15th EuCheMS International Conference

on Chemistry and the Environment

20 - 24 September 2015 • Leipzig, Germany



The Environmental and health challenges of E-Waste and its management:

an emerging 21st century global concern


Sunday, 20 September 2015, 9 am - 4 pm, Leipziger KUBUS | Hall 2

Fee: € 25

The waste stream of obsolete electrical and electronic equipment grows exponentially annually, creating a worldwide pollution problem. E-wastes contain potential contaminants that are distinct from other forms of wastes; there is a paucity of information on their long-term impact and management strategy. A project has been launched by IUPAC in Jan 2015 to bring together global expertise to examine current research on the chemical nature of e-waste and its global distribution; evaluate its environmental and health impact of e-waste and related risk management tools and models; identify short-comings in present regulations and management strategies as well as future challenges; and develop a set of specific recommendations for management approaches that are science-based and globally informed. A task group has been assembled with contributions from experts around the globe to participate in this project.

Members of the task group will present in this satellite event, to provide an overview on the current e-waste challenges and management in their respective countries and share their expertise in this subject area. This will be followed by a round-table discussion, involving stakeholders in the e-waste industry and academics to:

  • compare the provisions in developed and developing countries to monitor e-waste and safeguard the environment and health
  • identify future challenges e.g. address the problems of detection and monitoring, identification and behaviour/transformation in different environmental compartments, regulatory requirements and management issues
  • explore criteria to generate a system to classify e-waste e.g. according to their chemical composition, source, the amount produced per year and potential environment impact, that would be useful to stakeholders to device appropriate management strategy


Program in detail:


Morning session

09:00-09:10       Welcome


09:10-09:50       Keynote Speech: Erkki Ormala, Professor of Practice, Innovation Management,

Department of Management and International Business, Aalto University School of Business;

Former President of Digitaleurope

E-Waste; an opportunity for digital industry


09:50-10:15       Debashish Chatterjee1, Depsikha Dasgupta2, Anupam Debsarkar2, Amitav Gangopadhyay3, Debankur

Chatterjee4 (1Department of Chemistry, University of Kalyani, India; 2Department of Civil Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata; 3Department of Civil Engineering, Brainware Engineerin College,Kolkata;

4T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal,Karnataka ,India)

 E-waste: Current Indian status and future prospective


10:15-10:40      Seun Popoola1, Khadijah Ismekhai2 (1Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria; 2School of Science and

Technology, Middlesex University, UK)

The Environmental and Health effects of Electronic Waste generation and Management in Lagos, Nigeria


10:40-11:15       Coffee break


11:15-11:40       Lieselot Bisschop (Faculty of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Ghent University,


E-waste as a challenge for environmental governance. A criminological analysis


11:40-12:00       Summary of morning session


12:00-13:00       LUNCH


Afternoon session


13:00-14:00       Roundtable Discussion/Q&A session


14:00-16:00       IUPAC task group inaugural meeting  (for project team members)