Following the huge success of the E-waste Summer Schools in 2009 and 2010, the StEP E-waste Summer School 2011 will take place from 11 – 22 September in Eindhoven/Netherlands, Antwerp/Belgium and include participation in the World Resources Forum in Davos/Switzerland.
The StEP E-waste Summer School is a pioneering concept in research and education on e-waste, looking at the waste electrical and electronic equipment issue in its entirety, rather than through the lens of one specific academic discipline. The Summer School provides the foremost platform to young scientists involved in e-waste related research to share their knowledge, interact with experts and develop collaborative partnerships fostering cutting-edge scientific research on all areas related to e-waste - from policies and technologies to economics and social aspects.
Organized by United Nations University as host of the Secretariat of the StEP Initiative and supported by SWICO Recycling, Philips, Umicore, Nokia, Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Empa, this year’s Summer School will be placed under the theme “Closing resource loops – Complexities and solutions in managing e-waste”. The interdisciplinary course program aims at stimulating thought and intellectual development in an open and diverse environment and comprises a mix of student presentations, expert lectures, group work and study tours.
The Call for Applications is now open. StEP is pleased to once again invite applications from doctoral students, final year master students and early career post-docs currently researching on e-waste and related areas to come together and share knowledge, interact with experts and gain a holistic view on e-waste. A focus is placed on e-waste in emerging economies, thus researchers in developing and emerging economies and/or exploring the challenges and solutions of e-waste management in these countries are especially encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is 1 May 2011.
StEP E-waste Summer School Website