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Waste Management 2008
The 4th International Conference on Waste Management and the Environment took place recently in Granada, Spain, organised by the University of Granada and the Wessex Institute of Technology in collaboration with the University of Nagoya in Japan, and the University of Thessaly in Greece.
This successful meeting follows other conferences in the series, the first of which was held in Greece in 2002, followed by one in Rhodes in 2004, and another in Malta in 2006.
Waste Management is a major problem in the modern world, an international issue that is intensified by the volume and complexity of waste discarded by society’s domestic and industrial activities.
The current growing awareness of the detrimental environmental effects of current and past waste disposal methods has resulted in emphasis on effective waste management. Better practice and safer solutions are required and more research is needed on current disposal methods such as landfill, incineration, chemical and effluent treatment as well as recycling, waste minimisation, clean technologies, waste monitoring and public and corporate awareness.
The Conference addressed all these concerns and helped to point out directions for further research and better practice.
The Meeting was opened by the Vice Rector for Research at the University of Granada, Professor Maria Dolores Suarez, who welcomed the delegates to her institution and the city of Granada. Professor Suarez said “It is a great pleasure for me to be at the opening session of a conference co-organized by the Wessex Institute of Technology and a very active group of researchers from our University whose research is related to technologies of the environment, waste water treatment, new technologies in water purification and environmental impact assessment of landfills.
“This is a conference of great interest to environmental engineers, local authority representatives, and waste disposal experts, research scientists in the area of waste management, civil engineers and chemical engineers."
Professor Suarez’ address was followed by that of Professor Carlos A. Brebbia, Director of Wessex Institute of Technology. Professor Brebbia expressed his gratitude to the University of Granada in the name of his Institute for having agreed to host the Meeting within the framework of the formal link agreement between the two institutions. He hoped that this important initiative will give rise to further projects in the future.
The success of the Conference, Carlos said, rested on the efforts of his Co-Chairman, Professor Montserrat Zamorano from the School of Civil Engineering, University of Granada, who has been working on the organisation of the meeting for the last two years.
Another of the Co-Chairmen, Professor Viktor Popov, also from WIT, helped with the reviewing of papers, preparing the contents of the book and the final programme. Viktor contributed and continues to participate with his research group in many EU and other international projects closely related to the topics of the Conference.
The Conference is also indebted to Professor H Itoh from Nagoya University, who has acted as Co-Chairman and Co-Editor of the meeting since it began in 2002. He has been instrumental in promoting the conference in the Far East.
Finally, Professor A Kungolos of the University of Thessaly has this time agreed to act as Co-Chairman and contributed with his expertise in the field of Environmental Toxicology.
Carlos explained the importance of this and similar meetings for WIT, not only as the Conference itself acts as a forum for the dissemination of recent advances in the field, but also because it is a forum for discussing the research of different groups from all over the world. This is the main function of WIT, to act as a mechanism for the transfer of knowledge at international level.
Professor Brebbia explained some of the activities now taking place at the New Forest campus of WIT and invited the participants to collaborate with them.
Prof Popov addressed the meeting briefly and explained some of the projects carried out at his Division which was of relevance to the participants.
The Conference discussed the following topics:
There were a number of invited talks:
The International Scientific Advisory Committee of the Conference met over dinner to discuss the meeting and consider changes for 2010 where it will be reconvened in another excellent location. The members suggested new topics reflecting new developments in the field. There were several nominations for new members of the Committee which will be invited in 2010. The general feeling is that the conference is progressing well and that the number of delegates continues to increase from year to year.
The Conference dinner took place in a restaurant renowned for its local specialities and which has its own farm. The delegates had the opportunity to taste different dishes before visiting one of the famous gypsy shows of Granada. This took place in a group of caves that has belonged to the same family since time immemorial and was an exceptional show, much enjoyed by the participants.
The Meeting was closed by Professor Brebbia who said that in view of its success, the Conference will be reconvened in 2010 and he hoped that the participants will be able to attend the next meeting. He also explained that all papers, once published, are archived online in the Wessex Institute of Technology eLibrary. Professor Brebbia ended by inviting the participants to visit the Institute in the future, and thanked his colleague, Professor Montserrat Zamorano for all her hard work over the last two years.
The proceedings of Waste Management and the Environment IV, 960pp (ISBN: 1-84564-113-9) are available in hard back from WIT Press priced at £316/US$632/€474. Orders can be placed by telephone: +44 (0) 238 029 3223, fax: +44 (0) 238 029 2853, e-mail: email@example.com or via the WIT Press web site at www.witpress.com.
Papers from the conference will also be hosted online at the WIT eLibrary as volume 109 of WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment (ISSN: 1743-3541). For more details visit the WIT eLibrary at library.witpress.com.
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