Project Details CHEMRAWN XXII E-waste in Africa

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01 April 2021
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E-waste is the fastest growing waste stream globally. This has adverse environmental consequences and serious health implications because, as an abundance of literature shows, dumping of e-waste, particularly in Africa, is an act with devastating consequences. A global act, with the international chemical community actively involved, is therefore urgently needed, and this is the rationale behind this conference.

The objective is to inform stakeholders about the complexity of the e-waste problem and give guidance as to how to address it. This will be done in lectures, workshops, field trips, and interaction with industries.


CHEMRAWN XXII is the follow-up of the IUPAC e-waste workshop held in Sao Paulo in 2017. However, the scope of this project/conference is wider, industries are involved, a fieldtrip to see firsthand the complexity of the issue is included, a workshop for young participants to nourish entrepreneurship is integrated, educational aspects will be discussed, and a Future Action Committee will work throughout the meeting and overlook the implementation of the dissemination plan that will be approved.

The hybrid conference will last for three days, with the traditional conference dinner day 2 so that participants at the physical part of the meeting can save one hotel night. The fieldtrip will also be day 2; participants in Lagos will go by busses whereas those on Zoom will have a drone excursion with an interactive guide.

The lectures will cover everything from the big picture to details about sophisticated metal recycling. The opening lecture will point to all the problems that have to be addressed to move globally in the direction of eco-friendly recycling of e-waste. Then in-depth lectures about many relevant topics will follow, including e-waste recycling: new opportunities and technologies; advances in recycling; from e-waste to new products; environmental impact from e-waste; educational challenges; and clean-up of e-waste landfills. For more details, see plan summary (pdf).

A bottleneck in most African countries is the lack of professional recycling capacity, which therefore must be expanded. To support such a development, a course or workshop in entrepreneurship will be held, primarily for young chemists.


DATES: 7-11 November 2021 > see event details and/or

Read more: “CHEMRAWN in Action—This Time with E-waste in Focus” by Leiv K. Sydnes, Chemistry International, vol. 43, no. 4, 2021, pp. 42-44.

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