Curated Session: Waste Management Challenges

Waste Management and Research’s ISWA Congress 2017 Special Issue (0.5 CEU)

Monday, September 25, 2017
15:30 – 16:30
Room 309

Moderator: David E. Ross, P.E. BCEE, SCS Engineers (Associate Editor of WM&R, Baltimore World Congress 2017 Special Issue Editor)

Waste Management and Research, ISWA’s academic journal, presents the accepted manuscripts of the 2017 Special Congress Issue. The authors are given the opportunity to present their relevant academic findings in the area of waste management. Authors each have FIVE minutes to present their findings in an informal style called IGNITE, where the slides are to change automatically every 15 seconds. Each presenter also will have a poster presentation to further engage with the audience.


Larisa Semernya, Consultant, United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, Austria

Larisa Semernya

Larisa Semernya is working as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention in Vienna, Austria. Since 2014, Ms. Semernya has been supporting UN Environment’s activities towards sustainable development and protection of mountain regions worldwide, in particular in Central Asia, South Caucasus, the Andes and East Africa. Her work focuses on waste management, climate change and biodiversity. Ms. Semernya has lead the development of the “Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions—Sources and Solutions”. She graduated in Biology from the University of Würzburg in Germany.

Bojana Tot, Teaching Assistant, Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technical Science at University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Bojana Tot

Bojana Tot is Teaching Assistant on Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Technical Science at University of Novi Sad. She is an engineer of environmental protection, master specialized in Solid Waste Management. In general her research work is focused on multi criteria decision making methods (MCDM, AHP, Borda count) to support waste management. Waste management planning and environmental impact assessments are some of the fields that she has already worked for. In addition, she focuses on the provision of sustainable and affordable waste management in developing and transitional countries. Currently she is General Secretary of the Serbian Solid Waste Association. She has organized several workshops and conferences related to solid waste management, one of the most important being the ISWA World Congress in 2016.

Aleš Hanč, Researcher, Department of Agro-Environmental Chemistry and Plant Nutrition Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Czech Republic

Ales Hanc

Dr. Hanč is researcher and teacher at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague. He has been dealing with sewage sludge and household biowaste composting and use of compost on agricultural land. Currently he focuses on vermicomposting different biowaste and preparation of aqueous extracts from vermicomposts for use in nutrition and protection of plants. Individually or as a co-author, he has published more than 140 scientific and professional articles. Dr. Hanč also participated in the creation and development of patents, utility models and industrial designs, certified methodology, functional model and proven technology. He is the principal investigator and coordinator of research projects on vermicomposting. He teaches waste management classes for students, employees of state administration, local government and businesses.

Claudia Giacovelli, Associate Programme Officer, International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), Japan

Claudia Giacovelli

Claudia Giacovelli is the international energy and low carbon program coordinator for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in South Africa; where she has worked for the past five years, contributing to the achievement of inclusive and sustainable industrial development. Projects under her responsibility focus on the promotion of efficient methodologies, practices and technologies that can fast-track the transition to a low carbon economy. Ms. Giacovelli is passionate about sustainability, and it is with that in mind that she started her career in the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) in Thailand, where as part of a team she was analyzing the impact of the informal sector and informal employment on the GDP of South East Asian Countries. Ms. Giacovelli has also worked in the public administration space in the Local Government of Italy, as part of the Youth Policies, Cooperation and Transparency Team. A dynamic and detail oriented professional with an ever growing motivation to learn, Ms. Giacovelli holds a Master of Science in Economics and Social Sciences from the Bocconi University of Milan (Italy).