ISWA World Congress 2021 – Call for Abstracts
The ISWA World Congress is the flagship event of the International Solid Waste Association where practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and academics from across the world gather to network, collaborate, learn, and inspire!
The next ISWA World Congress is being held in Athens, 4-7 October 2021, hosted by the Hellenic Solid Waste Management Association (HSWMA). The Congress with an overall theme of “From waste management to a circular economy – the road ahead” will include keynote and plenary sessions by invited speakers, and concurrent sessions with oral and poster presentations by the participants. Therefore, the ISWA World Congress 2021 Programme Committee invites abstracts for oral and poster presentations.
The current COVID-19 pandemic still brings a lot of insecurities for in person events being able to take place, including the World Congress in Athens. The congress will be available in-person and hybrid version. Should in-person events not be allowed in October, the World Congress will be held entirely virtually.
Important Dates Open for Abstract Submission:
9 March 2021
22 March 2021
5 April 2021
The Congress will focus on the following themes:
● Understanding circular economy: concepts, limitations, and questions
o Definitions and practices
o Closed loops and recycling markets
o The relationship between circular and low carbon economies
o Substances of concern (chemicals, pathogens)
o The role of digitalisation in a circular economy
o Global value chains and circular economy
o Metrics and indicators
o Clean loops: myth or reality?
● Waste Management in the Circular Economy
o The role of final sinks in a circular economy
o Waste minimisation and prevention
o The role of energy recovery in a circular economy
o The role of bio waste management in circular models
o The central role of depollution and pathogens destruction (example: COVID19)
o Circular economy and fuels derived from waste
o Redefining recycling towards circular models
o COVID-19 impact lessons on the waste sector and circular industry
o Hazardous substances management in a circular economy
o The role of landfills in a circular economy (transitioning from dumpsites to sanitary landfills, landfill mining, sustainable landfill management)
● The role of governance in the shift towards a circular economy
o Circular Economy policies and regulations
o Extended Producer Responsibility, deposit return systems, and alternatives
o Stakeholder inclusion and communications
o New processes, new materials, new rules: enhancing standards, international rules, and framework conditions
● Circular economy and plastics
o Single use plastics and their fate
o Nano-plastics and their impacts
o Material replacement possibilities and impacts
o Pros and cons of increasing online delivery packaging
o Plastic waste and globalization
o Mechanical vs chemical plastic recycling: pros and cons
● Circular Economy and the tourism industry o Impact of large-scale sanitary considerations related to COVID-19
o Towards zero waste hotels
o Greening the islands
● Circular Economy in the Balkan Region, Mediterranean, and the EU sphere of influence
● Marine Litter in the Mediterranean context o Marine Litter prevention
o Impact of the refugee crisis
o Costs of inaction
o Methodologies to assess and model marine litter
All the abstracts submitted will be reviewed and assigned to an appropriate session. Authors of the accepted abstracts will be notified of the method of presentation as follows:
1. Oral Presentation
2. Poster Presentation: posters are reports summarizing information using brief written statements and graphic materials, such as graphs, charts, figures, and photographs mounted on a poster board, the dimensions of which must not exceed the allocated space per poster.
● Detailed poster guidelines shall be sent at the time of acceptance.
Abstract submitters may choose the method of the presentation upon abstract submission. However, please note the final classification will be decided by the ISWA World Congress 2021 Programme Committee.
If a speaker cannot join physically due to corona regulations preventing him/her to join the in person event, an option will be provided to do the presentation virtually.
General Guidelines for Abstract Submission
An abstract should contain at least the following information:
● Title of the session according to the themes listed above (a maximum of 2 themes can be selected)
● Abstract of the content of the contribution/presentation (maximum 300 words)
● Short biography and photo
Submissions of abstracts can be made online through via email at email@example.com. Submissions must be in English and may only be made once.
All abstracts should directly link to at least one conference theme. The abstract should be informative and stand alone in its content and meaning. It should include a brief introduction, methods used, key results, brief discussion, and a conclusion. The abstract will be reviewed based on technical merit, scientific contribution, and relevance under the chosen theme.
Authors should make every effort to craft a well written abstract and ensure that the abstract is easy to read and understand. We suggest that authors keep sentences simple, use the active voice, and spell out any abbreviations or acronyms. There is a limit of two abstract submissions for a single author. Abstracts may be submitted for either oral presentation or poster presentation. Oral presentations should not exceed 20 minutes of speaking time.
All abstracts will be reviewed by at least 2 members of the ISWA World Congress 2021 Programme Committee and will make the final decision.
Conditions of acceptance
By submitting an abstract, authors agree to publication of the abstract, if accepted, on the conference website and in other conference materials such as the Conference Proceedings. Authors also agree to publication of photos, video recordings or live streaming of the presentations.
The Programme Committee of ISWA 2021 World Congress is the final arbiter of:
● Whether the abstract is accepted or rejected
● Whether it will be an oral or a poster presentation
● The session in which the abstract will be placed
● The date and time that the presentations will take place
Please note: All accepted presenters are required to register and pay the conference registration fees.
Registration fees for presenters:
Virtual: €425. For countries according to this UN list: €380
Payment terms: through the online registration system after acceptance. Prices are including 24% VAT
If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Andreopoulos Andreas, Chairman, NTUA
Prof. Angelopoulos Georgios, UPATRAS
Mr. Björn Appelqvist, Chair of the ISWA Scientific and Technical Committee
Prof. Aravosis Konstantin, NTUA
Prof. Georgakellos Dimitris, UNIPI
Prof. Dermatas Dimitris, NTUA
Prof. Haralambous Katherine-Joanne, NTUA
Dr. Kolokotroni Konstantina, MOU
Prof. Komilis Dimitris, DUTH
Prof. Lasaridi Katia, HUA
Prof. Loizidou Maria, NTUA
Dr. Mavropoulos Antonios, ISWA
Dr. Michalopoulos Evangelos, VMA
Prof. Mousiopoulos Nikolaos, AUTH
Dr. Panagiotakis Iraklis, ΑΕCOM
Dr. Reklitis Grigoris, Min. EE
MSc. Skiadi Olga, Coca-Cola3E
Dr. Varelidis Petros, Min. EE
Prof. Velis Costas, Univ. of Leeds, Chair of ISWA Marine Litter Task Force
Ms. Aditi Ramola, ISWA STC Coordinator and Technical Director
ISWA Working Groups:
Dr. Marco Ricci-Jürgensen, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Biological Treatment of Waste
Dr. Johannes Paul, Vice-Chair of ISWA Working Group on Climate Change and Waste Management
Mr. Zeng Guang, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Collection and Transportation Technology
Mr. Tom De Bruyckere, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Communication and Social Issues
Mr. Joachim Quoden, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Governance and Legal Issues
Mr. Nicolas Humez, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Hazardous Waste
Dr. Anne Woolridge, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Healthcare Waste
Mr. James Law, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Landfills and Task Force on Closing Dumpsites
Dr. Anne Scheinberg, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Recycling and Waste Minimisation
Mr. Johnny Stuen, Chair of ISWA Working Group on Energy Recovery