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Closing resource loops – Complexities and solutions in managing e-waste

StEP E-waste Summer School 2011: Call for Applications now open

Deadline: 1 May 2011

UNU-ISP StEP initiative summer school team

UNU-ISP SCYCLE will be organizing another e-waste summer school this year. Now in its third edition, and thanks to the support of SWICO Recycling, Philips, Umicore, Nokia, Dell, HP and Empa, this year’s StEP E-waste Summer School will take place from 11 - 22 September in Eindhoven / Netherlands, Antwerp / Belgium and including participation of the World Resources Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

The StEP E-waste Summer School is a pioneering concept in the research and education on e-waste management, looking at the e-waste issue in its entirety, rather than through the lens of a specific academic discipline. The summer school provides the foremost platform to young scientists involved in e-waste related research to share their knowledge, interact with experts and develop collaborative partnerships fostering cutting-edge scientific research on all areas related to e-waste - from policy to technology to economics to social aspects.

The theme for this summer school is “Closing resource loops – Complexities and solutions in managing e-waste”. The programme includes a mix of student presentations, expert lectures, group work and study tours.

The Call for Applications is now open. We are pleased to once again invite applications from doctoral students, final year master students and early career post-docs currently researching on e-waste and related areas to come together and share knowledge, interact with experts and gain a holistic view on e-waste. A focus is placed on e-waste in emerging economies, thus researchers in developing and emerging economies and/or exploring the challenges and solutions of e-waste management in these countries are especially encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is 1 May 2011.

For more information and all application documents, please visit or send an email to the Summer School team at