Opening Session - Monday 5th October (Central Hall)

The Sardinia Symposia are traditionally opened by outstanding scientists giving a lecture on a topic linked to the world of waste management but not dealing directly with this issue.

We are proud to announce that this fifteenth edition of the conference will be opened, on Monday 5th October, by Prof. Liz Bachhuber, Professor of Fine Arts at the Bauhaus University Weimar (DE).

Prof. Bachhuber’s keynote speech will be followed by lectures delivered by Bernd Bilitewski, Dresden University of Technology (DE), and Werner Bidlingmaier, Bauhaus University Weimar (DE), recipients of this year's 'Life for Waste' Awards. Prof. Pinjing He, Tongji University (CN), will close the session with a speech on waste management in China, special guest country of this Symposium edition.

OPENING SESSION SCHEDULE - Monday 5th October 2015 (Central Hall)

09:00 - 10:00   Welcome addresses and Istitutional Greetings:
Chair: Raffaello Cossu - University of Padova (IT)
Invited Institutions: Luisa Prista - European Commission (BE)
Donatella Spano - Regional Sardinian Council (IT)
Andrea Nurchi - PAM, Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (MA)
Emilio Ambasz - Emilio Ambasz & Associates (US) - videomessage

10:00 - 10:50   Opening lecture:
Liz Bachhuber - Bauhaus University (DE)
The Bauhaus project - Read Prof. Bachhuber's lecture

10:50 - 11:20   Chinese Coffee Break
11:20 - 11:50  
A Life for Waste 2015 winner:

Werner Bidlingmaier - Bauhaus University (DE)
The forgotten Hierarchy - Read Prof. Bidlingmaier's lecture

11:50 - 12:20  

A Life for Waste 2015 winner:
Bernd Bilitewski - Dresden University of Technology (DE)
40 years of modern waste management and its future - Read Prof. Bilitewski's lecture

12:20 - 13:00   China Special Guest Country:
Pinjing He - Tongji University (CN)
Waste Management in China: Emerging Challenges and New Opportunities
Read Prof. He's lecture

  • Liz Bachhuber

    Sculptor and Installation Artist Liz Bachhuber is currently a Professor of Fine Art (Freie Kunst) at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. Her research interests and artistic practice focuses on the environment with a particular emphasis on the found object in Art and the global implications of unbridled consumerism and the resulting garbage. She has a long history, in the tradition of the Bauhaus-University, of working at the intersection of Art and Science and initiating collaborations with engineers, scientists, waste disposal and water experts.
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  • Werner Bidlingmaier

    Professor of Waste Management at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany since 1997 and full-professor of Waste Management at the University of Essen. Nominated as external lecturer at the University of Stuttgart, Germany in 1991, he was leader of the transfer centre for biological waste treatment Weimar from 1998 to 2001. Additionally, he is Vice-Rector of International development at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. He won the Scientific Award University of Brussels in 1984.

  • Bernd Bilitewski

    Full-professor of waste management and holder of the Chair for Waste Management Education and Research at Dresden University of Technology from 1994 to 2011. In 1995 he founded the Institute of Waste Management and Contaminated Sites Treatment Dresden University of Technology and he is managing director of the institute since 2004. In 2007, he received an honorary doctorate from the Vietnam National University, Hanoi. Since 2008 he is also president and scientific member at the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA), Technical University of Girona (Spain). In addition, he participated in numerous committees and boards. Currently, he is founder and managing partner of the INTECUS GmbH and a highly distinguished expert for waste management at the national and international level. Further, he is an author of 50 books and over 400 articles and chapters in books and magazines since 1975.

  • Pinjing He

    Full professor at the College of Environmental Science & Engineering, and Head of the Institute of Waste Treatment & Reclamation at Tongji University, China. He is a member of Waste Management journal and International Advisory Boards of different international and domestic journals and conferences. He serves as a member of Advisory Boards for several key national programs in China in the field of waste treatment. He is author of over 350 articles and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and books. As a principal investigator, he has been responsible for more than 20 national-level R&D projects supported by China central government, and awarded the "Excellent Academic Leader in Shanghai" in 2010.