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18. November 2020 - 20. November 2020

*NOW ONLINE*-5th Symposium on urban mining and circular economy




The Symposium, originally planned for 18-20 May 2020 in Bologna (Italy), has been rescheduled for 18-20 November 2020 and converted to a virtual event due to the COVID-19 emergency.

The event will be partnering with another prestigious IWWG event: Venice 2020 – 8th International Symposium on Energy from Biomass and Waste, already scheduled to take place from 16-19 November 2020.

SUM 2020 counts on 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.


SUM 2020 is going virtual! The Symposium will be held entirely digitally, allowing us to welcome further paper proposals. If you were interested to submit your paper, but your ability to attend the conference was uncertain, now is your chance! Send us your proposal for a virtual presentation at SUM 2020.

Papers must address one of the conference topics and be prepared using the paper template provided. Papers must be submitted as a MS WORD file attachment using the online submission form. Contributions in the form of short papers (3-4 pages) will also be accepted.

For any further information or assistance regarding the submission of papers, please contact the Organising Secretariat at papers‍@‍


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