Screen Shot 2014-08-08 at 8.41.44 AMOrganised by the United Nations University under the aegis of the StEP Initiative, the E-waste Academy Scientists Edition (EWAS)  has over the past four editions brought together nearly 80 young researchers from around the world, looking at solving the e-waste from different disciplinary perspectives. It has become the foremost forum available to young scientists researching on e-waste issues to share their knowledge, interact with experts from academia, industry and policy and to develop collaborative partnerships. The fifth E-waste Academy – Scientists Edition (EWAS) will be held in November in Shanghai, China.

The Call for Applications for EWAS2014 is now open and the final deadline is 31st August 2014. An application comprises of a short 3-5 page paper, a completed application form and recent CV. The application form and paper template can be downloaded fromhttp://www.step-initiative.org/index.php/1771.html

The EWAS is open to PhD students, post-docs and early-career researchers from social and physical sciences investigating the political, social, economic, environmental, health or technological aspects of e-waste.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Social and environmental justice; Environmental & public health issues
  • Business models for managing e-waste; Economics and financial aspects of e-waste
  • Reverse logistics; e-waste supply chain issues
  • Transboundary e-waste flows
  • International e-waste governance; Multilateral environmental agreements
  • Legislation review, policy & regulatory approaches & tools; standards
  • Design for Re-use and Recycling (DfR) / Eco-design
  • Corporate social responsibility (CSR); Extended producer responsibility (EPR)
  • Consumer behaviour; consumer awareness campaign design and communication; marketing
  • E-waste recycling and recovery technology
  • Formal and informal recycling of e-waste;
  • Critical raw materials in e-waste
  • Modelling and forecasting methodologies

Please contact Deepali at sinha[at]unu.edu in case of any questions or clarifications.