CAPRI, ITALY / 15-16-17 MAY 2024

Symposium Chairs

  • Andreas Bartl
    Dr. Andreas Bartl is a senior scientist at TU Vienn at the Institute of Chemical, Environmental and Bioscience Engineering. In 2012 he received the Conferment of the right to lecture (“venia docendi”) and the academic title “Privatdozent”. He completed his education as a technical chemist at the TU Wien. After completing his doctorate, he worked for several years in industry in the areas of research & development and production. Since 2002 he is engaged in recycling fibers derived from end-of-life products such as apparel or tires. Currently Andreas is involved in national and H2020 research projects aiming to move the textile industry toward a circular economy. The main focus of the research lies in the area of enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosic fibers in particular for an upscaling and the removal of elastane from textile blends.
  • Jutta Gutberlet

    Jutta Gutberlet is a full professor in Geography, the acting chair of Global Development Studies and affiliated faculty member of the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria (UVic), Canada. She is an award-winning community engaged scholar and leads the Community-Based Research Laboratory. In research and practice her work focuses on intersectional and interdisciplinary themes related to waste and sustainability in a broad global context. She is interested in everyday livelihoods and development issues, related to waste governance particularly in the global South. She brings an overlapping socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental perspective and a participatory action-oriented approach to research that seeks to promote local livelihoods and a healthy global environment. Her research involves local participants which allows disenfranchised communities and individuals to use their agency to achieve greater social and environmental justice. Currently, she is engaging in the creation of a university for and with waste pickers, in Brazil (UNICATA).

  • Maria Cristina Lavagnolo
    Associate Professor in Environmental Sanitary Engineering at the University of Padova. She teaches Circular and Sustainable Waste Management at the university of Padova and at ENSTP-National Advanced School of Public Works at Yaoundé (Cameroon). Principal Investigator of the multidisciplinary study center research group CEWMS-Circular Economy of Waste Materials and Sustainability, at the University of Padova, promoting the sustainable circular economy in industrial processes and companies . In the last few years she has been mainly involved in projects regarding the waste cycle/recycle, fate of bioplastics in the aquatic environments, and the decentralization of the integrated solid and liquid waste management.
  • Ian Williams

    Professor of Applied Environmental Science and Associate Dean (Enterprise) in the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, UK. He has an established track record in the field of environmental pollution and waste management. His work at Southampton has focused on pollution, waste- and carbon-related issues. Ian has published extensively in books and peer-reviewed journals as well as producing over 100 commercial project reports. He has a long track record of holding positions as an External Examiner for taught and research degrees, service on external bodies, sitting on the scientific and organizing committees of several international conferences, working on national and international task groups. Ian has received a number of awards for his research activities, including: the International Solid Waste Association Publication Award in 2016 and 2017, the Institution of Civil Engineers Baker Medal in 2010 and awards from the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (Waste Regulation Award 2010, 2012/13, 2013/14 and 2014/15; James Jackson Award 2006, 2015/16, 2016/17; J.C. Dawes Award 2016).

  • Raffaello Cossu - Honorary Chair

    Raffaello Cossu, retired in 2018, is Emeritus Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Padova (IT). He is Chairman of "Sardinia" International Symposia on Waste Management and Sustainable Landfilling, and “Venice” International Symposia on Biomass and Waste to Energy. He carried out intensive scientific research on landfilling and designed more than 20 landfills in Italy and abroad.  President of IWWG (International Waste Working Group) from 2004 to 2009. From 2009 to 2017 he was Editor in Chief of Waste Management, the international scientific journal published by Elsevier. Since 2018 he is Editor in Chief of DETRITUS, the new IWWG multidisciplinary journal for Waste Resources and Residues. In 2017 he was recipient of the IWWG "A Life for Waste" Award. He has given a series of talks and presentations in conferences on Waste Management and Landfilling throughout the world. He has authored more than 200 articles and conference papers and co-edited five international books on waste management and landfilling technology, published by Academic Press, Elsevier, EF and Spon.