Call for Applications: StEP E-Waste Academy–Scientists Edition

The United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) has announced its call for applications for the StEP E-Waste Academy–Scientists Edition (EWAS).

Organised by the United Nations University under the aegis of the StEP Initiative, the EWAS has over the past three editions brought together nearly 60 young researchers from around the world, looking at solving the e-waste from different disciplinary perspectives. It has become the foremost forum available to young scientists to share their knowledge, interact with experts from academia, industry and policy and to develop collaborative partnerships.

Thanks to the generous support of SWICO Recycling, Dell, EMPA, Philips, Secretariat of the Basel Convention, Umicore and UNU, the EWAS2013 is set to take place in Switzerland, with the Secretariat of the Basel Convention hosting participants at the International Environment House (IEH) in Geneva.

The EWAS is open to PhD students, post-docs and early-career researchers from social and physical sciences investigating the political, social, economic, environmental, health or technological aspects of e-waste.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:
• Transboundary e-waste flows, international e-waste governance
• Legislation review, policy & regulatory approaches & tools; standards
• Financing and business models; take back system design; reverse logistics
• Design for Re-use and Recycling (DfR) / Eco-design; corporate social responsibility (CSR); extended producer responsibility (EPR)
• Environmental & public health issues
• Consumer recycling / reuse/ disposal behaviour; consumer awareness campaign design and communication; marketing
• Technological developments in material recovery and disposal technologies; formal and informal recycling of e-waste;
• Critical raw materials in e-waste
• Modelling and forecasting methodologies

The deadline for submission of completed applications is July 31, 2013, with July 19th as the deadline for priority consideration for travel grants.

Please visit the website,, to download application documents and for more information on this and past years’ academies.

Email with any questions.

Thanks to Deepali Sinha-Khetriwal, EWAS Project Manager, for sharing this information with SEI.

StEP E-Waste Summer School Call for Applicants; Deadline May 1

Following the huge success of the E-waste Summer Schools in 2009 and 2010, the United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) has announced the call for applications for the StEP E-waste Summer School 2011. Now in its third edition, this year’s School will take place from 11 – 22 September in Eindhoven/Netherlands, Antwerp/Belgium and includes participation in the World Resources Forum in Davos/Switzerland.
The StEP E-waste Summer School is a pioneering concept in research and education on waste electrical and electronic equipment, looking at the e-waste issue in its entirety, rather than through the lens of one specific academic discipline. The Summer School provides the foremost platform to young scientists involved in e-waste related research to share their knowledge, interact with experts and develop collaborative partnerships fostering cutting-edge scientific research on all areas related to e-waste–from policies and technologies to economics and social aspects.

The call for applications is now open, and the deadline for applications is May 1, 2011. StEP is inviting applications from doctoral students, final year master students and early career post-docs currently researching on e-waste and related areas to come together and share knowledge, interact with experts and gain a holistic view on e-waste. A focus is placed on e-waste in emerging economies, thus researchers in developing and emerging economies and/or exploring the challenges and solutions of e-waste management in these countries are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information, check out the website or contact the program at

Thanks to Stéphanie H. Leclerc for sharing details of this program with SEI.

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