Call for Abstracts

The SEM Berlin 2019 conference will host parallel sessions for oral presentations as well as poster sessions. Abstract contributors may indicate their preferred presentation style (oral presentation OR poster), which will be taken into account by the reviewing committee in their final decision announcements.

Abstract submission dates

Extended abstract submission deadline: 20. January 2019  30. January 2019
Abstract acceptance announcement: 15. February 2019

Abstract contents

Abstracts are submitted as text only, in English and can be no more than 1600 characters in length. For preparing your abstract it is advisable to include the following information:

  • The research question and hypothesis
  • Methods and data used
  • Results (may be preliminary or expected results)
  • Novelty or significance of the research


You will be asked to choose a topic which most closely relates to your abstract. Your topic can either be from the following list of themes of core Socio-Economic Metabolism themes, or from the list of special focus topics.

Core SEM Topics

  • Methodological and analytical advances in socio-economic metabolism
  • Linking socio-economic metabolism with climate change
  • Material flow analysis and stocks and flows dynamic
  • Circular economy
  • Modeling and scenarios of socio-economic metabolism
  • Urban metabolism & low carbon urban development
  • Well-being within planetary boundaries
  • Sustainable mining and resource management
  • Trade, global flows, and their embodied environmental impacts
  • Resource efficiency and climate change
  • Policies and theory for the sustainable use of resources
  • Environmentally Extended Input-Output analysis
  • Carbon-, material-, and water-footprints

Special Focus Topics

New challenges

Demographic evolution, technological development, in particular digitalisation, urbanization and industrialization in emerging economies, trade, the need to adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts and the international commitment to the sustainable development goals are creating new challenges for managing natural resources sustainably. In addition, securing access to natural resources and decreasing the dependency on potentially critical resources has become a priority for governments and industry.

Systemic Feedbacks

The socio-economic metabolism is complex and includes many delays and feedbacks, either within resource cycles or between different resources. For example, many green technologies to save greenhouse gas emissions depend on critical minerals, making these industries potentially vulnerable to supply disruptions. Ore grades of many essential metals are declining and the metals can be extracted only by use of dramatically increasing amounts of energy and water, or the increasing integration of national economies into the world trade network created a new regime that globally reallocates the environmental costs and the benefits of natural resource use. The systemic impacts of these complex interactions on local, regional and global levels are an important emerging topic in SEM research.

Advanced methods and data management

While the traditional SEM methods such as static and dynamic material flow analysis, energy flow analysis, environmentally extended input-output analysis and life cycle analysis are still wildly used, the community has recently moved on to employ novel methods and models such as data mining techniques, machine learning, complex network analysis, integrated assessment models. In addition initiatives are ongoing to develop procedures and platforms to harmonize and share and manage the large data sets that have been compiled by SEM and other researchers.


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Reviewing process

 All abstracts will be  peer reviewed. Notification of results will be sent by e-mail on February, 15 2019.