perspectives of managing life cycles – was chosen to shed light upon the many dimensions of life cycle management needed to achieve life cycle action in practice. The theme includes the importance of local versus global perspectives, roles and responsibilities for different actors and the relations between divergent theoretical and practical conceptions of sustainable value chains. The conference homepage www.lcm2013.org

 - Chalmers was pioneers within life cycle management, therefore it is of great pleasure to arrange this conference, says Anne-Marie Tillman, Professor in Environmental Systems Analysis and Chair of the Scientific and business committee of LCM 2013.

The conference is biannual and has previously been held in e.g. Barcelona, Cape Town and Berlin. This year’s conference is arranged by the Swedish Life Cycle Center – which aims for Credible and applied life cycle thinking globally. Partners are Chalmers University of Technology (host of the center), KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, ABB, AkzoNobel, SCA, SKF, Vattenfall, Volvo Group, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden. The center homepage: www.lifecyclecenter.se


A few seats available for social events

If interested, please contact the information desk at the conference venue. 


LCM 2013 – Fully booked

The conference is now fully booked and the registration is closed.


Conference proceedings

We are happy to now have published the conference proceedings. Interested? Please go to http://conferences.chalmers.se/index.php/LCM/LCM2013/schedConf/presentations.  


LCM 2013 Twitter hashtag: #lcm2013

In five weeks the LCM 2013 conference will take place! Start the discussions already now on Twitter, please use the hashtag #lcm2013


Interested to see already committed organizations?

Already 500 delegates have registered for the conference. Some of the already committed organizations are SKF, ABB, AkzoNobel, Audi, BASF, BMW Group, Daimler, Ericsson, Nokia, Renault, SCA, Siemens, Stena Recycling International, TeliaSonera, Tetra Pak, ThyssenKrupp, Unilever, Volkswagen, Volvo Group, European Commission, Swedish EPA, Nordic Ecolabelling, WWF International, Swedish Environmental Management Council, European Central Bank, UNEP, PRé, PE International, Ecoinvent etc. Many other organizations will attend and present their work or findings during the conference. 


Are you a poster presenter?

Poster size should be in A0-format (841 mm x 1189 mm), please find the guidelines under submissions in the main menu above. 


Curious on the scientific program? draft version available

The highly successful predecessor events in Cape Town (2009) and Berlin (2011) will be repeated at LCM 2013. A potent scientific program including special sessions on selected topics will be featured. LCM 2013 has grown even bigger since previous years and offers four, and at certain times five, ongoing sessions.

A preliminary version of the scientific program is now available here, Draft program LCM 2013. Please note that the conference program might be subject to change. 

Up to date schedule


Book your accommodation early

All participants, please book your hotel early and make sure you will have your accommodation close to the conference venue.


Last chance for early-bird

17 May last chance for early-bird. Please note it is only possible to pay by credit card. 


The registration is now open

As chairs of the Organizing Committee we are honored to invite you to the LCM 2013 conference in Gothenburg.

Please find more information under Registration and register here. We look forward to your participation and welcome you to an exciting and interactive LCM 2013!


Interested in side events? Find information and register here

We are happy to invite you to LCM 2013 side events! If you are interested, please find information under Program – Additional meeting.


Join our packaging and product design contest

Taking life cycle thinking home - Packaging as Mean of Consumer Information. 

Poster: Packaging has endless possibilities

Link to registration and submission

LCM 2013 like to invite the creative potential in schools, universities and companies to design packaging and products that increase consumer awareness and behavior in line with life cycle thinking.

Packaging and product design can provide a function of communication, we seldom assess in LCAs. There is a lot of space that can provide information e.g. on the content of the pack, environmental labeling or even environmental performance. In some countries the space is even used for societal communication like photos of lost children. However, the space available offers a stage for more. As a part of managing everybody’s everyday life cycles, bringing knowledge to those interested is a challenging, but useful task. Packaging and product design could be used to make life cycle thinking easier to grasp and apply for the general public, by raising awareness or even changing behavior in favor of social, economic or environmental improvements in a life cycle perspective. Ideas could include how to further “known” messages like how the product shall be recycled, but also add new ones like: “Environmental burden from food loss – empty your package completely!” or “Insulate your homes to inhibit global warming”.

Call for contributions from industry, academia and students

The exhibition is open for contributions from students and researchers as well as companies and non-commercial organizations. It embraces both realized and concept stage products. Take this opportunity to challenge your design team, or include the topic in student courses!

Submissions

Proposals shall be submitted in a pdf file consisting of one or two A4 pages:

  • The first page should include the project’s title, pictures, renders, plans or illustrations of the package/product
  • The second page should include a short written description (max 1 A4, text size 12 pt single spacing). The written description could be included in the first page if desired
  • Other than the project title this file should be anonymous: No name or reference to the submitting institutions or persons should be present anywhere in this file.

Deadline for submissions is March 28, 2013. On acceptance to the LCM 2013 exhibition, the exhibitor shall provide a sample of the designed packaging or product, together with a poster presenting the idea. Notifications of the selected designs will be done by the beginning of May, 2013. 

Register and submit your contribution under the heading “Packaging exhibition”.

Selection of exhibits

The exhibits will be chosen by an international independent committee. Contributions showing new/innovative design solutions, encouraging life cycle thinking and/or having the potential to lead to real changes in consumer behavior will be prioritized. A best contribution award will be given to the most prominent student work.

Contact

Hans J Garvens, LCA Consultant and Review, h.garvens/at/lca-cr.de
Isabel Ordonez Pizarro, Chalmers Design and Human factors, isabel.ordonez/at/chalmers.se


LCM 2013 in LinkedIn

You are now able to follow LCM 2013 in LinkedIn, see LCM 2013 LinkedIn-group


Great interest in LCM 2013

We have now closed the submission for oral and poster presentations.

Thank you all for your contribution to the conference. We are happy to inform that we have received almost 500 abstracts. Submitted abstracts will now be reviewed by the LCM 2013 scientific and business committee. Notification of acceptance is given early March 2013.


SUNDAY – last day for abstact submission

Deadline for abstract submissions to LCM 2013 is on SUNDAY – January 13. Please note that all abstracts must be registered in the submission system by 23.59 this date.

Regarding publications of abstracts/full papers: There will be a conference proceeding complemented with thematic journal special issues.


The first Keynote Speakers official

We are happy to present Tom Johnstone, President and CEO, AB SKF and Susanne Freidberg, Professor of Geography Dartmouth College, as keynote speakers. Read more about Tom and Susanne.

 

 


New deadline to send in your submissions to LCM 2013

New deadline to send in your submissions to LCM 2013. All sessions are further described under “submissions” in the main menu. 

Please pay attention to the format of each session! Sessions having different formats than traditional oral setting (such as workshops, panel discussions, round tables etc.) may have divergent requirements on the type of contributions sought for. Read carefully the description of each session to know what to submit in your specific case.

Register and submit your contribution here. Please note that we only accept contributions that are sent in through this registration system.

Abstracts are limited to 2200 characters. You also need to select which session that best suit your submission. This is to assist with the review process and the creation of the conference program itself. Submissions might be changed between sessions to fit the final program. The upload of a file is required for the PechaKucha ecodesign workshop (ppt) and the Packaging exhibition/design contest (pdf). No files are required for traditional abstracts.   

Deadline for contributions is January 13, 2013. (Exceptions are the PechaKucha ecodesign workshop and the Packaging exhibition/design contest, where the deadline for contributions is March 18, 2013.)


Registration for submissions open

You can now register and send in your submissions to LCM 2013. All sessions are further described under “submissions” in the main menu.  

Please pay attention to the format of each session! Sessions having different formats than traditional oral setting (such as workshops, panel discussions, round tables etc.) may have divergent requirements on the type of contributions sought for. Read carefully the description of each session to know what to submit in your specific case.

Register and submit your contribution here. Please note that we only accept contributions that are sent in through this registration system.

Abstracts are limited to 2200 characters. You also need to select which session that best suit your submission. This is to assist with the review process and the creation of the conference program itself. Submissions might be changed between sessions to fit the final program. The upload of a file is required for the PechaKucha ecodesign workshop (ppt) and the Packaging exhibition/design contest (pdf). No files are required for traditional abstracts.    

Deadline for contributions is 1st of December 2012. (Exceptions are the PechaKucha ecodesign workshop and the Packaging exhibition/design contest, where the deadline for contributions is March 18, 2013.)


Exhibition – Help taking life cycle thinking home

LCM 2013 conference invites you to participate in our design competition for packaging and products that increase consumer awareness and behavior in line with life cycle thinking.

Competition rules and more information


1st call for abstracts

We are happy to invite you all, whether from business, academia, public bodies or NGOs, to send in abstracts to LCM 2013. From now on, you can find the main topics of the conference presented in the call for abstracts. Under submissions, you will also find all topics listed together with a short description and tentative format. Please note that all topics are preliminary and may be adjusted.

Registration for abstracts will open during fall 2012, with deadline for contributions December 2012.


Newly built Clarion Hotel Post – conference venue for LCM 2013

The conference venue will be the newly built Clarion Post Hotel, in central Gothenburg, http://www.clarionpost.com/english.

Clarion Hotel Post opened January 26th 2012.


Call for abstracts – coming soon

The organizing committee will soon call for abstracts. For news and other conference information, please register your e-mail here.


Become a Sponsor?

As Chairs of the Organizing Committee, we are honored to introduce you to the 6th International Conference on Life Cycle Management.

Companies’ interest in Life Cycle Management is growing rapidly. This is seen not least in the increased interest in the LCM conference series over the years. The driving forces are mainly the business opportunities of a holistic perspective on products’ sustainability, but also a need to effectively manage new policy requirements, and increased expectations of customers, consumers, and other stakeholders, such as investors, shareholders, and the general public.

By sponsoring LCM 2013 you will get high visibility in relation to the latest development in product sustainability. You will be able to directly promote your products and way of working to about 500 decision-makers and practitioners from companies, research institutes, universities and authorities. Participants are expected from more than 30 countries making the conference the ideal venue to provide your institution with an exceptional level of international exposure for your products and services and to significantly enhance your visibility and reputation with regard to sustainability.

More information, see the folder LCM 2013 Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities


Planning sessions

The organizing committee is now planning the program based on your suggestions for sessions. You will soon be contacted if your suggestion has been selected (based on the conference theme).


Merry Christmas and Happy New 2012

Thank you all for this years LCM conference activities. We now want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


More interactive sessions and sessions from industry and policy-makers

We are happy to inform that we have received many suggestions on sessions to the conference. However we would like to see more proposals from industry and policy-makers. We also encourage more innovative and interactive formats on sessions, such as thematic or sector oriented workshops, interactive exhibitions, panel discussions, value chain brokerages etc.


Best of the Life Cycle Conference in Berlin

Ecomobility.TV was in Berlin to interview the renewed international experts on Life Cycle Assessment who explained why it is so important to consider the big picture when it comes to evaluate the environmental performance of a product or service. You can now see a film Best of the Life Cycle Conference in Berlin, follow the link http://ecomobility.tv/2011/11/11/best-of-life-cycle-conference-berlin/.


Invitation to submit sessions

We invite all who are interested to further the knowledge and practice of life cycle management, whether from businesses, academia, public bodies or NGOs, to suggest sessions for the LCM 2013. We welcome suggestions for conventional sessions as well as innovative and interactive formats such as thematic or sector oriented workshops, interactive exhibitions, panel discussions, value chain brokerages etc. We also invite suggestions for seminars around professional skills, e.g. on education or dissemination.

You will find the invitation here, Call for Sessions.

For further information and instructions go to Submissions.


Thank you for LCM 2011

LCM 2011 is now finished, with more than 500 delegates. Thank you prof. Matthias Finkbeiner and all of your team for your engagement and hard work in organizing this event, and congratulations to yet another highly successful conference in the LCM series.


LCM 2013 Welcome Presentation

You are now able to see the LCM 2013 Welcome presentation, held during the closing session in Berlin.

 

See it here, Welcome to Gothenburg 2013


LCM 2011

Hope to see you in Berlin in August, for the 5th International Conference on Life Cycle Management. More information, visit www.lcm2011.org


Perspectives on Managing Life Cycles

Now can you find information about the conference theme – Perspectives on Managing the life cycles, see PROGRAM in the menu.


Organizing Committee

The organizational arrangements will be managed through a local organizational committee with representatives from university, institutes and industry:

  • Dr. Emma Rex, CPM – the Swedish Life Cycle Center, Chalmers University of Technology, (Chair of Organizing Committee)
  • Sara Palander, CPM – the Swedish Life Cycle Center, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Professor Ann-Marie Tillman, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers University of Technology (Chair of Scientific Committee, Co-chair of Organizing Committee)
  • PhD. Henrikke Baumann, Environmental Systems Analysis, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Dr. Tomas Rydberg, IVL – Swedish Environmental Research Institut
  • Johan Widheden, Environmental Assessment Specialist, AkzoNobel
  • Dr. Ulf Sonesson, Vice Director, SIK – The Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology
  • Ellen Riise, Senior Scientist, SCA

Welcome to the webpage for LCM 2013

As Chairs of the Organizing Committee, we are honored to introduce you to the webpage for the 6th International Conference on Life Cycle Management.