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June 22-25, 2014 - Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate - Orlando, Florida, USA

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Call for Abstracts for 2014

The fourth Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) will serve as a forum for the presentation of applied and fundamental research, case studies, and policy analysis on waste and materials management. We invite the community of researchers, engineers, designers, academicians, students, facility owners and operators, regulators, and policymakers to participate. The GWMS will be held in a setting where all participants can share ideas and includes oral and poster presentations as well as social events to provide opportunities for technical interaction and discussion.

We invite abstracts in all areas related to policy and management, including, but not limited to:

  • Waste and recycling collection and transport
  • Waste minimization, materials reuse, and recycling
  • Sustainability
  • Organics diversion and management
  • Anaerobic digestion of solid waste
  • Coal ash disposal and re-use
  • Exploration and production waste management
  • Design and use of geosynthetics in waste management and recycling systems
  • Policy, regulation, economics, and planning
  • Facility operation and design
  • Global climate change
  • Chemical and biological treatments and processes
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Waste containment
  • Leachate treatment and management
  • Bioreactors
  • Landfill gas measurement and management
  • Energy recovery and thermal treatment
  • Conversion technologies and diversion strategies
  • Waste-based energy
  • Equipment and safety
  • Environmental characterization of waste
  • Reuse of high-volume industrial waste materials

Abstract Submission Guidelines and Instructions:

An abstract template is now available. Click Here to download the 2014 Abstract Template. This template must be used. The abstract should provide sufficient detail to show that the submission contains significant results of a case study, applied or fundamental research, or policy/regulatory/economic analysis. The inclusion of tables or figures that summarize selected results is encouraged. Abstract length is limited to two pages of single spaced text, tables, and figures. Abstracts describing plans for future work or that sell a product or service will not be accepted. An example of an acceptable abstract is available on the symposium website. Final decisions regarding presentations will be made by the symposium technical committee. Authors of accepted abstracts must submit an extended abstract for technical committee review and printing in a symposium proceedings.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically to Jenna Allen, EIA Program Coordinator, at The deadline for the submission of abstracts is October 18, 2013.

Publication Schedule

October 18, 2013 - Abstracts due (maximum length two pages)
January 7, 2014 -Notification to authors
March 1, 2014 - Extended abstracts due for technical committee review
March 28, 2014 - Comments back to authors, as necessary
April 18, 2014 - Submission of final abstracts ready for publication

Conference Co-Chairs: Bryan Staley, Environmental Research and Education Foundation, and Morton Barlaz, North Carolina State University

Note: All presenters (poster and oral) are required to register for the symposium and submit a final abstract.

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