Online Discussion Meetings

The goal of the Online Discussion Meetings is to exchange experiences and ideas on general issues related to waste management.Up to three experts (including members of the ISWA working groups, ISWA board and others) present different aspects of a specific topic, which is afterwards discussed amongst the invited participants including students, researchers, young professionals and small entrepreneurs from different countries. Occasionally, the discussion output is used as an input for other working groups, for instance, for designing the case studies for the YPG special session at the ISWA world congress.


Information about our next Online Discussion Meeting can be found in our Events Calendar (not yet ready) and Facebook page.

Most Recent Discussion

#7 "Smart Technologies in Waste Management”

In June 2017, the team held an online discussion on smart technologies in waste management in preparation of the YPG special session at the ISWA International Solid Waste Association World Congress 2017 in Baltimore.

Previous Discussions

#6 MARCH 2017 ”Career Talk: Women in Waste”

The goals of this Online Discussion Meeting were:

  1. to exchange experiences on women’s career development in the field of resource and waste management, and
  2. to identify main career challenges and ways to tackle them.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kerstin Kuchta (Professor at Hamburg University of Technology, Germany) talked about her career path in academia, while Dr. Veronica Di Bella (Senior Consultant at IMC Worldwide, UK) shared her experiences in waste management consulting in developing countries. 

#5 JANUARY 2017 “Meet the ISWA YPs: Waste Management at City Level”

The goal was to get to know three YPs, who only recently joined the group, and to exchange experiences and ideas on waste management at city level. 


Qadir Huseynov from Baku (Azerbaijan), Nkanyiso Ndlovu from Bulawayo (Zimbabwe) and Kristyn Oldendorf from Baltimore (USA), introduced their respective city’s waste management system and gave interesting insights into their daily work. The presentations were followed by a Q&A session and an open and general discussion on waste management challenges at city level. 

#4 NOVEMBER 2016 "Bottom-Up Solutions in Waste Management. Focus Mena Region"


Ramy Salemdeeb (ISWA YPG, founder of Zero Waste MENA), Sophia Ghanimeh

(Associate Professor at Notre Dame University, Lebanon) and Ahmed Mohammed

Al-Sabahi (be’ah company, Oman) presented the waste management situation

in their respective countries. The presentations were followed by an open discussion on the prerequisites needed to implement effective bottom-up solutions in waste management.

#3 MARCH 2016 "Waste Management Challenges in South East Europe"

Alexei Atudorei (Romanian Association for Waste Management), Antonios G. Sakalis (Environment consultant in Greece) and Goran Vujic (Serbian Solid Waste Association)

presented on waste management challenges in South East Europe in preparation for the YPG special session at the World Congress in Novi Sad.

#2 SEPTEMBER 2015 "Challenges of E-Waste Management"

Prof. Stefan Salhofer (BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna), Ashley Evans (Arcadis), Jessica Schreiber (NYC Bureau of Recycling and

Sustainability) and Elisabeth Herbeck (United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO) presented E-waste management in Austria, the United States and Africa.

#1 MARCH 2015 "Challenges of Waste Management"


YPG members Andrea Winterstetter, Fritz Kleemann, Tatyana Omelyanenko and Gisele Benedicto presented the waste management situation in their respective countries Germany, Austria, Ukraine and Brazil.