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Waste not, want not: global waste challenges and solutions

Waste Not Want Not

Wednesday 14 February 2018, 12.30PM to 5.30pm

Speaker(s): Various

One Planet Week

In association with One Planet Week, the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) and GreenSTEMs will be hosting a waste symposium as part of One Planet Week.

The symposium will showcase the breadth of research being conducted at the University of York around reducing waste, the principle topic of this year’s One Planet Week. Including both global and local perspectives, we will explore the key challenges and possible solutions to managing waste more effectively worldwide.

YESI will also be launching its Waste Network, a new interdisciplinary hub to connect researchers interested in all aspects of waste.

This will be followed by a key note presentation from Dr Henry King, Science and Technology Leader for Sustainability at Unilever, a transnational consumer goods company who’s brands include Dove, Ben and Jerry’s, and PG tips. Dr King will provide a corporate perspective of waste management and will show how Unilever addresses the waste issue.

There will be a chance to ask our speakers questions, both in our concluding panel discussion and at our drinks reception following the event.

Outline Agenda:

12:30-13:10- Registration and buffet lunch

13:10-13:20- Welcome and introductions to YESI and GreenSTEMS (Prof Sue Hartley)

13:20-13:40- Global waste challenges (Dr Richard Friend, Environment Department)

13:40-14:00- Plastic waste (Dr James Comerford, GCCE)

14:00-14:20- Recovering value from electronic waste (Jennifer Attard, GCCE)

14:20-14:40- The Restart project (Dr Nicki Cole, York Stockholm Environment Institute)

14:40-14:50- Tea and coffee break

14:50-15:10- Making sense of sewage (Dr James Chong, Dept of Biology)

15:10-15:30- Iknowfood and the WasteLess app (Prof Helen Petrie, Dept of Computer Science) 

15:30-15:40- Launch of the University of York Waste Network (Dr James Chong, Waste Network Lead)

15:40-16:00- Tea and coffee break

16:00-16:20- KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Unilever Waste strategy (Dr Henry King, Unilever)

16:20-16:40- Panel discussion 

16:40-17:30- Networking and drinks reception

To register for the event please click here

Location: The Lakehouse, Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East

Admission: is by free ticket only. Please book at the link above.