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WTERT (Greece and U.S.) PARTICIPATION IN ISWA- APESB 2009 WORLD CONGRESS:“Turning Waste into Ideas” (Oct 12-15, Lisbon, Portugal)

Dr. Efstratios Kalogirou

Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University, NY, USA, President SYNERGIA, Greece synergia@synergia.com.gr

Dr Efstratios Kalogirou from the Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University and the president of SYNERGIA (WTERT Greece) participated in the ISWA World Congress 2009, held between 12-15 October 2009, in Lisbon, Portugal and was attended by more than 700 participants worldwide.

The event was organised by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the Portuguese Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (APESB) and constitute a premier scientific and technical international event in the field of solid waste management. The theme of the Congress “Turning Waste into Ideas” was a starting point for exchange knowledge and experiences in order to reach the best waste management solutions for all the sectors of our society, from industry to arts. Besides the classic scientific sessions, the Congress activities also included an Ibero-american symposium. The Programme Committee invited recognized world leaders to anchor each Congress theme, and also additional platform speakers and poster presenters to complement the invited speakers.

The main objectives of the conference were :

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    Peer to peer learning and network development.

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    Fostering innovation solutions in the solid waste sector.

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    Covering gaps in international legal and development targets.

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    Developing a research and technology agenda.

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    Socializing and establishment of links between technical practitioners and policy


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