Updates on COVID-19 and SUM 2020

5th May 2020

We are carefully monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the event industry.

Scientific conferences have always played a fundamental role in the advancement of research and the dissemination of results, as they represent a key opportunity for networking and debate for the global scientific community.

While the health and safety of our participants is our top priority, we remain committed to continuing to foster the diffusion of scientific knowledge, even in these difficult times. In order to do so, we are currently examining all possible ways to reach everyone in the safest way for our health and considering the possibility to run the event digitally, looking forward to meeting you all in person again.

SUM 2020 will not be cancelled in any case and we encourage you to carry forward with your paper preparation and submission.

Nevertheless, we advise you to refrain from making any travel arrangements at this time.

We will keep you updated with the latest news and provide more information soon.





23rd March 2020


Dear All,

After closely monitoring the situation related to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we have been forced to take the decision to postpone the Symposium to the end of November and to combine it with another IWWG event: Venice 2020 – Eighth International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste, already scheduled to take place in the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista, a prestigious venue in downtown Venice, from 16-19 November 2020.

The Programme of the Venice Symposium will be rearranged in order to hold the SUM - Symposium on Urban Mining and Circular Economy in Venice, at the Scuola Grande San Giovanni Evangelista from 18th to 20th November 2020.

We believe that this decision provides the following advantages:

  • Several international conferences are being postponed to this Autumn and the calendar is going to be quite crowded; moving to a week where one of our IWWG events has already been scheduled would avoid overlapping;
  • We will have the opportunity to build an international reference event in the field of circular economy and recovery of resources from waste, both in terms of materials and energy;
  • Offering a broader and more comprehensive content will likely attract a larger audience and create additional networking opportunities;
  • Delegates interested in both events will be able to optimise travel and accommodation in term of both costs and time;
  • A shared exhibition area will enable companies to showcase their business to a wider audience, thus increasing the networking potential with start-ups, potential investors and any other interested stakeholders;
  • The combination of the two conferences will allow us to open up to additional topics of common interest, leaving the Call for papers open until the end of May in order to welcome additional submissions.


Although registration to the SUM 2020 only is still possible, a special cumulative fee VENICE + SUM has been set for delegates who wish to attend both conferences, thus taking part in a 5-day event (16-20 November). Detailed information available at: https://www.venicesymposium.it/en/entrance-fees

Last but not least, we would like to thank all the delegates, authors and colleagues for their support and warm encouragement in this difficult situation.

Please continue to follow us on our social media and do not hesitate to contact us at info@urbanmining.it if you have any questions.

We look forward to meeting you all soon!