Conferences on Solid Waste Management

Conferences on Solid Waste Management

Waste Management 26 (2006) 207–208 Editorial Conferences on Solid Waste Management During the past few years I have ...

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Conferences on Solid Waste Management

During the past few years I have noticed that the number of conferences dealing with solid waste management has increased tremendously. In fact, in conversations with some of our colleagues we have joked at the fact that one could spend most of the year attending conferences. It is apparent that some of the conferences have become a business venture for the organizers and in some other cases the conference becomes a platform for the organizers to ‘‘sell’’ a concept or idea to the participants. Other conference organizers try to entice people to participate in the conference by suggesting that by attending the meeting one could become an ‘‘expert’’ in the particular topic. However, there are some conferences that offer the participants many opportunities to collect some of the latest information on a particular subject or series of subjects. A conference that by far has become one of the leading conferences in the world is the one held at Sardinia every two years. The Tenth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium took place in S. Margherita di Pula, Sardinia, Italy from October 3 to 7, 2005. According to the statistics provided by the organizers, the conference attracted nearly 1000 participants from 72 different countries. As usual, the conference included training courses, a large number of presentations covering a variety of topics, meetings for specific task groups, and a variety of social events (including a very nice rendition of the musical ‘‘Hair’’). One key aspect of this meeting is that it provides a venue for us to discuss a number of issues and to meet many new colleagues from various locations. Unlike many other conferences, the Sardinia conference brings together some of the top educators, researchers and practitioners from all over the world. Furthermore, the conference organizers facilitate the participation of scientists from economically developing countries. In addition to Sardinia 2005, I was impressed by the content and organization of two other conferences that I attended recently, one in Tenerife, Canary Islands and the other one in Beijing, China. The meeting in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was organized by the ISR (Institute for the Sustainability of Resources, Spain) in cooperation with the Government of Tenerife and was the II World Congress on Sustainable Development in Islands. The meeting took 0956-053X/$ - see front matter Ó 2005 Published by Elsevier Ltd. doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2005.12.004

place from November 17 to 18, 2005 in spectacular surroundings. The specific topics dealt with the management of resources and residues. This meeting was attended by about 200 people eager to discuss key issues facing islands, and in particular those islands that have become popular destinations for tourists. The congress provided the Government of Tenerife with the opportunity to present its draft solid waste management plan. In addition, other presentations covered a variety of issues related to the peculiar characteristics of islands. The meeting in Beijing was officially entitled: 1st International Conference & Exhibition on Municipal Solid Wastes Thermal Treatment and Resource Utilization and was organized by the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This event took place from November 21 to 23, 2005 and attracted more than 100 participants from different countries but mostly from various parts of China. It was impressive to listen to the quality and number of projects that are being conducted in universities and research centers throughout China. In addition, several foreign participants provided excellent overviews and descriptions of the state-of-the-art of several technologies, and officials presented their plans for managing the ever growing quantities of MSW in their respective cities. There are two other meetings that I thoroughly enjoy and I am proud to participate in. One is called the Intercontinental Landfill Research Symposium, which is coorganized by three universities (Hokkaido University in Japan, North Carolina State University in the USA and Lu¨lea University in Sweden). Participation in these symposia means that one can learn and discuss some of the most important issues facing landfills today. As some of you know, the meeting is held every two years and the venue varies among Japan, the US and Sweden. The next one will be held from June 14 to 16, 2006, north of the Artic circle in Lapland, Sweden. The second meeting I would like to mention is the one organized by the ORBIT Association (Organic Recycling & Biological Treatment), which also takes place every two years. This meeting, as its name suggests, provides a forum for comprehensive presentations and discussion dealing with biomass resources. The next meeting (to be held from September 13 to 15, 2006


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in Weimar, Germany) will focus on the recovery of organic matter and its importance for energy, nutrients and humus supply. It was a pleasure to learn that many participants from all of the conferences in which we have been involved were very familiar with our journal. It was encouraging to hear that our articles are read and that the readers are happy with the coverage. A few of them were very much aware of our impact factor. Although I was congratulated for the ‘‘success’’ of Waste Management, I made it very clear that our journal would not be where it is without researchers and solid waste managers from all corners of the world entrusting their contributions to us. In addition, we would not be able to survive without the participation of hundreds of superb referees and the conscientious work of the Associate Editors. However, there are three people to whom we owe much of our success. These three people

spend countless hours writing letters, sending e-mails, checking databases, editing and in general making sure that you receive a high-quality product on a timely basis. It is these three ladies, Linda Eggerth (Managing Editor), Syd Fowler and Cheryl Henry (members of the Editorial Staff) to whom we owe much of our ‘‘success’’. Finally, on behalf of the Associate Editors and my colleagues at the Editorial Office, I would like to take this opportunity to wish every one of you and your loved ones a happy and healthy 2006. Editor-in-Chief Luis F. Diaz CalRecovery Inc, 2454 Stanwall Drive Concord, CA 94520, USA Tel.: +1 925 356 3700; fax: +1 925 356 7956 E-mail address: [email protected]