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Seminar on the future of Artificial Intelligence in the context of Industrial Ecology: Opportunities and challenges

Science for Democracy is supporting a seminar on the future of artificial intelligence in the context of industrial ecology that will take place on June 21st, 2021.

Artificial Intelligence applications are increasingly present in the daily lives of citizens, in cities and in industries offering great potential to reach sustainability objectives. Objectives that Industrial Ecology as a science of sustainability supports through the quantification of energy and material flows, documenting industrial processes and the social and environmental impacts due to our global production and consumption system.

This seminar aims to effectively connect the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Ecology. It is part of the Industrial Ecology Day and it seeks to collect the community views on the current and long-term application and implications of Artificial Intelligence for the field of Industrial Ecology. 

Some of the questions we will try to answer:

  • How will industrial ecology assessment abilities be enhanced by AI applications?
  • How is data going to be collected, managed, stored and accessed by the different actors?
  • What societal and ethical benefits and risks can we identify?

Structure of the seminar

Abstract presentations

21st of June 7:00AM – 8:45AM CET

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Panel discussion

21st of June 9:00AM – 10:45AM CET


  • Jillian Campbell, Head of Monitoring, Review and Reporting UN Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Gang Liu, Professor, University of Southern Denmark Department of Green Technology (IGT)
  • Rohit Nishant, Associate Professor, Université Laval – Department of Management Information Systems
  • Andreas Frömelt, Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich – Department of Ecological Systems Design 

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Franco Donati and Chen Li (Leiden University, Institute of Environmental Science CML)

Sebastien Dente and Xaysackda Vilaysouk (Ritsumeikan University, Department of Environmental Systems Engineering)

Supported by Science for Democracy 

For more information please contact Franco Donati: