Fifth Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy
18-20 May 2020 / Bologna / Italy


The first draft of the programme is now available!

We're excited to launch the tentative programme of the Symposium, including 3 days of scientific presentations / 5 parallel oral sessions / poster presentations / technical tours and much more.

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Call for papers - New topics!

Thanks to the input provided by the Scientific Committees, new topics have been added to the symposium. For this reason, the deadline for paper submission has been extended to March 10th.

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Meet the Committees

SUM 2020 counts on the support of more than 60 committee members, including leading scientists, industry representatives and members of public bodies.

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About SUM 2020

Following the great success of the fourth edition held in 2018, SUM 2020 - 5th Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy will be held in Bologna (Italy) from 18th to 20th May 2020.

The Symposium is organized by IWWG - International Waste Working Group with the Scientific Support of the Universities of Padova, Bologna and several other Italian and foreign universities.

To achieve a virtuous application and optimization of current practice, urban mining and circular economy are dependent on the appropriate combination of three worlds (TRIANGLE concept): research and technology (private and public) / administration, economy and industry / policy and regulation. This combination is equally important in other fields of waste management, although is of paramount relevance for a Circular Economy. SUM 2020 will focus on all relevant and innovative aspects relating to these three worlds. 

The Symposium will last three days and will include oral sessions, a poster session and technical tours. The following topics, among others, will be extensively discussed: waste avoidance, sources and characterization of resources in urban areas, technologies for the extraction of materials, techniques of waste segregation, separate collection, takeback programs, recirculation pathways and markets, recovery of abandoned urban areas, carbon and water footprint of material recycling, economic and legal aspects, urban mining and circular economy concepts in developing countries.

Advantageous conditions will be offered to companies wishing to display their practical experience and innovative technologies. Meeting opportunities will also be created to foster cooperation between those involved in industrial production and material recycling.

Coordinated by

  • Alessandra Bonoli
    University of Bologna (IT)
  • Raffaello Cossu
    University of Padova (IT)
  • Fabio Fava
    University of Bologna (IT)
  • Maria Cristina Lavagnolo
    University of Padova (IT)

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