Our Schedule

Sunday, December 1st

Introductions and welcome dinner

Monday, December 2nd

Expert lectures, student presentations, and group work

Christina Meskers (Umicore) Securing future supplies: Raw materials and resource politics
Markus Zils (McKinsey) Moving towards a circular economy

Tuesday, December 3rd

Expert lectures, student presentations and tour around the UN campus

Jean-Marc Hensch (Swico) System bootup – ingredients for successful and sustainable take back systems
Costas Velis (University of Leeds) The Future of Informal Recycling: Integrating the informal sector.

Wednesday, December 4th

Expert lectures, expert panel and student presentations and group work

Ibrahim Shafi (Secretariat of the Basel Convention) Negotiating Multilateral Environmental Agreements – the example of e-waste guidelines
Shunichi Honda (Japan Ministry of Environment) Negotiating Multilateral Environmental Agreements – A country perspective

Thursday, December 5th

Expert lectures and study tour

Peter Kirby (University of Oxford) Tracing Transboundary Flows
Stephanie Adrian (US EPA) & Jonathan Perry (Dell) Policy Directions Globally: Looking Ahead at Evolving E-waste Policies
Study tour Cablofer .

Friday, December 6th

Expert lectures & student presentations

Jaco Huisman (TU Delft/ UNU) Assessing Future Volumes: Trade flows, forecasts, models and scenarios
Travel to Davos

Saturday, December 7th

Group work day

Group work & free time

Sunday, December 8th

Group work day

Group work and free time

Saturday, December 7th

Group work day

Group work & free time

Sunday, December 8th

Group work day

Group work and free time

Monday, December 9th

Study tour and workshop

Study tour to RUAG and pallet sampling workshop

Tuesday, December 10th

Workshop and group work

Data visualization workshop
and final presentation of group work results

Program 2013

The 2013 EWAS took place from 1st to 10 December 2013 in Switzerland. We started off hosted by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention at the UN Campus in Geneva and then travelled to beautiful St. Gallen.

The students came from all continents to discuss the most pressing issues and recent findings pertaining to the management of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste).

The program consisted of a mix of expert faculty lectures, panel discussions, student presentations, discussions, workshops, study tours and intensive group work.

This year's theme focussed on visualizing e-waste futures and how e-waste research can reflect this.

The students' group work was dedicated to creating a e-waste edition of the PlayDecide game. PlayDecide is a discussion game to talk in a simple and effective way about controversial issues.

Study tours included a visit to Cablofer and RUAG where the students did a pallet sampling workshop on site.

About our experts

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Christina Meskers


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Markus Zils


Dr. Markus Zils holds a Ph.D in operations research in economic modeling in transportations and network design, a masters degree in Management Science from the University of Cologne and a masters degree from the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS), H.E.C, Paris. Prior to founding Returnity Partners, Markus has been a senior principal at McKinsey & Company, where he led McKinsey’s circular economy service line..

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Jean-Marc Hensch

Swico Recycling, Switzerland

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Costas Velis

University of Leeds, UK

Costas is Lecturer in Resource Efficiency Systems at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds. He coordinates the Circualr Economy & Resource Recovery network, as part of the Cites University Theme. His research portfolio focuses on innovation for closing the materials loop and recovering energy from secondary resources (wastes). He serves as Vice Chair for ISWA European Group and Vice Chair for the Waste..

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Ibrahim Shafi

Secretariat of the Basel Convention

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Shunichi Honda

Japan Ministry of Environment

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Peter Kirby

University of Oxford

Peter Wynn Kirby is an environmental specialist, ethnographer, and Research Fellow in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford - latest 2015-2018 research fellowship awarded by the Leverhulme Trust - as well as a Research Associate in the School of Anthropology at Oxford. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Dr Kirby came to Oxford as Brookes'..

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Stephanie Adrian

US Environmental Protection Agency

Stephanie Adrian is the senior international electronic waste policy advisor in the Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA) at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. She has worked on international issues since 1999 and is a lead on global policy issues related to international electronic waste and the Basel Convention. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of..

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Jonathan Perry


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Jaco Huisman

UNU / TU Delft, Bonn / Netherlands

Jaco Huisman completed his M.Sc. in chemical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in 1999 and his Ph.D. in 2003 at Delft University of Technology. His Ph.D. thesis focused on how to look at the recycling of electronic products with an environmental and eco-efficiency lens, which is still highly relevant and cited today. Since 2004 he runs his own consultancy company, OsevenfortytwO, where he gives..

Venue & Access -
The International Environmental House, Geneva & Empa, St. Gallen, Switzerland;

The International Environment House (IEH) gathers under a common roof a range of United Nations and non-governmental organizations active in the field of environment and sustainable development in the Geneva area. Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, is an interdisciplinary research institute of the ETH Domain and conducts cutting-edge materials and technology research.

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