Call for abstracts: SETAC Europe 26th LCA Symposium

Thursday, 14 March, 2024
Abstract submissions for sessions at the upcoming SETAC Europe 26th LCA Symposium are open. Submit your abstract to showcase your work, share insights and engage in meaningful discussions centred around life cycle assessment (LCA).

The theme of the conference is “Making LCA meaningful: good data, better models, sustainable decisions”, with sessions focusing on life cycle inventory in practice, life cycle impact assessment, life cycle management and the progress and challenges in different industrial sectors. 

“We have been overwhelmed by the response to our open call for sessions. It looks like we will be seeing a wide range of LCA methodological work and applications spanning everything from agriculture to artificial intelligence, and from public policy to business management, so most people will find a home,” says Gregory Peters, conference chair and scientific director at Swedish Life Cycle Center.

The line-up of preliminarily accepted session proposals reflects the continued use of LCA in many fields but also its increasing application, for example, to battery and textile technologies. When compared to the sessions of the previous conference in this series, the call for sessions seemed to indicate there is increasing interest in biodiversity and land-use, consistent with heightened awareness of the ecological aspects of products and systems in an LCA context.  It is also noticeable that people are looking at AI both in relation to the immense environmental impacts of IT systems globally, but also the potential benefits of automated data acquisition and learning processes.

“Past conferences in this series have helped participants get a grip on where consensus can exist in LCA practice, and where particularity matters. Personally, I am hoping to learn which topics seem to be heading towards consensus or instead discovering the need for differentiation,” says Gregory Peters. 

The symposium offers an inclusive scientific program with presentations, discussions, workshops, and social interactions, promoting networking and collaboration with the focus on enhancing the entire process of life cycle assessment to bring about positive changes. Practical case studies and methodological contributions related to applications of LCA are welcome, whether for innovation, policy development, communication, or other purposes. 

“There is a good chance that if you are interested in LCA or life cycle management you will find allies here. This conference series has played a huge role in the global development of LCA, making it a place where you can stand up, see the horizon, and get useful feedback from people who understand you,” says Gregory Peters. 

How do I submit my abstract? 

Follow the instructions for abstract submissions on the SETAC Europe 26th LCA Symposium web page. The deadline for abstract submissions is firmly set for Wednesday 22 May 2024. 

Submit your abstract

About the conference 

The conference takes place 21-23 October 2024 in Gothenburg, Sweden. It provides a platform for professionals from academia, research institutions, industry, government agencies, consultancies, and NGOs, to exchange insights, present research findings, and participate in discussions centred around LCA. 

Gothenburg itself serves as an ideal backdrop for the conference, located on Sweden’s scenic west coast and renowned for its strong commitment to sustainability and innovation, considered a world-leading destination for sustainable meetings and events. 

The Symposium is jointly organized by SETAC Europe and the Swedish Life Cycle Center, based in Gothenburg. 

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