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The Conference aims to address the significant issue of sustainable solid waste management through the promotion of safe practices & effective technologies. The Conference focuses mainly on modern solid waste technologies. It aims to stimulate the interest of scientists and citizens and inform them about the latest developments in the field of municipal solid waste management. Separation at source, Biological Treatment, the treatment at central facilities, waste prevention, biowaste utilization, recycling promotion, Waste-to-energy technologies & energy recovery, smart technologies for waste management, sludge management, agricultural and livestock waste, management of specific waste streams(construction & demolition waste, waste from electrical and electronic equipment, etc.), biotechnology, Best Available techniques, symbiosis networks, energy consumption and saving, carbon footprint and water footprint, zero-waste initiatives, plastics and bioplastics, marine litter constitute main conference subjects. Special attention will be drawn to the valorization prospects & the products from solid waste, such as: biofuels, compost, materials, etc. It is also our ambition to strengthen the link of the applied research with industry. Hazardous waste & Household hazardous waste also constitute target area of the conference. Emphasis will be placed on circular economy in all key action areas (production, consumption, waste management, secondary raw materials, innovation, investment & monitoring) and all priority sectors (food waste, plastics, biomass and bio-based-products, construction & demolition waste, critical raw materials), as well as waste management issues and resource efficiency in islands and generally isolated and remote areas.

Regarding the extensive plastic waste session, Symbol of 20th century modernity and post-war industrial progress, plastic has revolutionised everyday life in all sectors: construction, automotive industry, electronics and, above all, the food industry. Today, providential plastic has turned into a time bomb, with the revelation of the long-term effects of plastic waste, accused of contaminating our food and polluting our environment. Giant plastic vortexes are developing in the heart of our oceans. And to make matters worse, it has been officially recognized that invisible particles of plastic waste have worked their way into our food.

Before we rush blindly into actions, you are invited to inform the debate and answer the question: which eco-efficient solutions to contribute solving the issue of plastic waste ?

Join our brainstorming session chaired by Prof. Nathalie Gontard (INRA) on the latest advances about «Plastic waste’s impacts minimization» by submitting your abstract on one of the following aspects:

  • 1- Flows of multi-sized (macro-, micro- and nano-) plastic waste, including current management strategies
  • 2- Toxicity and eco-toxicity of multi-sized plastic waste particles (especially at long-term / high exposure)
  • 3- Eco-efficient solutions to reduce plastic waste’s impacts:
    • 3.1 Reducing plastic consumption: plastic-free practices, alternatives (bio-) materials..
    • 3.2 Collecting and converting plastic waste: ocean cleaning initiatives, mechanical, enzymatic and chemical recycling, incineration, pyrolysis ..
  • 4- Plastic waste environmental impacts: assessment and prediction
  • 5- Multi-actors approaches and stakeholders behaviour related to plastic waste such as consumer perception, policy makers awareness, industrial lobbying, legislation and R&D investments etc…

The Conference will provide an opportunity to bring together scientists & professionals from government departments, industries, Municipalities, private institutions, research & education institutions, being a forum for the exchange of the most recent ideas, techniques & experiences in all areas of solid waste management. A special full one-day workshop will also focus on representatives of local authorities and municipalities in order to promote integrated solid waste management schemes.

A site visit - tour will also take place on Saturday 29th June 2019 including visits to waste management facilities.

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of maximum 2 pages in English, including figures and tables (as MS Word file). The abstracts can be submitted electronically via the specific form no later than 15th February 2019.

Abstracts will be accepted based on quality, originality and relevance to the conference themes. All accepted papers will be published as the conference proceedings (CD ROM format), while the best papers after evaluation will be published in scientific journals. We look forward to receiving your paper and we hope to see you actively taking part in the HERAKLION 2019 Conference.

Paper Submissions

After the end of the review process of the abstracts, the authors of the papers accepted for oral and poster presentation are asked to submit a full paper with maximum length of 12 pages. Please send the full paper by email to until 30th April 2019 at the latest.

Important deadlines

15 October 2018 First call for papers
30 November 2018 Second call for papers
15 February 2019 Extended deadline for abstract submission
28 February 2019 Notification of abstract acceptance
20 March 2019 Deadline for Early bird registration
20 April 2019 Deadline for authors to register
30 April 2019 Deadline for submission of full papers

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Event type Conference
File link
Source heraklion2019
Geographical coverage Greece,
Address Heraklion, Crete Island, Greece
Organizer NTUA
Target audience International
Period [26/06/2019 - 29/06/2019]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH