After careful consideration, and in light of the above, we have made the decision to convert SUM 2020 to a fully virtual conference. The decision is also based on the positive vote of our conference contributors, where 66% are in favor of such digital event and 68% consider virtual meetings a good alternative to in-person meetings, as they are more flexible, cheaper, and easier to attend.
Following the great success of the fourth edition held in 2018, which saw the participation of almost 250 delegates from a wide variety of countries, SUM 2020 / 5th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy will be held in November 2020 in the premises of the University of Bologna.
To achieve a virtuous application and optimization of current practice, urban mining and circular economy are dependent on the appropriate combination of three worlds (TRIANGLE concept): research and technology (private and public) / administration, economy and industry/policy and regulation. This combination is equally important in other fields of waste management, although is of paramount relevance for a Circular Economy. SUM 2020 will focus on all relevant and innovative aspects relating to these three worlds.
The Symposium will last three days and will include oral sessions, a poster session, and a technical tour. The following topics, among others, will be extensively discussed: waste avoidance, sources and characterization of resources in urban areas, technologies for the extraction of materials, techniques of waste segregation, separate collection, takeback programs, recirculation pathways and markets, recovery of abandoned urban areas, carbon and water footprint of material recycling, economic and legal aspects, urban mining and circular economy concepts in developing countries.
Advantageous conditions will be offered to companies wishing to display their practical experience and innovative technologies. Meeting opportunities will also be created to foster cooperation between those involved in industrial production and material recycling.
18 Nov 2020 - 20 Nov 2020