EWAS 2013
Geneva & St. Gallen, Switzerland
Visualizing E-waste Futures
1st December– 10th December 2013



The 2013 EWAS took place from 1st to 10 December 2013 in Switzerland. We started off hosted by the Secretariat of the Basel Convention at the UN Campus in Geneva and then travelled to beautiful St. Gallen.
The students came from all continents to discuss the most pressing issues and recent findings pertaining to the management of end-of-life electrical and electronic equipment (e-waste).
The program consisted of a mix of expert faculty lectures, panel discussions, student presentations, discussions, workshops, study tours and intensive group work.
This year’s theme focussed on visualizing e-waste futures and how e-waste research can reflect this.
The students’ group work was dedicated to creating a e-waste edition of the PlayDecide game. PlayDecide is a discussion game to talk in a simple and effective way about controversial issues.
Study tours included a visit to Cablofer and RUAG where the students did a pallet sampling workshop on site.


Christina Meskers


Markus Zils

Dr. Markus Zils holds a Ph.D in operations research in economic modeling in transportations and network design, a masters degree in Management Science from the University of Cologne and a masters degree from the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS), H.E.C, Paris. Prior to founding Returnity Partners, Markus has been a senior principal at McKinsey & Company, where he led McKinsey’s circular economy service line…

Jean-Marc Hensch

Swico Recycling, Switzerland

Costas Velis

University of Leeds, UK
Costas is Lecturer in Resource Efficiency Systems at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds. He coordinates the Circualr Economy & Resource Recovery network, as part of the Cites University Theme. His research portfolio focuses on innovation for closing the materials loop and recovering energy from secondary resources (wastes). He serves as Vice Chair for ISWA European Group and Vice Chair for the Waste…

Ibrahim Shafi

Secretariat of the Basel Convention

Shunichi Honda

Japan Ministry of Environment

Peter Kirby

University of Oxford
Peter Wynn Kirby is an environmental specialist, ethnographer, and Research Fellow in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford - latest 2015-2018 research fellowship awarded by the Leverhulme Trust - as well as a Research Associate in the School of Anthropology at Oxford. He holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Dr Kirby came to Oxford as Brookes'..

Stephanie Adrian

US Environmental Protection Agency
Stephanie Adrian is the senior international electronic waste policy advisor in the Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA) at the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. She has worked on international issues since 1999 and is a lead on global policy issues related to international electronic waste and the Basel Convention. She has an undergraduate degree in biology from the University of..

Jonathan Perry


Jaco Huisman

UNU / TU Delft, Bonn / Netherlands
Jaco Huisman completed his M.Sc. in chemical engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology in 1999 and his Ph.D. in 2003 at Delft University of Technology. His Ph.D. thesis focused on how to look at the recycling of electronic products with an environmental and eco-efficiency lens, which is still highly relevant and cited today. Since 2004 he runs his own consultancy company, OsevenfortytwO, where he gives…

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