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The EWAS, organized by UNU-UNITAR SCYCLE, is part of a broader initiative – managed by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with the financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The 2022 EWAS’s guiding theme was “Managing valuable and hazardous materials in e-waste: the route to circularity”.

The EWAS brought together selected researchers from across the social and physical sciences to look at e-waste via a truly interdisciplinary lens. PhD students, postdocs, and early career researchers from around the world convened for an intensive 8-day program that includes expert lectures, hands-on workshops, field visits, and group work.

The participants also engaged in the first WEEEkathon, an e-waste marathon for scientists during which the best research ideas or start-up proposals was selected by a group of high-level professionals and scientists. Reflecting on their “challenging and enriching” experience, the winning team, comprised of Mehdi Golzar Ahmadi, Sofía Lara Schlezak, Nicolás Labra Cataldo, Narjes Fallah, and Mariana Saidón noted, “Our multidisciplinary backgrounds allowed us to think of the problem through different lenses. We developed a proposal to systematize e-waste management in Argentina. Our goal was to submit a realistic, feasible and relevant project from an environmental and social point of view. The competition was challenging since the other teams had done a great job, too. We hope to be able to implement our proposal in the near future.
Period27 Aug 20224 Sept 2022
Event typeSeminar
LocationLimerick, IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • e-waste
  • WEEE