Closed cycles and the Circular Society 2023: The power of ecological engineering


October 1st – 5th, 2023

365DAYS 24Hours 43Minutes 52Seconds

Welcome Message

Manifesto of Ecological Engineering

Conference Chair: Alexandros Stefanakis

Co-chair: Andreas Schoenborn

We are very pleased to invite you to join us at the International Conference “Closed cycles and the Circular Society 2023: The power of ecological engineering” of the International Ecological Engineering Society (IEES). The conference will be held between October 1st – 5th, 2023 in Platanias – Chania on the island of Crete, Greece with physical presence and is organised by the Technical University of Crete.
This is a special conference for us, as it marks the 30th anniversary since the foundation of the IEES in 1993! In this frame, our aim is to deliver and spread the message of redefining the ecological engineering discipline and communicate the IEES’s vision of an ecology-inspired circular engineering, as described in the Manifesto of Ecological Engineering.
An extended spectrum of conference topics has been formed indicating this modern holistic approach of Ecological Engineering.

The general conference topics are the
i) Use of ecological elements and ecosystems to reduce pollution
ii) Use of ecosystems in a circular society
iii) Circular design and integrated planning approaches for increased resiliency
iv) Resource recovery and reuse
v) Climate change, green and just transition, and carbon neutrality: the role of ecological engineers
vi) Regenerative agriculture
vii) Ecological Engineering and the mining industry
viii) Ecological Engineering Education

The official working language for the conference is English.

There will be oral and flash oral presentations and poster sessions.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Chania!

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The Location

We are delighted to welcome you in the region of Chania on the island of Crete in Greece. Chania area is one of the most appealing and worldwide popular tourist destinations of Greece.

The city of Chania is built on the area of Minoan Kidonia (3.000-2.800 BC), which according to mythology was founded by King Kydon and was one of the most important cities of Crete, as Homer mentioned. Chania is today a wonderful mixture result of Eastern and Western civilizations, a beautiful, picturesque town with a charming medieval old town, the iconic Venetian harbour, numerous old buildings, museums, churches and crafts shops, some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, intriguing castles and a unique natural landscape. You will also understand why Cretan cuisine (widely known as Mediterranean diet) has gained worldwide acclaim. In the fish tavernas, rakadika and historic cafes, the flavours of Crete will win you over.

The small but long shaped village of Platanias where the conference will take place, is one of the most popular tourists resorts in Crete and the main tourist resort of Chania Prefecture. Located just 10 kilometres west of Chania, Platanias is ideal for people who want a seaside holiday with a busy nightlife, bars, restaurants, a large 7-kilometres long sandy beach and countless hotels. Platanias lies at the mouth of the River Platanias, which was called the Iardanos in Homer’s time. The river banks were once lined with plane trees (platania in Greek), whence the name of the area.

The conference takes place in the first days of October, an ideal season to visit Crete. The summer peak temperatures are past, but the weather is still warm enough for swimming in the sea and enjoying a dinner or a drink outdoors.