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Brazilian and foreign researchers discussed for three days at the University Paulista, Indianópolis Campus) the topic of the 6th International Workshop Advances in Cleaner Production: "Ten Years Working Together for a Sustainable Future".
The international conference was organized by the Postgraduate Program in Production Engineering (Master's and Doctoral Program) and counted with the partnership of the UNIFI (University of Firenze, Italy), UNISON (Universidad de Sonora, México), the University of Manitoba (Canada), BNU (Beijing Normal University, China), the Journal of Cleaner Production, and the ACPN (Advances in Cleaner Production Network).
The conference received financial support from the funding agencies FAPESP (Fundação do Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo), which was fundamental to the achievement of the 6th IWACP. The 6th IWACP also counted with financial support from TNO Innovation (through the inno4SD.net) and from Instituto Jatobás along with the sponsorship of ABEPRO (Brazilian Association of Production Engineering).
The partnership with the Journal of Cleaner Production, that was started during the 1st IWACP was maintained with the support of the Co-Editors in Chief: Prof. Cecilia M. V. B. Almeida, Prof Yutao Wang and Prof. Jiri Klemes and resulted, as occurred at the other five previous conferences, in the Call for Papers for a special issue of the journal to be published with the best works presented in this sixth edition.
The Vice Dean for Post-Graduate Studies and Scientific Research of UNIP had the merit of the conference success, having been responsible for infrastructure support. Also the UNIP Chorus performed a Brazilian repertoire.
The organizing Committee considered that all the pre-established goals proposed to be attained during the 6th Workshop were fully reached:
(1) The academic information exchange goal was fully achieved. It was significant the number of participating academic institutions (78 universities and colleges), that reflected in the 149 academic contributions presented. The excellent quality of the contributions presented, in a process of continuous improvement as was seen edition by edition, resulted in another invitation by the Journal of Cleaner Production (JCP), for a sixth special issue.
(2) Presentations of recent achievements in CP were made by a significant number of companies.
(3) The common problems and routing of solutions was extensively and deeply discussed at plenary sessions, oral presentations, and workshops. Six workshops were offered during the conference, where working groups were formed to discuss attitudes needed to contribute to the integration of CP practices and strategies in the search for sustainability. These activities were coordinated by foreigner and national invited speakers.
(4) The increase in international relationship through individual and institutional contact was a goal achieved. Participants of 14 countries attended the conference.
(5) The deepening of the discussion on the fundamental theme of the conference: Ten Years Working Together for a Sustainable Future was the concern of the conference.
Given these impressive results, the Organizing Committee is honored for having organized the 6th International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production.