8th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management Thessaloniki, Greece, 23 - 26 JUNE 2021

15 06 2020 | 07:37

We would like to thank you very much for your high interest in the THESSALONIKI 2021 Conference. More than 700 abstracts from all over the world have already been received. Potential participants can register here. The draft THESSALONIKI 2021 agenda is available here.

Summer School (Executive training on solid waste management): 21 - 22 June 2021


The Conference aims to address the significant issue of sustainable solid waste management through the promotion of safe practices & effective technologies. The Conference focuses mainly on modern solid waste technologies. It aims to stimulate the interest of scientists and citizens and inform them about the latest developments in the field of municipal solid waste management. Separation at source, Biological Treatment, the treatment at central facilities, waste prevention, biowaste utilization, recycling promotion, Waste-to-energy technologies & energy recovery, smart technologies for waste management, sludge management, agricultural and livestock waste, management of specific waste streams (construction & demolition waste, waste from electrical and electronic equipment, etc.), biotechnology, Best Available techniques, symbiosis networks, energy consumption and saving, carbon footprint and water footprint, zero-waste initiatives, plastics and bioplastics, marine litter constitute main conference subjects. Special attention will be drawn to the valorization prospects & the products from solid waste, such as: biofuels, compost, materials, etc. It is also our ambition to strengthen the link of the applied research with industry. Hazardous waste & Household hazardous waste also constitute target area of the conference. Emphasis will be placed on circular economy in all key action areas (production, consumption, waste management, secondary raw materials, innovation, investment & monitoring) and all priority sectors (food waste, plastics, biomass and bio-based-products, construction & demolition waste, critical raw materials), as well as waste management issues and resource efficiency in islands and generally isolated and remote areas.

Special focus will be given to Biogas and Anaerobic Digestion. It is noted that the World Biogas Association represented Mr. David Newman, President, is co-organiser of the THESSALONIKI 2020 Conference. Join our brainstorming sessions chaired by Prof. Spyros Pavlostathis (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta) & Prof. David Bolzonella (University of Verona) on the latest advances in the field of anaerobic digestion by submitting your abstract on AD. Indicatively, potential authors can address AD related issues such as:

  • Biogas: upgrading & utilization
  • Emerging AD technology, design, pretreatment, process control and modelling
  • Biorefineries including AD
  • Biohydrogen production
  • Valorization routes & prospects for digestate
  • High rate anaerobic wastewater treatment
  • LCA and techno-economic analysis

The extensive Waste-to-Energy Sessions will be chaired by Prof. Marco Castaldi (City University of New York), Chair of the U.S. Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council (WtERT-US) & Prof. Nickolas Themelis (Columbia University), Chair of the Global Waste to Energy Research and Technology Council (GWC). The Conference will also be the venue of the 2020 meeting of national members of the Global WtERT Council ( www.GWCouncil.org ).

*  Keynote Speakers here

The Conference will provide an opportunity to bring together scientists & professionals from government departments, industries, Municipalities, private institutions, research & education institutions, being a forum for the exchange of the most recent ideas, techniques & experiences in all areas of solid waste management. A special full one-day workshop will also focus on representatives of local authorities and municipalities in order to promote integrated solid waste management schemes.

A site visit - tour will also take place on Saturday 26th June 2021 including visits to waste management facilities.

Call for Papers

Authors are invited to submit an extended abstract of maximum 2 pages in English, including figures and tables (as MS Word file). The abstracts can be submitted electronically via the specific form no later than 31st December 2021.

Abstracts will be accepted based on quality, originality and relevance to the conference themes. All accepted papers will be published as the conference proceedings (CD ROM format), while the best papers after evaluation will be published in scientific journals. We look forward to receiving your paper and we hope to see you actively taking part in the THESSALONIKI 2021 Conference.

Paper Submissions

After the end of the review process of the abstracts, the authors of the papers accepted for oral and poster presentation are asked to submit a full paper with maximum length of 12 pages. Please send the full paper by email to konmoust@central.ntua.gr until 20th April 2021 at the latest.

Important deadlines

5 October 2019 First call for papers
30 November 2019 Second call for papers
31 December 2020 Extended deadline for abstract submission
31 January 2021 Notification of abstract acceptance
28 February 2021 Deadline for Early bird registration
301 March 2021 Deadline for authors to register
20 April 2021 Deadline for submission of full papers


Welcome to Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece, with over 1 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, and the capital of the geographic region of Macedonia, the administrative region of Central Macedonia and the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace.

Thessaloniki is located on the Thermaic Gulf, at the northwest corner of the Aegean Sea. It is bounded on the west by the delta of the Axios/Vardar. The municipality of Thessaloniki, the historical center, had a population of 325,182 in 2011, while the Thessaloniki Urban Area had a population of 824,676 and the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area had 1,030,338 inhabitants in 2011. It is Greece's second major economic, industrial, commercial and political centre; it is a major transportation hub for Greece and southeastern Europe, notably through the Port of Thessaloniki. The city is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general and is considered to be Greece's cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually, while the city also hosts the largest bi-annual meeting of the Greek diaspora. Thessaloniki was the 2014 European Youth Capital.



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