Photography Competition - CRETE 2016

CRETE 2016 features a photo contest entitled "The plastic effect: How is plastic pollution changing our environment".


The ART Gallery steps out of the virtual dimension and take on a tangible form during CRETE 2016. Click here for a preview of the exhibition on Art, Design and Fashion.

New IWWG Regional Branch

The IWWG has launched its 5th Regional Branch. The RUNISRB aims at an enhanced information exchange on waste management issues among Russian and NIS researchers as well as to bridge Europe and Russia / NIS.

CRETE 2016

5thInternational Conference on Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management,  Chania-Crete, Greece, September 27 - 30, 2016. Website, Announcement


6th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste, November 14-17, 2016, Venice, Italy. Website

* IWWG co-sponsored events

Simpósio Ecos da Sardenha 2016

Brasilia, Brazil. 30 August - 1 September


Fátima Nunes
Tel: +55 (11) 5093-7709
Fax: +55 (11) 4191-1135

V International conference on Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management - CRETE 2016

Chania, Crete, Greece. 27 - 30 September, 2016


Organized by: IWWG, Technical University of Crete, University of Padua, Hamburg University of Technology

Click HERE to download the brochure!

The 5th international conference on hazardous and industrial waste management CRETE 2016 will be held in Chania (Crete - Greece),  September 27 - 30, 2016.

The conference will focus on innovative aspects of Hazardous Waste Management, presenting new technologies, describing the state of the art and related case studies, discussing the main controversial subjects, sharing experiences among different countries and evaluating social and financial balances.

Through several sessions and special workshops, CRETE 2016 will mainly focus on:

  • Industrial and Hazardous Waste Regulation / Legislation
  • Industrial and Hazardous Waste Characterization
  • Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management Practices Treatment and Disposal
  • Industrial and Hazardous Waste Production, Minimization and Recycling
  • Hazardous Waste Toxicology - Risk Assessment
  • Treatment of Hazardous Waste Landfill and Mine Leachates
  • Contaminant Release and Transport
  • Management of Contaminated Sites
  • Special Waste (Medical, Radioactive, WEEE, Agro-Industrial, Asbestos etc.)
  • Waste - to - Energy Concepts
  • Case Studies

Following the great success of the 4th Conference, CRETE 2014 which had great participation from a wide variety of countries all over the word, we are pleased to invite you to participate in this upcoming event. More information will be soon available on our official website. Should you need any clarifications please do not hesitate to contact the CRETE 2016 Organizing Secretariat.

We will be honored to welcome you all to Chania, once again and receive your contribution to the conduction of a really interesting and successful Conference.


CRETE 2016 Conference Seretariat

Technical University of Crete Dpt. of Environmental Engineering University Campus

73100, Chania Crete, GREECE

Tel. +30 28210 37790

Fax. + 30 28210 37850



Exhibition of the IWWG ART Gallery during CRETE 2016

Chania, Crete, Greece. 27 - 30 September, 2016

The Sailing Club Café

The IWWG ART Gallery participates at CRETE 2016, 5th International Conference on Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management, with a real exhibition of art, design, photography and fashion from up-cycled waste material.
It will be a major achievement for the Gallery to step out of the virtual dimension and take on a tangible form, when selected items from the on-line collection will be showcased in the Sailing Club Café, a beautiful space in the picturesque harbor of Chania.
The location of the exhibition also ties in with the main theme of the Crete conference, as particular attention will be given to the problematic of plastic pollution in the sea. The opening of the exhibition, on the afternoon of 26th September, will mark the start of the conference and it is likely to draw many visitors, not only from the delegates list, throughout the week.
What better way than through waste, creatively transformed into fascinating art, to capture the attention of the public and build an awareness of the current overproduction/overconsumption crisis, the ruthless contamination and escalating degradation of our environment?
In September 2016, the Gallery will sail on towards unchartered seas, with the mission to inform, engage and connect with the widest audience, in search of better waste reduction solutions and a cleaner future.
We hope to meet you there!

Cristina van der Westhuyzen and Rainer Stegmann

ICWMT 2016 - 11th International Conference on Waste Management and Technology

Beijing, China. 21-24 October 2016

ICWMT is an important international platform for specialists and officials to discuss scientific problems, exchange experiences, and look for innovative solutions. Initiated by Basel Convention Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, ICWMT has been held 10 times since its inception in 2005. On a yearly basis, ICWMT is known to attract a great number of participants from governments, research institutions, universities and industries. There were more than 500 delegates from nearly 30 countries participating in ICWMT10.


Call for Paper: click here

VI International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste - VENICE 2016 

The production of energy from alternative sources and its impact on climate change are among the main strategic tools implicated in the sustainable development of our society. Numerous types of biomass and wastes contribute towards the production of energy and reduction in the use of fossil fuels by means of biological, chemical and thermal processes. Existing biomass and waste to energy technologies are currently undergoing rapid development. Despite growing interest in the use of these technologies, in many countries their implementation remains limited.The aim of the Venice 2016 Symposium is to focus on the advances made in the application of technologies for energy recovery from biomass and waste and to encourage discussion in these fields. The previous edition of the Symposium, held in 2014, was attended by nearly 580 scientists and operators from approximately 62 different countries.The sixth edition of the Symposium will feature:

  • Three days of scientific presentations
  • One day of guided technical tours at biochemical and thermochemical plants
  • Six parallel oral sessions, poster sessions and an exhibition by companies working in the field
  • Expected attendance of over 600 delegates from tens of different countries worldwide.

The Symposium is organized by the International Waste Working Group (IWWG) and Ordine degli Ingegneri della Provincia di Venezia, with the scientific support of the Universities of Queensland, Padova, Hokkaido, Rostock, Trento, Hamburg University of Technology and Venice International University.

Late Abstracts:

The deadline for abstract submission officially expired. Should you wish to submit a late abstract, please contact us on all efforts will be made to evaluate your proposal for potential inclusion in the Symposium programme.

Call for Workshops:

Workshop proposals may still be integrated into the main Symposium Programme. 

Workshops, some of them purposely made in connection with IWWG tasks groups, have always played a key role in the organization of Venice Symposia, providing a forum where topics presented during oral sessions can be examined in greater detail and the hottest issues in the field of waste to energy appropriately discussed.

As their emphasis is on critical discussion and detailed exploration of a topic, workshops are primarily addressed to experts and usually seeded by a selected number of introductory lectures delivered in order to open discussion between participants. Proposals may focus on ongoing research projects, controversial subjects as well as issues of general interest. 

Proposals must be submitted by email to

For further enquiries and information on registration, accommodation, etc., please contact the Organizing Secretariat EUROWASTE Srl (,