Apply by 31 July for December E-waste Academy in Switzerland

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  • 2013•07•18     Switzerland

    The Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) operating unit of the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace will organize the fourth E-waste Academy – Scientists Edition (EWAS), under the aegis of the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) initiative. The 4th EWAS will be held in December in Switzerland, hosted by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention in Geneva.

    The EWAS has, over its first three editions, brought together nearly 60 young researchers from around the world to look at solving the e-waste from different disciplinary perspectives. It has become the foremost forum available to young scientists to share their e-waste knowledge, interact with experts from academia, industry and the policy community, and develop collaborative partnerships.

    The EWAS is open to PhD students, post-docs and early-career researchers from social and physical sciences who are investigating the political, social, economic, environmental, health or technological aspects of e-waste. The programme will include a mix of student presentations, expert lectures, workshops, group work and study tours.

    Applications are now being accepted; the final deadline is 31 July 2013.

    An application comprises a short (3- to 5-page) paper, a completed application form and a recent CV. To download the application form and paper template, please see http://www.step-initiative.org/index.php/ewas.html.

    Topic areas will include (but are not limited to):

    • Transboundary e-waste flows, international e-waste governance
    • Legislation review, policy & regulatory approaches & tools; standards
    • Financing and business models; take back system design; reverse logistics
    • Design for Re-use and Recycling (DfR) / Eco-design; corporate social responsibility (CSR); extended producer responsibility (EPR)
    • Environmental & public health issues
    • Consumer recycling / reuse/ disposal behaviour; consumer awareness campaign design and communication; marketing
    • Technological developments in material recovery and disposal technologies; formal and informal recycling of e-waste;
    • Critical raw materials in e-waste
    • Modelling and forecasting methodologies

    For more information, or to read about this and past years′ academies, please visit the EWAS website.